INDIANAPOLIS — Internationally known NASA scientist Kamlesh Lulla will be a keynote speaker Friday, Oct. 3, for the IUPUI Imaging Research Symposium.
The symposium, which includes a lunch and poster viewing, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St.
Lulla, a 26-year NASA veteran and current chief scientist for earth observations from Johnson Space Center, will present “Experiments in Earth Imaging from Human Spaceflight Missions” from 10:10 to 10:40 a.m. His talk will describe recent activities in remote imaging.
“Over the past 40 years, astronauts have been taking pictures — lots of them. But when you see those stunning images of the Earth from space, odds are Kamlesh ‘Kam’ Lulla had something to do with it,” Francis C. Assisi wrote in a recent INDOlink article.
According to Assisi, “‘One of NASA’s missions is to understand and protect our home planet, and my job directly ties to that,’ Lulla said. ‘Space photography is an important tool in our mission to improve life on Earth. For example, photographs taken by astronauts, in tandem with satellite imagery, have enabled us to conduct research on how to monitor smoke over the Amazon region, detect how it affects regional climate patterns and the lives of the people who live there. … Earth imagery acquired by astronauts is making significant contributions in NASA’s efforts to understand global issues. Our database of astronaut photography is a national resource.'”
In addition to Lulla’s presentation, several IUPUI investigators will present their imaging-related research activities. These include applications in neuroimaging in Alzheimer’s disease, 3-D imaging of the human airway, live cell imaging, molecular probe development for tumor imaging, and the utilization of interactive 3D visualization methods to look at images.
The symposium is sponsored by the IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative, part of the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The objective of this symposium is to bring together investigators from diverse scientific disciplines with image technology experts to explore potential collaborative research opportunities.