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Munsell Color Science Laboratory
25thAnniversary Symposium
June 8, 2009, Rochester NY

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    The 2009 Inter-Society Color Council Annual Meeting wil be followed by a special symposium hosted by the Munsell Color Science Laboratory (MCSL) celebrating their 25th anniversary.
    The history of MCSL begins in the early 1980’s when the Munsell Color Foundation, Inc. was making plans to dissolve and transfer its assets to a university research program. A proposal was made by RIT to use the assets to establish MCSL as a research laboratory which would be directed by the newly established Richard S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Appearance, and Technology. MCSL was therefore established in 1983 and an inaugural symposium, “Frontiers in Color Science,” was held February 1984 featuring the world’s leading experts. Twenty-five years later, MCSL is an internationally recognized leader in color science research, education, and outreach. RIT is celebrating this milestone with another symposium, pairing masters and visionaries along with a summary of MCSL research accomplishments.

Retrospective Masters

Robert W. G. Hunt, Kodak Limited (retired) and Visiting Professor at Leeds University, “The Wright Trichromator and Color Matching Functions”

Rolf G. Kuehni, Bayer Corporation (retired) and Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University, “Three Attributes: From Newton to Munsell”

Calvin S. McCamy, National Institute of Standards and Technology (retired) and Macbeth Corporation (retired) Reflections on a Life in Color”

Alan R. Robertson, National Research Council Canada (retired),“Color Differences: Past, Present and Future”

Joy Luke, Studio 231, “The Munsell Foundation and a Century of Color Research”


Prospective Visionaries

James A. Ferwerda, Associate Professor Center for Imaging Science and member of Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology, “Computer Aided Appearance Design”

Nathan Moroney, Principal Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories, “Color Science and Imaging: Future Opportunities”

Mark S. Rea, Director Lighting Research Center and Professor of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, “Lighting in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges”



The technical sessions will be followed by two informative talks:


Mark D. Fairchild and Roy S. Berns  Professors Center for Imaging Science and members of Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology, “Twenty Five Years of Research at the Munsell Color Science Laboratory”

Mitchell R. Rosen, Research Assistant Professor Center for Imaging Science and member of Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology, “Virtual Tour of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory”

The day will close with an Open House and Reception in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory.

More Information
    The conference chair is Roy S. Berns, Director of MCSL. Registration will be through the ISCC. (download the form)

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