Optical Image Compression
Master Semester Project
Conventional devices such as cameras capture images at high resolution before compressing them numerically. Meanwhile, recent research works start pointing towards much more efficient approaches. Specifically, simulations have demonstrated that images can be directly captured in compressed form through an optical device acting as a filter. Based on such an acquisition, image decompression is doable with a numerical method, in analogy to what is used for compressed file formats. In this project, our goal is to leap one step further, and to prove that the same concept works not only in simulations but also with a real optical device. What is at stake is a practical method to perform image compression in one shot and at the speed of light. Note that the optical device is already partly built. The challenges in this project include the finalization of the system, and its proper connection with the reconstruction algorithms that are available. Besides notions of signal processing and interest in algorithms, what counts in this project is a taste for practical experimentation and innovation.
- Michael Unser, firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 693 51 75, BM 4.136