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A Century of Imaging Science

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The performance of imaging systems and pictorial recording and printing processes has been of concern within various branches of the diverse technical communities for a century or more. Especially, the latter half-century has seen the evolution of an overall quantitative imaging language, latterly formalized within the generic description of imaging science. Major contributions came from fundamental studies in fields as diverse as astronomy, photography, microscopy, radiation detectors, human vision, radar, statistical processes and information theory. As a result, imaging science now spans many practical areas of applied technology. Here a summary is presented of some key aspects of this historical evolution, including the roles of the earliest pioneers and their major contributions made over the course of a century or so.

Contemporary problems include the translation of universal imaging knowledge developed for the evaluation of analog imaging processes into the digital domain, for example as an important tool in the development of sophisticated digital printing systems.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

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