SPIE Members Anthony Visconti and Brett Sternfield, students at the University of Rochester, are among winners of the 2012 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition sponsored by SPIE Corporate Member Synopsys.
Visconti was recognized for his work on infrared optical imaging , with applications including thermal imaging for night vision systems, as well as remote sensing for aerial photography and satellite data collection.
Sternfield was recognized for his work on a machine vision imaging system, presenting a method to improve a robot's ability to navigate a new environment and capture images. This can be useful for a wide range of tasks, including search and rescue missions, intelligence gathering and even fast food delivery.
Josh Walters of the University of Alabama in Huntsville was also recognized for his project to reduce crosstalk in an imaging system that uses an array of lenslets, so that the resulting image of each channel is clearly distinguished.
"We believe it is important to encourage the next generation of optical engineers by recognizing and showcasing their talents in our annual student design competition," said George Bayz, vice president and general manager of the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys. "The entries we received reflect strong design concepts that were well executed and presented and show promise for optical systems across a broad range of applications."
The competition was established in 2000 by Optical Research Associates, now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys, and was named in honor of ORA's former president and chief executive officer Robert S. Hilbert. The annual competition is open to students in North America working toward a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. degree who utilize Synopsys' CODE V(®) or LightTools(®) software to perform optical design and engineering research. Awards are granted to students who have submitted papers that demonstrate optical design excellence.