Theme: Imaging 

Theme Lead: Sudhir Pai

The importance of imaging technologies has been gaining prominence over the last few decades and particularly spectral imaging, which augments the spatial information of spectroscopy, enabling a broader discovery and diagnostic capability. The applications of these technologies are growing rapidly in a wide array of industries as their value proposition becomes more evident. The independent advances in these industries provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience across disciplines for mutual benefit to all. For example, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) principles are used in the life sciences to better understand the raw findings of an x-ray image and are used in the energy industry to better understand the geophysical, geological and petrophysical aspects of rocks for better hydrocarbon exploration and production. Hyperspectral and multi-spectral imaging technologies are being used to explore biophysical processes in cancer cells, provide crucial information for precision agriculture, and provide a wealth of scientific and actionable knowledge on land usage, ocean conditions and air quality from space.


More than $2.5Bn has been spent, in recent times, in research and development in the field of Imaging between Energy, Space and Medicine. Yet what is shared is almost zero. Personally, I have been using imaging technology particularly magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques since I entered the Energy industry as a wireline logging engineer at Schlumberger; the same MRI techniques are used  in Energy to identify safe hydrocarbon exploitation capabilities as are used in Space Medicine to clear humans going into space. Such themes have a very strong potential for sustainable cross industry collaboration to address new challenges and share success stories for continuous technological evolution.

Innovations in the aerospace industry might make space travel more accessible to civilians. As this becomes a reality, a better understanding needs to be developed in what implications entail, in regards to health, having the average citizen exposed to background radiation and microgravity in space.  Imaging techniques and applications will allow us to assess health risk of the civilian space traveler and monitor for health related complications of prolonged space traveling.

Imaging Seminar

We validated these concepts in an onsite seminar held at the offices of Schlumberger late 2019. Our next initiative will be to expand this theme to include Image acquisition and Image application analysis.

As an outcome we expect some very interesting cross industry challenges that the center will have the opportunity to work on and develop. Other themes that we will focus on in 2020 will be Artificial Intelligence, Water conservation, Carbon and of particular interest the Platform of the future sharing technologies between automation in the energy industry and space including Mars.