Imaging Technology Group

The primary mission of the Imaging Technology Group (ITG) is to provide state-of-the-art imaging facilities for researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service mission is accomplished through two facilities: the Microscopy Suite and the Visualization Laboratory.

A secondary mission of the ITG is to develop advanced imaging technologies with an emphasis on projects in remote instrument control and scientific visualization.

Image of the Week

Imaging Technology Group: Image of the Week: September 8, 2009 [ Link to full information ].

Boundary Layer Flow over Rough Surfaces

September 8, 2009

The top image shows two different views of a 3D visualization revealing a highly irregular surface, used to study boundary layer flow over rough surfaces and geographical obstacles generated with 3D printing techniques. The surface shown here was first created in MATLAB and then converted using Maya software, later it was printed using the ITG's 3D printer in the Visualization Laboratory. The bottom image shows the output from the 3D printer (The keys to the right are included for perspective/scale). Once printed, the roughness tiles are inserted in a turbulence flow unit for extracting flow measurements. This project is ongoing under the direction of Prof. Kenneth T. Christensen and his student Ricardo Mejia-Alvarez in the Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Flow (LTCF) part of the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Image Courtesy: Kenneth T. Christensen, Ricardo Mejia-Alvarez

Contact: ktc@illinois.edu, rmejiaa2@illinois.edu


Imaging & Visualization Forum

ITG welcomes proposals for future Forums, please contact ITG for details. Previous Forums are available online.

News

Visualization Laboratory Acquires New Image Pro Plus v7 Image Analysis Software

PhotoThe Visualization Laboratory has acquired new image/video analysis software, Image Pro Plus version 7 (by Media Cybernetics). The software is capable of handling a range of image data for numerical analysis, including microscopy images, photographs, and video files. A major functionality for video or image sequences is the ability to track moving objects in a scene and derive a range of statistical information. Other measurment and processing functions are included, along with the ability to create macros for applying repeated/automated step-by-step procedures. Image Pro Plus is installed on the Visualization Laboratory computer "Krasner".

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Posted: July 18, 2011

Katharine Sharp goes digital

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Travis Ross, visualization laboratory manager at the Beckman Institute, recently performed a 3D scan of the Katharine Sharp Memorial, a bas-relief sculpture of Katharine Lucinda Sharp, university librarian and founding director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (1893-1907). The sculpture was created by Lorado Taft and hangs in the Main Library.

The final 3D image was created by stitching together 40 individual scans, each capturing the rich texture of a piece that was originally sculpted in 1921. GSLIS Dean John Unsworth requested the scan, which uses advanced technology to further memorialize a groundbreaking leader, not only of this campus, but in the field of library and information science.

"We're grateful to the Imaging Technology Group and the Library for helping us turn Katharine Sharp into information that can now be shared freely," said Unsworth.

Image Credit: Photographer: L. Brian Stauffer, 3D Image: Travis Ross

Posted: July 7, 2011

Advanced Functional Materials Cover by ITG

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The March 22, 2011 issue of Advanced Functional Materials cover features an image by ITG's Janet Sin-Hanlon. Created for the article "Biosensors: Control of Nanoscale Environment to Improve Stability of Immobilized Proteins on Diamond Surfaces", authored by Adarsh D. Radadia, Courtney J. Stavis, Rogan Carr, Hongjun Zeng, William P. King, John A. Carlisle, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Robert J. Hamers and Rashid Bashir, the image depicts antibodies attached to a diamond surface, improving protein function.

Image Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon

Posted: March 22, 2011