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Anthony Vodacek

Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

585-475-7816
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Anthony Vodacek

Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

Education

BS, University of Wisconsin; MS, Ph.D., Cornell University

Bio

Anthony Vodacek is a Full Professor of Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He received his B.S. (Chemistry) in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.S. and Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering) in 1985 and 1990 from Cornell University. His areas of research lie broadly in multi-modal remote sensing with a focus on the coupling of imaging with modeling for application to monitoring human and natural terrestrial and aquatic systems. His specific expertise is in spectral phenomenology, image interpretation, machine learning, and dynamic data driven applications systems. He has recently worked on applying these methods for projects addressing vehicle tracking, precision agriculture, and harmful algal blooms. His newest research areas involve remote sensing of the African Great Lakes and remote sensing of insects in the context of biodiversity assessment. He has worked in Rwanda on various teaching and research projects for more than a decade. Vodacek is on the Fulbright Specialist roster (2018-2023), is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Great Lakes Research, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and supports the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society global initiative as the ad hoc regional liaison to Sub-Saharan Africa.

585-475-7816

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

IMGS-111
3 Credits
This course is an exploration of the fundamentals of imaging science and the imaging systems of the past, present, and future. Imaging systems studied include the human visual system, consumer and entertainment applications (e.g., traditional and digital photography, television, digital television, HDTV, and virtual reality); medical applications (e.g., X-ray, ultrasound, and MRI); business/document applications (e.g., impact and non-impact printing, scanners, printers, fax machines, and copiers) and systems used in remote sensing and astronomy (e.g., night-vision systems, ground- and satellite-based observatories). The laboratory component reinforces the principles and theories discussed in the lecture, while giving students experience with many imaging systems and exposure to the underlying scientific principles.
IMGS-891
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
IMGS-890
1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
IMGS-640
3 Credits
This course introduces the students to the governing equations for radiance reaching aerial or satellite based imaging systems. It then covers the temporal, geometric, spectral, and noise properties of these imaging systems with an emphasis on their use as quantitative scientific instruments. This is followed by a treatment of methods to invert the remotely sensed image data to measurements of the Earth’s surface (e.g. reflectance and temperature) through various means of inverting the governing radiometric equation. The emphasis is on practical implementation of multidimensional image analysis and examining the processes governing spatial, spectral and radiometric image fidelity.
IMGS-540
3 Credits
This course introduces the students to the governing equations for radiance reaching aerial or satellite based imaging systems. It then covers the temporal, geometric, spectral, and noise properties of these imaging systems with an emphasis on their use as quantitative scientific instruments. This is followed by a treatment of methods to invert the remotely sensed image data to measurements of the Earth’s surface (e.g. reflectance and temperature) through various means of inverting the governing radiometric equation. The emphasis is on practical implementation of multidimensional image analysis and examining the processes governing spatial, spectral and radiometric image fidelity.

In the News

  • February 20, 2020

    Patricia Wright.

    Global lemur expert to speak at RIT about technology in conservation

    Patricia Wright, a world-renowned conservationist, will give a talk, “Building Forests and Saving Lemurs with Technology in Madagascar,” on Feb. 27 at RIT. Wright has long been a pioneer in using new technologies to solve conservation problems, and partnerships with RIT, the Seneca Park Zoo Society and others will advance these efforts further.

  • March 6, 2019

    Three researcher watch hyperspectral camera on roof.

    RIT researchers developing ways to use hyperspectral data for vehicle and pedestrian tracking

    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.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Ford, Ryan T. and Anthony Vodacek. "Determining improvements in Landsat spectral sampling for inland water quality monitoring." Science of Remote Sensing, doi:10.1016/j.srs.2020.100005, 1. (2020): 100005. Web.
Bamurigire, Peace, et al. "Simulation of Internet of Things Water Management for Efficient Rice Irrigation in Rwanda." Agriculture (Basel), doi:10.3390/agriculture10100431, 10. (2020): 431. Web.
Bachmann, Charles M., et al. "A Low-Rate Video Approach to Hyperspectral Imaging of Dynamic Scenes." Journal of Imaging, doi:10.3390/jimaging5010006, 5. 1 (2018): 6, 1-19. Web.
Palumbo, Ilaria, et al. "Building Capacity in Remote Sensing for Conservation: Present and Future Challenges." Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, doi:10.1002/rse2.31, 3. (2017): 21-29. Web.
Uzkent, Burak, Matthew J. Hoffman, and Anthony Vodacek. "Integrating Hyperspectral Likelihoods in a Multidimensional Assignment Algorithm for Aerial Vehicle Tracking." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2560220, 9. (2016): 4325-4333. Web.
Basnet, Bikash and Anthony Vodacek. "Tracking Land Use/Land Cover Dynamics in Cloud Prone Areas Using Moderate Resolution Satellite data: A Case Study in Central Africa." Remote Sensing, doi:10.3390/rs70606683, 7. (2015): 6683-6709. Web.
Rose, Robert, et al. "The Top 10 Conservation Questions that can be Addressed Through Remote Sensing Technologies." Conservation Biology, doi:10.1111/cobi.12397, 29. 2 (2015): 350--359. Web.
Uzkent, Burak, et al. "Feature Matching with an Adaptive Optical Sensor in a Ground Target Tracking System." IEEE Sensors Journal, doi:10.1109/JSEN.2014.2346152, 15. 1 (2015): 510-519. Web.
Tomaszewski, Brian, et al. "Spatial Thinking Ability Assessment in Rwandan Secondary Schools: Baseline Results." Journal of Geography, doi:10.1080/00221341.2014.918165, 114. 2 (2015): 39-48. Web.
Chen, Bin, Anthony Vodacek, and Nathan D. Cahill. "A Novel Adaptive Scheme for Evaluating Spectral Similarity in High-resolution Urban Scenes." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 6. 3 (2013): 1376-1385. Print.
Vodacek, Anthony. "Linking Year-to-year Cladophora Variability in Lake Ontario to the Temperature Contrast Between Nearshore and Offshore Waters During the Spring." Journal of Great Lakes Research 38, Supplement 4. doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2012.02.013 (2012): 85-90. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Mulhollan, Zachary, et al. "Occlusion Detection for Dynamic Adaptation." Proceedings of the International Conference on Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems, DDDAS 2020, MIT. Ed. Frederica Darema , Erik Blasch, Sai Ravela, Alex Aved. Boston, MA: Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-61725-7_39, 2020. Web.
Mulhollan, Zachary, et al. "Calibrated Vehicle Paint Signatures for Simulating Hyperspectral Imagery." Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW). Ed. Michael Teutsch and Erhan Gundogdu. Seattle (virtual), WA: IEEE, doi:10.1109/CVPRW50498.2020.00063, 2020. Web.
Li, Honglei, et al. "Hyperspectral Video Processing on Resource-Constrained Platforms." Proceedings of the 10th IEEE GRSS Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), Amsterdam, Netherlands. Ed. Xiaoxiang Zhu and Jocelyn Chanussot. Amsterdam, Netherlands: IEEE, doi:10.1109/WHISPERS.2019.8921138, 2019. Web.
Ford, Ryan T. and Anthony Vodacek. "Glint Correction of Unmanned Aerial System Imagery." Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems (STRATUS). Ed. Emmett Ientilucci and Chris Renschler. Rochester, NY: IEEE, doi:10.1109/STRATUS.2019.8713171, 2019. Web.
Tomaszewski, Brian, Anthony Vodacek, and Gaspard Rwanyiziri. "Innovation for Education, Spatial Thinking and GeoICT: A Rwandan Case Study." Proceedings of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2018. Ed. Bai Blyden. San Jose, CA: IEEE, doi:10.1145/2737856.2737872, Web.
Tomaszewski, Brian M., et al. "Spatial Thinking for Educational Innovation: The Rwandan Iwacu Project." Proceedings of the ICTD '15: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Ed. Arul Chib, Matthew Kam, and Jenna Burrell. Singapore, Singapore: ACM, https://doi.org/10.1145/2737856.2737872, 2015. Web.
Uzkent, Burak, et al. "Background Image Understanding and Adaptive Imaging for Vehicle Tracking." Proceedings of the SPIE Defense + Security. Ed. Daniel J. Henry et al. Baltimore, Maryland: SPIE, doi:10.1117/12.2177494, 2015. Web.
Uzkent, Burak, Matthew J. Hoffman, and Anthony Vodacek. "Efficient Integration of Spectral Features for Vehicle Tracking Utilizing an Adaptive Sensor." Proceedings of the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging 2015. Ed. Robert P. Loce and Eli Saber. San Francisco, California: SPIE, doi:10.1117/12.2082266, 2015. Web.
Vodacek, Anthony. "Improving Image-based Characterization of Road Junctions, Widths, and Connectivity by Leveraging OpenStreetMap Vector Map." Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. Quebec, Quebec: IEEE, 2014. Print.
Vodacek, Anthony. "Monitoring the Dynamics of Land Cover in the Lake Kivu Region Using Multi-temporal Landsat Imagery." Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. Quebec, Quebec: IEEE, 2014. Print.
Uzkent, Burak, et al. "Feature Matching and Adaptive Prediction Models in an Object Tracking DDDAS." Proceedings of the Procedia Computer Science. n.p., 2013. Print.
Chen, Bin, Anthony Vodacek, and Nathan D. Cahill. "Novel Spectral Similarity Measure for High Resolution Urban Scene." Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS). Munich, Bavaria: n.p., 2012. Print.
Basnet, Bikash and Anthony Vodacek. "Multitemporal Landsat Imagery Analysis to Study the Dynamics of Land Cover Change Over Lake Kivu Region." Proceedings of the 1st EARSeL Workshop on Temporal Analysis of Satellite Images. Myconos, Kikladhes: n.p., 2012. Print.
Vodacek, Anthony, John P. Kerekes, and Matthew J. Hoffman. "Adaptive Optical Sensing in an Object Tracking DDDAS." Proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2012. Ed. Ali Hesham, et al. n.p., 2012. Print.