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Jules Jaffe: From Titanic to the Tiny: Three Decades of Underwater Optical Imaging

Research Oceanographer Jules Jaffe recounts his experience as a member of the science team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that discovered the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985 using an optical imaging system. A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2012.

24 August 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201208.11

Jules Jaffe is a research oceanographer in the Marine Physical Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He has developed a number of underwater imaging systems that have offered unique views of a variety of living organisms in the ocean.

In this plenary talk at SPIE Optics + Photonics, he describes his past and ongoing projects, including the optical imaging system used to locate the Titanic in 1985 and the recent development an underwater 3D video rate microscope.

Jaffe is a Fellow of the American Acoustical Society and a past recipient of a National Science Foundation Creativity Award. He has been at Scripps since 1988, and was previously an associate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.