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And if we were to print a full-size Eiffel Tower

Event Date: November 25, 2013
Speaker: Maria Ortiz Segovia
Speaker Affiliation: Lead Scientist, Color and Image Processing Research Team,
Oce, France
Sponsor: Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Professor Jan Allebach
Contact Phone: (765) 494-3535
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The rapid development of new technologies and services for handheld devices has pushed the printing industry to propose more innovative and out-of-ordinary products and applications in order to explore different types of markets.  New products and applications bring along new exciting challenges.  Not only older processing methods need to be adapted to newer technologies but also strategies from other fields of science need to be taken into consideration.  Trends from highly creative and aesthetic fields such as graphic design, fine art reproduction and interior design are carefully studied to open our minds.  We want to break the boundaries that traditional printing technologies imposed to us in the past and think about the 'what ifs': what if we print on wood or pavement?, what if we print velvet-like material?, what if we control gloss and matte aspects?, what if we use metallic inks? and finally, what if we print a full-size Eiffel Tower?. During this talk, I will present how our research team faces the challenges that arrive when we start talking about relief printing (2.5D printing), HD 3D printing, glossiness control and material reproduction by using standard printing technologies.



Maria Ortiz Segovia received her BS in Electronic Engineering from the Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia in 2005, and her Ph.D. from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of Purdue University, USA in 2011 under the supervision of Prof.  Jan Allebach.  Currently, she is the leading scientist of color and image processing activities of the research team in Océ, France.  She is in charge of supervising Masters and Ph.D. students sponsored by OCE in different universities.  Her research interests include image quality, color imaging, document management, and printing and sensor forensics among others.