Imaging systems and techniques provide the users with two- or three-dimensional information on objects, materials, structures or processes. They play a key role in many fields of science, technology, industry, environment and daily life, as the variety of imaging systems and techniques is vast, ranging from medical and biological imaging, security and surveillance systems, remote sensing, biometrics, non-destructive testing, and computer sciences to materials research and analysis. The interdisciplinary aspect of imaging systems and techniques is a particular feature because of the diversity of its underlying physical sensing principles, employing different types of radiation, sound or electrical fields.
Imaging systems are increasingly complex and therefore challenge electronic engineers. Concurrently to an ongoing trend of the increase in spatial and temporal resolution, there is a growing demand for hardware-supported image processing, data reduction as well as improved sensitivity, specificity and robustness. With the progress in physics, electronics and computing, we can see a tremendous development towards new and sophisticated imaging technologies, such as infrared, microwave, terahertz and laser imaging, spectroscopy, X-ray microscopy, high speed imaging, confocal scanning microscopy, optical coherence tomography, molecular imaging, and many more imaging technologies. Other important trends include multi-modality imaging and low-level image processing.
The special issue will be open to general submissions and will also contain selected papers from the 2009 IEEE International Workshop on Imaging Systems and Techniques held in Shenzhen, China, May 2009.
This special issue addresses new developments in the field of imaging systems and techniques. Potential authors are invited to report their scientific and technological progress in one or more of the following fields:
- Principles of imaging sensors
- Imaging system design, development, evaluation and applications
- Image processing algorithms, especially hardware-supported image processing
Paper submission deadline: 31st December, 2009