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Research Interests

Professor Cossairt’s research is in the emerging field of computational imaging, which combines expertise in optics, image processing, computer vision, and computer graphics. He designs, models and builds systems that combine sensors, displays, and novel optical elements. These cameras have applications in medical, astronomical, and scientific imaging. He is building a new breed of cameras with increased functionality and performance. He believes that his research will impact the way cameras are built in coming decades, from low-end consumer cameras to high-end scientific instruments.

His research is focused in the following areas:

  • Computational Imaging for leveraging novel optical designs and image processing together to enable new capabilities in conventional cameras, such as extended depth-of-field, digital refocusing, super-resolution, and measuring high dimensional appearance.
  • Computer Vision for measuring depth or spectral characteristics that inform a higher-level understanding about a scene, such as geometry or material properties.
  • Computational Displays for displaying images with an unprecedented sense of realism by allowing viewers to observe the appearance of objects in a natural and intuitive manner.

Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, PhD, Columbia University

… → 2011

Media Arts and Sciences, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

… → 2003

Physics, BS, Evergreen State College

… → 2001

Research interests

  • Computational displays
  • Computational imaging
  • Computational photography
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer vision
  • Holography


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