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Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging

11 July 2022 – 15 July 2022 Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, British Columbia Canada

The COSI topical meeting showcases the latest innovations in imaging science, emphasizing synergistic activities in Optics, Signal Processing and Machine Learning. The meeting attracts submissions that span topics ranging from theoretical advances in photonics to imaging applications in medicine, defense and industry. 


  • Popular Topics (in alphabetical order): 

  • Computational Microscopy (including Ptychography), Digital Holographic Microscopy 
  • Compressed Sensing 
  • Computational Spectroscopy and Spectral Imaging 
  • Computational Imaging for Point-of-care applications 
  • Fundamental Limits of Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging 
  • Imaging through Scattering and Turbid Media 
  • Inverse Problems in Imaging 
  • Lensless Imaging, Coherent Diffraction Imaging 
  • Machine Learning for Computational Imaging 
  • Novel applications of Holography 
  • Phase Retrieval and its applications 
  • Polarization Imaging and Sensing 
  • SAR, InSAR, Terahertz- and mm-Wave Imaging 
  • Super-Resolution 
  • Topics in 3D Imaging (Structured Illumination, ToF Sensing, LiDAR, Light Fields) 
  • Tomographic Imaging 
  • Unconventional Imaging Modalities (Intensity Interferometry, Ghost Imaging and Mutual Intensity Imaging)

Topics of Special Interest (in alphabetical order):

  • Computer Generated Holography and Computational Displays for AR/VR 
  • Computational Imaging using Metasurfaces and Metamaterials 
  • Event-Driven Computational Imaging using Neuromorphic Sensors 
  • Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging 
  • Physics aware Deep Learning 
  • Quantum Imaging 
  • Single-photon Imaging


  • Sara Abrahamsson, University of California Santa CruzUnited States
    Multifocus Microscopy and Structured Illumination---Toward Live 3D Super-Resolution in Biology
  • Kaan Akşit, University College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Perceptually Guided Next-Generation Displays
  • Henry Arguello, Universidad Industrial de SantanderColombia
    Data-Driven Optical Coding Optimization in Computational Imaging
  • Vladan Blahnik, Hensoldt AGGermany
    Smart Phone Computational Photography
  • David Brady, University of ArizonaUnited States
    Snapshot Compressive Imaging on Ptychographic Array Cameras
  • Ni Chen, King Abdullah Univ of Sci & TechnologySaudi Arabia
    Differentiable Holographic Imaging
  • Mini Das, University of HoustonUnited States
    X-Ray Phase Imaging - Contrast Generation and Quantitative Phase Retrieval
  • Hong Hua, University of ArizonaUnited States
    Time-Multiplexed Methods for Head-Mounted Light Field Displays
  • David Lindell, University of TorontoCanada
    Confocal Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging and Diffuse Tomography Using Single-Photon Sensors
  • Lars Loetgering, Helmholtz Institute JenaGermany
    The Role of Reciprocity in Conventional and Fourier Ptychography
  • Arka Majumdar, University of WashingtonUnited States
    Metasurfaces for Computational Imaging
  • Jelena Notaros, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Silicon Photonics for LiDAR, Augmented Reality, and Beyond
  • Aydogan Ozcan, University of California Los AngelesUnited States
    Diffractive Optical Networks and Computational Imaging Without a Computer
  • Rafael Piestun, University of Colorado at BoulderUnited States
    Imaging Through Ultra-Thin Microendoscopes
  • Chrysanthe Preza, University of MemphisUnited States
    Optical-Transfer Function Engineering for 3D Structured Illumination Microscopy
  • Guohai Situ, Chinese Academy of SciencesChina
    PhysenNet: A Physics-Enhanced Deep Neura Network for Computational Optical Imaging
  • Laura Waller, University of California BerkeleyUnited States
    Designing Computational Cameras with Scattering Optics


  • Figen Oktem, Middle East Technical University (METU), TurkeyChair
  • Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University, United StatesChair
  • Florian Willomitzer, Northwestern University, United StatesChair
  • Qing Chao, Oculus Research, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Vidya Ganapati, Swarthmore College, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Prasanna Rangarajan, Southern Methodist University, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Emma Alexander, University of California Berkeley, United States
  • Seung-Whan Bahk, University of Rochester, United States
  • Marc Christensen, Southern Methodist University, United States
  • Oliver Cossairt, Northwestern University, United States
  • Michael Gehm, Duke University, United States
  • Andrew Harvey, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Wolfgang Heidrich, King Abdullah Univ of Sci & Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Roarke Horstmeyer, Duke University, United States
  • Jun Ke, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • Edmund Lam, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, United States
  • Chris Metzler, University of Maryland at College Park, United States
  • John Murray-Bruce, University of South Florida, United States
  • Chrysanthe Preza, University of Memphis, United States
  • Giuliano Scarcelli, University of Maryland at College Park, United States
  • Paulo Silveira, Occipital Inc, United States
  • Indranil Sinharoy, Samsung Research America Dallas, United States
  • Esteban Vera, P. Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile
  • Abbie Watnik, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
  • Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel



Figen Oktem

Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey

Gordon Wetzstein

Stanford University, United States

Florian Willomitzer

Northwestern University, United States

Qing Chao

Oculus Research, United States
Program Chair

Vidya Ganapati

Swarthmore College, United States
Program Chair

Prasanna Rangarajan

Southern Methodist University, United States
Program Chair


Special Events


From Student to Career: A Look Inside Different Career Paths

Tuesday, 12 July 14:00 – 16:00

Students can ask questions and hear from professionals in different fields about the steps they took in choosing their career paths, what it takes to be successful in their field, and what a typical work day is like and how it differs from graduate school.

Scott Davis, Vescent Photonics, USA
Mark Zondlo, Princeton University, USA
Jaakko Lehtinen, Gasera, Finland
Michelle Bailey, NIST, USA
Derek Guenther, Ocean Insight, USA

Recent Advances in Free-Space Optical Communications

Wednesday, 13 July 09:30 – 11:00

Join the Laser Systems Technical group for a special talk led by Szymon Gladysz followed by a networking reception. With several major companies like SpaceX, Facebook, Google, and hundreds of smaller companies pursuing several concepts involving laser communications technology, Gladysz will discuss the recent advances in free-space laser communications in atmospheric and underwater environments. Please use this link to RSVP:

Szymon Gladysz, Head of the Adaptive Optics Group, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation, Germany


Conference Reception

Wednesday, 13 July 18:00 – 20:30

Join your fellow attendees for a festive evening. Guest tickets are available for USD 75.


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