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Jannick Rolland


Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Freeform Optics, University of Rochester,NY


        Jannick Rolland earned a Diploma from the Institut D’Optique in 1984, and MS (1985) and PhD (1990) degrees in optical science from the University of Arizona. After a year and half as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focused on learning vision and computer graphics while designing stereoscopic head-worn displays for medical visualization, Professor Rolland headed the Vision Research Group for Medical Displays (1992-1996). In 1996, she joined the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (1996-2008) where she built the Optical Diagnostics and Applications Laboratory (ODALab). In 2009, she joined the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester as professor of optics and biomedical engineering and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Freeform Optics, University of Rochester, NY. Professor Rolland served on the editorial board of the Journal Presence (MIT Press) (1996-2006), and as associate editor of Optical Engineering (1999-2004). She is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of SID.


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Freeform Optics

A glimpse at this emerging technology impacting novel instrumentation that will enable the science of tomorrow


        Freeform optics is an emerging technology that brings some similarity to adaptive optics, yet we will discuss how freeform optics expands significantly on the space of solutions.  We will layout the foundation of design with freeform optics including the aberrations of freeform surfaces. The ability to recently fabricate and test freeform surfaces opens up new spaces for optical design, driven by applications spanning demands in mobility, larger fields of view, apertures, light weight and compactness, which we will illustrate.