NSF Expeditions in Computing Collaborative Research: Computational Photo-Scatterography: Unraveling Scattered Photons for Bio-Imaging

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Ashutosh Sabharwal ashu@rice.edu (Principal Investigator), Rebecca Richards-Kortum (Co-Principal Investigator), Lin Zhong (Co-Principal Investigator), Richard Baraniuk (Co-Principal Investigator), Ashok Veeraraghavan (Co-Principal Investigator)


Light scatters as it travels through the human body. As this happens, the spatial information from different points within the body becomes entangled. The principal goal of this Expeditions project is to develop a computational imaging system, called Computational Photo-Scatterography (CPS), that effectively unravels scattered light and facilitates non-invasive bio-imaging deep beneath the skin at cellular-level resolutions. The project has the potential to fundamentally transform medicine and healthcare delivery by enabling live views of cross sections of human anatomy simply by pointing a camera at any part of the body. Such an advancement would put individual users at the center of their healthcare experience and make them true partners in diagnosis, treatment and wellness. Beyond healthcare, the project could lead to cross-cutting applications in consumer imaging, automotive navigation, robotics, surveillance, atmospheric science, materials science and more. Partnering institutions include Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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