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WiLO Student Chapter Seminar: “Coherence Theory as applied to Imaging Systems and Research Career Paths” by Gisele Bennett

Friday, August 24, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

Dr. Gisele Bennett
Senior Vice President for Research, Florida Tech 
Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida Tech 
Adjunct Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech


Superresolution imaging is a term that has been used for various meanings and has been under debate by the algorithm and optics communities. The debate even extends beyond the definition to the spelling of including the hyphen between super and resolution or not. I will review the approaches to superresolution from a coherence imaging approach to exceeding the classical diffraction limit. Of course with most systems, to gain in one parameter usually means a compromise in some other feature. I will show that coherence analysis to an optical system provides insights that would otherwise not be obvious.


Dr. Gisele Bennett is the Senior Vice President for Research and Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech).  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  Prior to joining Florida Tech in 2018, she was a Regents’ Researcher, an Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Integration, and a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  In addition, at Georgia Tech, she held the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).  She founded the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center (LandMARC), a multi-disciplinary center at the Georgia Tech.? She is a former member of the scientific cadré with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Laboratoire Optique (CNRS). As the former director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL), she managed a group of up to168 researchers, scientists, and students in a diverse applied research environment.  EOSL has up to a $50M diverse research portfolio with an operating budget of $4.5 M.  

Dr. Bennett is a member of the Army Science Board. She is a Fellow in the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta kappa Nu and is on the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM) RFID Experts Advisory Group (REG).  She holds officer positions in OSA and IEEE and serves in a variety of professional activities involving optical engineering research.  She has been a topical and is a feature editor for Applied Optics, a feature editor for Optical Engineering, and an associate editor for International Journal of RF Technologies:  Research and Applications, and is a visiting lecturer for SPIE and OSA. She has served as a research proposal reviewer for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) and a reviewer for numerous referred journals.  She is one of the first ten fellows chosen for Georgia Tech’s University Leadership program.  She has over 130 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports, and workshops.   

Her research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence and wave propagation, RFID and secure supply chain technologies.  She holds Patents on Integrated Sensor Radio Frequency Identification (ISRFID) with Location and container security devices, has numerous patents pending, and a Copyright on a computer model for Wave Propagation through the atmosphere.  She has numerous active projects that involve international collaboration with diverse funding from DoD to industry.  She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. 

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