If we can remotely probe the structure and nature of an object, we can make an image of it and use that image to develop human comprehension.

Jun 12 2015, 7:35 pm ET Advanced Imaging Reveals Secrets of 1491 Map Columbus May Have Used
Cultural Artifact and Document Imaging

Jul. 6, 2015
Devin Coldewey

A map from 1491 that Christopher Columbus may have consulted is proving to be a historical treasure trove. The map, created by German cartographer Henricus Martellus toward the end of the 15th century and now housed at Yale, has faded and blurred over time, but researchers have managed to pry out its secrets with a technique called multispectral imaging.


The Martellus map as it appears to the naked eye (top) and through multispectral imaging (bottom). Yale University / Rochester Institute of Technology

Related: Santa Maria Found? Wreck May Be Columbus' Sunken Flagship

By photographing the map illuminated by a series of specific bandwidths of light and then comparing and overlapping the results, hidden details emerged that have cartographers reeling. There are descriptions of unknown peoples (clearly fanciful, but still interesting), a greater extent of Africa mapped than expected from the period, and details of Japan that suggest that Columbus likely consulted this map or one like it when preparing for his famous transatlantic voyage.

Related: Mysterious renaissance map charts cartographer's methods

About 80 percent of the text obscured by fading has been recovered, according to the Rochester Institute of Technology's Roger Easton, one of the researchers. "We're still finding things," he said in a news release. "One day last week we pulled out 11 characters. The next day, we got several words."

When the project is deemed complete, the maps will be made available via the website of Yale's Beinecke Library

 

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Seeking a smarter way to diagnose prostate cancer James Goodman, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
Biomedical Imaging

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Hans Schmitthenner, a research scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, hopes to make detecting prostate cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men — less of a guessing game.

Jun. 19, 2015
James Goodman, Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle

RIT prof finds new way to detect prostate cancer. Video by James Goodman

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Hans Schmitthenner, a research scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology, hopes to make detecting prostate cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men — less of a guessing game.

Non-cancerous cells as well as cancerous cells can produce elevated PSA levels in the test for prostate-specific antigens commonly used to find signs of prostate cancer. Just a quarter of those patients who have a biopsy taken because of heightened PSA levels actually have prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Another procedure, the digital rectal exam, which tries to detect cancerous growths by hand, can be painful and is also not a sure method because small growths are difficult to find.

Schmitthenner's diagnostic procedure — still in its early stages of development — attempts to take a lot of the uncertainty out of prostate cancer detection by using targeting agents that seek out any cancer cells in the prostate and make them stand out with dyes that stick to their membranes.

"By using targeted dyes, we can say, 'These cells light up, so there is a high likelihood of disease in those cells,' " said Schmitthenner, who is an associate research professor in chemistry and imaging science.

A follow-up biopsy could then be taken with a much greater certainty of finding cancer because the dyes would have already pointed to tissues likely to be cancerous. The prostate, which surrounds the urethra, is a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder.

Schmitthenner's research — to be effective — would need to be coupled with new technology developed by RIT imaging science professor Navalgund Rao and Vikram Dogra, who is a professor of radiology, urology and biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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While Schmitthenner provides the chemistry to make the cancerous cells stand out, Rao and Dogra have created the technology to create a clear ultrasound image of prostate cancer.


 

As it is, there is a degree of collaboration. Rao is on Schmitthenner's team and Schmitthenner has worked with Rao and Dogra.

"This is a fabulous partnership," said Schmitthenner.

IDENTIFYING CANCER CELLS

The Schmitthenner half of the partnership is funded by a $440,367 National Institutes of Health grant. He is supervising a crew of RIT students working on synthesizing the dyes and combining them with targeting agents.

The dye-targeting agent combo will be tested first on cancer cells in petri dishes.

If the research successfully progresses, a person being tested would be injected with the dyes combined with a targeting agent that directs the dyes to a cancerous prostate.

Using the Rao-Dogra laser, near-infrared laser pulses would be beamed at the prostate and absorbed by the dyes that stick to any prostate cancer cells. The laser light would be adjusted so that only the dyes absorb the laser and create ultrasound.


 

Ultrasound is typically not an effective way to detect cancer at an early stage because the images are not high resolution. Rather, they are murky.

But in this case the ultrasound would be produced when the laser hits the dyes on the cancer cells.

"It heats the cells. They emit the sound," Schmitthenner said. "We call it making the cancer cells scream."

GIVING FOCUS

An acoustic lens device invented by Rao and Dogra would then — like a camera — focus the ultrasound emitted by the dyes as well as amplify it, resulting in a clear ultrasound image of the prostate cancer on a computer screen.

Rao recently received a $436,290 NIH grant, with $49,812 going to Dogra, to continue developing technology — photoacoustic imaging — that, with short bursts of a laser, causes the prostate area to emit ultrasound waves.

Such an approach — without the dyes and targeting agents that Schmitthenner is developing — tries to detect higher hemoglobin concentrations found when the prostate is cancerous. That happens because cancer cells are faster growing than normal cells, resulting in increased blood flow to these cells.

But the higher hemoglobin counts are difficult to detect because the ultrasound created isn't as strong — so Rao and Dogra approached Schmitthenner two years about collaborating.

"He as a chemist has the expertise to attach the dyes to the membranes of the cancer cells," said Rao. "With the hemoglobin, I don't have direct evidence that the ultrasound is coming from the cancer cells."

The dyes, said Schmitthenner, are a much more effective indicator — sticking to the cancer cells and producing ultrasound when hit by the laser..

With these combined technologies, the researchers hope that images of prostate cancer — resembling glowing spots — would show up as distinct areas on the computer screen.

Since one of every seven men, usually older adults, is diagnosed with prostate cancer, improving detection techniques can have widespread implications as the medical profession looks for more exact procedures that would be more cost-effective.

The result would be performing biopsies on a smaller number of people who have a greater likelihood of having cancer, with far fewer adults getting false alarms that they might have cancer.

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CIS Researchers Fight Prostate Cancer
Biomedical Imaging
Faculty/Staff

Research faculty members Hans Schmitthenner and Naval Rao are seeking a smarter way to diagnose prostate cancer

Jun. 19, 2015
James Goodman

Rochester Institute of Technology research scientist Hans Schmitthenner hopes to make detecting prostate cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men — less of a guessing game.


(Photo: photo by James Goodman)

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Non-cancerous cells as well as cancerous cells can produce elevated PSA levels in the test for prostate-specific antigens commonly used to find signs of prostate cancer. Just a quarter of those patients who have a biopsy taken because of heightened PSA levels actually have prostate cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Another procedure, the digital rectal exam, which tries to detect cancerous growths by hand, can be painful and is also not a sure method because small growths are difficult to find.

Schmitthenner's diagnostic procedure — still in its early stages of development — attempts to take a lot of the uncertainty out of prostate cancer detection by using targeting agents that seek out any cancer cells in the prostate and make them stand out with dyes that stick to their membranes.

"By using targeted dyes, we can say, 'These cells light up, so there is a high likelihood of disease in those cells,' " said Schmitthenner, who is an associate research professor in chemistry and imaging science.

A follow-up biopsy could then be taken with a much greater certainty of finding cancer because the dyes would have already pointed to tissues likely to be cancerous. The prostate, which surrounds the urethra, is a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder.

Schmitthenner's research — to be effective — would need to be coupled with new technology developed by RIT imaging science professor Navalgund Rao and Dr. Vikram Dogra, who is a professor of radiology, urology and biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

While Schmittenner provides the chemistry to make the cancerous cells stand out, Rao and Dogra have created the technology to create a clear ultrasound image of prostate cancer.

As it is, there is a degree of collaboration. Rao is on Schmitthenner's team and Schmitthenner has worked with Rao and Dogra.

"This is a fabulous partnership," said Schmitthenner.


RIT student Molly McMahon making a dye. (Photo: photo by James Goodman)

Identifying cancer cells

The Schmitthenner half of the partnership is funded by a $440,367 National Institutes of Health grant. He is supervising a crew of RIT students working on synthesizing the dyes and combining them with targeting agents.

The dye-targeting agent combo will be tested first on cancer cells in petri dishes.

If the research successfully progresses, a person being tested would be injected with the dyes combined with a targeting agent that directs the dyes to a cancerous prostate.

Using the Rao-Dogra laser, near-infrared laser pulses would be beamed at the prostate and absorbed by the dyes that stick to any prostate cancer cells. The laser light would be be adjusted so that only the dyes absorb the laser and create ultrasound.

Ultrasound is typically not an effective way to detect cancer at an early stage because the images are not high resolution. Rather, they are murky.

But in this case the ultrasound would be produced when the laser hits the dyes on the cancer cells.

"It heats the cells. They emit the sound," Schmitthenner said. "We call it making the cancer cells scream."


RIT student Nnamdi Akporji purifies a targeting agent. (Photo: photo by James Goodman)

Giving focus

An acoustic lens device invented by Rao and Dogra would then — like a camera — focus the ultrasound emitted by the dyes as well as amplify it, resulting in a clear ultrasound image of the prostate cancer on a computer screen.

Rao recently received a $436,290 NIH grant, with $49,812 going to Dogra, to continue developing technology — photoacoustic imaging — that, with short bursts of a laser, causes the prostate area to emit ultrasound waves.

Such an approach — without the dyes and targeting agents that Schmitthenner is developing — tries to detect higher hemoglobin concentrations found when the prostate is cancerous. That happens because cancer cells are faster growing than normal cells, resulting in increased blood flow to these cells.

But the higher hemoglobin counts are difficult to detect because the ultrasound created isn't as strong — so Rao and Dogra approached Schmitthenner two years about collaborating.

"He as a chemist has the expertise to attach the dyes to the membranes of the cancer cells," said Rao. "With the hemoglobin, I don't have direct evidence that the ultrasound is coming from the cancer cells."

The dyes, said Schmitthenner, are a much more effective indicator — sticking to the cancer cells and producing ultrasound when hit by the laser..

With these combined technologies, the researchers hope that images of prostate cancer — resembling glowing spots — would show up as distinct areas on the computer screen.

Since one of every seven men, usually older adults, is diagnosed with prostate cancer, improving detection techniques can have widespread implications as the medical profession looks for more exact procedures that would be more cost-effective.

The result would be performing biopsies on a smaller number of people who have a greater likelihood of having cancer, with far fewer adults getting false alarms that they might have cancer.

JGOODMAN@DemocratandChronicle.com

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Original Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Advanced Imaging Reveals Secrets of 1491 Map Columbus May Have Used
Faculty/Staff
Cultural Artifact and Document Imaging

Jun. 12, 2015
Devin Coldewey

A map from 1491 that Christopher Columbus may have consulted is proving to be a historical treasure trove. The map, created by German cartographer Henricus Martellus toward the end of the 15th century and now housed at Yale, has faded and blurred over time, but researchers have managed to pry out its secrets with a technique called multispectral imaging.


The Martellus map as it appears to the naked eye (top) and through multispectral imaging (bottom). Yale University / Rochester Institute of Technology

By photographing the map illuminated by a series of specific bandwidths of light and then comparing and overlapping the results, hidden details emerged that have cartographers reeling. There are descriptions of unknown peoples (clearly fanciful, but still interesting), a greater extent of Africa mapped than expected from the period, and details of Japan that suggest that Columbus likely consulted this map or one like it when preparing for his famous transatlantic voyage.

About 80 percent of the text obscured by fading has been recovered, according to the Rochester Institute of Technology's Roger Easton, one of the researchers. "We're still finding things," he said in a news release. "One day last week we pulled out 11 characters. The next day, we got several words."

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When the project is deemed complete, the maps will be made available via the website of Yale's Beinecke Library

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Original Source: NBC News

Hidden secrets of Yale’s 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging
Faculty/Staff
Cultural Artifact and Document Imaging

CIS Professor Roger Easton quoted

Jun. 11, 2015
Mike Cummings

This map of the world drawn by Henricus Martellus in about 1491 was donated to Yale in 1962. Its faded condition (shown above) has stymied researchers for decades. The multispectral image of the map (below) reveals text and details invisible to the naked eye.

 

Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Florence in the late 15th century, produced a highly detailed map of the known world. According to experts, there is strong evidence that Christopher Columbus studied this map and that it influenced his thinking before his fateful voyage.

Martellus’ map arrived at Yale in 1962, the gift of an anonymous donor. Scholars at the time hailed the map’s importance and argued that it could provide a missing link to the cartographic record at the dawn of the Age of Discovery. However, five centuries of fading and scuffing had rendered much of the map’s text and other details illegible or invisible, limiting its research value.

A team of researchers and imaging specialists is recovering the lost information through a multispectral-imaging project. Their work is yielding discoveries about how the world was viewed over 500 years ago.

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The multispectral images show previously lost details in Martellus' depiction Africa that suggest the German cartographer used data from African sources, not European explorations.

Last August the five-member team visited the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, where for years the Martellus map hung from a wall outside the reading room. (It was recently moved to the Yale University Art Gallery for storage while the library is under renovation.) The team, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, photographed the map in 12 reflective colors, including several frequencies beyond the range of visible light. Those images were processed and analyzed with high-tech software.

“We’ve recovered more information than we dared to hope for,” says Chet Van Duzer, a map historian who is leading the project.

The map, which dates to about 1491 and depicts the Earth’s surface from the Atlantic in the west to Japan in the east, is dotted with descriptions in Latin of various regions and peoples. A text box visible over northern Asia describes the people of “Balor” who live without wine or wheat and subsist on deer meat.

Van Duzer says the new images reveal many such descriptions. For instance, text uncovered in southern Asia describe the “Panotii” people as having ears so large that they could use them as sleeping bags.

Newly revealed text in eastern Asian is borrowed from “The Travels of Marco Polo.” From the discrepancies in wording, Van Duzer has determined that Martellus used a manuscript version of the travelogue, not the sole printed edition in Latin that existed at the time.

Perhaps the most interesting revelations, say the researchers, concern southern Africa. By studying visible river systems and legible place names, Van Duzer had previously determined that Martellus based his depiction of the region on the Egyptus N[MC1] ovelo [BL2] map, which survives in three manuscripts of Ptolemy’s “Geography.” The Egyptus Novelo used geographical data from native Africans, not European explorations. It is thought that the map was based on information shared by three Ethiopian delegates to the Council of Florence in 1441.


A text box in the Indian Ocean warns of the orca, "a sea monster that is like the sun when it shines, whose form can hardly be described, except that its skin is soft and its body huge."

The new images show that the Martellus map’s depiction of southern Africa extends further east than the known versions of the Egyptus Novelo do, suggesting that the German cartographer was working from a more complete version of the map that showed the eastern reaches of the continent.

“It’s a seminal and tremendously important document of African mapping by the people of Africa, in this case preserved by a western source,” says Van Duzer.

The new images also have helped Van Duzer to determine how the Martellus map influenced later cartographers. The map is similar to a world map drawn by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507, which was the first map to apply the name “America” to the New World. The multispectral images show many of the same texts on Martellus’ map in the same locations as on the 1507 map, confirming that the Martellus map was an essential source for Waldseemüller, says Van Duzer. At the same time, he notes, the cartographers’ works are not identical: Waldseemüller borrowed most of his place names in coastal Africa from a different map.

“It puts you in the mapmaker’s workshop,” says Van Duzer. “It’s easy to imagine Waldseemüller at his desk consulting various sources.”


This text found in northern Africa says "Here there are large wildernesses in which there are lions, large leopards, and many other animals different from ours."

Waldseemüller was not alone in contemplating Martellus’ work. Van Duzer says it is nearly certain that Columbus examined the Martellus map, or a map very similar to it.

Writings by Columbus’s son Ferdinand indicate that the explorer had expected to find Japan where Martellus depicted it, and with the same orientation, far off the Asian coast, and with its main axis running north and south. No other surviving maps from the period show Japan with that configuration, says Van Duzer.

In addition, the journal of one of Columbus’s crewmembers, who believed the expedition was sailing along island chains in southern Asia, describes the region much as it is depicted in the Martellus map.

Revealing the map’s faded details provides a more complete picture of Columbus’s perception of geography, notes the historian.

“It’s always interesting to learn how people conceived the world at that period in history,” says Van Duzer. “The late 15th century was a time when people’s image of the world was changing so rapidly. Even within Martellus’s own career, what he was showing of the world expanded dramatically.”

The discoveries are the result of painstaking effort. The multispectral images are processed using special software that finds the precise combination of spectral bands to enhance the visibility of text. The work involves a lot of experimentation.


Text in the southern Asia portion of the map describes the "Panotii" people, who purportedly had ears that were so large they could use them as sleeping bags.

The map’s text was written in a variety of pigments, which complicates the task of recovering lost letters because individual pigments respond differently to light.

“We’re still finding things,” says Professor Roger Easton of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. “We’re focusing on these difficult cartouches and text blocks. One day last week we pulled out 11 characters. The next day, we got several words.”

Easton estimates the team has uncovered about 80% of recoverable text. Some of the text is entirely invisible before processing. The team is currently at work uncovering details in the region around Java.

Once the project is completed, the new images will be made available to scholars and the public on the Beinecke Library’s website.

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Original Source: YaleNews

2015 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society recipients
Undergraduate

Thirty-seven RIT students recognized for activities, scholarship and leadership

May. 20, 2015
Greg Livadas

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The 2015 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society members with RIT President Bill Destler.

More than three dozen graduating Rochester Institute of Technology seniors were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Society on Monday night at a dinner hosted by RIT President Bill Destler.

“Alpha Sigma Lambda is an event that celebrates the best and the brightest,” said Heath Boice-Pardee, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “They are students who achieve high academic success and found a way to balance leadership both inside and outside of RIT.”

Students were able to invite a mentor, often an RIT faculty or staff member who helped them complete their degrees.

Alpha Sigma Lambda was founded in 1964 to honor students who represent the guiding principles of ASL: Activities, Scholarship and Leadership. Recipients must be a senior in an undergraduate program and have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

Nominees are judged on the basis of scholarship, active participation and contributions in activities, and leadership in academic and co-curricular student activities. Service to the community is also considered.

The students are:

College of Science

  • Rose Rustowicz, an imaging science major from Amherst, N.Y.

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  • Juliana Shaw, a biochemistry major from Hilton, N.Y.
  • Sarah Wang, a biotechnology and molecular science major from Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Chelsea Weidman, a biochemistry major from Rochester, N.Y.

American University in Kosovo

  • Jeta Aliu, an applied arts and sciences major from Prishtina, Kosovo.
  • Blendrit Elezaj, an applied arts and sciences major from Prishtina, Kosovo.

College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Ethan Ausburn, an electrical mechanical engineering technology major from Ocoee, Fla.
  • Rachael Dufford, a packaging science major from Glen Gardner, N.J.
  • Sara Mikulas, an environmental sustainability, health and safety major from Garden City, N.Y.
  • Kiana Richards, a packaging science major from Columbia, Md.
  • Morgan Scoyne, an applied arts and sciences major from Drumbo, Ontario, Canada.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Samantha Abraham, a chemical engineering student from Agawam, Mass.
  • Caitlin Donovan, a chemical engineering major from Whitesboro, N.Y.
  • Daniel Miller, a mechanical engineering major from Schnecksville, Pa.

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

  • Claire Bernard, a new media interactive development major from Albany, Ga.
  • Emma Nelson, a software engineering student from Moline, Ill.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Ben Gordon, an industrial design major from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sarah Ann Jump, a photojournalism major from Cordova, Md.
  • Rachel Nicholson, a graphic design major from University Heights, Ohio.
  • Nora Rogers, a film and animation major from South Burlington, Vt.
  • Yekaterina Satanina, a film and animation major from Hamden, Conn.
  • Paige Satterly, a visual media major from Robins, Iowa.
  • Mariah Texidor, a professional photographic illustration major from Lodi, N.J.
  • Caitlin Williams, a biomedical photographic communications major from Moriah, N.Y.

College of Health Sciences and Technology

  • Kyle Burke, a biomedical sciences major from Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Kimberley Duru, a biomedical sciences major from Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Daniel Malcaus, a nutrition management major from Rockaway Beach, N.Y.
  • Patrick McMullan, a biomedical sciences major from Easton, Pa.
  • Rebecca Nolan, a biomedical sciences major from Media, Pa.
  • Alyssa Ratajczak, a biomedical sciences major from Cheektowaga, N.Y.

College of Liberal Arts

  • Brandon Dziedzic, a psychology major from Sloan, N.Y.
  • William Gerken, a political science and journalism major from Williamsville, N.Y.
  • Zoe Gordon, a political science major from New York, N.Y.
  • Tessa Riley, a psychology major from Madison, N.J.

Saunders College of Business

  • Alexandra Binnington, a finance major from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Michael Hayes, a finance major from Hamburg, N.Y.
  • David Weinberger, a new media marketing, media arts and technology major from Havertown, Pa.
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Imaging Science Undergraduate's AMA Reaches Reddit Front Page
Undergraduate
Student Stories
Cultural Artifact and Document Imaging

Fourth-year student Kevin Sacca's "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) about multispectral imaging of historical documents proved highly popular on social network reddit

Jun. 16, 2015

Imaging Science senior Kevin Sacca is spending his summer working with Dr. Roger Easton Jr. capturing and processing multispectral images of historic documents. In response to public curiosity about the nature of his work, Sacca set up an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") interview session on social networking website reddit. The session proved to be wildly popular, racking up over 350 comments and even making it to the front page of reddit. 

You can read the full thread, titled "I am a scientist who utilizes multispectral imaging to recover and preserve information from old documents. AMA!", or check out highlights from AMA highlights.com

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Two Imaging Science undergraduates members of winning team at first annual GEOINT Hackathon
Undergraduate
Student Stories

The winners receive $15,000 and free registration to USGIF’s GEOINT 2015 Symposium. 

Jun. 15, 2015


Image courtesy OGSystems (OGS) ‏@ogsystems 

Imaging Science undergraduates Dan Simon (far left) and Briana Neuberger (fourth from right) are members of the winning team at the first annual GEOINT Hackathon, hele June 12-14. From the event website: "The goal is to bring together and introduce both non-GEOINT and GEOINT-savvy coders and data scientists to interesting problems requiring inventive coding solutions. In addition to enabling participation from the non-GEOINT coding world, the end result will be a working code base that performs a specifically requested set of functions or provides answers as outputs."

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See more updates from throughout the event on Twitter with the hashtag #GEOINTHackathon.

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Program on high-resolution imaging project discussed
Graduate
Remote Sensing

Colin Axel gave a visual demonstration of the capabilities of computerized technology to analyze high resolution digital photographs of areas impacted by a natural disaster. The results are then provided to emergency responders.

May. 7, 2015
David Luitweiler

 

Speaker Colin Axel gives his presentation on the high resolution imaging project.Speaker Colin Axel gives his presentation on the high resolution imaging project. Club President-Elect John Summers is in the foreground. Submitted by Dave Luitweiler.

 

Colin Axel, a 2010 graduate of Victor High School and Rochester Institute of Technology and currently in his third year of a Ph.D program at RIT, presented a program to the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club on April 22 concerning the topic of high resolution imaging.

Axel’s presentation — “Automated Natural Disaster Analysis Using Remote Sensing” — concerned a project he is working on at RIT involving the use of digital imaging to assist those responsible for responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, etc. The project is being funded by the World Bank and involves the U.S. Department of Transportation.

RIT is working on one facet of the project while Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working in a coordinated fashion with another aspect of the work.

Using a computerized slide program, Axel gave a visual demonstration of the capabilities of computerized technology to analyze high resolution digital photographs of areas impacted by a natural disaster. The results are then provided to emergency responders.Colin and the RIT team used digital images taken from an aerial platform of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti as part of their research in developing their program. Using advanced technology, researchers can use the 3-D images in a myriad of ways to determine damage to buildings, the depth of flood waters, damage to infrastructures, the volume of debris, the status or location of usable roads, etc. This information can be provided quickly to those responding to the disaster, usually in days rather than weeks.

Axel outlined three items that are most important to those responsible at the site of the disaster: where do people need the most help, how many people are impacted and what roads are accessible for responding to the problem. The use of digital image technology can supply answers.

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(Click link below to read the rest of this story, which regards club matters and is unrelated to Colin's talk.)   

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Original Source: Victor Post

Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 15:30 - 9th Annual DC-area Alumni Reception

Vinifera Bistro
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 15:30

9TH ANNUAL GREATER D.C. IMAGING SCIENCE REUNION

Date: 6/7/2015
Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Cost: $10

Location: Vinifera Bistro

 

Join your fellow alumni and favorite faculty at the 9th Annual Greater D.C. Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) Reunion. Our department members coming to see you are: 

  • Dr. Dave Messinger, Director of the Center for Imaging Science 

  • Joe Pow, Associate Director of the Center for Imaging Science 

  • Dr. Jie Qiao, Associate Professor

  • Bethany Choate '06, Senior Associate for Outreach and Communications

  • Nathan Dileas, First-year BS student 

  • Makayla Roof, First-year BS student

Listen to RIT’s exciting developments in CIS and what the future holds for current RIT students and alumni. Share your accomplishments with us and reminisce with your colleagues on the beautiful Vinifera Bistro patio. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Guest fee is just $10 and space is limited so register today!

RSVP by May 27, 2015

Contact: Tamra Werner, 585-475-5979, tjwdar@rit.edu

 

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