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Los Alamos scientist recognised with SPIE award

Ken Hanson, a medical imaging research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), has received the SPIE Directors’ Award in recognition of his contribution to SPIE medical imaging, and advances in medical image quality, restoration, and 3D reconstruction techniques. SPIE is the the international society for optics and photonics.

Hanson will be presented with the award during SPIE Optics and Photonics in San Diego, California, on 9 August.

Hanson has worked at LANL since 1975, including more than 20 years in the Dynamic Testing Division where he co-developed the Bayes inference engine, the principal analysis tool for quantitative interpretation of dynamic radiographs. He also introduced other innovations, such as new approaches to assess the uncertainties in simulation codes for the verification and validation of simulations.

Although officially retired from LANL in 2016, he continues as a guest scientist in the geophysics group, working on improving ultrasound breast imaging.

Hanson also shared his expertise by developing LaTeX templates for digital publication of SPIE proceedings and journals, and by teaching a SPIE course on how to write for publications in medical imaging.

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