Awwal is being recognized for contributions in laser beam alignment, pattern recognition, and digital optical computing. He will be officially recognized at the OSA annual meeting on Oct. 16-20, in San Jose.
Earlier this year, Awwal was named topical editor of Applied Optics in the Information Processing Area , a journal published by OSA.
Awwal's appointment was unanimously approved by OSA's Board of Editors. Awwal, a fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), is a recipient of two R&D 100 awards for his work on optics and alignment at LLNL and has served as a founding chair for 15 SPIE conferences.
In addition, Awwal's work in convergence in optical and digital pattern recognition appeared in a feature issue of Applied Optics on April 1, 2010. The issue dedicated 11 papers to the topics, three in the area of optically inspired recognition, four on digital pattern recognition with an underlying theme of biologically inspired computing, and four papers on the joint optimization in the digital and optical domain, specifically in terms of computational imaging.