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Imaging Science

Imaging Science encompasses the development, optimization, and application of imaging systems. These systems use not only the visible light our eyes can see, but the full range of the electromagnetic spectrum, from gamma rays through infrared and on down to the lowest of radio frequencies. Modern ultrasound and electron microscopic imaging techniques transcend the realm of electromagnetic waves. Video- and three-dimensional imaging further enhance our capabilities, and computers allow development of algorithms to extract information from databases of images, as well as visualizations techniques to display information so humans can utilize it.

The science and engineering of imaging thus encompasses a very wide range of subject areas:

physics of energy sources to the psychophysics of high-level visual perception,

engineering of optics and sensing systems, to the design of algorithms, and

how light is generated to how the world is perceived,

Imaging Science addresses questions about every aspect of systems and techniques used to create, perceive, analyze, and optimize images. 

Application areas of imaging are equally diverse, including remote sensing, earth observation and monitoring, vision and perception, biomedical systems, astronomy, security, emergency response, video systems and printers, document reconstruction, data mining, to name some of the active areas of research within the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) is both truly interdisciplinary in its content and multi-disciplinary in its applications.

Contact: John Kerekes, Graduate Program Director

(585) 475-6996,

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