Cossairt Bestowed NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Cossairt is among five Northwestern University faculty members to receive the prestigious distinction.

Prof. Oliver (Ollie) S. Cossairt, Lisa Wissner-Slivka and Benjamin Slivka Junior Professor of Computer Science has been awarded the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Prof. Cossairt is among five Northwestern University faculty members to receive the prestigious distinction. The award recipients’ areas of research include: computational photography, modulation of the immune system, computational design of new materials, engineering microbes for biofuels, chemicals and drugs, and functional analysis in mathematics.

With his CAREER award project, Prof. Cossairt's goal is to build a digital camera with the same resolution as an optical telescope using only commercially available camera modules and inexpensive optical components. The research will have a variety of applications in areas such as surveillance, remote sensing, robot navigation and autonomous vehicles. His CAREER project is titled “Coherent Computational Imaging: Micro Measurements in a Macro World.”

“Support from the CAREER award will help make it possible for the Computational Photography Lab to achieve its vision of transforming advanced imaging technologies into ubiquitous and inexpensive techniques accessible to all,” Cossairt said.

The CAREER award, the NSF’s highest honor for junior faculty members, supports early career development of individuals who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. The minimum CAREER award size is $400,000 for a five-year period.

Read a Friday, March 27, 2015 article published by McCormick, titled,"Five McCormick Professors Receive Prestigious Honor for Young Faculty."