I am a scientist who utilizes multispectral imaging to recover and preserve information from old documents. AMA!
My short bio: My name is Kevin Sacca and I am an senior undergraduate student researcher at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) working in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. I work with Dr. Roger Easton Jr. and his multidisciplinary team of scientists and scholars who share a common passion for preserving the information and cultural heritage that is inherent in antique manuscripts, paintings, palimpsest, scrolls, etc.
Personally, I have been working on the Archimedes Palimpsest, the Martellus Map of 1491, and various unknown documents from the St. Catherine's Monastery in Mount Sinai. My job is to use the raw multispectral imagery, perform statistical image processing routines, and generate imagery showing much more clearly the text, diagrams, or figures that have been almost lost due to fading or "palimpsesting".
My Proof: It's hard to show my proof because I can't disclose 99.9% of my work, and an image of me holding a card with my reddit username won't help much... So here's a press release of a scholarship I was awarded this year for my contributions to the field of Imaging Science and Photonics from SPIE. Press Release
[Edit]: I should mention that the reason for this AMA is due to a number of people requesting it after I posted on this front-page TIL thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/39xhr8/til_of_a_monk_who_had_taken_an_old_book_written/
[Update]: Thanks to everyone who has read and posted questions. I love sleeping, so I'm going to go off "live" (I don't really know how AMAs work), but I'd love it if you guys kept asking questions that I can answer again tomorrow. This is probably the only time I'll ever be asked to do an AMA so I have to make it count!
[Update 2]: I'm back answering more questions! Wow! Front page! I can't even believe it. Thanks guys
[Final Update]: Thanks to everyone who posted! I'm really glad there are so many people interested in this type of research! Come study Imaging Science at R.I.T! I'm going to sign off now, but hopefully all your questions have been answered. Thanks again! bye felicia