Eye in the Sky and Cinematic Rendering

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Eye in the Sky and Cinematic Rendering

Press Release as PDF
Cinematic Rendering on the Ars Electronica Blog
Interview with Othmar Coser on the Ars Electronica Blog

(Linz, December 12, 2017) Breathtaking views of Planet Earth and amazing insights into the makeup of the human body await visitors to the Ars Electronica Center’s Deep Space 8K this week. On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7 PM, Othmar Coser of the Austrian Space Forum will moderate a Deep Space LIVE about Earth observation via environmental satellites and screen highly detailed images taken from space. And at a Deep Space LIVE Special on Friday, December 15th, Dr. Franz Fellner will present photorealistic 3-D depictions of the human body generated via Cinematic Rendering, a technology developed by Siemens that was nominated for the 2017 German Future Prize.

Eye in the Sky

Earth observation satellites work on a 24/7 basis observing and documenting changes on our planet. Computer simulations utilize data supplied by these satellites to help increase our understanding of these processes, some of which are influenced by human activity. At the same time, such observation also provides aesthetically impressive images of Earth from a point of view usually reserved for astronauts.

About Othmar Coser

Othmar Coser was born in 1958 in Innsbruck. Since 1994, he has headed the State of Upper Austria Office of Criminal Investigations’ Environmental Crimes Unit. In 2008, he began his volunteer work at the Austrian Space Forum and, since 2010, in conjunction with the Eye in the Sky Initiative of the Austrian Space Forum and the State of Upper Austria, has been coordinator and project director of speeches on the subject of Earth observation.

Cinematic Rendering

Images taken inside the human body enable us to better understand human anatomy, facilitate medical teaching as well as the planning of surgical procedures, and also make for better doctor-patient communication. These images are produced by techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cinematic Rendering software developed by Siemens Healthineers is based on techniques used in the animated film industry; thus, its aim is to generate, on the basis of data delivered by CT and MRI scans, depictions that are as photorealistic as a Hollywood blockbuster!

About Franz Fellner

Dr. Franz Fellner is director of the Institute of Radiology at Kepler University Clinic. For over 20 years, his work has focused on human anatomy, how the body functions, and the wide-ranging application possibilities of imaging procedures. He has given speeches worldwide and organized continuing professional education events on these topics since the 1990s.

Deep Space LIVE

The Ars Electronica Center hosts a Deep Space LIVE event every Thursday (except holidays) at 7 PM. Each presentation features ultra-high-definition imagery in 16×9-meter format and is accompanied by expert commentary, entertaining stand-up repartee, or musical improvisation. Whether great works from the history of art, space travel, journeys of discovery in the nano-world or a live concert is what you’ve come to behold, Deep Space LIVE stands for enlightening entertainment amidst breathtaking worlds of imagery. Holders of a valid Museum ticket are admitted free of charge.

Eye in the Sky, Australian Lake, Amadeus Desert / Fotocredit: ESA / Printversion / Album

Cinematic Rendering / Fotocredit: Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion