Archive for May 2015

Innovation Expert Doug Berger Joins Rochester Manufacturing Innovators For June 9th Program

May 29, 2015

For New York Photonics Member CEOs and Presidents

We are pleased to collaborate with another education organization here in Rochester to make you aware of an interesting seminar– The Growth Challenge: How Innovation can Close your Growth Gap, to be held on Tuesday, June 09, 2015, 7:30 am at Oak Hill Country Club.

One of the top issues that challenge “C” Level executives today is the SPEED of DISRUPTION in their industry, and the potential impact on the sustainability and growth of their organization. In this DR CEO SIG Seminar, we are pleased to highlight a world class author and speaker on Innovation – Doug Berger, along with a panel of Upstate NY CEOs who have been recognized for their exceptional record of Innovation in the companies they run.   Our guest panel of CEO’s  include, Bob Bechtold of Harbec Plastics, Mike Mandina of Optimax Systems and Bill Pollock of Optimation/Kingsbury.

In this session, C-level executives will learn about ways companies are innovating across all functions and processes to drive growth in traditional markets and to build new revenue streams.  Mr. Berger’s  4-Step Innovation Process encourages you to take a step away from your historic track record and then adopt an outsider-in viewpoint, in order to identify those growth drivers for future business. Learn from his experiences and practical advice, from a diverse background of industries and walk away with actionable steps to improve your company “IQ” – Innovation Quotient.

This CEO series is offered at a reduced rate of $20.00 for NY Photonics member Presidents, CEOs and Owners of businesses. These events are intended as peer networking for business leaders, not sales networking opportunities.

As his commitment to giving back to the community and to NY Photonics and Digital Rochester, Mr. Berger has also offered to meet with CEO’s on a one on one basis at their place of business following the seminar to “continue the conversation”. There will only be 3 slots available in the afternoon so please let us know if you are interested in meeting with Mr. Berger the afternoon of June 9th.

To Register go to: and use the NYP discount code


7:30 to 8 am Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am Program Begins
9:30 am Program Ends

Sydor Instruments Awarded Federal Grant from Department of Energy

May 27, 2015

$987,500 grant will fund state-of-the-art x-ray beam monitor

Sydor Instruments has been awarded a Phase IIA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $987,500 from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to develop commercial diamond beam position, timing and flux monitors that feature functionality not available today. The x-ray beam monitor will be robust enough to accommodate the high x-ray beam fluxes from 3rd generation synchrotron beamlines, while also retaining the sensitivity to observe monochromatic beams on a per pulse basis. In addition, it will enable closed loop beam diagnostics to aid in the trouble shooting and optimization of current and future beamlines throughout the synchrotron radiation community.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase IIA grant and would like to thank Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University for their partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology which will provide a valuable tool to fully utilize the world’s brightest synchrotrons. This program will advance diamond-based position monitors for synchrotron beamlines that address a technological gap between the ability to generate and focus an x-ray beam; and the ability to effectively use that beam for the intended science goal. This novel diamond-based transmission beam monitor has been shown to have unprecedented linear behavior combined with the ability to determine intensity, position and timing suitable to meet the user demand for increasingly high flux, small focus size and beam stability, ” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.

Webster Man Competes to Build NASA Rovers

May 18, 2015

Webster resident Joseph Serio worked as a gas station attendant in the 1990s, and had no ties to NASA or Mars Rovers.

Now he’s a Monroe Community College optics technology student with 20 years of experience manufacturing optics parts for NASA Mars Rovers with Ontario company Optimax. He’s headed to Texas next week to compete with a team of college students from around the country to build prototype rovers.

Optics is the study of light, and Optimax was commissioned to build lenses for the past three Mars Rovers, or “eyes,” — “any images you’ve seen sent back from Mars comes from what we’ve manufactured,” Serio said.

Serio decided that he wanted a career in the optics field after several years with Optimax. “The career opportunities are endless here … the best thing about it is that every day I keep learning more and more,” he said.

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Advanced Colon Cancer Screening Using FluxData’s FD-1665 Camera

May 13, 2015

FluxData’s FD-1665 used in Image Enhancement Of Surface Microstructure On Mucosa For Polarimetric Endoscopy study

Katsuhiro Kanamori from Device Research Laboratory Advanced Research Division, Panasonic Corporation in Japan recently concluded their research into endoscopic imaging of gastric mucosa for the purpose of detecting colon cancer. FluxData’s FD-1665 Polarimetric imaging system was used as part of the research.

Cancer affects the gastric areas surrounded by pits in the gastric mucosa. The cancer is detected via change in texture patterns. Traditionally, these changes in texture are very difficult to detect with standard white light endoscopes.

The alternative to white light endoscopy is an invasive process in which indigo carmine blue fluid is sprayed on the tissue, allowing the observer to see pooling in the surface microgrooves. This process can cause damage/bleeding to the mucosa and rapid colorization inhibits further observation.

The issues associated with the spray have prompted research into non-invasive digital image processing. This process makes use of a “pseudo-indigo carmine image” created by using color intensity images from a conventional endoscope and executes nonlinear edge detection looking for concave groove areas that should appear darker as a result of generation of shadows. This method is not yet as effective as traditional spraying. The author is studying the extraction surface geometric information of the mucosa using polarimetric imaging instead of conventional intensity imaging.

Imaging process flow

Method for experiment:

The author’s method is image enhancement of mucosal surface using de-polarization properties of the backscattered light in the surface groove regions and deeper layers of the mucosa. Two pairs of parallel and crossed nicols polarimetric images are captured under differently linear polarized illumination, taking into account illumination from a slanted angle. The pairs are then subtracted to enhance the contrast of the surface structure. Finally, the image is enhanced using a space frequency enhancement process which amplifies the mesh-like pattern seen in indigo carmine sprayed images.


More information here…


54th Annual Optics Summer Short Course Series

May 12, 2015

June 1 – June 12, 2015

The Institute of Optics will offer its 54th annual Summer School short-course series next month. This year’s offering will be a mix of a one-week course and two-and-a-half-day courses.

RRPA Grants Available

Full scholarships for our Summer School courses are available through a grant from the US Employee and Training Administration, Department of Labor.  The Rochester Regional Optics, Photonics , and Imaging Cluster Accelerator (RRPA). It provides scholarships to displaced workers who are looking to enter the Optics, Photonics, or Imaging industries and to incumbent workers in any of these fields who are looking to advance their careers.  Priority will be given to displaced and disadvantaged workers and veterans, but all qualified attendees are encouraged to apply.  The scholarships are limited to US citizens.ontact  

Contact Gayle Thompson ( to apply. 

The Institute of Optics Summer Short Courses

Mobile-phone Microscope Detects Eye Parasite

May 12, 2015

We are living in a transformative age of photonics potential!

Imaging Solutions Group Announces First-To-Market Camera

May 7, 2015

ISG is the first firm to Announce the New SONY IMX250 Pregius 5Mp Global Shutter LightWise™ Allegro USB3 Camera

 The new LightWise Allegro USB3 SONY IMX250 based cameras deliver excellent image quality and high speed performance.  A variety of applications will be improved using this camera.

The SONY IMX250 Pregius™ CMOS Image Sensor delivers unparalleled image quality with extremely low-noise with a global shutter.  It has 2464 x 2056 resolution (5.1Mp) and can run at up to 100 fps in 12-bit mode or 150 fps in 8-bit mode.  These features are implemented in the LightWise™ Allegro USB3 Camera and are available now by calling ISG.  Available in color or monochrome.

Allegro_USB3-Logo_512x582Unique features differentiate these cameras from the competition, such as the ISG Image Pipeline, large on-board FPGA & 256MB of extra memory.

 Since LightWise cameras are easier to integrate, you will get your OEM vision systems to market faster and with better performance.

 The cameras support the USB3 Vision™ standard, have triggers & strobes, Analog & Digital Gain Control, Auto-Exposure, ROI & binning capabilities and are available with a C-Mount or as a board level solution.

 “The SONY IMX250 global shutter image sensor in our LightWise™ cameras offer best-in-class image quality in low light conditions, very high frame rates at a very reasonable cost,” according to Kerry Van Iseghem, Co-Founder at Imaging Solutions Group.

 The Imaging Solutions Group offers many different custom camera platforms offering a wide variety of interfaces, functions and programmability. This family is designed for low cost machine vision & microscopy applications.

 About Imaging Solutions Group of New York, Inc.:

Imaging Solutions Group, a privately held NY Company, is the leader in the design and manufacture of high-resolution intelligent machine vision and custom designed cameras. With over 24 years of video design experience, the Imaging Solutions Group product design team has accumulated an impressive array of intellectual property that they use to rapidly develop new products. Imaging Solutions Group is located in the Rochester, NY suburb of Fairport, NY in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. For more information call Kerry Van Iseghem at (585) 388-5220 x101 ( or visit our website at for data sheets, sample images and pricing.