Lei Tian


Boston University
Electrical and Computer Engineering (07/2016 – present)
Biomedical Engineering
Photonics Center
BU Neurophotonics Center
BU Center for Information & System Engineering
Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering
BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center

University of California, Berkeley
Postdoc, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (07/2013 – 06/2016)
Advisor: Laura Waller


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D.  (01/2010 – 06/2013)
Advisor: George Barbastathis
Thesis: Compressive phase retrieval

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S. (08/2008 – 01/2010)
Advisor: George Barbastathis
Thesis: Phase-space representation of digital holographic and light field imaging with application to two-phase flows

Tsinghua University 
B.S. (09/2004 – 06/2008)


  • Fellow, Scialog: Advancing BioImaging, 2023
  • Early Career Excellence in Research, BU College of Engineering, 2021
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2019
  • Hariri Institute Research Incubation Award, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, Boston University, 2019
  • Boston University College of Engineering Dean’s Catalyst Award, 2018
  • The Fumio Okano Best 3D Paper Prize, SPIE Three-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display conference, Apr. 2018
  • Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2017
  • Boston University Nanotechnology Pilot Grant Award, Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center, 2017
  • Best Paper Award, OSA Imaging Systems and Applications, Seattle, WA, 2014
  • Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Award, OSA Frontier in Optics, San Jose, CA, 2011
  • Gold Prize Project for Undergraduate Student Research Training,Tsinghua University, 2007
  • Daimler Chrysler Scholarship,Tsinghua University, 2005


Technical Committee:
Conference Chair:
  • 2018, OSA Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, Mathematics in Imaging
  • 2016 – present, SPIE Commercial+Scientific Sensing & Imaging Symposium, Computational Imaging
  • 2015 OSA/APS Annual Laser Science Conference, Computational Optical Imaging
Conference Area Chair:
Program Committee Member:
  • 2016 – present, OSA Digital Holography & 3D Imaging conference
  • 2016 – present, SPIE Defense + Security Symposium, Anomaly Detection and Imaging with X-Rays
  • 2017 – present, SPIE Defense + Security Symposium, Dimensional Optical Metrology and Inspection for Practical Applications
  • 2016 – present, SPIE Photonics West BiOS, High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy: Instrumentation and Big Data Management
  • 2016 – present, IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP)
  • 2016 – present, SPIE Photonics Asia, Optoelectronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology