Click on the pic for a little biopic:
For the last 20 years much of my research effort has been in the area of digital video analysis, video coding, and visual information retrieval. More recently my recent interests have become more mathematical, principally focussed on complex analysis and elliptic curves.
My two favourite academic books are Tristan Needham's Visual complex
OUP, 1997. and the three Volumes of Dynamics
- the geometry of behavior by Ralph H. Abraham and Christopher D. Shaw.
If physics is your poison, you have got to read (i.e look at) The cartoon guide to Physics by Larry Gonick and Art Huffmann.
Have a go at free-fusing the following random dot stereo pair. You can get "cheat" glasses to do this at Reel 3-D.
I am also interested in the work of Stephen
Grossberg. Includied here are two versions of the Kanisza square illusion to
act as visual mnemonics:
A gentle introduction to the to the Autopoietic
view of the world can be found in The Tree of Knowledge, The Biological Roots
Human Understanding, by Humberto Maturana & Francisco
Varela, Shambhala, Boston, 1987. Another book which was a big influence
on me when I was working on my PhD is Pattern Recognition - Human and
Mechanical, by Satosi Watanabe, Wiley, 1985.
A love of all
things to do with Aeroplanes seems to run in my family.
For example, on left is a picture of one of my brothers, Captain Pat Murphy, piloting the
Lingus Iolar at Trim Airfield (photo courtesy of Mary Mulligan (nee Ramsbottom)), and right is yours truely with
the broad grin of someone who has just finished his first solo,
without bending the aeroplane!
If you need to talk to me try some one of the following:
School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Dublin
noel.murphy ... (this is anti-spam dross)
And Finally ...
If you have scrolled down this far, your reward is a schematic interpretation by N.L. Thomas of Kerb Stone 15 at the megalithic monument of Knowth, near Newgrange, about 20 km further down the Boyne Valley from Trim. (Replace the "m" sound in "mouth" by an "n" sound and you have the pronounciation of Knowth). See Irish symbols of 3500 BC, by N.L. Thomas, Mercier Press, 1988 for the background to this interpretation, or the Mythical Ireland site for more information on megalithic Ireland.
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