Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts

Lansdown Centre For Electronic Arts

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The Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts (LCEA) is a research centre of Middlesex University in the north of London, United Kingdom. It had a significant role in the early development of computer graphics and has continued to innovate in areas such as interactive media and sonic arts.

The Centre undertakes research and provides postgraduate and undergraduate teaching. Research-active staff include (head of the Centre), , (Senior Research Fellow), , (Research Fellow), , and . is visiting scholar.

Principal areas of current work are , and .


The Lansdown Centre is named after the computer graphics pioneer John Lansdown who was its head from 1993 until 1997. The Centre for Electronic Arts originated in 1985 (it was renamed in 2000 after Lansdown's death). Its roots lie in the still earlier work of John Vince to develop computer graphics at Middlesex University (then Middlesex Polytechnic). From the 1970s, John with others developed two suites of computer graphics subroutines in the FORTRAN programming language. PICASO (PIcture Computer Algorithms SubroutineOriented) was used to create line drawings of 2D and 3D objects and PRISM (Picaso's Raster Imaging SysteM) created full colour images with smooth Gouraud and Phong shading.

The aim of these systems was to give artists and designers access to the creative potential of digital technology. They were used for short courses which were attended by television creative producers from the BBC, Independent Television...
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