Associate professor wins early career award

Nathan Cahill is among the first cohort of SPIE Rising Researchers

Nathan Cahill

Rochester Institute of Technology faculty member Nathan Cahill was named a Rising Researcher by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his contributions to defense and security research.

Cahill is one of 10 early career professionals selected to receive the new award. The first cohort of SPIE Rising Researchers was chosen for their work in defense, commercial and scientific sensing, imaging and optics or in product development. The award recipients will be recognized at the SPIE Defense & Commercial Systems conference in Anaheim, Calif., April 9-13.

“I’m honored and humbled by this award,” Cahill said. “RIT has a strong reputation in the defense and security community, and many faculty and student researchers across various departments at RIT have long been working on tackling difficult problems in areas like remote sensing, machine learning and cybersecurity. The diversity of backgrounds, talents and ideas of the students and faculty I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with at RIT has made this recognition possible.”

Cahill is the associate dean for industrial partnerships in the College of Science and an associate professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences. He directs the Image Computing and Analysis Lab at RIT, which focuses on the development of mathematical models and computational algorithms for the analysis of color, hyperspectral and medical imagery.

Cahill is an RIT alumnus, earning BS and MS degrees in applied mathematics in 1997 and 2000. Before joining RIT in 2009, Cahill spent 13 years as a researcher at Eastman Kodak Co. and Carestream Health and earned a DPhil in engineering science from the University of Oxford. He has published more than 60 journal and conference papers and is an inventor on 26 U.S. patents.


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