Michael G. Gartley, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Bldg. 76 Rm. 3266 
(585) 475-5612


I am a Research Faculty member within the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing group at RIT. In this role I work on sponsor funded research, typically with an emphasis on modeling and simulation of remote sensing signature phenomenology, I mentor multiple graduate students, and occasionally teach a graduate level class that covers system performance modeling and analysis.


B.S. Physics (1995), Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering (1997), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Ph.D. Imaging Science (2007), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Research Interests
Space Situational Awareness
Over the past few years I have been researching novels methods for utilizing modeling and simulation for the purpose of understanding the phenomenology associated with light curve signatures of space objects. The population of objects currently orbiting the earth varies from active satellite and target platforms, rocket bodies used to launch the assets into orbit, debris from satellite collisions and shoot downs. More specifically, my research has focused on understanding how object signatures correlate with object type (rocket body, satellite, debris etc..), attitude, and activity level.

Currently I am researching novel surface scattering models for spectral-polarimetric signature prediction. The application of the modeling is to aid in target detection, target phenomenology predictions for system trade studies, as well as a general understanding of polarimetric reflection and emission phenomenology.

Synthetic Aperture RADAR
Additionally I am working on a research project that is developing a capability to simulate raw data collected by a Synthetic Aperture RADAR collection platform. The challenge here is to work within a particle based ray-tracing framework but capturing wave based phenomenology at material surfaces, at the antenna level, and through the atmosphere.  Currently I am working closely with a PhD student to implement a 4 channel polarimetric SAR modeling environment that we hope to validate against airborne UAVSAR data collected and distributed by NASA.

Publications and Conference Proceedings
D. Bennett, J. Dank, D. Tyler, M. Gartley, D. Allen, "SSA Modeling and Simulation with DIRSIG", Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference 2014.

M. Gartley, J. Schott, "Serendipitous Imaging of Space Objects With the Advanced Land Imager", Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of , vol.6, no.2, pp.440,445, April 2013.

M. Gartley, "Evaluation of the suitability of polarimetric scattering and emissivity models with scene generation software", Proc. SPIE 8364, 83640P (2012).

S. Maitra, M. Gartley, J. Kerekes, "Relation between degree of polarization and Pauli color coded image to characterize scattering mechanisms", Proc. SPIE 8364, 83640F (2012).

A. Gerace, J. Schott, S. Brown and M. Gartley, "Using DIRSIG to identify uniform sites and demonstrate the utility of the side-slither calibration technique for Landsat's new pushbroom instruments", Proc. SPIE 8390, 83902A (2012)

M. Gartley and A. Gerace, "Evaluation of nighttime imaging limits of visible near-infrared Earth observation platforms", Proc. SPIE 8390, 83902D (2012)

J. Zollweg, M. Gartley, J. Roskovensky and J. Mercier, "Using GIS databases for simulated nightlight imagery", Proc. SPIE 8396, 83960C (2012)

B. Flusche, M. Gartley, J. Schott, “Assessing the impact of spectral and polarimetric data fusion via simulation to support multimodal sensor system design requirements”, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, v4, 043562, Nov 2010.

B. Bartlett, M. Gartley, D. Messinger, C. Salvaggio, J. Schott, “Spectro-polarimetric bidirectional reflectance distribution function determination of in-scene materials and its use in target detection applications”, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, v4, 043552, Nov 2010.

B. Flusche, M. Gartley, J. Schott, “Defining a process to fuse polarimetric and spectral data for target detection and explore the trade space via simulation”, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, v4, 043550, Oct 2010.

M. Gartley, P. Erbach, L. Pezzaniti, “Pose Estimation of Unresolved Targets using Polarimetric Imaging”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7699, Apr 2010.

M. Gartley, S. Brown, A. Goodenough, R. Kauffman, “A comparison of spatial sampling techniques enabling first principles modeling of a synthetic aperture RADAR imaging platform”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7699, Apr 2010.

R. Kauffman, M. Gartley, “Polarimetric effects in non-polarimetric imaging”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7699, Apr 2010.

M. Gartley, Micro-scale surface modeling for radiometric exploitation, GEOINT 2009 Symposium, NURI/NARP Emerging Technologies Forum, San Antonio TX, Oct 21, 2009.

M. Gartley, W. Basener, “Topological anomaly detection performance with multispectral polarimetric imagery”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7334, Apr 2009.

E. Ientilluci, M. Gartley, “Impact of BRDF on physics-based modeling as applied to target detection in hyperspectral imagery”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7334, Apr 2009.

M. Gartley, J. Schott, S. Brown, “Micro-scale modeling of contaminant effects on surface optical properties”, Proceedings of the SPIE, v7086-16, August 2008.

M. Gartley, S. Brown, J. Schott, “Micro-scale Surface and Contaminate Modeling for Polarimetric Signature Prediction”, Proceedings of the SPIE, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII, v6972-42, March 2008.

M. Gartley, S. Brown, J. Schott, N. Sanders, A. Goodenough, “Polarimetric Scene Modeling in the Thermal Infrared”, Proceedings of the SPIE, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing III, v6682-11, August 2007.

M. Gartley, “Contact lens surface characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy”, presented at Surfaces in Biomaterials conference, Phoenix 1999.

T. Bergstron, C. Brown, M. Gartley, T. Altshuler, "Evaluating systematic measurement artifacts parallel and perpendicular to the scanning direction using scale-sensitive fractal analysis" Scanning 99, Chicago, April 1999.

S.K. Gupta, M. Gartley, “XRD and VSM analysis of nanostructured Cu-Co alloys”, Advances in X-ray Analysis, v41, p688-697, 1997.

M. Gartley, S. K. Gupta, “Experiments in Atomic Force Microscopy”, Proceedings of ASEE Zone I Meeting, West Point, NY, plC3-l:lC3-4, Apr 1997.

M. Gartley, C. Nelson, “On the two q-analogue logarithmic functions’, J. Phys. A: Math Gen ,v29 p8099–8115, 1996.

M. Gartley, C. Nelson, “On the zeros of the q-analogue exponential function”, J. Phys. A: Math Gen, v27, p3857-3881, 1994.

US7147326, Lens with colored portion and coated surface , issued Dec 12, 2006.
US7021761, Lens with colored portion and coated surface, issued Apr 4, 2006.
US6467904, EP1307335, Method of making lens with colored portion, issued Oct 22, 2002.
US6248266, EP1307334, Method of making lens with colored portion, issued June 19, 2001.

Links of Interest
Center for Imaging Science
Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing


Professional Background
2007 - Present    Associate Scientist, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT
2002 - 2007    Senior Scientist, Space Systems Division, ITT Corporation
2001 - 2002    Senior Scientist, Commercial and Government Systems, Eastman Kodak Company
2000 – 2001   Materials Engineer, Precision Glass Molding, Eastman Kodak Company
1997 – 2000    Research Scientist, Global Scientific Affairs, Bausch & Lomb

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2013