OSA Incubator Meeting Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems

OSA Incubator Meeting
Implications of Compressive Sensing Concepts to Imaging Systems

9-11 April 2014
OSA Headquarters • 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW • Washington, DC, USA


Ravi Athale, Office of Naval Research; Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lockheed Martin
Joe Mait, Army Research Laboratory; Mark Neifeld, University of Arizona

Topic Overview

Compressive Sensing (CS) has emerged as field of study that has the potential to revolutionize the sensor industry, with applications that span across commercial, defense, security and medical domains. While the mathematics is well understood, in recent years there has been a surge of interest in harnessing the potential of CS to design real-world systems that provide significant benefits in reducing hardware cost/complexity, improve the data processing efficiency, and enabling new sensing capabilities that cannot be achieved using conventional techniques.

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The purpose of the Incubator is to ask hard questions and seek honest answers about what is "real" in CS. There are many claims about the potential impact of CS on sensing and imaging technologies, but the perception is that evidence is lacking to support it. Hence, the questions on the table are:

  • Are there any concrete applications where CS has offered a quantifiable advantage over other State of the Art techniques?
  • What are the underlying factors that lead to these advantages? Are these factors transferable to other important applications?
  • When there is a clear benefit, what are the challenges that are holding it back from implementation?
  • What technology advances are required to make it a compelling technique to help meet current and future needs?

While CS is a field of study of considerable academic interest, the purpose of the Incubator is a deep dive to see if a convincing argument exists for the current usefulness of CS. Towards this end, the meeting will be organized as follows (a detailed agenda will be announced later).
Challenge problems will be defined ahead of time that will enable participants to be ready to discuss selected topics at the meeting. We anticipate about six expository talks, about 40 minutes each (speakers to be announced), that will present the state of the art in an objective manner. The purpose of the talks is to ensure that we start with a common understanding of CS terminology, and its applications. The discussions will be also enriched by including perspective from outside optical imaging community (describing success stories and otherwise).
There will also be two break-out sessions (90 minutes each) with three parallel groups working on challenge topics. These group discussions will include a mixture of different communities and perspectives (theoreticians, algorithms researchers, hardware experts, applications, and missions). The findings of the break-out sessions/group discussions will be presented to all attendees. The chairs will consolidate the thoughts/discussions/conclusions generated at the meeting, and develop an outline of the formal report that will be made available to the technical community.


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Meeting Schedule

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