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Michael Murdoch

Assistant Professor
Color Science Program
College of Science

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18-1065

Michael Murdoch

Assistant Professor
Color Science Program
College of Science

Education

BS, Cornell University; MS, Rochester Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Eindhoven University of Technology

Bio

Michael studies human visual perception of color, light, and materials in real and virtual spaces. He teaches Masters-level courses in Color Science.

He previously worked for Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and for Kodak Research Labs in Rochester, NY, USA, studying color and perception with applications in LED lighting, computer graphics, LCD and OLED displays, inkjet printing, and motion picture film.


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

CLRS-890
1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
CLRS-589
1 - 4 Credits
This is an advanced course on a topic that is not part of the formal curriculum. This course is structured as an ordinary course and has specific prerequisites, contact hours, and examination procedures.
CLRS-751
2 Credits
Color Science Seminar II is a weekly forum in which students will learn about current research topics in color science. The course focuses on journal club discussions of papers selected by the students and faculty. It also includes oral presentations from students, laboratory staff, and faculty as well as visiting speakers from within and external to RIT. Students will prepare their own oral presentations and written assignments based on the course readings and independent research. Students will further develop professional skills required for formal scientific presentations and writing. A draft thesis or dissertation proposal will also be prepared.
CLRS-790
1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
CLRS-689
1 - 4 Credits
This is an introductory graduate course on a topic that is not part of the formal curriculum. This course is structured as an ordinary course and has specific prerequisites, contact hours, and examination procedures.
CLRS-600
3 Credits
This asynchronous online course provides a technical introduction to color science and the CIE system of colorimetry. Topics covered include color perception, color measurement, color spaces, and applications. The course is intended for students with a technical background who are interested in adding an elective course in color science to their graduate program and for practitioners in the color field interested in a more thorough understanding of the science behind colorimetry. Cannot be taken for program credit by Color Science MS and PhD students.
CLRS-720
3 Credits
Computational Vision Science This course provides an introduction to modern computer-based methods for the measurement and modeling of human vision. Lectures will introduce the experimental techniques of visual psychophysics including threshold measurement, psychometric functions, signal detection theory, and indirect, direct, and multidimensional scaling. Lectures will also introduce the MATLAB technical computing environment and will teach how to use MATLAB to run computer-based psychophysical experiments and to analyze experimental data and visualize results. Laboratory exercises will provide practical experience in using computer-based tools to conduct psychophysical experiments and to develop computational models of the results. Prior experience in vision science and/or scientific computing will be helpful but is not required.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
KONG, XIANGZHEN, et al. "Perceived speed of changing color in chroma and hue directions in CIELAB." Journal of the Optical Society of America A 36. 6 (2019): 1022-1032. Web.
Murdoch, Michael J. "Dynamic color control in multiprimary tunable LED lighting systems." Journal of the Society for Information Display. (2019): 1-11. Web.
Hassani, Nargess and Michael J. Murdoch. "Investigating color appearance in optical see-through augmented reality." Color Research and Application 44. 4 (2019): 492-507. Web.
Zhang, Lili and Michael J. Murdoch. "Color Matching Criteria in Augmented Reality." Journal of Perceptual Imaging 1. 1 (2018): 10506-1 - 10506-8. Web.
Murdoch, Michael J. "Characterization and Control of a Multi-Primary LED Light Lab." Optics Express 25. 24 (2017): 29605-29616. Web.
Murdoch, Michael J. and Mark D. Fairchild. "Modelling the Effects of Inter-Observer Variation on Colour Rendition." Lighting Research & Technology. (2017): 1-18. Print.
Murdoch, M J, M G M Stokkermans, and M Lambooij. "Towards Perceptual Accuracy in 3D Visualizations of Illuminated Indoor Environments." Journal of Solid State Lighting 2. 12 (2015): 1-19. Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Xie, Hao, et al. "Color Mismatches across Commercial Displays: Modeling the Effect of Observer Metamerism." Proceedings of the 2019 SID Technical Symposium. Ed. NA. San Jose, CA: Society for Information Display.
Leary, Sara and Michael J. Murdoch. "Manipulating Object Lightness in Augmented Reality." Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception. Ed. Betsy Sanders. Vancouver, BC: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Xie, Hao, et al. "Psychophysics in Color Science Education: Two Case Studies." Proceedings of the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium Bridging Science, Art, & Industry. Ed. Paula Alessi and Maggie Maggio. Boston, MA: Inter-Society Color Council.
Murdoch, Michael J. and Susan Farnand. "Tools for Online Color Science Education: Color Order, Color Vision, and Color Measurement." Proceedings of the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium Bridging Science, Art, & Industry. Ed. Paula Alessi and Maggie Maggio. Boston, MA: Inter-Society Color Council.
Murdoch, Michael J., et al. "Dynamic Color Perception: How Fast are the Munsell Hues?" Proceedings of the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium Bridging Science, Art, & Industry. Ed. Paula Alessi and Maggie Maggio. Boston, MA: Inter-Society Color Council.
Hassani, Nargess and Michael J. Murdoch. "Color Appearance Modeling in Augmented Reality." Proceedings of the Symposium on Applied Perception, 22-23 July, 2016, Anaheim, CA, USA. Ed. Andrew Robb, Clemson University. Anaheim, CA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Invited Article/Publication
Murdoch, Michael J. "Dynamic Color Control in Multiprimary Tunable LED Lighting Systems." SID 2019 Digest of Technical Papers. (2019). Web.
Published Conference Proceedings
Canham, Trevor, Michael J. Murdoch, and David Long. "Influence of Ambient Chromaticity on Portable Display Color Appearance." Proceedings of the SMPTE Technical Conference, 22-28 Oct, 2018, Los Angeles. Ed. Peter Putman. Los Angeles, CA: SMPTE, 2018. Web.
Murdoch, Michael J. and Mark D. Fairchild. "Effects of Inter-Observer Variation on Color Rendering Metrics." Proceedings of the 24th Color and Imaging Conference. Ed. Philipp Urban. San Diego, CA: IS&T, 2016. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Rhyne, Theresa-Marie, et al. "SIGGRAPH 2018 Panel: Color Mavens Advise on Digital Media Creation and Tools." SIGGRAPH 2018. ACM SIGGRAPH. Vancouver, BC. 11 Aug. 2018. Lecture.