Welcome to the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science! 

Imaging Science is a unique, multidisciplinary approach to solving problems using imaging systems.  These problems can range from understanding the environment at both large and microscopic scales, to understanding how the human eye-brain system allows us to visually understand the world.  We use imaging systems to learn about the long hidden content of ancient documents and support disaster relief efforts with images from airplanes and satellites.  If there is a camera involved, we want to understand it and how we can use it to use it to solve problems!

One of the things I find so amazing about the Center is the diversity of people that are here, both in their backgrounds and experiences.  Among our faculty we have degrees in Chemistry, Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering, and others, including specialties such as Environmental Science, Astronomy, and Cognitive Science!  Several of our faculty have worked in industry, national laboratories, and start up companies.  We have a very broad view of the world, and we approach problems from a wide array of perspectives - and that leads to great new insights!  Most importantly this means that our students get to experience how all these different people solve problems.  The multidisciplinary nature of CIS is one of the many reasons why I love to go to work everyday!

Our students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, get a deeply experiential education into imaging systems engineering, starting with a year-long Imaging Project: one for Freshmen and one for first-year graduate students.  During this year they build from scratch a complete imaging system focused on solving a real-world problem, and they have to display it at the annual Imagine RIT festival in the spring.  Past projects have included a thermal infrared deer avoidance system for vehicles and a 3D imaging system to map a person's face for medical applications.

Our research programs are recognized for their excellence around the world and our alumni are some of the technical leaders in several fields of imaging.  Most importantly, our students are highly sought after by several industrial sectors including aerospace, consumer electronics, entertainment and health sciences.  

So if you are interested in interdisciplinary science and technology, and how we use imaging technology to solve real problems, please join us is helping to develop the field of Imaging Science!


David W. Messinger, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Rochester Institute of Technology