The Institute of Optics


Jannick Rolland

Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering
Professor of Optics and Biomedical Engineering
Professor in the Center for Visual Science

Director of R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design & Engineering
Director of NSF/IUCRC: Center for Freeform Optics

PhD, University of Arizona, 1990

505 Goergen Hall
(585) 273-4040
Fax: (585) 244-4936


Short Biography

Jannick Rolland earned a Diploma from the Institut D'Optique in 1984, and MS (1985) and PhD (1990) degrees in optical science from the University of Arizona. After a year and half as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focused on learning vision and computer graphics while designing stereoscopic head-worn displays for medical visualization, Professor Rolland headed the Vision Research Group for Medical Displays (1992-1996). In 1996, she joined the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida (1996-2008) where she built the Optical Diagnostics and Applications Laboratory (ODALab). In 2009, she joined the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester as professor of optics and biomedical engineering and associate director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Design and Engineering. Professor Rolland served on the editorial board of the Journal Presence (MIT Press) (1996-2006), and as associate editor of Optical Engineering (1999-2004). She is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE, a senior member of IEEE, and a member of SID.

Research Interests

Optical System Design; Instrumentation and System Engineering; Optical Coherence Tomography; Head Worn Displays

Research Overview

Professor Rolland's central research interests are in the fields of optical instrumentation and system engineering. Research areas of interest are (1) optical system design for imaging and non-imaging optics (2) physics-based modeling, and (3) image quality assessment. These areas have been applied to eyewear displays for augmented reality, optical coherence imaging, biomedical and medical modeling and dimulation, alignment of optical systems, and 3D velocimetry.