John Seymour is an applied mathematician and color scientist, working as a consultant since 2012 under the name “John the Math Guy”. John currently holds twenty-five US patents, has authored over forty technical papers, and is a much sought-after speaker. He is an expert on the Committee for Graphic Arts Technologies Standards and ISO TC 130, and currently serves as Vice President of Papers for Technical Association of the Graphic Arts. He writes a blog which is described as “applied math and color science with a liberal sprinkling of goofy humor.”
Tuesday, June 12 - Keynote Speaker at Award Banquet
The Color Name Conundrum
Webster's Third New International dictionary contains a few thousand definitions of color names that are at once whimsical and tedious. John Seymour (AKA John the Math Guy) will recount his vain attempts to win an argument with his wife about color names. He starts by turning to the biggest dictionary in his house to map out the two disputed color names. Along the way, he finds some interesting history about official naming of colors and the tie to the Munsell company. He may not have won the argument, but his presentation is guaranteed to be great edutainment!
Friday, June 15 - AM Breakout Session
Unwildering the Bewildering Panoply of Color Measurement Devices (Tutorial)
You wouldn't think it would be all that hard. You go into McSpectros, and ask the guy behind the counter to show you a color measurement device. For some reason, he starts out talking about geometry, diffraction gratings, and polarization filters, and then asks if you have OBAs. This tutorial fills in the gap, starting with a simple explanation of how light interacts with objects, and what that light can tell us about the object. This provides a foundation for an explanation of the options for how the light is captured and measured, and when and where the different options are appropriate.