Dr Sina Farsiu visits the AOG

On Wednesday, 13th of March, the AOG was visited by Dr Sina Farsiu, associate professor at Duke University. After the morning visit, when AOG researchers had the chance to showcase some of their research to our distinguished visitor, Dr Farsiu then gave a talk to the AOG members, titled “Compact adaptive optics devices, practical deep learning algorithms, and fundamental limits of analysis in optical imaging“.

Abstract While the performance of biomedical image segmentation algorithms has been significantly improved in recent years, a critical question has not yet been addressed: “How far is segmentation performance from its theoretical limit?” The answer to this question justifies further investment of time and financial resources to gain further segmentation accuracy. In this talk, we review optical, mathematical, and biological factors that limit accurate quantification of functional and anatomical features in biomedical optics applications. Moreover, we introduce novel adaptive optics-based hardware, deep learning-based software, and sparsity-based mathematical tools to enhance the accuracy of quantifying imaging biomarkers of disease in various clinical applications.

Bio: Sina Farsiu received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in 2005. He was a postdoctoral scholar at UCSC from 2006 to 2007 and a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Ophthalmology, Duke University, Durham, NC, from 2007 to 2009. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor and the director of the Vision and Image Processing Laboratory in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Ophthalmology, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science at Duke University. He is also the director of image processing algorithm and software development at Duke Reading Center. Dr. Farsiu is a Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, an Associate Editor of Biomedical Optics Express, an Associate Editor of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Journal on Imaging Sciences, and a program committee member of SPIE Ophthalmic Technologies and ARVO Imaging in the Eye conferences. He is a recipient of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Foundation/Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award.

We thank Dr Farsiu for visiting our lab and look forward to his next visit!