Short Program

This event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High-Speed Imaging for Motion Analysis: Systems & Techniques

June 8–11, 2020

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This program is designed for scientists, engineers, and imaging specialists who need to gather data on rapidly moving subjects and events for study, motion analysis, and trouble-shooting. Mornings are spent in the lecture hall learning the fundamentals of lighting, imaging technologies, and motion analysis. Afternoons are spent making high-speed images in the laboratory. In addition to carrying out the standard techniques, attendees will try out the latest in high-speed-imaging equipment, with the manufacturer’s representatives there to provide hands-on education and experience with the systems. The course is held at the Edgerton Center at MIT — the home of Doc Edgerton’s Stroboscopic Light Laboratory, where much of the history of the field was written.

With support from the leading manufacturers and consultants, this program features the broadest experience available anywhere in high-speed electronic imaging and image analysis. The scope of the program should make it invaluable to anyone who wishes to broaden their capabilities in the field of high-speed imaging.


Hands-on experience: This course emphasizes hands-on experience! Approximately 50% of our time is devoted to intensively immersing each attendee in practical laboratory work. Lectures by experts in their fields and study materials help attendees prepare for laboratory work by providing the requisite theoretical and practical insights.

Use the techniques you study: All attendees participate in lab experiments selected from an unparalleled variety of topics. Experiments include high-speed cameras, lenses and lighting, the latest imaging technologies, motion analysis software, as well as specialized techniques such as Schlieren imaging, streak cameras, and pulsed laser illumination.

Learn the details through experiments: Experiments are performed in small working groups, with experts in that technique on hand to answer questions and enter into extensive discussions. The lab experiences are structured to encourage participants to use their imaginations and to experiment with the technique under study. Attendees may bring with them work-related problems that will make suitable experimental subjects to be shared with the class, but please consult with the course staff in advance.

MIT Edgertons Center logo.

MIT Edgerton Center: The MIT Edgerton Center was created in 1992 to carry on the legacy of the late Professor Edgerton. Its three-fold mission is to be a center of excellence in high-speed imaging within MIT, to provide students at MIT with opportunities for hands-on learning, and to continue Edgerton’s legacy of communicating the importance and excitement of science and technology to the larger community.

View pictures from prior courses on Flickr.


This course may be taken individually or as part of the Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing.


Jim Bales portrait.

Dr. Jim Bales, Associate Director
MIT Edgerton Center
Room 4-406
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-6178

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