A huge thanks to everyone who submitted entries to our Photography Competition. The submissions were divided into three categories:
- Mathematics at Cambridge – displaying some aspect of mathematical understanding, teaching or research. This could be a photograph or a computer-generated image.
- Life at CMS – highlighting the people who study and work here
- Mobile Maths – images which have been captured and processed on mobile/cell phones. This includes panoromas, Instagram and Prisma shots.
Mathematics in Cambridge
Veronica Corona, Joana Grah and Joahnnes Hjorth
We revisit the artistic Droste effect, that is an infinite reproduction of a photo within itself, in a mathematical sense. The recursive image follows the mathematical total variation flow. Starting from the original photo we evolve, or in optimisation terms we regularised the texture while preserving edges. The result is that the photo progressively becomes more piecewise constant in a cartoon-like effect, until we end up with a constant image.The algorithm taken from http://guygilboa.eew.technion.ac.il/code/spectral-total-variation-color/ is based on the paper “A total variation spectral framework for scale and texture analysis” by Guy Gilboa (see reference).By pointing at the grass and leaf textures, we want to stress that the decomposition yields a spectral component corresponding to texture, revealed just underneath the fingertips.Reference: G. Gilboa, “A total variation spectral framework for scale and texture analysis.” SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences 7.4 (2014): 1937-1961.
Life at CMS
Johannes Hjorth, Joana Grah and Veronica Corona
The winning entries were awarded a £100 Amazon voucher, and the judges (Professor Gabriel Paternain of DPMMS, Professor Nigel Peake of DAMTP and Barney Brown, Head of Digital Communications for the University of Cambridge) chose Infinite TVs as overall winner.
Professor Grae Worster, Chair of the Faculty of Mathematics, meets the winners