Ulugbek Kamilov and Matthew Lew, both faculty members in the McKelvey School of Engineering, have been named Fellows for Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s (RCSA) new Scialog initiative, Advancing Bioimaging.

Kamilov, assistant professor of computer science & engineering and of electrical & systems engineering, and Lew, assistant professor of electrical & systems engineering, were among 55 early-career researchers chosen as fellows for the initiative, sponsored by RCSA and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, with additional support from the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation.

Created in 2010 by RCSA, the Scialog format creates communities of early-career scholars selected from multiple disciplines and institutions across the U.S. and Canada. At its upcoming virtual conference, participants will form multidisciplinary teams to design research projects, which they pitch to a committee of scientists who have facilitated discussions throughout the meeting. The committee recommends seed funding to accelerate the most promising of those team projects.

Kamilov’s main research area is computational imaging. He develops advanced algorithms for various imaging applications including optical microscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radar, and autonomous driving. He has a strong interest in image reconstruction, compressive imaging, convex and nonconvex optimization, machine learning, and statistical inference. 

Lew and students in his lab build advanced imaging systems to study biological and chemical systems at the nanoscale, leveraging innovations in applied optics, classical and quantum detection and estimation theory, optimal system design and physical chemistry. Their advanced nanoscopes (microscopes with nanometer resolution) visualize the movements of individual molecules inside and outside living cells.


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