Dr. Eddie Jacobs Named SPIE Fellow
The International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE) promoted 69 new Fellows of
the Society in 2013 to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions
of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. SPIE Fellows
are honored for their technical achievements and for their service to the general
optics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 1,000 SPIE members have become
Fellows since the Society’s inception in 1955.
Dr. Eddie Jacobs, Associate Professor for Electrical Computer Engineering at the University
of Memphis was recognized for his achievements in imaging system performance.
Jacobs has made numerous significant technical contributions to research in mmW, Terahertz,
and infrared system performance. He developed a new terahertz imaging device that
allows efficient imaging with single detector systems and a propagation model, simulation,
and evaluation methodology for infrared imagery in the presence of helicopter induced
dust clouds. In addition, he developed a low-cost pyro-electric-based sensors for
discriminating humans and animals and a performance model for active terahertz imaging
systems. He directed and conducted research into the performance impact of super-resolution
reconstruction techniques on imaging sensors.
As an active member of the technical community, Jacobs has supported a wide-range
of technical conferences and served on many technical groups including chairing the
Joint Terahertz Imaging Sensor Technology Assessment (JTISTA), organizing and chairing
an international NATO workshop on modeling of active imaging systems, and serving
as a member of a “Graybeard” panel to assess the suitability signature prediction
codes in training automatic target recognition systems. He also served as chairperson
for sessions of the Ground Target Modeling and Validation Conference and as a committee
member of a DARPA group investigating the development of radar and infrared signature
reducing materials using micro-balloon technology.
Jacobs has been of great service to SPIE in his role as associate editor and technical
reviewer of Optical Engineering and as guest editor for the special section of Optical
Engineering on Terahertz and Millimeter Wave Sensors. He has served as conference
chair for SPIE Security+Defence Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology
conference 2010-present and has authored or co-authored over 50 conference papers
for the SPIE Defense and Security Conference. He was a program committee member at
the 2002 AeroSense (Now Defense, Security+Sensing) Symposium, in the Targets and Backgrounds
VIII: Characterization and Representation conference.
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founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000
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