Professor George Legrady awarded two major research fellowships

Professor George Legrady received two major research fellowships, A Robert W. Deutsch Fellowship to be shared with the Allosphere, and a National Science Foundation Fellowship for “Distributed Imaging Through Networks of Robotically Actuated Cameras”.  This will enhance the Art Department’s focus in computational photography.

The ExpVislab is a visualization focused research and experimentation lab. Students have come from a broad background that include media arts, engineering, computer science, design and architecture.

Research Direction: It is dedicated at this time to two directions of research and experimentation: 1) Data visualization and 2) Computational photography. The ExpVislab promotes hybridization in multi-media based visual/spatial data visualization; arts-engineering collaboration; interactive public installations and optical-computational visualization processes that integrates the fundamentals of engineering with the cultural and aesthetics traditions of the arts.

Visualization Emphasis: Focus is on advanced knowledge about the nature of how images function, expertise in the syntax of visual language, and acquired skills in the ability to construct complex images. Such expertise involves an apprenticeship in aesthetics and semiotics, which are acquired through training in the disciplines of architecture, graphic design, fine arts, visual linguistics, visual culture, etc. areas outside of the typical engineering educational model. When such aesthetic, perceptual and syntactic skillsets are integrated with computation and mathematical skills, deeper results can be achieved, significantly advancing the understanding of technological visual systems.

Funding: The lab currently has funding from the Robert W. Deutch Fellowhip for data visualization, and a National Science Foundation for experimentation in multicamera imaging. TA positions are available for the M259 Data Visualization course and the M594 Optical-Computational course. Artistic projects have been funded by Corporate Executive Board; Los Angeles Metro Rail; Seattle Arts Commission; Creative Capital Foundation, New York; NASA Science Center; NSF IGERT; Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts, Science, Technology; Canada Council for the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Siemens Kultur Programm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; University of California Santa Barbara Research Across Disciplines.

Facilities: The ExpVisLab has a dedicated multi-purpose space, studio 2611 which is used as a classroom, exhibition space, lecture space, etc. It includes 2 imaging workstations, a three projection wall, 6 channel surround sound

Researchers attached to the lab: Javier Villegas, Andres Burbano, Angus Forbes, Marco Pinter, Robert W. Deutch fellows Danny Bazo, Karl Yerkes and Qian Liu, and visiting faculty Kyujung Kim.

Projects and Installations: SOMArts Gallery, SF (2011); Media Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2010); Vancouver Olympics (2010); LHS Museum, Berkeley (2010; Shanghai eArts (2010); Wellesley (2009); Commission by Corporate Executive Board, Arlington, VA (, 2008); National Theater Poitiers Prize (2008), France; Art Center College of Design and CalTech NASA Spitzer Center (2008).

Recent Conference Presentations/Publications: TEDxsv Palo Alto (2011); Net-Sci Budapest (2011); ZKM  Karlsruhe (2011); CAA NYC (2011); ISEA Istanbul (2011); IEEE InfoVis (2010); IDEA Festival Louisville (2010); ACM Multimedia Beijing (2009) and others.