Students’ AI Model for Creating Optical Illusions Wins Award

Great art has, since time immemorial, strived to push boundaries, to question our views, our perspectives, and our understanding of reality. But the last two years have seen a drastic shift in the industry, as an increasing number of artists are using AI as their medium—for creating 2D images, synthesizing deep fake videos, and designing immersive experiences.

In June of 2023, Stony Brook University PhD students Ryan Burgert, Kanchana Ranasinghe, and Xiang Li, along with Professor Michael Ryoo — SUNY Empire Innovation Associate Professor at AI Institute, Stony Brook University—greatly advanced the role of AI in art by using the technology to create stunning optical illusions. The team showcased their project, titled “Diffusion Illusions: Hiding Images in Plain Sight,” at the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2023, where they won the Demo Award for their contributions to the field.

Their model, which uses text prompts to generate realistic images, can create a variety of optical illusions, including Flippy Illusions, Rotating Overlays, and Hidden Characters.

Read the full story at the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation website.

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