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January 2016 / Prague, CZ, 2016 #01

CIE 4th Expert Symposium on Colour and Visual Appearance

Dear Colleagues,
Following on from Paris (2006), Ghent (2010) and Edinburgh (2012), it is our pleasure to invite you to be part of the 4th CIE Expert Symposium on Appearance, which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 6 to 7, 2016.
The CIE has a proud history of over 100 years in the science and art of light and lighting; colour and vision; photobiology and image technology. With strong technical, scientific and cultural foundations, the CIE is an independent, non-profit organization that serves member countries on a voluntary basis and is recognized by ISO as an international standardization body in its fields.
Visual assessment of the appearance of objects and materials is a complex process involving not only the object itself and its optical characteristics but also the position, size, shape and spectrum of the light source, the nature of the surround and of course, the observer and its visual system with its amazing efficiency. In order to progress this field, four research areas have been formed covering colour, gloss, texture and translucency. This symposium will be an opportunity to bring together experts presenting the most up-to-date information on the measurement, comprehension, and reproduction of these effects and will provide an opportunity to generate discussion, new research ideas and collaborations between the different communities active in this field.
In association with the symposium a one-day tutorial will be held on September 5, 2016. The tutorial will be devoted to the fundamentals of visual appearance and corresponding measurement techniques, a field in which there has been recent progress at both the metrological and instrumental level.
More information will soon be available on the webpage for this event,, including the list of topics for the symposium, information for abstract submission and associated deadlines.
Prague, the city of 100 golden spires is itself a visual feast for the eyes from the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, to the grandeur of Prague Castle overlooking Charles Bridge as it straddles the Vltava. This makes it the perfect location for this symposium and associated tutorial.
We look forward to meeting you at this event and to hosting you in Prague in September 2016.
Dr Marek Smid              Dr Youngshin Kwak     Dr Peter Blattner        Dr Gael Obein
President                        Director                          Director                        Chair
CIE Czech Republic     CIE Division 1               CIE Division 2             ISC


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