Pacific Northwest National Laboratory launched its Imaging Science and Technology Initiative (ISAT) in 2001 to cover a broad range of potential applications, including counterterrorism.
The initiative's ultimate goal is to assist
experts in numerous fields who rely on
imagery make more timely and beneficial decisions. These fields include
national security, biological sciences, natural resources and energy. In
national security, for example, remote sensing satellite imagery could be
used to monitor treaties or to identify terrorist training camps or other
threatening activities. Closer to home, personnel scanning at airports
involves some type of imaging, such as an x-ray or millimeter wave
system that detects not only metal, but also plastic and ceramic
Pacific Northwest scientists are developing a flexible, easy-to-use suite
of image analysis tools based on new mathematical methods and
advanced imagery visualization technologies. These tools will enhance
image analysis and understanding, whether the images are from space
satellites or laboratory microscopes.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.