Imaging Science

Bringing together physics, math, computer science, and engineering to understand and develop cutting-edge imaging systems such as satellites and detectors that record, process, display, or analyze image data.

1

RIT is the only university in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in imaging science

30+

Years that RIT has offered master’s and Ph.D. degrees in imaging science

40+

Faculty engaged in teaching and research

4

Specialized laboratories for detector research

Research Centers and Labs

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Dedicated to pushing the frontiers of imaging in all its forms and uses. Through education leading to BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in imaging science, we produce the next generation of educators and researchers who develop and deploy imaging systems to answer fundamental scientific questions, monitor and protect our environment, help keep our nation secure, and aid medical researchers in their quest to conquer disease.

Learn more about the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory

The DIRS Laboratory focuses on the development of tools to extract information about the Earth from aerial and satellite imaging systems with an emphasis on the application of science and engineering to solving end-to-end remote sensing problems using a systems engineering approach.

Learn more about the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics

The mission of LAMA is to foster the utilization and advancement of cutting-edge techniques in multiwavelength astrophysics by RIT faculty, research staff, and students, so as to improve human understanding of the origin and fate of the universe and its constituents.

Learn more about the Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics

Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory

The Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory aims to further the understanding of high-level visual perception, how humans extract information from images and the environment, and how that information is used in decision-making and to guide actions. The lab is equipped with a variety of eye-tracking instrumentation to record and analyze eye movements.

Learn more about the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory

Key Faculty

David Messinger
Director of Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Charles Bachmann
Wiedman Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Emmett Ientilucci
Assistant Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
John Kerekes
Research Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Zoran Ninkov
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Jan van Aardt
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Anthony Vodacek
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Carl Salvaggio
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Related News

  • March 23, 2022

    student walking backwards giving a tour of the RIT campus.

    Record applicant pool signals demographic shifts for RIT

    More women are applying to RIT than ever before, especially in STEM programs. Applications from women were up 13 percent across the board from last year. The surge in women applicants in STEM is helping an overall record year for applications.

  • February 23, 2022

    side-by-side images of a mountain range, the left showing the landscape and the right showing a temperature map.

    RIT’s remote sensing experts help scientists keep an eye on the Earth

    Scientists from RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science recently helped successfully bring the new Landsat 9 satellite online and are partnering with a startup on a bold new initiative to help scientists in government and the private sector monitor changes in the Earth’s surface temperature.

  • January 31, 2022

    student research in waders in a lake with a pole and a measuring device.

    Tait Preserve becoming hotbed for interdisciplinary research

    RIT has an emerging new hotspot for interdisciplinary research about 25 minutes from the main campus. The Tait Preserve includes a 60-acre lake and a private mile of Irondequoit Creek adjacent to Ellison Park, offering endless opportunities for research, education, and conservation activities.

  • November 11, 2021

    man hands a gavel to another man outdoors.

    Alumnus Jeffrey Harris named chair of RIT Board of Trustees

    Jeffrey Harris has been named the 21st chairperson of RIT’s Board of Trustees. Harris, who has served on the RIT board for nearly 15 years, graduated from RIT in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in photographic sciences.