Two PIs' papers among the top 3 most cited ever in major optics journal

Two PIs' papers among the top 3 most cited ever in major optics journal
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Papers written by CSAIL researchers Edward Adelson and Berthold Horn have been recognized by the Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) as two of the three most cited papers in its 30-year history, each having been cited more than 2,800 times.

In their 1985 paper “Spatiotemporal energy models for the perception of motion”, Adelson and co-author James R. Bergen propose that the orientation of moving objects exists in space-time rather than just in space, and discuss a class of related models for perceiving movement.

Horn’s 1987 paper “Closed-form solution of absolute orientation using unit quaternions” presented a way to solve the least-squares problem for three or more points that does not selectively neglect information, as had been done by previous solutions.

Adelson is the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science at MIT, in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His research interests include human vision, machine vision, computer graphics, neuroscience, and computational photography.

Horn is a professor in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. His recent research has included creating an algorithm to suppress traffic flow instabilities and crowdsourcing air temperatures using smartphone batteries.

JOSA A is devoted to developments in any field of classical optics, image science, and vision. It includes original peer-reviewed papers on such topics as atmospheric optics, clinical vision, coherence and statistical optics, color, image processing, machine vision, scattering, and visual optics.