Optics & Ale: Tues May 26, 2015


Join us for the AAOSA/OSUM Summer Social. Network and mingle with students and professionals!

This event is jointly hosted by Ann Arbor OSA (AAOSA) and The Optics Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM).

Current and new members welcome! Appetizers will be provided.

Thursday, May 26, 2015, 6-8:30pm
HopCat-Ann Arbor
311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, MI

AAOSA Seminar: “The Science of Optics; The History of Art”, Monday March 16, 2015 @ 6:30pm

AAOSA Monthly Seminar Series:


portrait_FalcoCM_150x200pxThe Science of Optics; The History of Art

by Charles M Falco, Ph.D.

College of Optical Sciences and Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson

Date: Monday March 16, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Location: The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), 525 S State Street, Ann Arbor

*Doors open 6pm. Talk starts at 6:30pm*

*Join us for an informal post-event reception at HopCat, 311 Maynard St, Ann Arbor, from 8pm*


Recently, renowned artist David Hockney observed that certain drawings and paintings from as early as the Renaissance seemed almost “photographic” in detail. Following an extensive visual investigation of western art of the past 1000 years, he made the revolutionary claim that artists even of the prominence of van Eyck and Bellini must have used optical aids.  However, many art historians insisted there was no supporting evidence for such a remarkable assertion.  In this talk I show a wealth of optical evidence for his claim that Hockney and I subsequently discovered during an unusual, and remarkably productive, collaboration between an artist and a scientist. I also discuss the imaging properties of the “mirror lens” (concave mirror), and some of the implications this work has for the history of science as well as the history of art (and the modern fields of machine vision and computerized image analysis).  These discoveries convincingly demonstrate optical instruments were in use — by artists, not scientists — nearly 200 years earlier than commonly thought possible, and account for the remarkable transformation in the reality of portraits that occurred early in the 15th century. (For more information see http://fp.optics.arizona.edu/ssd/art-optics/index.html)



Professor Charles Falco has joint appointments in Optical Sciences and Physics at the University of Arizona where he holds the UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics. He is a Fellow of four professional societies (the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)), has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts, co-edited two books, has seven U.S. patents, and given over 400 invited talks at conferences, research institutions, and cultural organizations in 32 countries.  However, in addition to his scientific research, he was co-curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum’s “The Art of the Motorcycle” which, with over 2 million visitors in New York, Chicago, Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Las Vegas, was by far the most successful exhibition of industrial design ever assembled.  More recently, he and the world-renowned artist David Hockney found artists of such repute as van Eyck, Bellini and Caravaggio used optical projections in creating portions of their work.  Three international conferences have been organized around these discoveries, and recognition for them includes the 2008 Ziegfield Lecture Award from the National Art Education Association.


AAOSA Seminar: “Connected Vehicle Research and the Development of the Mobility Transformation Center” – Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 @7pm

AAOSA Monthly Seminar Series:


Connected Vehicle Research and the Development of the Mobility Transformation Center

by James R Sayer, Ph.D.

Date: Tuesday Feb 24, 2015 @ 7pm

Location: 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME) – University of Michigan, 1101 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

*Please note the main door of LBME will be locked at 7pm!*


The presentation will cover the recent advances in connected vehicle technology, and how vehicle connectivity is being leveraged to improve autonomous vehicle development.  Included will be an overview of the connected vehicle efforts in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, as well as the Mobility Transformation Center – including the development of M City.


Dr. Jim Sayer is a Research Scientist, and Head of the Human Factors Group, at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.   He has conducted over $55 million in basic and translational research in the areas of advanced vehicle safety systems, naturalistic driving behavior, driver distraction, driver vision, and pedestrian conspicuity since 1993.

He is an internationally recognized leader in the conduct and evaluation of field operational tests of motor vehicle safety systems and the study of naturalistic driving behavior.  Dr. Sayer recently served as the Principle Investigator for the U.S. DOT’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Model Deployment program, is the Deployment Director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center, and is an Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

AAOSA Seminar: “Arborlight: from Concept to Market” – Tuesday, October 28th @ 7pm

ArborLightAAOSA Monthly Seminar Series:
Efficient Daylight Emulation System
The story from concept to market
by Prof. Max Shtein, Mike Forbis and Rob Ellis

Date: Oct. 28th at 7pm 

Location: 1123 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building (LBME) – University of Michigan, 1101 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Join us at 6:30pm in the LBME atrium for networking and refreshments!

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Upcoming AAOSA Networking Event: Thursday, Oct 2, 2014


Join us for the AAOSA/OSUM/APS Social Hour! Network and mingle with students and professionals!

This event is jointly hosted by Ann Arbor OSA (AAOSA), The Optics Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM) and the American Physical Society (APS).

Current and new members welcome!

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6-9pm
Jolly Pumpkin Cafe and Brewery
311 S Main St., Ann Arbor, MI