29 March 2019


OSA and IS&T Name Nabeel Agha Riza 2019 Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

The Optical Society and Society for Imaging Science and Technology cite honoree for invention and commercialization of imaging techniques, education and mentoring

WASHINGTON — The Optical Society (OSA) and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) are pleased to name Nabeel Agha Riza, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland the 2019 Edwin H. Land Medal winner. Riza is recognized for inventing and commercializing pioneering macro- and micro-scale imaging techniques across RF and optical wavelengths, as well as the education and mentoring of distinguished scientists and engineers.


 “Nabeel Riza is both a prolific inventor of imaging methodology and a gifted educator,” said 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “The Edwin H. Land Medal is proper acknowledgment of his many contributions to the field of applied optics and to the education and development of new generations of researchers and inventors in this field.”

Riza graduated in 1984 from the Illinois Institute of Technology, U.S.A., with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He received Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), U.S.A., in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He currently holds the Chair Professorship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UCC.

Riza is a recipient of the 1994 GE Gold Patent Medal, 2001 ICO Prize & Carl Zeiss E. Abbe Medal; 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis Finalist Distinction Award; 2009 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award; 2009 Ireland Walton Award; 2018 IET Achievement Medal and Honorary Fellow Award of Engineers Ireland Society. He is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, SPIE, IET: The Institution of Engineering & Technology; the European Optical Society and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. He holds 46 U.S. patents, is the author of 340 journal and conference papers and the textbook, “Photonic Signals and Systems: An Introduction.”

For 30 years, Riza has made pioneering innovations in applied optics with several of his inventions deployed worldwide. These include the CAOS (Coded Access Optical Sensor) camera; the camceiver; on-chip embedded controls liquid crystal lens; multiplexed optical scanner technology; self-aligning acousto-optic interferometry & RF signal processors; low-noise liquid crystal switches and all-digital attenuators. He also invented  a photonically controlled ultrasonic imaging probe, fault-tolerant digital MEMS fiber-optic signal controls, agile indoor optical wireless, electronic or e-lens-based vision testing, microscopy, and 3-D imaging; self-imaging freespace-fiber-optic coupling model; analog-digital fiber-optic RF phased array antenna imaging; agile pixel MEMS imager and e-lens laser beam propagation analyzer and interferometry-pyrometry silicon carbide extreme temperature thermometry.

Established in 1992, the Edwin H. Land Medal recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies and products. It honors Edwin H. Land for his unique career as scientist, technologist, industrialist, humanist and public servant. The medal is jointly presented by OSA and IS&T, and funded through the support of the Polaroid Foundation, the Polaroid Retirees Association and individual contributors, including Manfred Heiting, Theodore Voss and John J. McCann.

About The Society for Imaging Science and Technology
IS&T is an international professional non-profit dedicated to keeping members and other imaging professionals apprised of the latest developments in the field through conferences, educational programs, publications, and its website. IS&T programs encompass all aspects of the imaging workflow, which moves from capture (sensors, cameras) through image processing (image quality, color, and materialization) to hard and soft copy output (printing, displays, image permanence), and includes aspects related to human vision, such as image quality and color. The Society also focuses on a wide range of image-related applications, including security, virtual reality, machine vision, and data analysis. For more information, visit imaging.org.

 About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.

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