17th April 2012, 4:12pm
Professor puts image engineering in the frame
Prof Nigel Allinson forensic imaging Images are everywhere. Nearly 400 billion photos were taken last year - perhaps 10 per cent of those ever taken.

Forty-eight hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube. BBC iPlayer uses up more than seven million billion bits of bandwidth each month – yet the human brain can perhaps store only three million billion bits of information.

The University of Lincoln’s Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering, Nigel Allinson will use selected examples in his inaugural lecture Providing a New Image – An Illustrated and Personal Account of Research and Innovation in Image Engineering on Tuesday 24 April, as part of the Lincoln Academy Lecture Series.

Prof Allinson will discuss acquiring images and transmitting, enhancing and understanding them, to illustrate the interplay between what we can see, what we would like to see, and what engineering can provide.

Drawing on Nigel’s research career, the lecture will demonstrate: the World’s largest integrated circuit for imaging; seeing at the atomic level; how to reliably send video over poor wireless links in Africa; how to see through fog and smoke; how to solve crimes more quickly; recognising the human face.

Nigel joined the University of Lincoln in January 2011.  He has co-founded five spinout companies on the basis of research in his area, has some 300 publications including the IEE Premium Prize for Communications, contributed to national and international bodies as a scientific adviser as well as directing some of the UK’s largest research consortia.  

Providing a New Image – An Illustrated and Personal Account of Research and Innovation in Image Engineering takes place from 6pm on Tuesday 24 April in the EMMTEC Auditorium, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln. Registration starts at 5:30pm.

The Lincoln Academy Lectures are free to attend but places must be booked in advance by calling 01522 837100 or emailing events@lincoln.ac.uk
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