Virginia Tech Scientist Leads Team to Investigate Sea Creature’s Thousands of Eyes Made of Stone-Like Material

If seeing through two eyes gives humans a picture of their world, what kind of worldview do chitons have with thousands of tiny aragonite eyes? This is the question posed by an international team led by Virginia Tech's Ling Li, PhD. Dr. Li, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded $1.05 million over three years to lead a team studying the visual abilities of a unique underwater creature with thousands of eyes. The project reunites Dr. Li with a former collaborator, University of South Carolina Associate Professor Daniel Speiser, PhD. They also enlisted the expertise of an internationally recognized applied mathematician who specializes in image processing, Daniel Baum, PhD, of the Zuse Institute in Berlin.

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