Invited Speakers

Dr. Bob Fiete

Dr. Bob Fiete

is Chief Technologist and Fellow at Harris Corporation, Space and Intelligence Systems. Dr. Fiete received his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Iowa State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona. After graduation he joined Eastman Kodak’s Federal Systems Division and managed the Imaging Systems Analysis group where he developed the image chain modeling approach for assessing and optimizing the image quality of complex imaging system designs and advanced processing algorithms. After his organization was acquired by ITT Corporation in 2004, Dr. Fiete served as Director of R&D for ITT Space Systems Division and then for Exelis Geospatial Systems until joining Harris when Exelis was acquired in 2015.

Dr. Fiete was an adjunct professor at the Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, has chaired conferences on imaging and optics, and served on advisory boards for industry, university, and government programs. He has taught many courses and seminars, briefed the National Security staff at the White House Situation Room, briefed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in a congressional hearing, and worked with the FBI and DOJ on criminal cases involving image exploitation. Dr. Fiete has authored three books, five book chapters, and thirty-six technical papers. He has received twelve patents, was awarded the Rudolf Kingslake Medal by SPIE, is editor of the SPIE Spotlights book series, is a Senior Member of OSA and SPIE, and is a Fellow of SPIE.

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Dr. Gregory Heyworth

Gregory Heyworth is a medievalist and founder of the discipline of textual science, a combination of the traditional scholarly skills of paleography, codicology and bibliography, with material-, imaging-, and data-science. With secondary appointments in History and Computer Science, Heyworth’s research lies primarily in the recovery of damaged manuscripts and cultural heritage objects using spectral imaging and machine learning, as well as in the editing of texts, the history of the book and of cartography, and classical influence upon insular and continental romance and satire of the Middle Ages. More colloquially, he is interested in finding ways to read books no one has read before, and in teaching others to do the same.

As director of the Lazarus Project, he and his students have worked to recover manuscripts, maps, and paintings in collections around the world and to make them available to scholars and the public. Current intiatives include the Vercelli Schoolroom Project, the Dresden Baroque Music Project, the 1492 Martin Behaim Globe in Nuremberg, the Laja Alta Bronze Age Cave Paintings in Jimena de la Frontera, Spain, and the Icons of Svanetia in Mestia, Georgia.

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Dr. Alessandro Restelli

Alessandro Restelli is one of the nine 2017 OSA ambassadors. Since 2013 he is the Resident Electrical Engineer at the Join Quantum Institute (JQI), pursuing the mission of enabling advanced custom electronic designs for cutting edge physics experiments. Dr. Restelli has over 15 years of experience in electronic design, optoelectronics, photodetectors, lasers and optics. In 2016 he earned a PhD in Electronics at Politecnico di Milano with a specialization in single photon detection technologies working in the internationally established group of Prof. Sergio Cova. He then moved to the United States working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he designed high-speed electronics for quantum cryptographic systems. His research interest then became focused on the development of high-count-rate single photon detectors based on periodic gating of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs). In particular Dr. Restelli is a co-inventor of a gating technique that was successfully patented by NIST and is specifically suited for SPADs based on indium gallium arsenide, greatly increasing their allowable maximum count rates and detection efficiency with possible revolutionary applications in atmospheric sensing and quantum cryptography. More recently at JQI Dr. Restelli has guided the design of innovative instrumentation for atomic and molecular physics experiments, particularly ultra-low-noise controllers for laser frequency stabilization and radio frequency amplitude stabilization for ion traps. Dr. Restelli is particularly committed in accelerating the design and manufacturing cycle of electronic and opto-electronic instrumentation at JQI by teaching circuital simulation, diagnostics and troubleshooting techniques, facilitating reusable and modular electronic design, introducing in-house additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies as well as robotic circuit-board assembly. All these resources are made accessible by Dr. Restelli to JQI researchers, post-docs and students.

More plenaries to be announced soon!