Bringing New Ideas into Focus: Image Quality Analysis with Mathematica

Fritz Lebowsky, Senior Principal Engineer, STMicroelectronics

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"It is my number one tool to move forward and propose new ideas that will help us to develop algorithms that are more adapted to our customers' needs."

Challenge

STMicroelectronics is a global manufacturer of electronics and semiconducters with advanced image processing technologies. As a senior principal engineer at ST, Fritz Lebowsky needed a platform to quickly develop, test, and communicate new image quality algorithms based on the needs of the company's product developers and customers.

Solution

Mathematica's advanced programming language combined with its computational power and notebook interface made it a clear choice: "I didn't have any other tool that allowed me to do very precise mathematical calculations [and] transfer them into a visualized environment that other people can understand.

With Mathematica, he's now seeing major advancements in his image processing development work, with his latest color imaging project set to double performance while reducing cost by half. About the development, he says, "For the very first time in my research career I could combine several simple non-linear functions/dimensions to overcome some fundamental weaknesses in today's linear mathematics applied to image processing."

Lebowsky can produce reliable, dynamic applications with Mathematica within minutes and hours compared to the days and weeks it took him previously. He says the ability to instantly explore problems interactively is not only important for his own understanding, but also to explain issues to his managers and colleagues. "You can get new ideas across in a very simple and optimized way," says Lebowsky.

With Wolfram CDF Player, Lebowsky can share the interactive tools he develops to colleagues around the world for their own training and investigation.


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