Professor Harrison Barrett has received a $2.5 M Grant from the NIBIB to continue the work supported by an R01 that has been continuously funded since 1990 and included a ten-year period NIH MERIT award. Over the years the project funded fundamental research on rigorous quantitative metrics of image quality and innovation in computational approaches. Most notably, work carried out under this grant has enabled over 50 University of Arizona PhD dissertations, over 100 publications, and a 1500-page treatise “Foundations in Image Science (Barrett and Myers, Wiley, 2004).
The overarching goal of the current project, titled “Emission Computed Tomography (ECT) and Parallel Computing”, is to use recent rapid advances in parallel computing to enable new approaches in image science and image-quality assessment for imaging modalities including SPECT, PET and Optical Emission Tomography (OpECT). The work is carried out in collaboration with Drs. Luca Caucci, Eric Clarkson, Matthew Kupinski and Meredith Kupinski.
Earlier this year, Professor Harrison Barrett was also elected 2017 SPIE Fellow for his achievements in theory and application of imaging and optics. Each year, SPIE promotes members as new Fellows of the Society. Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,200 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society's inception in 1955.