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Democratization of Next-Generation Imaging, Diagnostics and Measurement Tools through Computational Photonics

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center Seminar Series
June 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2001 N. Soto Street, SSB 116, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D.
Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering
Associate Director, California NanoSystems Institute
University of California, Los Angeles
In this presentation I will discuss some of the emerging applications and the future opportunities and challenges created by the use of mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices as well as their embedded components for the development of next-generation imaging, sensing, diagnostics and measurement tools through computational photonics techniques. The massive volume of mobile phone users, which has now reached ~7 billion, drives the rapid improvements of the hardware, software and high-end imaging and sensing technologies embedded in our phones, transforming the mobile phone into a cost-effective and yet extremely powerful platform to run e.g., biomedical tests and perform scientific measurements that would normally require advanced laboratory instruments. This rapidly evolving and continuing trend on the use of mobile phones and other emerging consumer electronics devices including e.g., wearable computers, in advanced imaging and sensing experiments might help us transform current practices of medicine, engineering and sciences through democratization of measurement science and empowerment of citizen scientists, educators and researchers in resource limited settings and developing countries.

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