Integrated Imaging: Creating Images from the Tight Integration of Algorithms, Computation, and Sensors

By Charles Addison Bouman

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Imaging research is entering into a new era of innovation driven by the tight integration of algorithms, computation, and sensor design. This emerging field, which we call integrated imaging, is evolving from classical sensors and developing into a wide array of new imaging modalities and applications. Integrated imaging systems will drive both scientific exploration and consumer products by blending novel and often counter-intuitive sensor design with algorithms that exploit the availability of enormous quantities of data and computation. This talk presents some examples of state-of-the-art integrated imaging systems based on computed tomography (CT), transmission electron microscopy (STEM), synchrotron beam imaging, optical sensing, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). For each of these examples, we also explore their use and potential impact in applications ranging from healthcare to jet engine design. We conclude with some speculation on where integrated imaging might be going; where it might have greatest impact; and what will be the greatest challenges ahead.


Charles A. Bouman Charles A. Bouman is the Showalter Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University where he also serves has a co-director of Purdue’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility. He received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1989.

Professor Bouman's research focuses on inverse problems, stochastic modeling, and their application in a wide variety of imaging problems including tomographic reconstruction and image processing and rendering. Prof. Bouman is a Fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE, IS&T, and SPIE and is currently the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Vice President of Technical Directions. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and the Vice President of Publications for the IS&T Society and was the 2014 recipient of the Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year award.

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