High-Speed Imaging for Motion Analysis: Systems and Techniques
Date: June 15-18, 2015 | Tuition: $2,500 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2.6
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This program is designed for scientists, engineers, and photographers who need to gather data on rapidly moving subjects and events for study, motion analysis, and trouble-shooting. Mornings are spent in the lecture hall learning the fundamentals for lighting, imaging technologies, and motion analysis. Afternoons are spent making high-speed images in the laboratory. In addition to carrying out the standard techniques, attendees will try out the latest in high-speed-imaging equipment, with the manufacturer's representatives there to provide hands-on education and experience with the systems. The course is held at the Edgerton Center at MIT - the home of Doc Edgerton's Stroboscopic Light Laboratory, where much of the history of the field was written.
With support from the leading manufacturers and consultants, this program features the broadest experience available anywhere in the fields of high-speed film and high-speed electronic imaging capture and analysis. Of particular interest is the latest trend of merging high-speed electronic images and instrumentation data for in-depth analysis of mechanical events.
The scope of the program should make it invaluable to anyone who wishes to broaden their capabilities in the field of high-speed imaging.
Unique Features of This Program
Hands-On Experience: The course emphasizes hands-on experience! Approximately 50% of our time is devoted to intensively immersing each attendee in practical laboratory work. Lectures by experts in their fields and study materials help attendees prepare for the laboratory work by providing the requisite theoretical and practical insights.
Use the Techniques You Study: All attendees participate in lab experiments selected from an unparalleled variety of topics. Experiments include high-speed cameras (real-time through ultra-high speed), lenses and lighting, the latest imaging technologies, as well as specialized techniques such as Schlieren, streak, and pulsed laser illumination.
Learn the Details By Doing Experiments: Experiments are performed in small working groups, with experts in that technique on hand to answer questions and enter into extensive discussions. The lab experiences are structured to encourage participants to use their imaginations and to experiment with the technique under study. Attendees may bring with them work-related problems that make suitable experimental subjects to be shared with the class, but please consult with the course staff in advance.
Real-Time Results: The instant availability of electronic and video images permits rapid assessment of results. Participants will be able to quickly review their lab results to get a real world understanding of how a specific technology may apply to their application. In addition, attendees will leave the course with the tangible results of their work in hand.
MIT Edgerton Center: Supported by MIT and the Harold E. Edgerton and Esther M. Edgerton Family Foundation, the Edgerton Center was created in 1992 to carry on the legacy of the late Professor Edgerton. Its three-fold mission is to be a center of excellence in scientific imaging within MIT, to provide students at MIT with opportunities for hands-on learning, and to continue Edgerton's legacy of communicating the importance and excitement of science and technology to the larger community.
To view pictures from prior courses, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitedgerton/sets/72157649284815447/
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (50%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (35%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (15%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (45%)
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (10%)
Labs:Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (45%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (65%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (25%)
Advanced: In-depth explorations at the graduate level (10%)
Who should attend
This course is aimed at all professionals, and is applicable to any individual in an industry, academic, or government sector who must:
- Test, maintain, or troubleshoot high-speed manufacturing equipment
- Evaluate how products withstand impacts
- Observe projectiles in flight or upon impact
- Visualize flows in aerosols, liquids, or granular materials
- Capture the motions of people, animals, and objects
- Study crash tests
- Understand any actions that occur too fast for the eye to follow
Relevant industry sectors include manufacturing, academic research, energy, biotech, aerospace, and ballistics.
- Define the fundamental principals of high-speed photography and videography, both for human interpretation and for motion analysis with a computer.
- Make the trade-off between cost, depth-of-field, field-of-view, resolution, and lighting requirements to select the appropriate lens(es) to ensure that clear, crisp, images of the event under study are obtained.
- Select the correct lighting technologies and design the lighting arrangements for an experiment, including the selection of lights, their beam-pattern, and intensities, as well as specifying their locations to provide sufficient light on the subject to obtain well-exposed images of the process under study with minimal loss of information due to shadowing or over-exposure.
- Analyze the resulting images to get a real world understanding of how a specific technology may apply to an application.
- Assess methods of merging high-speed electronic images and instrumentation data for in-depth analysis of mechanical events.
The course will cover the following topics:
Introduction to High-Speed Photography and Videography: Fundamentals of exposure, lighting, and lenses. Overview of the various methods we will cover, with particular emphasis on the pros and cons of the various methods (e.g., film vs. video).
Lighting for High-Speed Imaging: Detailed descriptions of lighting options. Discussion of advantages and disadvantages of continuous and intermittent lighting with film and with video. Presentation of advanced lighting techniques.
State of the Art in High-Speed Imaging: In-depth discussion of current products in film and video systems. Topics include gated imaging, image intensifiers for low-light applications, high-speed video (color and black and white), imaging for machine vision applications, and evaluating cost-performance tradeoffs.
Data Analysis: Introduction to the analysis of high-speed film and electronic images. Also, the latest trends in integrating high-speed imaging with electronic data acquisition systems. Discussion of commercial motion analysis packages.
Course schedule and Registration Times
View 2015 Schedule (pdf)
Registration is 8:15 - 8:45 am on Monday.
Class begins at 9:00 am every day and ends between 5:00 and 5:45 pm except Thursday when it ends at 9:00 pm.
Special events include a dinner and presentations of case studies by course participants on Thursday evening.
Participants are encouraged to present their own high-speed imaging and motion-analysis applications to the course. The staff will, where practical, use these applications to illustrate the advantages and drawbacks of the techniques being taught.
Mornings are spent in the lecture hall learning the fundamentals, while afternoons are spent in the laboratory. In addition to carrying out the standard techniques, attendees will try out the latest in high-speed-imaging equipment, with the manufacturer's representatives there to provide hands-on education and experience with the systems. Attendees will work in small teams applying their learning to create solutions to case studies posed at the start of the program.
Senior R&D Engineer, Covidien Energy Based Devices
"This is complete coverage of high speed photography, from lens and lighting basics to the latest technologies being produced by the motion analysis industry."
Engineering Technician, United States Army Research Laboratory
"The lectures were taught by professionals that have real-world experience. The lectures were very insightful and the labs were extremely informative."
Senior Engineering Technologist, Southwest Research Institute
"Instructors knew their topic and presented well. Good balance between theory and practical. I would certainly recommend this course."
Imagery Technician, DND
"Incredible! It truly exceeded my expectations. I felt both awed and inspired by the staff. Their knowledge is quite extensive and they enjoy sharing it; it's very obvious how passionate they are about what they do."
senior marketing communication specialist, honeywell fm&t
"Exceeded the description. This was more than just lecture and academics. Hands-on was GREAT!"
development associate, corning inc.
"Very informative, fast-paced, covered vital points with good examples. Ended up like drinking from Niagara Falls than from a firehose."
Dr. James W. Bales, Instructor, Edgerton Center
Mr. Don Thomas, Industry Advisory Committee, Edgerton Center
Ms. Sandi Lipnoski, Edgerton Center
Prof. J. Kim Vandiver, Director, Edgerton Center
Mr. Tony Caloggero, Technical Instructor, Edgerton Center
Additional lectures and laboratory experiences will be presented by experts from the high-speed imaging industry.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please complete the Custom Programs request form for further details.
Links & Resources
- The Boston Globe celebrates MIT's 150th Anniversary with a list of 150 top innovations from the Institute--click here to read #78, Stopping Time at the MIT Edgerton Center.