Andreas Velten, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI)

271 Animal Sciences

1675 Observatory Drive

Madison, WI 53706

(608) 316-4677
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Vordiplom 2002, Physics, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

MS 2008, Physics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

PhD 2009, Physics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Postdoc 2010-2012, Computational Photography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA



Andreas Velten is building a research program in computational optics that combines optical engineering and computation to develop new kinds of optical imaging and probing. He is developing integrated cyber-physical imaging systems combining illumination, data collection, image formation, and image processing into one integrated unit. This allows him to build imaging systems that detect specific application relevant information in the huge amount of accessible optical data with the best possible signal to noise ratio. His work spans research in photonic devices, optical systems engineering, optimization, computer vision, and biomedical applications.


Dr. Velten is also developing remote sensing and biomedical imaging technologies that are based on non-traditional time-of-flight based image formation methods. Being able to create images from multiply reflected indirect light, these systems can see around corners and into inaccessible spaces. This makes it possible to locate and diagnose individuals in disaster areas and to image the inside of lunar caves. It also has applications in endoscopy and robotic surgery. Dr. Velten was chosen as one of the 35 top innovators under the age of 35 by MIT's Technology Review in 2012, received the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award in 2012, and was included in the 2013 SME innovations watchlist.


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