Since the invention of modern solid-state imaging sensors in the 1980s, considerable advancements have been made, improving aspects such as frequency response, dynamic range, resolution, and wavelength diversity, as well as inventing many different types of sensor architectures such as framing sensors and event sensors. While considerable improvements in this field are evolving every day, the methods by which to test and validate these systems remain unchanged. Many of these test platforms require specialized designs to test only one or two specific qualities. For example, a spinning disk in front of a black body source to measure the frequency response of an imaging sensor. With the considerable evolution of sensor performance, those test systems are becoming obsolete due to physical limitations of speed, dynamic range, and wavelength diversity. A test system that can meet these increasing demands is needed.

This thesis outlines the design process and development of a prototype scene generator system to meet the growing test requirements. The primary focus is to create a scene generator with high modulation speed, 4 Megapixel density, and modular capabilities to support operation in visible and infrared wavebands. It must be capable of generating binary and monochrome scenes to allow the testing of task specific, as well as task agnostic characteristics of imaging sensors.

Degree Date

Summer 2023

Document Type


Degree Name



Electrical and Computer Engineering


Prasanna Rangarajan

Second Advisor

Bruce Gnade

Third Advisor

Volkan Otugen

Fourth Advisor

Dinesh Rajan

Fifth Advisor

Ronald Rohrer

Subject Area

Electrical, Electronics Engineering

Number of Pages




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