Rochester Institute of Technology scientists and a team of international collaborators recently completed an intricate set of experiments that will help improve remote sensing technology used by drones, airplanes, and satellites.
Scientists began conducting research at the Tait Preserve of RIT for the first time this summer. Researchers from the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory were the first to use the site, collecting data using imaging technology flown on unmanned aerial systems, or drones.
Through the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Enterprise Center, customers can now hire faculty and staff from RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science to provide training, consulting, data collection, equipment calibration and more in relation to drones, imaging and remote sensing technology.
Professor John Kerekes will spend the next year advising the U.S. Department of State on issues including its air quality monitoring program and Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s largest ever coordinated citizen science campaign. He is one of 11 faculty nationwide to be selected for a 2019-2020 Jefferson Science Fellowship.
A classic scenario plays out in action films ranging from Baby Driver to The Italian Job: criminals evade aerial pursuit from the authorities by seamlessly blending in with other vehicles and their surroundings. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has RIT researchers utilizing hyperspectral video imaging systems that make sure it does not happen in real life.
Worldwide experts in unmanned aerial systems from industry, academia and government will land at Rochester Institute of Technology for the Systems and Technologies for the Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems (STRATUS) conference Feb. 25-27.
Two RIT researchers have won funding from the U.S. Geological Survey to ensure accurate temperature data from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite. Climate researchers depend on public data from the Earth-sensing satellite to measure surface changes over time.
Software developed by Aaron Gerace and Matt Montanaro, senior scientists at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, improves the accuracy of NASA’s Landsat 8 Earth-sensing satellite, which was giving inaccurate readings due to defective optics in the thermal infrared sensor.