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Applied Optics Feature Announcement

Imaging Systems and Applications

Submission Deadline: 1 October 2012

Imaging systems have numerous applications in industrial, military, consumer, and medical settings. Assembling a complete imaging system requires the integration of optics, sensing, image processing, and display rendering. This special issue is aimed at scientists, engineers, and practitioners interested in understanding how different materials, components, and image processing combine to determine and influence image system performance. Its intent is to bring together the components that define the imaging system and identify the research advances in the areas of use. The design of these optical systems must factor the system as integrated unit and optimize the performance for the application. There are numerous disciplines that are needed for the design and advancement of an optical system. These disciplines include imaging optics, optical detection, computational, adaptive, and compressive imaging, displays, and usability of information; they all contribute to defining the system.

This special issue provides participants of the OSA Imaging Systems and Applications (IS) Topical meeting with the opportunity to publish an account of their work as a peer-reviewed archival paper in the Information Processing division of Applied Optics. This topical meeting started in 2010 (Tucson, Arizona), building momentum in the second meeting in 2011 (Toronto, Canada) and in a third meeting happening in 2012 building upon the success of the previous years. While meeting participants are particularly encouraged to submit their work, the special issue is open to all contributions in this area.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Imaging system design and components: Optical system and lens design; Imaging system design and characterization; Solid-state image sensors and focal plane arrays
  • Image processing for image capture and display rendering
  • Imaging modalities and systems: Wide field-of-view imaging; Multi/hyper-spectral and polarimetric imaging; Microscopy and endoscopy; Coherence in imaging
  • Computational, adaptive, and compressive imaging: Wavefront coding and coded aperture systems; Multi-aperture imaging systems; Plenoptic imaging systems and image processing; New imaging system demonstrations; Joint optical-digital system design and optimization; Applications of computational imaging
  • Emerging technologies with impact on imaging systems and components: Curved focal plane, arrays liquid lens technology; Plasmonic devices; Graded-index components and metamaterials; Biologically inspired imaging systems and components
  • Methods to overcome challenges related to digital imaging systems: Limited dynamic range, depth of field, spatiotemporal resolution; Superresolution imaging and resolution enhancement
  • Human vision as it pertains to imaging systems: Image quality and quality metrics; Display technology; Human interaction with imaging systems
  • Applications of military, industrial, medical and consumer imaging: Military imaging in all bands; Applications of target acquisition, intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance (ISR), and persistent surveillance; Imaging systems in security, entertainment and machine vision; Imaging for robotics and process control; Imaging systems for medical applications (e.g., microscopy, endoscopy); Digital photography and video recording

Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Applied Optics; see the Information for Contributors in any printed issue or the OSA Style Guide: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/submit/style/jrnls_style.cfm. Manuscripts must also be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/journal/ao/author.cfm. All manuscripts must be submitted to the Information Processing Division. Please specify that the manuscript is for the Imaging Systems and Applications feature (choose from the feature issue drop-down menu).

Feature Issue Editors
Peter B. Catrysse
Stanford University
Francisco Imai
Canon USA, Inc. USA
John T. Sheridan
University College Dublin Ireland
Dale C. Linne von berg
US Naval Research Laboratory USA

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