Alexander Doronin

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Lecturer School of Engineering and Computer Science

Teaching in 2019


I received my PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand and went on to a semi-industrial postdoctoral fellowship to Yale University, USA before accepting my present tenure-track faculty position and returning to New Zealand in 2018. I have extensive experience in the design and implementation of forward and inverse algorithms of light transport in turbid tissue-like media and advanced image processing methods for the practical applications in optical sensing/diagnostics, biomedical visualization and 3D computer graphics.

Research Interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary and lie at the interface between Computer Graphics, Biomedical Optics and most recently Artificial Intelligence, focusing on simulation of light transport in turbid media, physically-based rendering, development of novel optical diagnostics modalities, creation of realistic material and shading models, color perception, translucency, appearance and biomedical visualization. I created a generalized online Monte Carlo model of photon migration in turbid media which has found a widespread application as an open access computational tool for the needs of light transport simulations in biophotonics, biomedical optics and imaging community. The tool is now supported by the international team of dedicated developers and researchers and became a part of several biomedical engineering/optics training programs/courses around the globe.

List of publications

I participated in over 20 international conferences giving 11 invited/keynote talks, authored 3 book-chapters and more than 30 papers and conference proceeding. Please refer to my Google Scholar profile for the complete list of publications.

Research supervision

I am currently looking for students interested in conducting research on a variety of exiting interdisciplinary projects at the interface between Computer Graphics, Biomedical Optics and Machine Learning. Selected topics include: light transport theory (forward and inverse), deterministic and stochastic methods for simulation of coherent polarized and non-polarized light scattering; the orbital angular momentum of light; acquisition of spatially and volumetrically inhomogeneous optical properties of turbid media (such as biological tissues), creation of material and shading models with specific applications in rendering, optical sensing and biomedical imaging/visualization.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in doing a graduate/summer research under my supervision!

Community service, extension and outreach

I have been actively involved with the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA) from the earlier years of my graduate research facilitating the creation of the University of Otago joint SPIE/OSA chapter, the first SPIE student chapter in New Zealand (2012). I am currently available through the SPIE Visiting Lecturer program, which provides me with an excellent opportunity to pass my expertise and share experiences with the emerging generation of scientists.