Matt Lew, assistant professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, was named a senior member of The Optical Society. Senior members are recognized for their experience and professional accomplishments or service within the optics and photonics field.

The Optical Society is a professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light.

The Lew lab builds 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.

Most recently, the Lew lab developed a computational method that allows researchers to determine not if an entire imaging picture is accurate, but if any given point on the image is probable based on the assumptions built into the model. The method, called Wasserstein-induced flux (WIF), relies on the distribution of noise to remove misplaced data points in an image. Noise is something researchers can use to verify accuracy of an image because it conforms to specific laws of physics.

Lew also was named a fellow for Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s (RCSA) new Scialog initiative, Advancing Bioimaging. He, along with Ulugbek Kamilov, assistant professor of computer science & engineering and 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.

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