Jason Amsden

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Boston University, 2008

Research Interests

My area of interest is in the application of computational and compressive techniques to improve spectroscopic instrument design. Spectroscopic measurements are a convolution of the instrument response and the desired spectrum. Conventional spectroscopic instruments are designed such that the instrument response is a delta function and the measurements are essentially the desired spectrum. However, this design approach can limit the spectrometer performance. I use a different approach by designing the system response to maximize parameters of interest such as throughput and resolution, and then computationally deconvolve the system response from the measurements to achieve a spectrum – thus improving instrument performance.

Representative Publications

  • Aloui, Tanouir, Raul Vyas, Scarlett Francini, Rafael Bento Serpa, Kathleen L. Horvath, Justin Keogh, Charles B. Parker, et al. “Spectral Reconstruction Improvement in a Cycloidal Coded-Aperture Mass Spectrometer.” Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 35, no. 5 (May 2024): 855–61. https://doi.org/10.1021/jasms.3c00421.
  • Windheim, Tasso von, Kristin H. Gilchrist, Charles B. Parker, Stephen Hall, James B. Carlson, David Stokes, Nicholas G. Baldasaro, et al. “Proof-of-Concept Vacuum Microelectronic NOR Gate Fabricated Using Microelectromechanical Systems and Carbon Nanotube Field Emitters.” Micromachines 14, no. 5 (April 2023): 973. https://doi.org/10.3390/mi14050973.
  • Aloui, Tanouir, Rafael Bento Serpa, Nabil Abboud, Kathleen L. Horvath, Justin Keogh, Charles B. Parker, Jennifer C. Stern, et al. “A super-resolution proof of concept in a cycloidal coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer.” Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM, January 2023, e9477. https://doi.org/10.1002/rcm.9477.
  • Horvath, Kathleen L., Elettra L. Piacentino, Rafael Bento Serpa, Tanouir Aloui, Raul Vyas, Yuriy Zhilichev, Jesko von Windheim, et al. “Design considerations for a cycloidal mass analyzer using a focal plane array detector.” Journal of Mass Spectrometry : JMS 57, no. 7 (July 2022): e4874. https://doi.org/10.1002/jms.4874.
  • Serpa, R. B., E. L. Piacentino, K. L. Horvath, T. Aloui, Y. Zhilichev, C. B. Parker, J. T. Glass, et al. “Virtual-slit focusing in a cycloidal mass spectrometer – A proof of concept.” International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 470 (December 1, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijms.2021.116706.