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08 March 2018

The Optical Society and Society for Imaging Science and Technology Present the 2018 Land Medal

8 March 2018

The Optical Society and Society for Imaging Science and Technology Present the 2018 Edwin H. Land Medal

WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) are pleased to name Ann E. Elsner, Indiana University and Aeon Imaging, LLC, USA the 2018 Edwin H. Land Medal recipient. Elsner is recognized for her contributions to the fields of ophthalmic instrumentation and vision science with innovative imaging technologies, state-of-the-art psychophysical research and entrepreneurial ventures.

“The Edwin H. Land Medal was established in 1992 by OSA and IS&T to recognize scientific impact, technologies and products,” said Dacheng Tao, University of Technology Sydney, Australia and Land Medal selection committee chair. “With all of Ann’s accomplishments in both industry and academia, her achievements made it an easy choice for our committee and we congratulate Ann on this recognition.
Ursula Gibson, 2018 president-elect of The Optical Society and Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, added, “Edwin Land had an intense and insatiable scientific curiosity about optics and imaging. Ann shares these traits in her roles as an inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, and teacher. On behalf of The Optical Society, I congratulate Ann on this notable achievement.” 

Ann Elsner is a Fellow of OSA and a Professor in Optometry at Indiana University. Her laboratory develops retinal imaging and visual function techniques to combat vision loss. She received her B.A. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.  She left the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Carnegie-Mellon University in 1987, to start a laboratory at the Schepens Eye Research, Harvard University, which moved to Indiana University in 2005.  At the same time, Elsner founded Aeon Imaging, LLC, to lower costs in healthcare and education.
Elsner’s research revolutionized retinal imaging by introducing novel laser sources into instruments with scanning designs, confocal properties, solid-state detectors, and specialized techniques for presenting visual stimuli. She produced the first images or biomedical application for a variety of lasers in under-utilized wavelength ranges, including Ti:Sapphire. New image processing techniques, including analysis for multiply scattered light and polarization, revealed structures previously unseen in living eyes  This led to acceptance of near infrared imaging with a variety of modalities, now combatting eye disease and impacting research and healthcare worldwide. 
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit
About The Society for Imaging Science and Technology
IS&T is an international professional non-profit dedicated to keeping members and other imaging professionals apprised of the latest developments in the field through conferences, educational programs, publications, and its website. IS&T programs encompass all aspects of the imaging workflow, which moves from capture (sensors, cameras) through image processing (image quality, color, and materialization) to hard and soft copy output (printing, displays, image permanence), and includes aspects related to human vision, such as image quality and color. The Society also focuses on a wide range of image-related applications, including security, virtual reality, machine vision, and data analysis. For more information, visit
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