Brookhaven Women in Science Speaker: Ingrid Daubechies, 'Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators,' 1/19

By Amber Aponte

Ingrid Daubachies

Ingrid Daubachies, the James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, will discuss how mathematicians help art historians and art conservators restore great works of art, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, on Friday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. on Zoom (in anticipation of predicted inclement weather this talk will be delivered online only). The talk is sponsored by Brookhaven Women in Science. All employees are invited.

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It is well-known that X-ray imaging and chemical analysis play an important role in the study and conservation of paintings. Less well-known is that mathematical algorithms have started to play a role as well. Debauchies will review several instances, illustrated with pictures, in which mathematical ideas helped art historians and art conservators. Several of the projects described in the presentation feature work by the speaker and her collaborators.

Daubechies is a Belgian-American mathematician, best known for her work on wavelets and image compression. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This talk is for scientists and non-scientists.

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