From archaeology to atom shadows: University of Sydney and Griffith University take top prizes in imaging science competition
Run by Canon Australia and CiSRA, Canon Inc.'s Australian research centre, the Extreme Imaging competition aims to promote and celebrate local research at the intersection of imaging and technology.
"The competition recognises local advances in imaging science and recognises projects where students create equipment that can produce images beyond the boundaries of creative photography and video. The competition is open to students from any department – medicine, mechatronics, physics, engineering, computer science and the visual arts," said Stephen Hardy, Senior General Manager, CiSRA.
First Prize was won by Ariell Friedman and Supervisors Dr Oscar Pizarro and Prof Stefan Williams from The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney for the project 'Diver-based stereo 3D documentation of excavations in Pavlopetri'.
Located off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece, Pavlopetri is the oldest known submerged city. Up to four metres of water covers artefacts and structures dating back 5,000 years. Ariell’s work not only involved operating the diver rig, but also modifying and improving the diver camera system and the development of software to allow the rapid production of maps by automating the data processing pipeline. Ariell received $5000 for himself and an additional $5000 for his supervising team.
Runner up in the Extreme Imaging competition was Ben Norton and Supervisor David Kielpinski from Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics for developing techniques to take some of the highest resolution images of atoms ever made, including the first ever image of the shadow of a single atom.
Imaging single atoms is important for understanding physics, the new field of quantum computing and may also have applications for ultra-high resolution imaging of biological cells. Ben received a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera to recognise his efforts.
Highly Commended was Dr. Oliver Gibbs from Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney for 'The Eye: a window to the heart?' that looks at the development of a device that may be able to take a picture of the retina (back of the eye) and asses the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Andre Kyme, from the School of Physics, University of Sydney also received a Highly Commended for a project aimed at adapting brain scanning techniques to allow them to be used while the subject is moving. This would enable scans to be taken while the subject was behaving normally or responding to stimuli.
CiSRA is one of the global research and development centres owned by Canon Inc., and this year is celebrating 21 years in Australia. CiSRA contributes imaginative technologies, intellectual property and customer insights to Canon Inc. for development of future products and services andemploysalmost 200 researchers and engineers, 40 of whom have PhDs in disciplines from physics, computer science and engineering.