The first international OSA Incubator – Future Microscopy: Merging Adaptive & Computational Imaging – was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland between 13th and 14th of December 2016. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the future and challenges of emerging adaptive and computational imaging techniques in modern microscopy.
Traditional imaging systems make use of optical components which reconstruct an image of an object at a plane that is then sensed by an electronic detector and processed by computer to gain maximal information. However, a change in this paradigm is emerging in the field of microscopy. Image forming systems are being replaced by computational image reconstructions, and the integration of adaptive/reconfigurable optical elements into these systems allows for flexible and closed-loop operation.