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December 15, 2011
My chosen Youtube video to share via Twitter is the 'Visual Performance Evaluation Lab' at Ford Motor Company in Michigan.
This lab simulates sunlight at different positions during the day under a diffusely lit 'sky'. It is used for assessments on the inside of the car and evaluates the impact of different lighting conditions on how the driver perceives the vehicle interior (eg. colour matching of fabrics, back-lit controls etc.) and how the light reacts with interior surfaces (eg. glare from windows, display screen readability, distracting reflections etc.).
This is close to the heart of my research; Recreating Illumination Scenarios for Vehicle Interior Evaluations. The video shows the best way that these assessments can be done at present in industry.
My approach focuses on the luminance distribution of the sky component combined with the direct solar component. I will not be looking into an up-lit 'sky' surface (such as that shown in the video) as it has limited control of the luminance distribution and cannot simulate real world sky conditions.
The video I have chosen to post below is an interview with Professor Alan Chalmers from WMG. He is talking about his research in High Dynamic Range Visualisation. The reason I chose to share this video is because I attended a seminar presented by Prof. Chalmers where he explained how this HDR video technology can capture real world lighting.
I am very interested to see if the HDR camera (alone or with a photometric sensor or a software add-on) would be able to process the captured light into photometric measurements that I can use in my own research.