MOSIS Lab is Providing Industry, Government, and Academia with the Future of Imaging and Optics

 

Tim O’Connor ’17 (ENG), a Ph.D. student, uses a computer vision device to view a microscope slide at MOSIS Lab on Sept. 28, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

 

Professor Bahram Javidi’s MOSIS Lab may look similar to many of the other research spaces dotted across campus, but the work being done inside the space is what makes it so special.

Javidi, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, officially launched MOSIS, which stands for Multidimensional Optical Sensing and Imaging Systems, this year. The lab will be focused on making impactful strides in the field of imaging and optics—think augmented/virtual reality, 3D technology, exotic imaging and microscopy—and using those learnings towards real-life applications in healthcare, cyber physical security, defense, and many other industries.

“The goal of establishing the lab was to concentrate our ongoing efforts under one lab and increase not only our visibility, but also our productivity,” Javidi said. “Since we established MOSIS, we have received a lot of attention and sponsorship from not only government and academia, but also industry,” Javidi said. “

With a dedicated lab in place, Javidi and his research team will use their new resources to build on the efforts that have been worked on for several years, which has included conducting research for large government organizations like the U.S. Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and the National Science Foundation; providing support and expertise towards real-time projects at large organizations like Lockheed Martin, Nikon and Samsung; and forming partnerships with universities and research labs in the United States and all over the world.

One of the more recent projects, a portable holographic field microscope, which was supported by funding from Nikon and the National Science Foundation, was developed to create a compact and viable technology to identify diseased cells for medical workers in remote areas. The applications are plentiful, as it could be used to quickly identify the diseased cells found in Malaria, HIV, and many others.

Some of the other ongoing, or past projects that Javidi and his team have worked on include: using 3-D augmented reality devices to see through obscurations, experimenting with technology to better improve human gesture and activities recognition for computers, and creating imaging systems that will work in degraded environments such as low light levels or murky underwater conditions.

Javidi and his research team (from right to left): Bahram Javidi, Hisaya Hotaka, Siddharh Rawat, Xin Shen, Satoru Komatsu, Hee Kim, Woo Kim, Tim O’Connor, and Adam Markman. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

 

As MOSIS begins to gain steam and grow larger, Javidi said that he is most looking forward to several things, including: attracting more domestic students; making his program more viable for engineers working in the industry to go to grad school by expanding distance learning options; and being the go-to for longer-term research and partnerships, spurring a strong informational pipeline between MOSIS, industry, government entities and other academic institutions.

But, most importantly, Javidi wants to see MOSIS continue as a collaborative space between not only departments across the School of Engineering, but across the UConn campus as a whole:

“At UConn, I want to extend these collaborations beyond the ones we already have with Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Statistics and the UConn Health Center,” Javidi said. “I would like to enhance these collaborations and extend to other collaborations, which we are already making great progress on.”

For more information on MOSIS, and the projects Javidi and his graduate students are working on, please visit http://mosis.uconn.edu.

Published: December 4, 2017