Degree Name

BS in Computer Engineering


Computer Engineering Department


Andrew Danowitz


Many cutting edge chemistry experiments for high ­throughput assays require measuring colored outputs from specially prepared samples. Absorbance from these samples is usually measured with a specialized piece of equipment that adds to the expense, time, and complexity of obtaining experimental results. To make these experiments more accessible, we looked at developing software to allow cell phones or consumer ­grade USB cameras to measure these experiments and quantify the intensity of the output.

What we have compiled thus far is research regarding several different color spaces and attempted analysis on the many channels of color spaces such as RGB, HSV, HSL, CIELab, CIELuv, XYZ, and YCrCb, that might be used to measure assay results. We concentrated on analyzing the channels and also manipulating the data to find a relationship between the computed color values and concentrations of dye in the assays. We also have created several programs that assist in extracting the channel values from the assays and to sort our results to make analysis easier.