Monday, April 12, 2010

FIT: Talk by distinguished speaker, Prof. H. John Caulfield(Thu, April 15, - 12:00 -13:00)

The Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) is proud to present its Spring 2010 distinguished speaker, namely *Prof. H. John Caulfield*, one of the world’s leaders in holography, for an invited lecture titled “/Beyond Hyper-Spectral Imaging Camera/,” which will be held in the *Auditorium

P133* of the Evans Library of FIT’s main campus from *12:00 to 13:00*

this *Thursday, April 15*. The talk is hosted by Dr. Syed H. Murshid, associate professor of ECE.

Prof. Caulfield is known world-wide for his technical and organizational achievements in a number of fields including holography, optical computing, and metrology. In holography, he is the Editor in Chief of Journal of Holography and Speckle and his most recent edited book on holography has just been issued: New Directions in Holography and Speckle. In optical computing, he has worked with Joseph Shamir (the

Technion) and James Hardy (Idaho State) to solve the 40-year-old problem of making practical optical circuits that consume no energy and can work at any bandwidth the optical beam carries. He has reignited the interest in optical Fourier pattern recognition, by showing how to maintain its

ability to recognize and locate objects while doing much more powerful

discrimination than was ever thought possible. In metrology, he has applied his invention of fuzzy metrology to wavelength meters, non-imaging location of points, and spectral discrimination. In a field

closely related to optics, he and Andrew Parker (Oxford) just solved a

"chicken and egg problem" in the evolution of visual systems. His theory on the evolution of consciousness seems to be gathering supporters. One

of his popular articles (the 1984 National geographic cover story on

holography) has been read by over 25 million people. John is however humble enough to remind everyone that it was not his writing that accomplished it; instead it was the hologram of an eagle that was made

by Ken Haines. SPIE has presented him with more major prizes and awards

than anyone in their history including the highest award - the Gold Medal. That medal this year, for instance, goes to Clarence Townes for

the invention of the laser. He is a nominee for the OSA’s highest award

- the Mees Award. Should he win, he and Joseph Goodman of Stanford would be the only two living scientists to receive both.

You are cordially invited to take part in this one-time, unique event.

Just RSVP with the ECE department’s administrative assistant, Mrs. Tania Moxley-Watkins, by sending her a short email to by this *Wednesday noon*, in which you state your intent to attend the talk. If needed, please also request driving directions and/or a temporary parking permit in the same email. We will be very happy to see you there.

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