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Jannick Rolland named first Brian J. Thompson Professor

22 April 2009

Jannick Rolland has been named the first Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester.

Rolland's work spans optical design for head-mounted displays, augmented reality and 3D visualization, and image quality assessment for medical imaging. Her pioneering work on image quality assessment in medical imaging continues to be a major area of her research, now moving into image quality assessment for optical coherence tomography and specifically toward a state-of-the-art device for application to skin cancer detection in clinical environments. Rolland became involved in research on head-mounted displays in surgical environments when it was an emerging field, developing the first truly miniature projection optics, which led to the first commercially available head-mounted projection display.

Rolland became an SPIE Fellow in 2008 for specific achievements in optical systems engineering and design. Her involvement with SPIE includes serving as associate editor for the SPIE journal Optical Engineering and as chair of numerous sessions at SPIE conferences.

Read the complete press release from the University of Rochester.