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Bridging Departmental Barriers In Search Of A New Electronic Imaging Curriculum

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.110.1 - 4.110.17

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Michael A. Kriss

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Session 1526

Bridging Departmental Barriers in Search of a New Electronic Imaging Curriculum

Michael A. Kriss Center for Electronic Imaging Systems University of Rochester

Abstract In the winter of 1998 six University of Rochester faculty members came together to develop a new, comprehensive undergraduate and first year graduate curriculum in Electronic Imaging. The faculty represented three autonomous departments: The Institute of Optics, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Computer Science Department. Each department, through individual faculty efforts, had begun to offer courses specializing in some aspect of electronic imaging. Each course, on its own, provided a real but limited service to students. The need for a harmonized, multi-disciplinary curriculum became self evident to the faculty members working in the Center for Electronic Imaging Systems. The ensuing discussions resulted in a very aggressive proposal combining current research efforts with a series of five new and six enhanced courses. The new curriculum would provide students with an opportunity to earn Bachelors or Masters degree in the discipline of their choice and a strong concentration in one of three areas of electronic imaging. This paper relates how the proposal was developed and provides the details that support the development of the new and enhanced courses. A special freshman course designed to motivate students to consider electronic imaging as a career will start this spring. Two new undergraduate labs are to be created along with a summer, undergraduate research program. A special seminar series was designed to keep both students and faculty up-to-date on the latest technology in industry and academia. Strong input and support from local industry will ensure that the new curriculum will serve both the students’ academic pursuits as well as their ability to work in industry at a very proficient level.

I. Historical background of imaging science The effort of the six faculty members from the University of Rochester to develop a new and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum in Electronic Imaging Systems needs to be understood within the context of how academic institutions have addressed imaging as a discipline over the past twenty years.

Kriss, M. A. (1999, June), Bridging Departmental Barriers In Search Of A New Electronic Imaging Curriculum Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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