ChemImage Sensor Systems Presents Innovations in Transformative Conformal Imaging Sensors for Threat Detection at 2016 SPIE Defense+ Commercial Sensing Conference

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PITTSBURGH, April 14, 2016 — ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS™) announces that Matthew P. Nelson, Ph.D, Chief Scientist, will be presenting unparalleled results of the company’s work and continuing development of its hyperspectral dual polarization & conformal imaging sensor for real time, wide area surveillance, and standoff detection of threat materials during the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (SPIE.DCS) meeting in Baltimore, MD.

This Real-Time Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) technology is showing promise as a viable architecture for adaptive (i.e. mission configurable), real-time, multivariate hyperspectral imaging of targets in complex backgrounds, under variable lighting conditions. The sensor can be produced at moderate cost and has the potential to be a transformative technology in the field of robotics.

“Hyperspectral imaging systems can provide sensitive and specific detection and identification of high value targets in the presence of complex backgrounds; however, these systems command a high cost and are typically designed and configured for specific mission profiles, making them unable to adapt to multiple threats within often rapidly evolving and dynamic missions,” said Dr. Nelson. “A cost-effective sensor system that can easily and quickly adapt to accomplish significantly different tasks in a changing environment is highly desirable.”

To address this need, scientists at ChemImage Sensor Systems has developed a novel real-time, adaptable, compressive sensing short-wave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imaging technology called the Reconfigurable Conformal Imaging Sensor (RCIS) that will address many shortcomings of current generation systems and offer improvements in operational agility and detection performance, while addressing sensor weight, form factor and cost requirements.

Dr. Nelson’s talk entitled; “Real-time short-wave infrared hyperspectral conformal imaging sensor for the detection of threat materials” will be presented during “Conference 9824, Session 10: Current Progress in CBRNE Sensing IV” on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:40pm in Room 322 of the Baltimore Convention Center. His discussion will provide attendees with an overview of SWIR hyperspectral imaging, details on the development of the RCIS system, and applications in various use scenarios.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (formerly SPIE.DSS) is the industry’s most important scientific conference and exhibition on optics, infrared imaging, lasers, and sensing for defense, security, industry, healthcare, and the environment.

About ChemImage Sensor Systems

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS™) develops innovative standoff chemical imaging sensors that make our world healthier and safer by utilizing patented imaging capabilities and leverage current in-the-field technologies to address the ever-changing landscape of drugs, chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) threats. CISS has developed a series of chemical imaging sensors for point, proximity, remote and standoff detection and identification in both fixed site and on-the-move configurations, in order to protect military troops, security personnel and citizens. For more information, visit

ChemImage Sensor Systems is a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, a leader in chemical imaging technology and instrumentation.

About ChemImage
ChemImage Corporation, a leader in hyperspectral and Raman chemical imaging technology provides innovative instrumentation, analysis software, contract services and expert consulting to government, industrial and academic organizations. The company’s proprietary, state-of-the-art chemical imaging sensors make our world healthier and safer through many scientific applications, including defense, security, pharmaceuticals, forensic science and biomedical diagnostic research, which can reveal critical chemical and biological information from a variety of material systems. For more information, visit

ChemImage’s headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA, where it pioneers research and development, as well as providing engineering and manufacturing which develops innovative products for the global marketplace.