Latest Advancements in Science, Engineering and Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 218

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Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, 73100 Chania, Greece
Interests: photonic and hyperspectral imaging devices; video-rate spectral vision and spectral mapping cameras; hyperspectral; multimodal high throughput screening microscopy systems; biology and microscopy; multispectral monitoring; remote sensing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hyperspectral imaging has been established as a powerful technology for remote sensing, non-destructive analysis and non-invasive diagnosis because it combines the advantages of both imaging and spectroscopy (high spatial and spectral resolution) in a single instrument; however, its full potential is yet to be explored and exploited. Hyperspectral imaging generates a pack of narrow-band images, constituting the so-called spectral cube or hypercube. Each pixel in the spectral cube, therefore, represents the spectrum of the scene at that point. Hyperspectral imaging is the technology of choice when heterogeneous objects are being examined with the purpose of gathering compositional information on a point-by-point basis.

A wealth of new research has been conducted and published in recent years, which has remarkably advanced the entire acquisition–analysis–visualization–application pipeline. Important new developments in data acquisition hardware include more efficient tunable filter designs and new concepts for snapshot or zero-scanning-time devices, such as pixelated sensors, metasurface/metalens-based sensors, coded aperture and compressive sampling camera system designs.

In the hypercube data analysis domain, the development of novel, more efficient algorithms for addressing the ill-posed problem of dimensionality expansion, data dimensionality reduction and critical band(s) selection, image classification and fusion, and comprehensive spectral cube representation have further improved our ability to retrieve critical information from the scene in demanding applications.

Hyperspectral imaging has benefited greatly from the recent breakthroughs in a plurality of diverse scientific and engineering fields, as they have played a critical role in minimizing the traditional trade-offs between spatial, spectral and temporal information. Another important interdisciplinary development is the integration of machine learning/AI platforms with advanced portable imagers in a unified system, providing analytical or diagnostic mapping, even in real-time and in situ scenarios. Smart, fast and miniaturized/portable systems may be considered as the new hyperspectral imaging technology generation, with great potential to break barriers to entry in a variety of new fields, such us clinical medicine, monitoring dynamic effects in both laboratory and industrial settings, robotic/machine vision, moving target identification and consumer camera/mobile phone photography.

This Special Issue invites submissions of original research articles as well as reviews pertaining to the following aspects of hyperspectral imaging (the list of topics is not exhaustive):

  • Novel spectral imaging sensor and camera designs;
  • Advanced, multimodal (hybrid) imaging systems combining spectral imaging and other imaging modalities;
  • Miniaturized spectral imagers;
  • Computational imaging-based spectral imagers;
  • Video-rate spectral imagers;
  • Unsupervised classification of spectral imaging data;
  • Machine learning and AI methods applied to spectral imaging;
  • Applications of spectral imaging in (indicatively) remote sensing, spectral phenotyping, food quality assessment, art conservation, microscopy, endoscopy, surgery, forensics, robotics, on-line inspection, etc.

Prof. Dr. Costas Balas
Guest Editor

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  • scanning
  • snapshot
  • compact
  • video-rate (hyper-) spectral imagers
  • supervised and unsupervised spectral cube data classifiers
  • dimensionality reduction/expansion of spectral cube data
  • (hyper-) spectral imaging-based monitoring/inspection
  • artificial vision
  • medical diagnosis
  • material identification
  • nondestructive analysis

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