RIT and ASD Inc. host symposium on trends in spectroscopy Jan. 21




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Rochester Institute of Technology and Analytical Spectral Devices Inc. will host a workshop on current applications and trends in spectroscopy.

The free RIT-ASD symposium will be held at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Carlson Auditorium.

Spectroscopy measures light reflected from objects in the visible/near infrared and short wave infrared wavelengths. Because materials absorb light at different wavelengths, they have specific spectral signatures that can be identified remotely. Spectroscopy is used to collect information in the field of remote sensing.

Featured speakers will include Brian Curtiss, ASD Inc. co-founder and chief technology officer; Charles “Chip” Bachmann, the Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Professor in Imaging Science in RIT’s Center for Imaging Science; Nina Raqueno, assistant scientist at the Center for Imaging Science, and Justin Harms, a Ph.D. student in the Center for Imaging Science; Allison Graettinger, from State University of New York at Buffalo; and Bill Philpot and Joe Kider from Cornell University.

“RIT’s relationship to ASD gives our students connections in the remote sensing community well before they graduate,” Bachmann said. “Exposure like this broadens their perspective on the industry. And as a result, a lot of our imaging science students get job offers before they graduate. From an educational perspective, this symposium also provides a tremendous opportunity for students to see some of the latest research developments including new instrumentation that supports calibration and validation in the field of remote sensing.”

RIT’s Center for Imaging Science has had a long-standing partnership with Analytical Spectral Devices. Imaging science doctoral students Kelly Canham and Nima Pahlevan, in 2011, won the use of spectroradiometers. The awards were made through the Alexander Goetz Instrument Program, co-sponsored by Analytical Spectral Devices and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

ASD is also loaning a spectroradiometer to RIT imaging science alumna Rose Rustowitz, who is a Fulbright scholar at the University of Iceland.