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Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 13:00 - RIT College of Science Distinguished Speaker Dr. Carl Haber Public Lecture

Gosnell Hall 08-A300
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 13:00

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Carl Haber
Audio Preservationist, Senior Scientist, Physics Division Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
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Sound was first recorded and reproduced by Thomas Edison in 1877. Until about 1950, when magnetic tape use became common, most recordings were made on mechanical media such as wax, foil, shellac, lacquer, and plastic. Some of these older recordings contain material of great historical interest, may be in obsolete formats, and are damaged, decaying, or are now considered too delicate to play. Unlike print and latent image scanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound. This approach, and current results, including studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, are the focus of this talk and will be illustrated with sounds and images. Additional information can be found at

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 09:30 - Undergraduate Juniors' Color Science Research Poster Session

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 09:30

Imaging Science and Motion Picture Science undergraduate juniors have researched topics for their Color Science course. Their research will culminate in a Poster Session on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 in or around the Carlson Learning Center, CAR-1275. Hope to see you there! 

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 13:00 - SPIE/OSA Student Talk Competition

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 13:00

The SPIE/OSA Student Chapter Talk Competition will be Friday, November 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Each talk will have 10 minutes. Undergraduate and graduate students will be split into two competitions each with a first and second place. Winners will receive $50 in first place and $25 in second place.  The audience will judge every speaker and winners will be selected based on audience scores.

To submit an abstract, fill out the form found here:  Abstracts are due by midnight on Wednesday, October 29.

You must be logged in to your RIT gmail or some other gmail account to have access to the form. Submitting an abstract does not guarantee entrance into the competition.  Those who are selected to talk will be notified by Friday, November 1. If you encounter any issues, please email Aly at


Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:00 - Brick City Event: Imaging to Recover Historical Writings - Roger Easton

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:00

Roger Easton

Modern imaging technologies are being applied to help scholars read writings of historical value that have been damaged or deliberately erased and overwritten to form palimpsests. Among these are the Archimedes Palimpsest, the David Livingstone African diaries, palimpsests at St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, and some printed maps. The systems used to collect and methods for processing the imagery will be shown.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 18:00 - Imaging Science & Technology Rochester Chapter Meeting - "Growth of Photonics in Rochester"

Carlson Learning Center (CAR-1275)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 18:00

Growth of Photonics in Rochester

Thomas Battley

Tom will provide us with the facts for rapid evolution and growth of the "Photonics" in this community in the next few years. These new products are evolving from the morphing of the optics industry into a domain called "photonics" that is defined as "the science of using light to transmit data." Nearly all of the data handled by cell phones, cable TV, the Internet, and radio requires photonics technology in lasers, fiber optics, and optical detectors at some point between source and the destination. Recently our federal government announced the creation of the "National Institute for Manufacturing Innovation" devoted to funding the development of the photonics industry. Rochester is already using some of that money to rebuild manufacturing by attracting new companies to develop the industry here in Rochester. As Executive Director for the "Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster," Tom has the responsibility to have a dialog with the federal and state governments to help these smaller companies get the funding necessary for their staffing and resource needs for the extensive research and development ahead. Please come to hear the news about these dynamic changes that are coming as we grow a "new industry," here in Rochester.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is available in F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:15 - Focus 45: Imaging Science: Connections to Rochester and Beyond - John Schott

George Eastman House Curtis Theatre
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:15

Focus 45: Imaging Science: Connections to Rochester and Beyond

Saturday September 20, 2014 from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm in Curtis Theatre

Changes to the photographic industry introduced by digital technology are reflected in the evolution of imaging science in Rochester. Dr. John Schott of RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science will trace this evolution and the connections between Rochester and the imaging community at large.

Free to members; incl. w/ museum admission, or $6/$3 students, talk only.

Bring your lunch or purchase in the Eastman House Café—call (585) 271-3361 ext. 223 to pre-order.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:00 - Imaging/Optics/Physics BBQ Picnic with UR students

Red Creek Shelter, Genesee Valley Park
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:00

Students are invited to Genesee Valley Park for some grilling, lawn games, and talking science. Please bring any games appropriate for a picnic. Facebook event page (Please RSVP)

Food and drinks will be provided by UR and RIT SPIE/OSA chapters. 

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