Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science


The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science is dedicated to pushing the frontiers of imaging in all its forms and uses. Through education leading to bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in imaging science, we produce the next generation of educators and researchers who develop and deploy imaging systems that answer fundamental scientific questions, monitor and protect our environment, help keep our nation secure, and aid medical researchers in their quest to conquer disease.

From how light is generated to how the world is perceived, imaging science addresses questions about every aspect of systems that are used to create, perceive, analyze, and optimize images. Imaging science is both truly interdisciplinary in its content and multi-disciplinary in its applications.

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Imaging science program in the U.S. and currently the only formal imaging science program in the nation


of institute research funds flow through the Center


Research expenditures the Center had for fiscal year 2016-17

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Undergraduate Programs

Many students are attracted to the Bachelor of Science in imaging science because of its multidisciplinary nature. It is particularly attractive to students who enjoy science, engineering, computing, and math and are searching for careers that apply their unique interests. The program also applies science and engineering concepts to the study of photography and digital media that has a long tradition at RIT.

Imaging science offers an ideal mix of disciplines while promising a well-rounded and highly marketable degree. There are tracks/focuses in optics, computer vision, machine learning, remote sensing, nanoimaging, biomedical imaging, and historical document imaging.

A highly interdisciplinary field that combines aspects of physics, math, computer science, and engineering to understand and develop cutting-edge imaging systems from satellite systems to portable eye trackers to medical imagers to multispectral detectors—anything that involves recording, processing, displaying, or analyzing image data.

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Graduate Programs

The Master of Science and Ph.D. imaging science programs emphasize a systems approach to the study of imaging science and prepares you for careers in research, product development, and management in the imaging industry. Through extensive, hands-on research, you will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet available academic, industrial, and governmental careers.

Further your understanding of the development and implementation of imaging systems. This knowledge can be applied to a variety of areas, including remote sensing, environmental science, and more.

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Reach the penultimate status of higher education in imaging science acquiring the capabilities, skills, and experience to succeed in this diverse field.

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Minors and Immersions

Imaging science is a highly interdisciplinary field of study that incorporates elements from mathematics, engineering, computer science, and physics to understand, design, and utilize imagery and imaging systems to study scientific phenomena. The imaging science minor is designed to allow students from various departments across RIT to study how to use imaging to enhance their primary field of study or discover how to incorporate imaging science into their major discipline to solve complex, interdisciplinary problems in imaging, imagery exploitation, and the design and evaluation of imaging systems.

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The science of film, photography, and imaging immersion explores the basic science behind technologies used in film, photography, and other imaging applications. Introductions to human visual perception, color science, imaging physics, and imaging system engineering set a groundwork for common theories underlying all major imaging industries. This immersion also provides necessary prerequisites for completion of a minor in imaging science. 

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