The Albuquerque IEEE Joint Chapter is glad to announce its next talk: Advances in Imaging of the eye: Is the End of Blindness in Sight?

PRESENTED by Dr. Simon Barriga, Chief Research Scientist at VisionQuest Biomedical LLC, Albuquerque, NM.

TIME: 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Social Hour begins at 5:45 pm. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm

LOCATION: The Canyon Club (Previously Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills road SE, Albuquerque.

DINNER MENU: Soup, (Chef’s Choice), New York Strip, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Rolls/Breadsticks and Butter, Apple Pie for dessert, Coffee, Iced Tea and Water.

COST: There is no charge and no reservation is required to attend just the talk. $25 per person for dinner (full-time student members of IEEE, $15)—reservations required.

RSVP by email to or phone Mike Harrison at (505) 239-2663.

PLEASE NOTE: This dinner meeting will be held at The Canyon Club which requires a pretty accurate number of meals to prepare by noon on Monday before the Wednesday meeting. Please try to make your reservation by Monday, March 10. The Canyon Club is often flexible so it is worth trying to make a late reservation.

PRESENTATION SUMMARY: First invented in 1851, the ophthalmoscope allowed doctors to look inside a person’s eye and determine the health of the retina. For over 125 years the ophthalmoscope remained the only way to assess the retina’s health, but in the last 30 years technological advances have made it possible to photograph the retina, and to peer into its layers and individual photoreceptors, giving physicians an incredible amount of detail that can be used to detect, diagnose, and treat eye diseases. In this talk, the latest advances on retinal imaging technology will be presented, along with the software that makes possible complex analyses of the data. A look into future technologies to assess eye diseases will reveal that, indeed, the end of blindness is in sight.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Simon Barriga, Chief Research Scientist at VisionQuest Biomedical, has been working on developing medical image analysis software for the past 12 years. His research has resulted in methods to analyze functional images of the retina and in software for automatic detection of eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. As part of VisionQuest Biomedical his goal is to develop low-cost technologies that can be used to provide increased access to early detection of eye diseases as well as higher throughput of data analysis for massive eye disease screening. Dr. Barriga received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Peru and his Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of New Mexico. In 2013, he was awarded the IEEE Albuquerque Section’s Outstanding Young Engineer award.