Scott D. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

Location: Off-Site (Falmouth, MA)
(585) 298-9505

Scott D. Brown

B.S. Imaging Science (1994), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
M.S. Computer Science (1998), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (PDF)
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering (2011), University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (PDF)

Research Interests
I am the leader of the "Modeling and Simulation" (M&S) group within the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The M&S group focuses on the modeling of airborne and space based imaging systems for the purpose of evaluating sensor design trades and algorithm performance. The strategic interests of the group are to improve the state-of-the-art in multi-modal (e.g. multi- and hyper-spectral, RADAR, LADAR/LIDAR, polarimetric, etc.) data simulation and phenomenology prediction. Since 1994, I have been the lead software developer for a complex, first principles based image simulation model called "DIRSIG". This model is a software architecture for radiation propagation in the 0.2 to 20 micron electromagnetic radiation region. The capabilities of the model range from passive temperature calculations to active time-gated, LADAR/LIDAR predictions. The model consists of 750,000+ lines of C++ and is externally distributed to government organizations and contractors. Since 2000, I have been the project manager for this long-term effort while retaining most general science and software development management responsibilities. My specific expertise is 1-on-1 mentoring of student and staff research projects and the implementation and integration of complex radiation propagation codes. In this capacity, I have served as a thesis committee member for 10 graduate students.

I have been a Principle Investigator (PI) for several development and training programs. As head of the "Modeling and Simulation" group, I head up strategic planning, proposal writing, contract management and sponsor/customer relations. At any given time, I supervise 3-4 staff members, 2-3 M.S. students, 1-2 Ph.D. students, and I am the PI or Task Manager for 4-6 projects. I routinely conduct on-site and off-site training courses that are attended by the professional community regarding the use of the remote sensing modeling and simulation tools developed at RIT and general remote sensing system design and phenomenology. I am also a frequent consultant to the aerospace community companies and organizations that support RIT research efforts and has participated in U.S. Government steering committees (U.S. Army) and international (NATO) scientific task groups.

More information about publications, including abstracts, some PDF's, and BibTeX citation information can be found on my CIS web page.

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