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The Eyes Have It: Bio-Inspired Sensors for Early Cancer Detection and Underwater Studies in the Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


St. Joseph’s Academy Performing Arts Center, 2307 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63131  + Google Map

FREE and OPEN to ALL.  Middle and High School students welcome and encouraged to attend.  Registration not required.  Parking is free in the St. Joseph Academy lots.

Featured Speaker: Viktor Gruev, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Novel sensory systems for computer vision and biomedical applications such as cancer detection, are being developed and perfected right here in our own backyard at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mantis-760x507University engineering and computer science professor, Dr. Viktor Gruev, shares how a new generation of optical sensor technology based on the eyes of the mantis shrimp is inspiring innovative designs in cameras and imaging and how these bio-inspired sensors are being used for early cancer detection and underwater studies in the Great Barrier Reef. Gruev and his team developed an artificial eye that illuminates the hidden world of light polarization, enabling advancements in biology and biomedicine.

The eyes really do have it in this fascinating look at engineering inspired by nature.

Gruev and his colleague Dr. Spencer Lake and their newly developed mantis shrimp inspired imaging technology were recently featured on the National Geographic Channel’s Explorer episode, Eyes Wide Open, that aired Sunday, February 14.

The Eyes Have It is a special partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and St. Joseph’s Academy.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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St. Joseph’s Academy Performing Arts Center
2307 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63131 United States
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