Ninth International Conference on The Image, 3–4 November 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Ninth International Conference on The Image, 3–4 November 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Ninth International Conference on The Image, 3–4 November 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Ninth International Conference on The Image, 3–4 November 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR
Ninth International Conference on The Image, 3–4 November 2018, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

Ninth International Conference on The Image

  • 2018 Special Focus - Artificial Images and Visual Intelligence: Seeing in the Age of Big-Data
  • 3–4 November 2018
  • Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

140 +

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Ninth International Conference on the Image.

27

Countries represented.

2018 Special Focus - Artificial Images and Visual Intelligence: Seeing in the Age of Big Data

In the age of big data, image perception is no longer a bodily cognitive process. Computer algorithms play a significant role in the pipeline of image generation, management, distribution, and reception. Below are a few examples that illustrate how image, and its associated algorithms, pose new challenges.

  • In 2015, Google revealed its “Deepdream” example software to visualize its internal artificial neural networks for image recognition. Creative coders adopted the software to generate hallucinatory and psychedelic imageries that were both real and surreal. Can computer software now claim the originality of such artificial images?
  • In February 2018, major international news websites posted a photo of a Chinese policewoman wearing a pair of sunglasses attached with a surveillance camera, claiming that the device was equipped with facial recognition technology to identify suspected criminals in crowds. Will the plots in the popular science fiction film “Minority Report” come true in the near future?
  • Controversial research in face reading artificial intelligence demonstrated the ability to predict political views and other personality traits from facial features. In the coming years, will machine learning algorithms understand us better than we understand ourselves?

By facing such challenges, we have become increasingly dependent on the use of social media platforms to archive our everyday life images at both individual and collective levels. At the same time, the design of the information organization strategies, such as hashtag, personal relationship, and geographical data, helps shape the way in which we store and retrieve such large number of images. On the other hand, we envision more sophisticated machine learning algorithms to recognize and classify our images with accuracy that supersedes our human counterparts. Nevertheless, a significant number of such algorithms rely on supervised learning. The ‘supervision’ of such machine learning activities is actually funded and performed by large corporations, government, and academic institutions. It may be time to consider if we can put the ‘supervision’ back in public scrutiny. The theme of this year’s Conference on The Image aims to trigger responses and critical discussions of how we deal with image in this age of big data and artificial intelligence.

Plenary Speakers

The Ninth International Conference on The Image featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Richard William Allen

Richard William Allen

Dean, School o­­f Creative Media, and Chair/Professor, Film and Media Art, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"Consciousness and the Machine"

Mette Hjort

Mette Hjort

Chair Professor of Humanities and Dean of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

"The Public Value of Film: Moving Images, Health, and Well-being"

Dina Iordanova

Dina Iordanova

Professor, Global Cinema, University of St. Andrews, Scotland; Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts; Visiting Professor, Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"Navigation and Curation in the Era of Digital Disruption"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2018 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Charlotte Tegan

Charlotte Tegan

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Nadja Köffler

Nadja Köffler

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Arpit Gaind

Arpit Gaind

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

Cole Robertson

Cole Robertson

Royal College of Art, UK

​Paridhi Gupta

​Paridhi Gupta

Jawaharla Nehru University, India

Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.