International Optical Design Conference (IODC)

22 - 26 June 2014
The Fairmont Orchid, Kohala Coast, Hawaii United States

Plenary Speakers

How to Measure Everything, David Brady, Duke University, USA

Abstract: The ideal camera measures wide-field diffraction-limited images of the full focal stack with photon-limited spectral and temporal resolution and infinite dynamic range. Multiscale optics and compressive coding may bring practical cameras close to this limit.

Bio: David Brady is the Michael J. Fitzpatrick Endowed Professor of Photonics at Duke University, where he leads the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program. Brady's contributions to computational imaging systems include lensless white light tomography, optical projection tomography, compressive holography, reference structure tomography, coded aperture snapshot spectral imaging and coded aperture x-ray scatter imaging. He is the principal investigator for the DARPA AWARE Wide Field of View project, which aims to build compact streaming gigapixel scale imagers and the DARPA Knowledge Enhanced Exapixel Photography project, which focuses on code design for high pixel count spectral imagers. He is the author of Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy  (Wiley-OSA, 2009) and is a Fellow of IEEE, SPIE and OSA and was the 2013 winner of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award.

Finding Life in the Universe: The Colossus Project, Jeff R. Kuhn; Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, USA

Abstract: Work progresses on the design of a sixty by 8-meter diameter telescope. This 77+ m diameter, optically phase controlled, almost-filled aperture interferometer can see atmospheric biomarkers and even the thermal footprints from Earth-like civilizations on exoplanets. This talk describes the motivation, enabling new technologies, and status of the group now planning the Colossus telescope.

Bio: Jeff Kuhn is an optical scientist and teacher. He earned his physics PhD from Princeton, and spent the last three decades as a professor of physics, or astrophysics at: Princeton, Michigan State, and the University of Hawaii. He was science head for the National Solar Observatory at Sunspot NM. and the director of the Institute for Astronomy on Maui for a decade. He's written over 200 papers on subjects ranging from gravitational radiation to novel instrumentation.  He has been the recipient of a Sloan Foundation Grant and a Senior Humboldt Prize from Germany.  Some of the optical concepts he's written about are now core technologies for telescopes under construction, like the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Haleakala and the Giant Magellan Telescope. He is a founder of the Colossus Project -- a public and private consortium now designing an instrument to find Earth-like civilizations in the galactic solar neighborhood. Jeff lives on Maui where he researches and teaches at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii.

Will Computational Imaging Change Lens Design?, Kevin P. Thompson, Synopsys, Inc., USA
Abstract: Computational imaging is changing the landscape in many dimensions.  If extended depth of focus is leveraged to allow curved image surfaces, the lens design environment changes dramatically.  This talk will highlight this potential new world.
Bio: Kevin P. Thompson, Ph.D. is the Group Director of R&D/Optics at Synopsys Inc. and a Visiting Scientist at the University of Rochester, Institute of Optics.  Dr. Thompson’s primary technical expertise is as a lens designer and aberration theorist, particularly for optical systems without symmetry including head worn displays, EUV lithography projection and illumination optics, and advanced reconnaissance systems.  Dr. Thompson joined Optical Research Associates (now part of Synopsys) as an optical designer in 1986 after 5 years with the optical design group at Perkin-Elmer's government division.  Kevin conducted his PhD research with Prof. Roland Shack at the College of Optical Sciences where he developed Nodal Aberration Theory (NAT), the optical aberration field descriptions for optical systems without positional symmetry, which was recently discovered to also be the aberration theory for the emerging field of freeform optics.  Kevin is an OSA Fellow, a Fellow of the SPIE, and the 2013 recipient of the 2013 SPIE A.E. Conrady award.