Abbie Watnik

US Naval Research Laboratory, USA

Imaging in Adverse Environments

I will provide an overview of techniques and optical technologies that allow us to see in the midst of challenging conditions including fog, underwater scattering and strong atmospheric turbulence.

About the Speaker

Dr. Abbie Watnik is Head of the Optical Techniques Section in the Optical Sciences Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC USA. The focus of Dr. Watnik’s work is active imaging for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems; topics of interest include computational imaging, propagation through the atmosphere, novel airborne and underwater imaging systems as well as adaptive optics and wavefront sensing. Dr. Watnik received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester. Dr. Watnik is recipient of the 2016 Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers Award for Emergent Scientist Investigators, an award recognizing the Department of the Navy’s scientists who have made significant contributions to their field.