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Image processing in applied optics educational programs
Author(s): Robert M. Bunch

Paper Abstract

The acquisition and processing of images has grown into a routine tool used in research and industry today. Image processing tools can also be employed by students to better understand the basic science of the phenomena that they ar studying. Even though students may be able to visualize the physical phenomena of interest during a particular laboratory experiment they often find it difficult to record and quantify their experimental results. Fortunately, computer hardware along with cameras of sufficient resolution are now available to assist in the acquisition of images and sufficiently powerful image processing software is available to perform analysis and measurements on these images. The use of image processing and image acquisition in applied optics lab courses will be discussed. An interdisciplinary program that incorporates image processing and computer graphics into our curriculum will also be discussed. Faculty members from the Physics and Applied Optics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science Departments pooled their resources to create an Imaging Systems Laboratory. We now offer an Imaging Systems Certificate to students of any major at Rose-Hulman who complete a sequence of courses and an imaging project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224037
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Robert M. Bunch, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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