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'Structural sparseness in paintings'. BASC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

ABOUT BASC 396: This course is restricted to B.A. & Sc. students. Furthermore, most research/inquiry projects should normally be offered through other Science or Arts courses; BASC 396 is intended for integrative projects.

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A, B, & C then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online at http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/basc396/listing/, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it from www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/basc396/listing after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section D on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor(s) to sign Section E. Take it to OURS, the Office for Undergraduate Research (Dawson Hall, Room 408A; fax 514-398-8102). Do not register for a BASC 396 course on Minerva until you receive permission.

OURS will consult with the B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Committee Chair (or designate) to approve (or not) this project. OURS will notify the student. If approved, OURS will arrange for the student to receive permission to register on Minerva.

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm (OURS) by email, or phone 514-398-5964.

First supervisor's name: Frederick Kingdom
Email: fred [dot] kingdom [at] mcgill [dot] ca (fred dot kingdom at mcgill dot ca)
Phone: 514-934-1934 x35308
Website: http://mvr.mcgill.ca/Fred/fkingdom_home.html
First supervisor's department: Ophthalmology
Is there a second supervisor? No
Term: Winter 2010-2011
Project start date: January 4th 2011
Project end date: April 8th 2011
Project title: Structural sparseness in paintings
Project description: Structural sparseness (or "patchiness") is defined as the proportion of an image containing uniform regions of colour. Dr Kingdom has recently developed a metric of structural sparseness and applied it to images of natural (everyday) scenes, and shown that the chromatic content of natural scenes is more structurally sparse than its luminance content. The proposed project will use this metric to examine the structural sparseness of different styles of paintings across cultures and history, using existing databases of digitized images of paintings analysed using conventional image-processing software. In particular, the project will examine whether abstract art preserves the relationship between chromatic and luminance structural sparseness that is found in natural scenes.
Rationale for offering this project as BASC 396: This is an interdisciplinary project that relates biological vision, computer image processing and the history of art across cultures
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): General contribution = 50%; Final report = 50%
Other project information:
Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
If other, please specify:
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? None
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [x]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
McGill ID:
Email (first [dot] last [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca):
Program (E.g., Maj. Chem. Maj. Conc. Econ.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section D to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature: Frederick Kingdom
Date: 4th January
Second supervisor's signature, if applicable:
B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Commitee Chair (or designate): I certify that this project conforms to the requirements for BASC 396 and has an integrative component.
P.A.C. chair/designate's name:
P.A.C. chair/designate's signature: