IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Imaging Workshop PDF

Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20, 28*, May 4, 2011, 7:00–9:30 PM (* Thursday April 28th)
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA, 02420, USA

April 6, 2011
7 PM

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An Overview of Imaging Science & Technology Slides

Prof. William T. Rhodes, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


Prof. William T. Rhodes, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Abstract:  Optical imaging science and technology have seen enormous advances during the past two decades. Nonlinear (e.g., two-photon) methods are yielding resolutions in microscopy that are well beyond the normal diffraction limit. Digital holographic microscopy, facilitated by the availability of inexpensive digital cameras, is promoting the development of novel techniques in the imaging of biological specimens. The mobile phone industry is funding research on "computational" imaging techniques that rely on an array of tiny cameras to perform the function of a much larger single camera, and earth-based telescopes are producing images comparable to those obtained by the Hubble telescope because of new methods for imaging through atmospheric turbulence. In this talk I will review the history of imaging science and technology and highlight those recent developments that make imaging such a dynamic and exciting subject today.


Biography:  William T. Rhodes, Emeritus Professor of Georgia Institute of Technology, has been with Florida Atlantic University since 2005, where he is professor of electrical engineering, affiliate professor of physics, and head of FAU’s imaging science and technology program. While at Georgia Tech he headed that university’s Center for Optical Science and Engineering and served as Research Director at Georgia Tech Lorraine, Georgia Tech’s platform in Metz, France.  

Early this year he led the 2011 Winter College on Optics in Imaging Science at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and he is co-PI and program director for an NSF-funded Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Frontiers in Image Science to be conducted this spring in Bogota, Colombia. As a traveling lecturer for the Optical Society of America he has spoken to groups in the U.S. and in Europe on Four Centuries of Imaging Technology. Co-author of a classic textbook on lasers and their applications and currently authoring Principles of Fourier Optics, he is editor-in-chief of the Springer-Verlag Optical Sciences Series of monographs, editor for Springer’s graduate textbook series in physics, and editor-in-chief of SPIE Reviews. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the SPIE and has served on the board of both the OSA and the SPIE.


For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Farhad Hakimi (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
2) William Nelson (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
3) Reuel Swint (, Imaging Workshop Committee Co-Chair
4) Robert Stephenson (, Boston Photonics Society Chair