Image Science

Image science investigates the ways that image quality can be defined, measured and optimized; it touches and improves the visualization of everything from healthy bones to unstable atmospheres to millennia-old geological formations. This interdisciplinary field studies the physics of photon generation, the propagation of light through optical systems, signal generation in detectors and more, and considers the statistics of random processes and how they affect the information contained within images.

The faculty in image science at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences show particular strength in designing new technology for medical imaging, homeland security, earth sciences and other applications, and in developing new methods for assessing image quality by quantifying how accurately imaging systems can accomplish certain analytical tasks.

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Image Science Faculty