Friday, January 23, 2009

Electronic Imaging 2009 New SPIE Fellows

Wednesday, January 21 in San Jose we recognized three of SPIE’s newly promoted Fellows for 2009 who have made great contributions to the Electronic Imaging community and to this meeting. The 2009 Fellows Committee, chaired by James Harrington has selected 59 new Fellows of the Society, which were approved by the SPIE Board of Directors. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge outstanding members for their service to the general optics community.

The first was Mr. John O. Merritt of The Merritt Group. Mr. Merritt's fellow promotion is for specific research and achievements in the areas of Stereoscopic Displays and Applications. His contributions include the advancement of 3D imaging in film-making, the development of a "Rapid Sequential Positioning" task used for evaluation testing and "gravity-referenced" video displays for the Navy teleoperated vehicle.

Second was Dr. Bernice E. Rogowitz of The IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Rogowitz's fellow promotion is for specific achievements in human vision applications in electronic imaging. She has been a leader in research in perceptual areas relevant to imagingand visualization systems, in developing interactive software systems based on her deep understanding of these issues, and building a community linking the engineering and human vision communities.

Least but not last, was Prof. Shoji Tominaga of Chiba University, Japan. Prof. Tominaga's fellow promotion is for specific achievements in electronic imaging. His significant research includes analysis of the surface-spectral reflectance functions of inhomogeneous dielectric, work on the problem of estimating the three-dimensional scattering of light from a surface, and studies on imaging systems and algorithms for realizing human color constancy, predicting color appearance, and recognizing objects.

These Fellows join a prestigious list of more than 550 SPIE members so honored for their contribution to the discipline since the Society’s inception in 1955.

Shoji Tominaga, Bernice E. Rogowitz, John O. Merritt