The Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory was formed over 30 years ago at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to serve as a focal point for remote sensing research and education at RIT. The DIRS Laboratory is one of the research laboratories within RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, an academic unit within the College of Science. DIRS focuses on the development of tools to extract information about the earth from aerial and satellite imaging systems with an emphasis on the application of science and engineering to solving end-to-end remote sensing problems using a systems engineering approach. This includes design and development of imaging instruments, developing algorithms to extract information from remotely sensed systems and measurement and modeling of the physical phenomena associated with the formation of remotely sensed images. DIRS currently has about 40 graduate students conducting advanced remote sensing research who are supported by 10 faculty and 10 full time research and administrative staff. DIRS has on-going research partnerships with multiple federal agencies, large and small companies, and other academic institutions.

Check out our Resources page for a listing of our equipment for image and ground reference data.

DIRS Group Meeting Schedule Fall 2016. We meet Wednesdays at 11 am in CAR-3215.

9/7John KerekesOverview of DIRS Laboratory and Projects
9/14Zhaoyu CuiFuture Landsat Spatial-spectral Trade-off Study

Gefei Yang

Jared van Cor

Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis for Reflectance Spectrum Classification

Quantifying the Relevence of Earthshine in Exoatmospheric Imaging


Scott Brown and

Adam Goodenough

Mingming Wang

Ron Kemker


Emily Myers

Greg Badura


Runchen Zhao

Yue Wang


Ryan Ford

Paul Sponagle


Automated Flight Planning Tools for Imaging Purposes


Nirmalan Jeganathan

Tania Kleynhans


Mahshad Mahdavi

McKay Williams


Utsav Gewali

Colin Axel


Brittany Ambeau

Rehman Eon


Yihang Sun

Tim Gibbs