Remote Sensing Research
Leaving behind the discipline of space plasma physics, I started working in remote sensing in the mid-1990's. This work really got started with the spectral imaging work on the HYDICE project. Mark Landers, my first thesis student, was working on this airborne system out of the Navy office, SPAWAR 40. Through that connection, Dave Cleary and I got connected to the new program, and we were on our way. This provided funding and many thesis students, including the young Marcus Stefanou.
We also did a lot of classified work with the National Technical Means (NTM), using all the different modalities including OPIR.
Beginning with work by Michael Helt in 2005, we (Angie Kim and I) started to move in the direction of working with LiDAR. This really got rolling in 2007 with the work by Fermin Espinoza and Robb Owens.
Finally, our biggest success to date was the helicopter brownout work. Mostly classified, but with some unclassified work. In the end, it was really just simple terrain classification, mostly with spectral imagery, but it proved to be pretty important work. Our algorithm is now in use operationally.