AB, Princeton University; Sc.M., Ph.D., Brown University
Charles M. Bachmann received the A.B. in physics from Princeton University (1984) and the Sc.M. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in physics from Brown University. He was a research physicist (1990-2013) at the Naval Research Laboratory, serving as Head of the Coastal Science and Interpretation Section in the Remote Sensing Division (2003 - 2013). From 2012-2013, through the US Navy Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program, he was at the Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) Maritime Division, Sydney, Australia. In 2013, he joined the faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (CIS) as the Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Chair. Since 2016, he has also served as CIS Graduate Program Coordinator. His research focuses on hyperspectral remote sensing of coastal and desert environments, BRF and radiative transfer modeling for retrieval of geophysical and biophysical parameters, field calibration and validation, the development of advanced instrumentation (goniometers), as well as abstract models for interpreting hyperspectral and multi-sensor imagery based on manifold descriptions and graph theory. He holds two U.S. Patents for methods of analysis related to hyperspectral remote sensing imagery
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May 15, 2020
Student to Student: Remote Sensing
RIT student, Benjamin Roth, credits his mentors for his interest in remote sensing. His research focuses on retrieving accurate biophysical information on forest health from remote sensing platforms.
March 6, 2019
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.