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Scientific Journal Bans Images of ‘Lena,’ Researchers’ Favorite Centerfold

"Starting 1 April, new manuscript submissions will no longer be allowed to include the Lena image,” a message from IEEE to engineers announced.
Scientific Journal Bans Images of ‘Lena,’ Researchers’ Favorite Centerfold

The field of image processing owes its existence to Playboy centerfold Lena Forsén, whose 1972 photo has been used by engineers in research and image processing for more than 50 years. Now, IEEE, one of the largest institutions for computing research and a major journal publisher, has deemed that it can no longer be used in research papers. 

Computer engineer Michael Frank posted a screenshot of an email he received from Terry Benzel, Vice President of the Technical and Conference Activities Board at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  

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