Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Dr. Szymon Gladysz

Head of Adaptive Optics Group

Szymon Gladysz 

 

Szymon Gladysz is head of the Adaptive Optics Group at Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation in Ettlingen, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the National University of Ireland in Galway in 2007. He has worked at European Southern Observatory in Garching (Germany), at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and is currently leading the adaptive optics research at Fraunhofer IOSB, which focuses on horizontal-path propagation and strong turbulence. He has been awarded several awards and grants, e.g. from University of California, US Air Force and US Navy. He authored or co-authored over 80 publications on turbulence and adaptive optics in journals and conference proceedings. Additionally, he represents Germany on NATO SET-226 research task group ("Turbulence mitigation for Electro Optics (EO) and laser systems") and is conference chair and committee member on various OSA and SPIE conferences. In 2016/2017 he was serving as guest editor for the SPIE journal Optical Engineering and in 2017/2018 as guest editor for SPIE's Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.

 

Professional Experience

since 2013

Adaptive Optics Group Leader, Fraunhofer IOSB, Ettlingen, Germany

2012

Scientist ("wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter"), Fraunhofer IOSB, Ettlingen, Germany

2011

Lady Davis Fellow, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Aug. - Nov. 2010

Visiting Scholar, United States Air Force Research Laboratory, Maui, USA

2008 - 2010

Postdoctoral Researcher, European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

2007 - 2008

Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Jan. - May 2005

Visiting Scholar, Center for Adaptive Optics, Santa Cruz, California, USA

 

Education

2002 - 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway

1997 - 2002

Master’s Degree, Industrial Engineering, Computational Physics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland

 

Research Interests

adaptive optics, image restoration, atmospheric turbulence, speckle, direct detection of exoplanets, solar eclipse shadow bands

 

Teaching, Supervision of Students and Postdocs

2018

Supervisor of M.Sc. theses:

 

“Design and implementation of an infrared vortex light transmission experiment in atmospheric turbulence along urban path”

 

“Theoretical and experimental investigations on optical turbulence in underwater laser communication and imaging applications”

 

“Dual-resolution Shack-Hartmann sensor”

 

“Measurement of the colorimetric functions of the human eye”

2017

co-supervisor of M.Sc. theses “TurbApp: Estimation of the strength of optical turbulence with a mobile phone” and “Automatic detection of blood vessels in optical coherence tomography scans”

2015 - 2017

hosting and supervision of ERCIM post-doctoral fellow Dr. Esdras Anzuola

2012 - 2015

hosting and supervision of Dr. Roberto Baena Gallé

2016

co-supervisor of M.Sc. thesis "High-speed free-space optical coherent communication under atmospheric turbulence using wavefront sensorless adaptive optics"

2015

co-supervisor of M.Sc. thesis "Performance improvement of Shack-Hartmann sensor under scintillation conditions by 3D freeform structures"

2014

hosting and supervision of ERCIM post-doctoral fellow Dr. Italo Toselli (now at University of Miami)

2014

co-supervisor of M.Sc. thesis "Digital holographic wavefront sensor"

since 2012

supervision of student projects ("Praktikum"/"HiWi")

 

"FPGA interface to the holographic wavefront sensor" (2015)

 

"Laser system for measuring atmospheric turbulence" (2013 and 2014)

 

"Anisoplanatic blind deconvolution" (2014)

 

"Turbulence measurements from extended scenes" (2014)

 

"Blind image quality metrics" (2012)

2001 - 2007

Teaching Assistant in the Mathematics Department, NUI Galway, for the courses Discrete Mathematics (MA284) and Linear Algebra (MA285)

 

Grants & Awards

since 2013

several industrial projects totalling 300,000 €

2017 - 2019

Principal Investigator, “Turbulence Compensation for Atmospheric and Underwater Environments”, US Navy/US Air Force 446,040 $

2016

visiting scientist grant, US Air Force

2015

funding for construction of a laser communications laboratory from Fraunhofer central funds 275,000 €

2015

visiting scientist grant, US Navy

2014

Fraunhofer IOSB publication prize (2nd place)

2014, 2015

successful application (together with the grantees) for funding to host ERCIM post-doctoral fellows

2014 - 2016 

Principal Investigator, "Anisoplanatic Imaging through Turbulence", US Air Force 358,500 $

2012 - 2014 

Principal Investigator, "New Physical Constraints for Multi-frame Blind Deconvolution", US Air Force 120,000 $

2009 - 2011 

Principal Investigator, "Dim Object Detection and Characterization through Multi-frame Imaging", US Air Force 40,000 $

2008

visiting scientist grant, US Air Force

2005

University of California scholarship

2001

Erasmus undergraduate scholarship

 

Professional Service & Membership

since 2018

Program Chair, “Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena” conference (OSA)

2017/2018

Guest Editor, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Special Section on Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems

since 2017

Conference Chair, "Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems" conference (SPIE)

2016/2017

Guest Editor, Optical Engineering Special Section on Long-Range Imaging

2016

Committee Member, "Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems" conference (SPIE)

since 2013

Committee Member and Session Presider, "Adaptive Optics: Analysis, Methods & Systems" conference (OSA)

since 2014

Committee Member, "Propagation Through and Characterization of Atmospheric and Oceanic Phenomena" conference (OSA)

since 2015

Delegate of Germany in NATO Task Group SET 226 "Turbulence mitigation for Electro Optics (EO) and laser systems"

2012 - 2014

Delegate of Germany in NATO Task Group SET 165 "Adaptive Optics for Laser Beam Delivery and Passive and Active Imaging and Turbulence Mitigation" and NATO Exploratory Team ET 087 "Turbulence mitigation for Electro Optics (EO) and laser systems"

2014

Organizer, "Advanced Threat Warning, Tracking and Laser Countermeasures in Atmospheric Turbulence" workshop, June 2014, Ettlingen

2013

Committee Member, "Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV" conference (SPIE)

since 2016

Member of the Optical Society

2004 - 2012

Associate Member of the Institute of Physics

2001 - 2004

Student Member of the Institute of Physics

 

Reviewer for Optics Express, Applied Optics and Journal of the Optical Society of America A

 

Representative Publications

I. Toselli and S. Gladysz, On the General Equivalence of the Fried Parameter and Coherence Radius for Non-Kolmogorov and Oceanic Turbulence, accepted to OSA Continuum, 2018

I. Toselli, S. Gladysz, and G. Filimonov, Scintillation Analysis of Lidar Systems Operating in Weak-To-Strong Non-Kolmogorov Turbulence: Unresolved Target Case, accepted to SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 2018

E. Anzuola and S. Gladysz, Modeling Dynamic Atmospheric Turbulence using Temporal Spectra and Karhunen-Loève Decomposition, Opt. Eng. 56(7), 071508, 2017

R. C. Hardie, J. D. Power, D. LeMaster, D. R. Droege, S. Gladysz, and S. Basu, Simulation of Anisoplanatic Imaging Through Optical Turbulence Using Numerical Wave Propagation with New Validation Analysis, Opt. Eng. 56(7), 071502, 2017

Esdras Anzuola, Max Segel, Szymon Gladysz and Karin Stein, Performance of wavefront-sensorless adaptive optics using modal and zonal correction, Proc. SPIE 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX, 100020J, 2016

Szymon Gladysz, Absolute and differential G-tilt in turbulence: theory and applications, Proc. SPIE 10002, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIX, 100020F, 2016

Esdras Anzuola and Szymon Gladysz, Statistical model for free-space optical coherent communications using adaptive optics, Proc. SPIE 9991, Advanced Free-Space Optical Communication Techniques and Applications II, 999108, 2016

Kanaev, A. V., Gladysz, S., Almeida de Sá Barros, R., Matt, S., Nootz, G., Josset, D., and Hou, W., Measurements of optical underwater turbulence under controlled conditions, Proceedings of SPIE 9827, 2016

Kanaev, A., Hou, W., Restaino, S., Matt, S., Gladysz, S., Restoration of Images Degraded by Underwater Turbulence Using Structure Tensor Oriented Image Quality (STOIQ) Metric, Optics Express, 23, 17077, 2015

Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Mateos, J., Anisoplanatic Imaging through Turbulence Using Principal Component Analysis, Proceedings of the AMOS Technical Conference, Maui, 15-18 September 2015

Molina Martel, F., Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Fast PSF Estimation under Anisoplanatic Conditions, Proceedings of SPIE 9641, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems, 2015

Yatcheva, L., Barros, R., Segel, M., Sprung, D., Sucher, E., Eisele, C., Gladysz, S., Ultimate Turbulence Experiment: Simultaneous Measurements of Cn2 near the Ground Using Six Devices and Eight Methods, Proceedings of SPIE 9641, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems, 2015 (Best Student Paper Award)

Gladysz, S., Segel, M., Eisele, C., Barros, R., Sucher, E., Estimation of Turbulence Strength, Anisotropy, Outer Scale and Spectral Slope from an LED Array (invited), Proceedings of SPIE 9614, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans IV, 2015

Zepp, A., Gladysz, S., Barros, R., Osten, W., Stein, K., Analogue Holographic Wavefront Sensor: A Performance Analysis, Proceedings of SPIE 9614, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans IV, 2015

Kanaev, A., Hou, W., Restaino, S., Matt, S., Gladysz, S., Correction Methods for Underwater Turbulence Degraded Imaging, Proceedings of SPIE 9242, 2014

Marin Palomo, P., Zepp, A., Gladysz, S., Characterization of the Digital Holographic Wavefront Sensor, Proceedings of SPIE 9242, 2014

Azarian, A., Gladysz, S., Influence Of Each Zernike Aberration on the Propagation of Laser Beams through Atmospheric Turbulence, Proceedings of SPIE 9242, 2014

Barros, R., Keary, S., Yatcheva, L., Toselli, I., Gladysz, S., Experimental Setup for Investigation of Laser Beam Propagation along Horizontal Urban Path, Proceedings of SPIE 9242, 2014

Stein, K., Gladysz, S., Seiffer, D., Zepp, A., Atmospheric Limitations on the Performance of Electro-optical Systems, Proceedings of SPIE 9224, 2014

Toselli, I., Gladysz, S., Efficiency of Adaptive Optics Correction for Gaussian Beams Propagating through Non-Kolmogorov Turbulence, in Imaging and Applied Optics 2014, The Optical Society, 2014

Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Mugnier, L., Gudimetla, R., Johnson, R., Kann, L., Blind Deconvolution of Turbulence-degraded Images Using Natural PSF Priors, in Imaging and Applied Optics 2014, The Optical Society, 2014

Zepp, A., Gladysz, S., Stein, K., Holographic Wavefront Sensor for Fast Defocus Measurement, Adv. Opt. Techn., 2, 433, 2013

Baena Galle, R., Nunez, J., Gladysz, S., Extended Object Reconstruction in Adaptive-optics Imaging: The Multiresolution Approach, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 555, A69, 2013

Gladysz, S., Stein, K., Sucher, E., Sprung, D., Measuring Non-Kolmogorov Turbulence, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8890, 889013-1, 2013

Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Mugnier, L., Gudimetla, R., Johnson, R., Kann, L., Unsupervised blind deconvolution, Proceedings of the AMOS Technical Conference, Maui, 10-13 September 2013, p. E20

Gladysz, S., Estimation of Turbulence Strength Directly from Target Images, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2013

Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Mugnier, L., Gudimetla, R., Johnson, R., Kann, L., Physically-constrained Multi-frame Blind Deconvolution, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2013

Zepp, A., Gladysz, S., Fast Defocus Measurement for Laser Communications with the Holographic Wavefront Sensor, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2013

Rios, C., Gladysz, S., No-reference Image Quality Assessment for Horizontal-path Imaging Scenarios, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8720, 872006-1, 2013

Gladysz, S., Baena Galle, R., Johnson, R., Kann, L., Image Reconstruction of Extended Objects: Demonstration with the Starfire Optical Range 3.5m Telescope, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8535, 85350M-1, 2012

Lawson, P., Poyneer, L., Barrett, H., Frazin, R., Caucci, L., Devaney, N., Furenlid, L., Gladysz, S. et al., On Advanced Estimation Techniques for Exoplanet Detection and Characterization Using Ground-based Coronagraphs, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8447, 844722-1, 2012

Mawet, D., Pueyo, L., Lawson, P., Mugnier, L., Traub, W., Boccaletti, A., Trauger, J., Gladysz, S. et al., Review of Small-angle Coronagraphic Techniques in the Wake of Ground-based Second-generation Adaptive Optics Systems, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8442, 844204-1, 2012

Yaitskova, N., Esselborn, M., Gladysz, S., Statistical Moments of the Strehl Ratio, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8447, 84475Y-1, 2012

Gladysz, S., Le Louarn, M., Yaitskova, N., Garcia-Rissmann, A., Kann, L., Drummond, J., Johnson, R., Roskey, D., Size of the Halo of the Adaptive Optics PSF, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8447, 844725-1, 2012

Gladysz, S., Baena Galle, R., Comparison of Image Restoration Algorithms in the Context of Horizontal-path Imaging, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 8355, 83550X-1, 2012

Yaitskova, N., Gladysz, S., First-Order Speckle Statistics for Arbitrary Aberration Strength, Journal of the Optical Society of America, 28, 1909, 2011

Baena Galle, R., Gladysz, S., Estimation of Differential Photometry in Adaptive Optics Observations with a Wavelet-based Maximum Likelihood Estimator, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 123, 865, 2011

Yaitskova, N., Gladysz, S., Gudimetla, R., Exact Theory of Adaptive Optics Speckle and its Applications, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2011

Gladysz, S., Ribak, E. N., Recovery of Exoplanetary Signals in Re-dispersed Speckle Clutter, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2011

Gladysz, S., Yaitskova, N., Christou, J., Statistics of Intensity in Adaptive-Optics Images and Their Usefulness for Detection and Photometry of Exoplanets, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Feature Issue on Adaptive Optics, 27, A64, 2010

Gladysz, S., Yaitskova, N., Finding and Measuring Extrasolar Planets Using Speckle Statistics, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7387, 73870Z-1, 2010

Gladysz, S., Yaitskova, N., Christou, J., Novel, Multi-frame Approach to Photometry of Exoplanets, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7736, 77361H-1, 2010

Yaitskova, N., Gladysz, S., Telling Planets from Speckles Created by ELT Segmentation, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7733, 773351-1, 2010

Gladysz, S., Jolissaint, L., Optical Modelling of the European Extremely Large Telescope for High-contrast Imaging Tasks, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7738, 77380F-1, 2010

Gladysz, S., Thatte, N., Clarke, F., Tecza, M., Salter, G., Coronagraphic Capability for HARMONI at the E-ELT, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7735, 773589-1, 2010

Burke, D., Gladysz, S., Roberts, L. C., Jr., Devaney, N., Dainty, C., An Improved Technique for the Photometry and Astrometry of Faint Companions, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 121, 767, 2009

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Reference-less Detection, Astrometry, and Photometry of Faint Companions with Adaptive Optics, ApJ, 698, 28, 2009

Gladysz, S., Martinez, P., Aller Carpentier, E., Christou, J. C., Statistical Signal Enhancement in Adaptive-Optics Observations of Exoplanets, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2009

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Differential Photometry through PDF Deconvolution, in Adaptive Optics: Methods, Analysis and Applications, The Optical Society, 2009

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Bradford, L. W., Roberts, L. C., Jr., Temporal Variability and Statistics of the Strehl Ratio in Adaptive-Optics Images, PASP, 120, 1132, 2008

Ribak, E. N., Gladysz, S., Fainter and Closer: Finding Planets by Symmetry Breaking, Optics Express, 16, 15553, 2008

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Detection of Faint Companions through Stochastic Speckle Discrimination, ApJ, 684, 1486, 2008

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Kenworthy, M., Law, N. M., Dekany, R., Reference-less Detection, Astrometry, and Photometry of Faint Companions with Adaptive Optics at 1, 2 and 5 microns, Proceedings of the AMOS Technical Conference, Maui, 16-19 September 2008, p. E42

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Law, N. M., Dekany, R., Redfern, M., Mackay, C. D., Lucky Imaging and Speckle Discrimination for the Detection of Faint Companions with Adaptive Optics, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7105, 70152H1, 2008

Burke, D., Devaney, N., Gladysz, S., Barrett, H. H., Whitaker M. K., Caucci, L., Optimal Linear Estimation of Binary Star Parameters, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7105, 70152J1, 2008

Gladysz, S., Christou, J. C., Roberts, L. C., Jr., Bradford, L. W., Instantaneous Seeing Estimates using Closed-loop AO Images, Proceedings of the Symposium on Seeing, Hawaii, 20-22 March 2007, p. 52

Christou, J. C., Gladysz, S., Redfern, M., Roberts, L. C., Jr., Bradford, L. W., Characterization of the Variability of the Strehl Ratio of Adaptive Optics Point Spread Functions, Proceedings of the AMOS Technical Conference, Maui, 10-14 September 2006, p. 528

Gladysz, S., Christou, J., Redfern, M., Characterization of the Lick Adaptive Optics Point Spread Function, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 6272, 62720J1, 2006

Gladysz, S., Redfern, M., Jones, B., Shadow Bands Observed During the Total Solar Eclipse of 4 December 2002, by High-Resolution Imaging, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 67, 899, 2005