Warren Grundfest Memorial Lectures Initiated to Honor Former Faculty Member

Two imaging groups from UCLA and Caltech are proud to initiate the Warren Grundfest Memorial Lectures honoring the memory of Prof. Warren S. Grundfest, an imaging faculty member at UCLA. The seminar series was established by two junior faculty (Achuta Kadambi and Katie Bouman) as well as a UCLA PhD student (Pradyumna Chari) to help support young scholars in the burgeoning area of computational imaging. Lectures occur on the First Friday of each month at 12 noon California time.

The seminar’s scholarship in computational imaging is broadly aligned to Dr. Grundfest’s technical work, which aimed to translate light-based technologies to clinical practice by using a combination of imaging hardware and computational post-processing techniques. Among other contributions, Dr. Grundfest was leading the charge in the area of fluorescent lifetime imaging for increased sensitivity of cancer detection. Such an imaging device has the potential of not only diagnosing and mapping cancer, but can also be used as a tool to better understand the fundamental principles behind cancer morphology. 

The lecture series is sponsored by Akasha Imaging, which provides a small honorarium for junior speakers. The Grundfest Lecture website can be found here: https://visual.ee.ucla.edu/web_series/