Imaging science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the generation, collection, duplication, analysis, modification, and visualization of images. As an evolving field it includes research and researchers from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer vision, computer science, and perceptual psychology. The Royal Photographic Society offers an Imaging Scientist Qualification.
The foundation of imaging science as a discipline is the "imaging chain" – a conceptual model describing all of the factors which must be considered when developing a system for creating visual renderings (images). In general, the links of the imaging chain include:
1. The human visual system. Designers must also consider the psychophysical processes which take place in human beings as they make sense of information received through the visual system.