Thursday, 18 February 2010

Digital Image Processing, Playboy and The Most Famous Image in Computer Science

Have you ever seen this girl? Odds are — if you've ever dealt with image processing as a computer science discipline, then you had — in fact, many times.

You can probably pick any book on the subject and you'll find this picture — perhaps, significantly more than once. I found myself interested in tracking down, who's the girl on this picture; obviously, all I knew was her name — Lena. Quick search has proven that I was not the only one who found it interesting. Go to and find out for yourself, how Playboy's Miss November '72 has become the icon of the computer science. Here you can find the full page scan — slightly NSFW, but she's damn good anyway (and I can understand why computer scientists preferred her to their usual rabbits and landscapes).

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