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Special Issue "Advances in Spectroscopy and Spectral Imaging"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensing and Imaging".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pierre-Jean Lapray
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Université de Haute-Alsace, IRIMAS UR 7499, Mulhouse, France
Interests: spectral filter array imaging; high dynamic range imaging; polarimetry; FPGA; real-time image processing; imaging science and systems
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Thomas
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Department of Computer Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2806 Gjøvik, Norway
Interests: color and multispectral imaging; computational appearance
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Dr. Yusuke Monno
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Okutomi & Tanaka Laboratory, Department of Systems and Control Engineering, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan
Interests: spectral imaging; spectral reconstruction; spectral filter arrays; demosaicing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spectroscopy aims at recovering the spectral signature of light at a scene point, within a given spectral range and a given spectral resolution. Spectral imaging enhances this functionality by adding spatial dimension, leading to a spatiospectral data representation (i.e., a spectral data cube). On one hand, novel hardware designs dedicated to spectroscopy and spectral imaging (SSI) are demanded to improve the efficiency, flexibility, or compactness of the SSI systems. On the other hand, dedicated data processing is required for the emergence of SSI systems.

Recent advances in the field could potentially lead to the massification of SSI, and a better implication of SSI in applications, such as for computer vision, computer graphics, or remote sensing. To further help SSIs to break through into applications, it is necessary to go beyond our understanding of their limitations.

This Special Issue focuses on these topics, so the different issues, achievements, and progress from different disciplines are available from one single issue.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:
  • Technology: spectral sensors, optical design, camera design, acquisition setup, etc.
  • Computational algorithm: imaging model, data processing, noise reduction, calibration, image enhancement, demosaicing, super-resolution, high dynamic range, etc.
  • Inverse problem: spectral reconstruction, illuminant estimation, reflection mode separation, rendering, matching, etc.
  • Data mining for spectral information: learning, CNN, time series, etc.
  • Applications in computer vision: medical imaging, automotive, cultural heritage (classification, text analysis), etc.
  • Applications in computer graphics: cultural heritage (visual reproduction), etc.
  • Other SSI applications in remote sensing, chemistry, biology, etc.

Dr. Pierre-Jean Lapray
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Thomas
Dr. Yusuke Monno
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • spectral sensors
  • spectroscopy
  • spectral imaging
  • multispectral imaging
  • hyperspectral imaging
  • spectropolarimetric imaging

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Band-Selection of a Portal LED-Induced Autofluorescence Multispectral Imager to Improve Oral Cancer Detection
Sensors 2021, 21(9), 3219; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/s21093219 - 06 May 2021
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This aim of this study was to find effective spectral bands for the early detection of oral cancer. The spectral images in different bands were acquired using a self-made portable light-emitting diode (LED)-induced autofluorescence multispectral imager equipped with 365 and 405 nm excitation [...] Read more.
This aim of this study was to find effective spectral bands for the early detection of oral cancer. The spectral images in different bands were acquired using a self-made portable light-emitting diode (LED)-induced autofluorescence multispectral imager equipped with 365 and 405 nm excitation LEDs, emission filters with center wavelengths of 470, 505, 525, 532, 550, 595, 632, 635, and 695 nm, and a color image sensor. The spectral images of 218 healthy points in 62 healthy participants and 218 tumor points in 62 patients were collected in the ex vivo trials at China Medical University Hospital. These ex vivo trials were similar to in vivo because the spectral images of anatomical specimens were immediately acquired after the on-site tumor resection. The spectral images associated with red, blue, and green filters correlated with and without nine emission filters were quantized by four computing method, including summated intensity, the highest number of the intensity level, entropy, and fractional dimension. The combination of four computing methods, two excitation light sources with two intensities, and 30 spectral bands in three experiments formed 264 classifiers. The quantized data in each classifier was divided into two groups: one was the training group optimizing the threshold of the quantized data, and the other was validating group tested under this optimized threshold. The sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of each classifier were derived from these tests. To identify the influential spectral bands based on the area under the region and the testing results, a single-layer network learning process was used. This was compared to conventional rules-based approaches to show its superior and faster performance. Consequently, four emission filters with the center wavelengths of 470, 505, 532, and 550 nm were selected by an AI-based method and verified using a rule-based approach. The sensitivities of six classifiers using these emission filters were more significant than 90%. The average sensitivity of these was about 96.15%, the average specificity was approximately 69.55%, and the average accuracy was about 82.85%. Full article
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Proof of Principle for Direct Reconstruction of Qualitative Depth Information from Turbid Media by a Single Hyper Spectral Image
Sensors 2021, 21(8), 2860; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/s21082860 - 19 Apr 2021
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In medical applications, hyper-spectral imaging is becoming more and more common. It has been shown to be more effective for classification and segmentation than normal RGB imaging because narrower wavelength bands are used, providing a higher contrast. However, until now, the fact that [...] Read more.
In medical applications, hyper-spectral imaging is becoming more and more common. It has been shown to be more effective for classification and segmentation than normal RGB imaging because narrower wavelength bands are used, providing a higher contrast. However, until now, the fact that hyper-spectral images also contain information about the three-dimensional structure of turbid media has been neglected. In this study, it is shown that it is possible to derive information about the depth of inclusions in turbid phantoms from a single hyper-spectral image. Here, the depth information is encoded by a combination of scattering and absorption within the phantom. Although scatter-dominated regions increase the backscattering for deep vessels, absorption has the opposite effect. With this argumentation, it makes sense to assume that, under certain conditions, a wavelength is not influenced by the depth of the inclusion and acts as an iso-point. This iso-point could be used to easily derive information about the depth of an inclusion. In this study, it is shown that the iso-point exists in some cases. Moreover, it is shown that the iso-point can be used to obtain precise depth information. Full article
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Eight-Channel Multispectral Image Database for Saliency Prediction
Sensors 2021, 21(3), 970; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/s21030970 - 01 Feb 2021
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Saliency prediction is a very important and challenging task within the computer vision community. Many models exist that try to predict the salient regions on a scene from its RGB image values. Several new models are developed, and spectral imaging techniques may potentially [...] Read more.
Saliency prediction is a very important and challenging task within the computer vision community. Many models exist that try to predict the salient regions on a scene from its RGB image values. Several new models are developed, and spectral imaging techniques may potentially overcome the limitations found when using RGB images. However, the experimental study of such models based on spectral images is difficult because of the lack of available data to work with. This article presents the first eight-channel multispectral image database of outdoor urban scenes together with their gaze data recorded using an eyetracker over several observers performing different visualization tasks. Besides, the information from this database is used to study whether the complexity of the images has an impact on the saliency maps retrieved from the observers. Results show that more complex images do not correlate with higher differences in the saliency maps obtained. Full article
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Wide Field Spectral Imaging with Shifted Excitation Raman Difference Spectroscopy Using the Nod and Shuffle Technique
Sensors 2020, 20(23), 6723; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/s20236723 - 24 Nov 2020
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Wide field Raman imaging using the integral field spectroscopy approach was used as a fast, one shot imaging method for the simultaneous collection of all spectra composing a Raman image. For the suppression of autofluorescence and background signals such as room light, shifted [...] Read more.
Wide field Raman imaging using the integral field spectroscopy approach was used as a fast, one shot imaging method for the simultaneous collection of all spectra composing a Raman image. For the suppression of autofluorescence and background signals such as room light, shifted excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS) was applied to remove background artifacts in Raman spectra. To reduce acquisition times in wide field SERDS imaging, we adapted the nod and shuffle technique from astrophysics and implemented it into a wide field SERDS imaging setup. In our adapted version, the nod corresponds to the change in excitation wavelength, whereas the shuffle corresponds to the shifting of charges up and down on a Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) chip synchronous to the change in excitation wavelength. We coupled this improved wide field SERDS imaging setup to diode lasers with 784.4/785.5 and 457.7/458.9 nm excitation and applied it to samples such as paracetamol and aspirin tablets, polystyrene and polymethyl methacrylate beads, as well as pork meat using multiple accumulations with acquisition times in the range of 50 to 200 ms. The results tackle two main challenges of SERDS imaging: gradual photobleaching changes the autofluorescence background, and multiple readouts of CCD detector prolong the acquisition time. Full article
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Nondestructive Detection for Egg Freshness Based on Hyperspectral Scattering Image Combined with Ensemble Learning
Sensors 2020, 20(19), 5484; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/s20195484 - 25 Sep 2020
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Scattering hyperspectral technology is a nondestructive testing method with many advantages. Here, we propose a method to improve the accuracy of egg freshness, research the influence of incident angles of light source on the accuracy, and explain its mechanism. A variety of weak [...] Read more.
Scattering hyperspectral technology is a nondestructive testing method with many advantages. Here, we propose a method to improve the accuracy of egg freshness, research the influence of incident angles of light source on the accuracy, and explain its mechanism. A variety of weak classifiers classify eggs based on the spectra after preprocessing and feature wavelength extraction to obtain three classifiers with the highest accuracy. The three classifiers are used as metamodels of stacking ensemble learning to improve the highest accuracy from 96.25% to 100%. Moreover, the highest accuracy of scattering, reflection, transmission, and mixed hyperspectral of eggs are 100.00%, 88.75%, 95.00%, and 96.25%, respectively, indicating that the scattering hyperspectral for egg freshness detection is better than that of the others. In addition, the accuracy is inversely proportional to the angle of incidence, i.e., the smaller the incident angle, the camera collects a larger proportion of scattering light, which contains more biochemical parameters of an egg than that of reflection and transmission. These results are very important for improving the accuracy of non-destructive testing and for selecting the incident angle of a light source, and they have potential applications for online non-destructive testing. Full article
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