Mark Fairchild


Article can also be found at: CIE Technical Committee 1-34, Testing Colour-Appearance Models, was formed to investigate the performance of models based on their ability to predict the colour appearance of surface colours in simple and complex scenes under various illumination conditions. The work of this committee is limited only to the study of the colour appearance of surface colours and does not include the appearance of self-luminous colours, aperture colours, or comparison between different media or modes of appearance. This limitation has been imposed to find the best methods for predicting the colour appearance of objects while leaving complexities such as the cognitive interpretation of coloured stimuli for future work. The visual interpretation of non-object-colour stimuli is complex and ill-defined. The plan of work of TC1-34 includes the analysis of colour appearance models using available data and the publication of these guidelines for coordinated research for additional testing of colour-appearance models. The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage researchers around the world to perform experiments that will provide useful data for evaluating the performance of colour appearance models. The guidelines are not intended to limit researchers to a prescribed experimental design, but rather to provide guidance regarding minimal data and viewing conditions that should be included in all experiments to provide useful intercomparison data. Experiments that reach beyond the minimal requirements outlined in these guidelines are certainly encouraged. These data might one day form the basis of a recommendation by the CIE for a color appearance space with broad applications.

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