Topic: Women in Photonics Lunch
Ecological optics: light, material and appearance in natural environments
How can we communicate the looks and feel of materials and shapes? Ecological (real-world) optics concerns the study of the optics of natural materials (f.i. concrete, oranges, or textiles), light in natural scenes (f.i. the classroom, the Mekelpark or a shop), and their interactions – resulting in certain “appearances”. This is concerned with complicated and a wide range of optical phenomena. We combine such optical studies in “the wild” with psychophysical experiments to understand how we perceive natural materials and light. Integrating optical and perceptual knowledge with design methods allows doing scientifically informed design of lighting plans, tools, products and material communication.