Machine Learning has been widely applied to extract information from images and video. In this NSF-funded summer REU project, you will explore the application of machine learning to unconventional imaging. The Menon lab has recently shown that photography is possible without lenses (see here). You will extend this work to train a deep neural network to recognize common “lensless” images. This work could serve as the foundation for future work enabling ultralight and ultracompact “lensless” cameras for drones, self-driving vehicles, robots, etc. You are expected to be highly independent and self-motivated with previous experience in deep neural networks or other types of machine learning. Prior experience in imaging or optical engineering is not necessary. The REU is a prestigious NSF fellowship open only to current undergraduate students, and selection is highly competitive. Please email a brief note of interest with your current resume to Rajesh Menon at rmenon[at]eng.utah.edu.
The OSA foundation is supporting a Student-driven grand challenge competition for optical design at the Applied Optics Congress this year. Consider submitting your ideas. The deadline is April 27. Details here.
We demonstrated the first camera with a broadband diffractive flat lens. The paper was published in Scientific Reports and is available via open-access here.
Rajesh will present a seminar at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 9. He will be hosted by Prof. Min Gu and the title of the seminar is “Ultra-compact, multi-functional photonics via nanofabrication & computation.”
Submit your latest research to COSI 2018 (http://www.osa.org/COSI), probably the most important conference in computational imaging today. The submission involves a 2-page abstract and is due Jan 24. COSI will be held June 25-28 in Orlando. There are a slew of very impressive invited speakers from industry and academia. We will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Introduction to Fourier Optics” by Joseph Goodman, who will be attending as well.
Post-doctoral fellowships for women in science are available. The application is due Feb. 2, 2018 and details are here.
Apratim and Bing’s paper on an ultra-compact polarization rotator was among the most downloaded nanophotonics papers in Optics Express of 2017. The paper is freely available here and describes the world’s smallest polarization rotator!