IEEE Life Sciences: Spotlight on Research in Biological Imaging

IEEE Life Sciences spoke with Michael Liebling from the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland and the University of California Santa Barbara about current research and developments in biological imaging and analysis.

IEEE Life Sciences: What developments in the field of biological image acquisition and analysis are most exciting?

Michael Liebling: There have been several recent breakthroughs in optical microscopy. Some of these have been recognized through the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, awarded to Betzig, Hell, and Moerner. To me, an especially important aspect was that for at least one of these award-winning techniques, the computational aspect is central: the image is produced via computation. More generally, images are increasingly used to measure and quantify biological processes, not just to qualitatively observe them. Image processing is therefore gaining a more central role in experiment planning in biology and is no longer just used as a last resort tool to salvage poor images.

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Source: IEEE Life Sciences
By Cynthia Weber