Moving Pictures


I received an Undergraduate Fellowship from the Geneseo Foundation to pursue a self-directed research project wherein I would explore the interface of Arts, Mathematics and Computer Science.

My initial goal was to figure out how to take a still image and turn it into an animation without resorting to frame-by-frame editing.


My mentor introduced me to a professor in the computer science department and we composed a successful proposal for the fellowship program.

I was given tremendous liberty in the project and formalized—in weekly meetings with my advisor—helped in formalizing a lot of what I was doing in my coding experiments. Together, we sketched out the language and mathematical framework for transformations of images that would support the ability to compose multiple effects.

A lot of what I was doing was creating the basic tenants of an animation library, while learning image-processing from the ground up. I was given some helpful reading, but largely given the freedom to pursue directions of inquiry as I pleased. Towards the end of the summer, my attention turned to writing helpful comments and organizing the code in such a way that would be usable by someone else.

Future of Project

This project was completed in Matlab, and for many semesters I struggled to find a way to share this project with other people, particularly those without programming experience. My frustration with the difficulty of doing so lead to the directed study in spring 2014 where I developed at library for visualizing probability distributions in artistic way through the use of a graphical user interface.

It was a creative project that allowed me to learn about how to build up user interfaces and most of my time was spent understanding object-oriented programming for the first time.

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Baldwin and I participated in directed study that focused on formalizing and writing up the results into a report that I submitted to the university. I was chosen to present the work on behalf of the math department at a regional conference, and also gave the talk at several other conferences.

Selected Images

Please pardon our mess.

This page is still a work in progress.

I have many projects that I am documenting simultaneously and am doing my best to be thorough and embed a lot of rich metadata so that you can click around based on what you find interesting.

Please feel free to contact me if you want me to finish this particular page immediately.

Michael Pilosov
Applied mathematician in Denver CO.


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