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Imaging Systems and Applications

22 June 2020 – 26 June 2020 OSA Virtual Event

Latest advances in the research, engineering and systems design of imaging devices for applications in military, industrial, medical, and consumer imaging.

IS brings together experts from many different scientific and engineering disciplines who contribute to the design and integration of optics, sensors, digital processing and displays in imaging systems. IS captures the state-of-the-art in unique light gathering optics, image sensor architectures and technology, on and off chip digital image processing, and methods for compression, storage, transmission, and utilization.

The meeting highlights the leading-edge use of imaging systems in consumer imaging, automotive and drone imaging, photography and digital cinematography capture and projection, remote sensing, microscopy, invasive and non-invasive surgery, and airborne and astronomical observations and imaging.


  • Advances in microscopic imaging
  • Imaging for autonomous vehicles
  • New concepts in biomedical imaging
  • Imaging sensors for mobile computing and AR/VR applications
  • Spectral imaging systems
  • Novel imaging optics
  • Neuromorphic and asynchronous imaging systems
    • Image segmentation and understanding
    • Image compression and resolution enhancement
    • Target recognition and tracking
    • Industrial and visual inspection approaches
    • Two- and Three-dimensional image reconstruction
  • Optimization of imaging systems for machine learning applications



  • Rohith Chandrasekar, National Geospatial Intelligence AgencyUnited States
    Design Challenges Facing Next Generation of Remote Sensors
  • Concetto Eugenio Andrea Cordaro, AMOLFNetherlands
    All-optical Computing Metasurfaces
  • Alfredo Dubra, Stanford UniversityUnited States
    Designing Ophthalmoscopes for Cellular Imaging and Testing
  • Pietro Ferraro, Istituto Nazionale di OtticaItaly
    Optical Characteristics of Living Cells: An Emerging Arena to Blend Biology with Photonics
  • Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
    Fiber-coupled Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy (STED)
  • Sanjeev Koppal, University of FloridaUnited States
    Fast Foveation for LIDARs, Projectors and Cameras
  • Richard Lepkowicz, Peak NanoUnited States
    High Value, High Impact, High Volume: The Emergence of Nanolayered GRIN Optics
  • Chiao Liu, Facebook Inc.United States
    Title to be announced.
  • Arka Majumdar, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Metaphotonic Computational Image Sensors
  • Dalip Mehta, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
    Title to be announced.
  • Seemantini Nadkarni, Harvard Medical SchoolUnited States
    Assessing Tissue Micromechanics Using Laser Speckle Techniques
  • Vincent Schnee, US ArmyUnited States
    The Bumpy Road Ahead: A Method for the Rapid Iteration and Discovery of Textured Optics with a Focus on Manufacturability
  • Joseph Shaw, Montana State UniversityUnited States
    Fisheye Imaging of Sky Polarization at the August 2017 Solar Eclipse
  • Arcot Sowmya, University of New South WalesAustralia
    Automated Grading of Refractive Error From Fundus Images using Deep Learning
  • Rand Swanson, Resonon Inc.United States
    Utilizing Asymmetry to Obtain Superior Data in Push-broom Hyperspectral Imagers
  • Shuo Tang, University of British ColumbiaCanada
    Development of Multiphoton Endoscopy
  • Luat Vuong, University of California RiversideUnited States
    Topological and Vortex Optics for Machine Vision
  • Laura Waller, University of California BerkeleyUnited States
    DiffuserCam: Computational Microscopy with a Lensless Imager
  • Guido Zarella, MITRE CorpUnited States
    Title to be announced.



  • Kevin Gemp, MITRE Corp, United StatesChair
  • Michael Groenert, US Army RDECOM CERDEC, United StatesGeneral Chair
  • Maitreyee Roy, University of New South Wales, AustraliaChair
  • Chulmin Joo, Yonsei University, South KoreaProgram Chair
  • Casey Streuber, Raytheon Missile Systems, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Kenneth Barnard, US Air Force Research Laboratory, United States
  • Peter Catrysse, Stanford University, United States
  • Greg Cohen, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Christopher Dainty, FotoNation, Ireland
  • Michelle Digman, University of California Irvine, United States
  • Aristide Dogariu, University of Central Florida, CREOL, United States
  • Joyce Farrell, Stanford University, United States
  • Boyd Fowler, Omnivision Technologies, United States
  • Dennis Gardner, MITRE Corp, United States
  • Ying Geng, Oculus VR LLC, United States
  • Francisco Imai, Apple Inc., United States
  • Kristina Irsch, Johns Hopkins University & Sorbonne Univ, United States
  • Byoungho Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Ofer Levi, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dale Linne von Berg, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Abhijit Mahalanobis, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, United States
  • Raghuveer Rao, US Army Research Laboratory, United States
  • Todd Sachs, Apple Inc., United States
  • Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Plenary Session

Katie Bouman

California Institute of Technology, USA

Capturing the First Picture of a Black Hole and Beyond

This talk will present the methods and procedures used to produce the first image of a black hole from the Event Horizon Telescope, as well as discuss future developments. It had been theorized for decades that a black hole would leave a "shadow" on a background of hot gas. Taking a picture of this black hole shadow would help to address a number of important scientific questions, both on the nature of black holes and the validity of general relativity. Unfortunately, due to its small size, traditional imaging approaches require an Earth-sized radio telescope. In this talk, I discuss techniques the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration has developed to photograph a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of telescopes scattered across the globe. Imaging a black hole’s structure with this computational telescope required us to reconstruct images from sparse measurements, heavily corrupted by atmospheric error. This talk will summarize how the data from the 2017 observations were calibrated and imaged, and explain some of the challenges that arise with a heterogeneous telescope array like the EHT. The talk will also discuss future developments, including how we are developing machine learning methods to help design future telescope arrays.

About the Speaker

Katie Bouman is an assistant professor in the Computing and Mathematical Sciences Department at the California Institute of Technology. Before joining Caltech, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She received her Ph.D. in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT in EECS. Before coming to MIT, she received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. The focus of her research is on using emerging computational methods to push the boundaries of interdisciplinary imaging.

David J. Brady

Duke University, USA

Defining the Digital Camera

Conventionally “the camera” is well defined, it consists of a lens to form an image and a sensor to measure the image. In the modern camera, however, the image is formed computationally rather than by the lens. The camera consists of a variety of sensor resources, potentially including lens and sensor arrays with various forms of active illumination and 3D sensing. Camera designers must select these resources within size, weight, cost and power budgets to maximize the quality of computed media. While this approach creates design challenges, it also enables 100x increases pixel count per unit volume, 100x decreases in operational power per pixel and dramatic improvements spatial, spectral, temporal and range resolution. This talk reviews design strategies for heterogeneous sensor array cameras and analyzes system performance for various recent designs.

About the Speaker

David J. Brady is the Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics at Duke University. In 2012, Professor Brady led the team that built the world’s first terrestrial gigapixel camera. He subsequently founded Aqueti, Inc., which manufactures array cameras. Brady has also worked on numerous applications of compressive measurement and computational imaging, in 2013 he was awarded the SPIE Denis Gabor Award for the development of compressive holography. His recent work focuses on the use of compressive measurement and artificial intelligence to improve data quality and quantity in parallel cameras; focusing on the ultimate goal of handheld gigapixel cameras. Brady is a fellow of OSA, SPIE and IEEE.


Special Events

Women of Imaging and Sensing Meet and Greet

Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of your choice and join other women of Sensing & Imaging for an informal virtual get together. Members of each committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or simply log in and learn a bit about OSA’s diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

Volunteer Engagement I – OSA Technical Groups

Join OSA Board of Meetings Technical Group Development Chair Daniel Smalley to learn more about the governing structure and activities of OSA Technical Groups. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session I (Sensing Congress)

OSA Career Lab: Developing Profitable Technology Products

Developing products that make money is the primary goal of most technology companies, but it’s not an easy task to accomplish. Many factors impact whether a product is ultimately successful or not. Learn an overview of the important fundamentals for developing products that will make money for your company.

Volunteer Engagement II – OSA Meetings

Join members of the Sensing and Imaging committee to discuss the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Technical Groups: Illumicon

You are invited to join the OSA Display Technology Technical Group for Illumicon, an exclusive members-only event. Building on the declarations established at past Illumicon gatherings, attendees will converge online to discuss and debate emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in advanced 3D displays. Entrance to the online event will be granted to those able to enter the secret password.

Volunteer Engagement III – OSA Publishing

Join Kara Peters, NC State University, USA, Applied Optics Topical Editor and Samuel Thurman, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies, USA, JOSA A Topical Editor to learn how to become a reviewer, what editors are looking for in a reviewer, and what makes a good review. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A.

Introductory Remarks and Plenary Session II (Imaging Congress)

Student and Early Career Professionals Happy Hour

Join fellow students and early career professionals for an informal virtual get together. Grab your coffee, soda or beverage of choice for a chance to meet other students and early career professionals from across the world and swap stories of life in graduate school and beyond.  Share the joys, trials, challenges, and camaraderie of the hard work


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