The following are the research groups within the Center for Imaging Science that may be hiring interns for this summer. In each case, a short description of the tasks you may perform is included. This is not an all-inclusive list – other tasks may be added from time to time. Training will be provided for these tasks as required. Please feel free to contact the individual(s) listed for more information about these groups and the nature of the interns’ responsibilities. Note that there is no guarantee that each of these labs will hire interns, and it is possible that other research groups, not listed here, may decide to hire interns for the summer.

1. REMOTE SENSING

Known as the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) group, these scientists are involved in collecting and analyzing images of the earth taken by specialized airborne or spaceborne cameras, usually for various environmental purposes. Students working in this area may be involved in “field collects” (ground-based measurements as sensors are flying overhead), cataloging or analysis of data, computer-based scene simulation, or other related tasks. Point of contact is Dr. Charles Bachmann (475-7238, bachmann@cis.rit.edu).

2. VISUAL PERCEPTION

Scientists in the Visual Perception Laboratory make use of eye-tracking devices to understand the subconscious visual “strategies” people use when performing various tasks. Research in this area includes an investigation of how people go about finding hidden objects in a cluttered scene, and experiments which provide insight on the specific elements of an image which are most important when a person assesses image quality. Students working in this area may be involved in collecting and preparing images for use in experiments, assisting with experiments involving human subjects, and cataloging data arising from such experiments. Point of contact is Dr. Jeff Pelz (475-2783, pelz@cis.rit.edu).

3. ELECTRON PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE 

We are developing a technique called low frequency electron paramagnetic resonance (LFEPR) spectroscopy for studying objects with cultural heritage significance.  These objects can be ceramic vessels, marble sculptures, paintings, or illuminated manuscripts if they possess paramagnetic metal ions or stable free radicals.  The LFEPR spectra of these objects can be used to determine their authenticity and provenance.  Students working in this area may be involved in preparing samples of various materials for spectroscopic analysis, recording spectra of samples, and organizing collected data. Point of contact is Dr. Joe Hornak (475-2904, hornak@cis.rit.edu).

4. ASTRONOMICAL IMAGING

RIT scientists are involved in capturing, processing, and analyzing images of astronomical objects obtained at wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to X-rays, to better understand stellar and galactic evolution. Specific research includes analysis of images of planetary nebulae (or dying stars) and nearby young stars obtained with NASA satellite telescopes (such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope) and large ground-based astronomical facilities (like the 8-meter Gemini Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array of radiotelescopes). Students working in this area will help process and catalog these images, and analyze the data extracted from them, for use in published research. Point of contact is Dr. Joel Kastner (475-7179, kastner@cis.rit.edu).

5. SPACE WEATHER

RIT scientists are working to develop a strategy for an “all clear” sensor for use on Mars after the completion of a “space storm.” Since space weather storms are invisible and silent, it will be critical to a base of people on Mars to know when a space weather storm has subsided and it is safe to return outdoors. The student would work with NASA and colleagues at Rochester General Hospital to collect data on different types of detectors and match their properties to the characteristics of space weather storms. It is possible that a detector based on this work will be flown on the International Space Station. Point of contact is Dr. Roger Dube (475-5836, dube@cis.rit.edu).

6. HISTORIC DOCUMENT RESTORATION

RIT imaging scientists have been involved in imaging a number of documents with cultural and historic significance. These documents include the oldest known transcription of the works of Archimedes, 750 year-old palm leafs with sacred Sanskrit prayers, rare maps of the new world, and the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Students working in this area will help develop a web-based system to organize and catalog the images of these documents. Point of contact is Dr. Roger Easton (475-5969, easton@cis.rit.edu).

7. PERFORM LAB

The Perform Lab researches visually guided action, human motor control, eye movements, and visual prediction. The laboratory utilizes state of the art image capture and processing systems in conjunction with virtual reality headsets and motion capture systems. Point of contact is Dr. Gabe Diaz (475-7053, gabriel.diaz@rit.edu)

8. BIOMEDICAL IMAGING AND MODELING

Over the past decades, thanks to the advances in medical image acquisition, visualization and display, surgical tacking and image computing infrastructure, a wide variety of technology has emerged that facilitates diagnosis, procedure planning, intra-operative guidance and treatment monitoring while providing safer and less invasive approaches for therapy delivery. However, while real-time visualization is critical for guidance in absence of direct vision, effective therapy cannot be delivered without the appropriate equipment and instrumentation that enables access to the internal organs through small, less invasive entry routes inside the body. This internship will focus both on the technologies (image acquisition, surgical tracking, visualization and display) and techniques (image analysis, modeling, evaluation and validation) currently available and also under development for image-guided interventions, along with their engineering limitations and challenges in translation from bench to bedside. Point of contact is Dr. Cristian Linte (475-4926, cristian.linte@rit.edu).