Prof. Dr. Kang Zhang

Computational Media and Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China.
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Aesthetic Measurement of Paintings

This talk will first introduce the recently emerging interdisciplinary research topics of computational aesthetics and aesthetic computing, and discuss their difference and complementary roles. We will then focus on computational aesthetics, in particular, on the aesthetic measurement of paintings. Based on the mathematician Birkhoff's 1933 seminal theory of aesthetic measurement, we measure the white space usage in Master Wu Guanzhong's paintings, and the complexity of Chinese ink paintings. We then report our latest work on the visual order of both Chinese ink paintings and Western styled oil paintings and compare their commonality and differences, possibly influenced by different cultural backgrounds. If time permits, we will mention our recent efforts in generating abstract images of styles of Kandinsky, Miro, Pollock, and Picasso, and floor plan generation.

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Kang Zhang is a Professor of Computational Media and Arts, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas. He was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair and an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and held academic positions in China, the UK, Australia and USA. He received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1982, Ph.D. from the University of Brighton, UK, in 1990, and Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. Zhang's current research interests include computational aesthetics, visual languages, and software engineering; and has published 8 books, and over 100 journal papers in these areas. He has delivered keynotes at art and design, computer science, and management conferences, and is on the editorial boards of Journal of Big Data, The Visual Computer, Journal of Visual Language and Computing, International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, International Journal of Advanced Intelligence, Visual Computing for Industry, Biomedicine, and Art, and Chinese Journal of Software.


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