L’oreal is developing a telescope for the space industry and skin care

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On the International space station installed a Mini-EUSO telescope the next generation, which studies the Earth and the cosmos. Mini-EUSO developed by the research group of Riken (Japanese Institute of physical and chemical research) in collaboration with L’oréal.

Thanks to the experience of the developers of the division L’oréal Research & Innovation in the field of skin imaging and data processing, collaborative studies improve the quality and analysis of images obtained with this telescope.

For space surveillance and skin requires complex imaging devices. Before space researchers from 16 countries who participated in the project, EUSO, was tasked to catch the rare terrestrial or cosmic origin, and to create a dynamic map of the various events occurring in the earth’s atmosphere. To discover and study this unknown dimension, as well as cosmic rays or interstellar meteorites that reach Earth, a group of EUSO at Riken have developed a new detector based on multi-wavelength imaging.

The purpose L’oréal has been developing a hyperspectral imaging unit of the face to be used in natural conditions for the best performance and understanding of the skin, such as color, pigmentation disorders and skin lesions of. Joint work ranged from the development of imaging systems and detectors to data processing and algorithm development for separation and identification signs.

Both devices, one for leather, another for space, was developed in parallel. Although the detectors differ in their purpose and implementation, many of the algorithms developed by L’oréal for observation of the skin was also used to explore the space. Such analyses of the local image recognition and image segmentation used to define specific areas of the human face and determine the characteristics of the skin, can equally be applied to the data of Mini-EUSO coming from the ISS.

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“Cooperation with L’oréal, was extremely fruitful and interesting. Working with researchers in the area, obviously far from space research, were stimulating. Indeed, the research methodology and data collection in the L’oréal share the complexity and rigour of our physical studies,” said Mr. Casolino, team leader EUSO in Riken.

A three-year collaboration between Riken and L OréaI continues to improve the device for skin care and allows you to collect enough data to decipher the physiology of the skin and to offer highly efficient cosmetic products. This cooperation underlines the pioneering role of L’oréal in the understanding of skin care and the ability of developers to integrate advanced technologies from other fields of science.

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