Amini recognized for contributions to photo-optics

August 23, 2018

Dr. Amir Amini

Dr. Amir Amini was recently promoted to a senior member of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Amini has taught at the J.B. Speed School since August 2006, where he is the director of the Medical Imaging Laboratory. Founded in 1955, the SPIE has worked with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies. Senior Members to the organization are distinguished for their professional service and contributions to the optics community. Since joining SPIE, Amini has chaired the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium in 2007, and has continued to research advancements in the field of optics and imaging technologies.

When did you first join and where did you hear about the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers?

I became a member in the mid-1990s, though I first attended SPIE conferences back in 1991. I heard about SPIE through colleagues and became interested in participating.

Can you tell us a little about the organization? What is organizations mission objective? How long have you been a member?

The SPIE organization is quite broad and disseminates technological information in the area of optics and photonics. However, my own interest specifically is in the field of medical imaging -- I have been an author and/or participant at SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium for numerous years. I Co-Chaired the SPIE Conference on physiology and function from medical images for 4 years in the early 2000s in San Diego, and in 2007 I Co-Chaired the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium.

Why were you elevated to senior member status? What does that mean to you?

I was elevated for contributions to the field of medical imaging and for service and leadership in the SPIE organization. It is a great honor for me to be recognized for my contributions to my field by the SPIE organization.

What does it mean to have an active profile in the organization? How do you engage with the SPIE community? How do you feel that you’ve most contributed to SPIE?

My students and members of my lab regularly present at the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium – through the years my students have benefited from attending the symposium, presenting, and listening to presentations and reading papers published in the conference proceedings.

I engage at a number of levels with the SPIE community – at conferences and symposia, in the review process and for evaluation of submitted abstracts and papers as a member of scientific program committees, chairing sessions, and leading conferences and symposia.

Has your relationship with SPIE evolved since chairing their symposium in 2007?

SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium has a special place amongst all medical imaging conferences for me. The breadth of the meeting which covers physics of imaging, image processing, visualization, computer aided diagnosis, Ultrasound, and now digital pathology with first rate oral presentations and robust poster sessions has only grown over the years. I or my students have consistently attended the meeting and benefitted from the Oral and poster sessions, pre-conference courses and tutorials, and workshops. I treasure the camaraderie and friendships that I have formed with SPIE colleagues over the past 25 years.

What do you see as the next step in your relationship with SPIE? How do you hope to grow the organization?

I am committed to SPIE as a first rate technical organization and community. Throughout the years and through my affiliation with three institutions (Yale, Washington University School of Medicine, and University of Louisville), my students have attended SPIE conferences and meetings and I am hopeful that this will continue into the future.

Where can interested members go to learn more?

Attending the SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium is a good place to start!