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William Terrill Rhodes
Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
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33 387.20.3940

Dr. Rhodes came to Georgia Tech in 1971and helped develop the Institute's strong program in optics. He now serves as Director of the Center for Optical Science and Engineering and as Research Director for Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France.

In 1990-1991 he spent 18 months as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where, besides teaching and managing a research program, he learned to ski and hiked the Rocky Mountains. His degrees are in physics (B.S. 1966) and electrical engineering (M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1971), all from Stanford University.

A six-month period of undergraduate study in Europe and a subsequent six-month period as a researcher in Germany convinced him early in his career of the value of travel and exposure to different cultures.

Dr. Rhodes comes from a musically and technically inclined family and as a teenager helped to rebuild an Ampico grand (reproducing) player piano.

Research interests: 
  • Image formation; partially coherent optical systems; Fourier optics
  • Information processing and telecommunications
  • Secure communication technology
  • Humboldt Research Fellow, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Dow Outstanding young Faculty Award (ASEE)
  • Fellow, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the SPIE
  • Director, Optical Society of America
  • Governor, SPIE
  • Chair, Optical Society of America Technical Group on Information Processing and Holography
  • Chair, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Optical Processing
  • Editor/Editor-in-Chief, Applied Optics
  • Editor-in-Chief, Springer-Verlag monograph series on Optical Sciences

William T. Rhodes: "The Essence of Fourier Optics: A Teacher's Perspective on an Evolving Subject," invited presentation at Georgia Tech Lorraine/Supelec Colloques Communs, Technopole Metz 2000, France, 2000.

Jean-Marc Merolla, Yuri Mazurenko, Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer, and William T. Rhodes, "Single photon interference with phase-modulated sidebands for quantum cryptography," Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, no. 8 (February 1999), pp. 1656-1659.

William T. Rhodes: "Texture Classification by Nonlinear Optical Filtering," invited presentation at the University of Valencia (Spain), 1996.

S.P. DeWeerth, T.J. Drabik, William T. Rhodes, H. Urey: "Optoelectronic Image Processor for Multi-resolution Gabor Filtering," 1996 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, pp. 3236-3239, 1996.

William T. Rhodes: "Optics Research at Georgia Institute of Technology," invited presentation at the European Community Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy, 1996.

William T. Rhodes, H. Urey: "Optoelectronic Camera for Multiscale Gabor Transforms," in OSA Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Optical Society of America, p. 184, Portland, OR, p. 184, 1995.

Gisele Welch and William T. Rhodes, "Imaging diffuser-obscured objects by making coherence measurements on enhanced backscatter radiation," Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 539-542 (April 1992).

David N. Sitter and William T. Rhodes, "Three-dimensional imaging: A space invariant model for space variant systems," Applied Optics, Vol. 29, No. 26 (10 Sept. 1990), pp. 3789-3794.

W. T. Cathey, B. R. Frieden, W. T. Rhodes, C. K. Rushforth, "Image gathering and processing for enhanced resolution," Journal of the Optical Society of America Part A, Vol. 1 (1984), pp. 241-250.

W. T. Rhodes and P. S. Guilfoyle, "Acousto-optic algebraic processing architectures," Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 72, pp. 820-830. (1984). (Invited)

W. T. Rhodes and J. W. Goodman, "An interferometric technique for recording and restoring images degraded by unknown aberrations," Journal of the Optical Society of America, Vol. 63, p. 647-657 (1973).

Last revised August 31, 2020