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Imaging physics at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
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The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is launching a research program in imaging physics planned to start in fiscal year 1997 (FY97). Both active (man made illumination sources) and passive (solar illuminated) imaging methods will be included in the program. The purpose of the program is to develop a national thrust for imaging science which will lay the foundation for future Air Force imaging systems. The new imaging physics program will be jointly administered from the Directorate of Physics and Electronics (AFOSR/NE) and the Directorate of Mathematics and Geosciences (AFOSR/NM) with collaborations with the Directorate of Life Sciences. The combined NE, NM, and NL imaging program will apply innovative mathematical formalisms (wavelets, non-linear partial differential equations, inverse methods, statistical techniques, optimization methods . . .) to the imaging problem (object representation, atmospheric turbulence compensation and noise modeling, innovative imaging techniques, multi- spectral imaging, data and sensor fusion, smart sensors, imaging neural nets, phase retrieval, . . .). The electronic emulation of biological vision processes for intelligent information identification and extraction in a timely manner are also of interest. A description of AFOSR and the current and planned imaging physics program are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2827, Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis III, (25 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255072
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William W. Arrasmith, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2827:
Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis III
Paul S. Idell; Timothy J. Schulz, Editor(s)

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