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SPIE Professional October 2010

Imaging Science at Winter College 2011

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SPIE is a co-sponsor of the annual Winter College on Optics at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. This year's theme is imaging science. 

Held 31 January through 11 February 2011, the Winter College on Optics in Imaging Science will bring together outstanding researchers in imaging science to lead lectures, workshops, and other training activities on the enormous advances in optical imaging science during the last two decades. For example, nonlinear methods are yielding resolutions in microscopy that are well beyond the normal diffraction limit. Digital holographic microscopy, facilitated by the availability of inexpensive digital cameras, is promoting the development of novel techniques in the imaging of biological specimens.

The mobile phone industry is funding research on "computational" imaging techniques that rely on an array of tiny cameras to perform the function of a much larger single camera. In addition, Earth-based telescopes are producing images comparable to those obtained by the Hubble telescope because of new methods for imaging through atmospheric turbulence.

Attendees at the 2011 Winter College will learn about:

  • New developments in ultra-high-resolution microscopy
  • 3D imaging: sensors, methods, measurements, and physical limitations
  • Imaging and numerical modeling, analysis, and processing
  • Recent developments in the use of diffractive optical elements in imaging systems
  • Computational imaging: A new paradigm in imaging
  • Combining pre- and post-detection processing to improve imaging system performance
  • Imaging through turbulence: lucky imaging, aperture masking, Fourier telescopy
  • Adaptive components in imaging systems computational imaging

An ICTP Preparatory School will be organized the week before the College (24 to 28 January) for a limited number of selected participants. The Preparatory School will provide background tutorials and exercises in the areas of geometrical optics and Fourier optics, along with an introduction to Wigner optics.

Directors for the 2011 Winter College on Optics are:

  • SPIE Fellow William T. Rhodes (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
  • Jorge Ojeda-Castaneda (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico)
  • Gianluca Valentin (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

The Winter College is generally aimed at researchers from developing countries, but students and post-doctoral scientists from developed countries are also welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy.

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at spieprofessional@spie.org.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201010.42

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