SPIE Announces Its 2020 DCS Rising Researchers

The 13 early-career professionals represent the exciting spectrum and broad reach of photonics, from Industrial Sensing & Measurement and Electronic Imaging & Signal Processing, to Optical Design & Engineering, Astronomy, and Micro/Nano Fabrication
17 January 2020
SPIE Announces Its 2020 DCS Rising Researchers
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BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK — SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, welcomes 13 distinguished young professionals as its 2020 DCS Rising Researchers. The recipients will be honored on Monday, April 27, at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) in Anaheim, California.

Now in its fourth year, the Rising Researcher program recognizes early-career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the areas of defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields.

The Rising Researchers — all of whom are presenting papers at SPIE DCS 2020 — were selected by a team of DCS Steering Committee members, conference chairs, past recipients, and SPIE leadership. Assessments are based on impact statements provided by entrants, research abstracts, CVs, and recommendations from a supervisor or senior colleague. Each winner receives a fee waiver for the DCS conference, a half-day course at the event, a one-year SPIE membership, and other recognitions.

The 2020 DCS Rising Researchers, their affiliations, and conference-paper titles are:

Jonathan Fan, Stanford University
"Data-driven design of metasurface systems"

Tian Gu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"High-performance reconfigurable meta-optics based on optical phase change materials"

Sevgi Gurbuz, University of Alabama
"Cross-frequency training with adversarial learning for radar micro-Doppler signature classification"

David Haefner, U.S. Army's CCDC - C5ISR Center - Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
"High throughput thermal camera characterization"

Gillian Kyne, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"Single photon counting detectors: TRL advancement of delta-doped EMCCDs"

Howard (Ho Wai) Lee, Baylor University
"Extreme epsilon-near-zero on-chip and on-fiber photonic devices"

Beiwen Li, Iowa State University
"Similarity evaluation of 3D topological measurement results using statistical methods"

Nicole Pfiester, Ohio State University
"Optical properties of III-V superlattices for the design optimization of antenna-coupled detectors"

Matthew Smith, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
"ASTERIA: Technology and science advances from a nanosatellite space telescope"

Christopher Valenta, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Towards single aperture RF/EO/IR systems: multi-spectral sensing and communication"

Paul Williams, Stellenbosch University
"Classification of game meat with NIR hyperspectral imaging"

Sheng Xu, University of California, San Diego
"Controlled epitaxial growth of hybrid halide perovskites for photovoltaics"

Cunjiang Yu, University of Houston
"Rubbery electronics: electronics made fully out of rubbery materials"

"With our Rising Researcher program, SPIE recognizes outstanding technical contributions from early career professionals in the DCS community," said SPIE Director of Science and Technology Bob Hainsey. "The work of these young scientists - from across academia and government-industry hybrids - represents a high level of excellence that we are proud to showcase at our symposium. This year's winners reflect the diversity of the SPIE DCS constituents as well as the breadth of the related technical content, with our Rising Researchers covering disciplines that include infrared optics, single photon counters, biomedical sensors, metamaterials, and cubesats."

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