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DISSERTATION

Title Extraction of Vegetation Biophysical Structure from Small-Footprint Full-Waveform Lidar Signals
Advisor Dr. Jan van Aardt
Description The digital imaging and remote sensing image generation (DIRSIG) model was used to simulate full-waveform small-footprint lidar signals in forested environments. These signals were then compared to the truth (the position, size, orientation, optical properties, etc. of every leaf can be known) using machine learning, regressive, and probabilistic methods to infer correlation between waveform lidar signals and structural forest parameters (e.g., tree height, position, leaf area index, etc.).

EDUCATION

09/2009-Present Ph.D. Imaging ScienceRochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
GPA: 3.93/4.0
Coursework:
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Fourier Methods for Imaging Science
  • Digital Imaging Mathematics
  • Introduction to Digital Image Processing
  • Introduction to Multiple-View Imaging
  • Multivariate Stats for Imaging Science
  • Regression Analysis I
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Optics
  • Radiometry
  • Remote Sensing & Imaging Analysis II: Sensing Systems & Calibration
  • Remote Sensing & Imaging Analysis III: Spectroscopic Analysis & Algorithms
  • C++ and Program Design
  • Noise and Random Processes
  • Human Visual System
  • 09/2005-05/2009 B.S. Imaging ScienceRochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
    GPA: 3.86/4.0 (with Highest Honors)
    Minors: Mathematics and Physics
    Liberal Arts Concentration: Economics
    Selected Coursework:
  • Imaging Systems Analysis I: Tone Transfer Functions
  • Imaging Systems Analysis II: Modulation Transfer Functions
  • Imaging Systems Analysis III: Noise
  • Computational Methods for Imaging Science
  • Digital Image Processing I-III
  • Modern Physics I
  • Radiometry
  • Interactions Between Light and Matter
  • Detectors
  • Vibrations and Waves
  • Electronic Measurements
  • Computers, Instrumentation, & Data Acquisition
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Holography
  • Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing
  • Color Science
  • Linear Math of Imaging Science
  • Mathematical Physics I
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra I-II
  • Probability
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Applied Econometrics
  • SELECTED EXPERIENCE

    06/2010-Present Graduate Research Assistant
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Researched, developed, and implemented methods for biophysical structure extraction from airborne full-waveform small-footprint lidar.
  • Developed code for terrestrial lidar processing.
  • Collected remote sensing ground truth during a number of field campaigns to support terrestrial, airborne, and spaceborne algorithm and sensor development and validation.
  • Published research in journal articles and conference proceedings.
  • Advised undergraduate seniors on their senior projects.
  • 09/2010-11/2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant (Digital Image Processing I)
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Graded programming and homework assignments.
  • Ran recitation sessions.
  • 03/2010-05/2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant (Radiometry)
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Ran laboratory sessions.
  • Graded laboratory assignments.
  • 12/2009-02/2010 Graduate Teaching Assistant (Linear Math for Imaging Science)
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Graded programming and homework assignments.
  • Ran recitation sessions.
  • 09/2009-11/2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant (Introduction to Programming)
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Graded programming assignments.
  • Ran recitation sessions.
  • Helped students write code.
  • 06/2008-08/2008 Optical Engineering Intern
    Eastman Kodak Company
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Researched and evaluated methods for laser speckle reduction.
  • 01/2007-08/2007 Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Chester F. Carson Center For Imaging Science
    Rochester Institute of Technology 
    Rochester, NY, USA
  • Performed classification of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
  • Performed literature and database searches for the previous classifications of these stars.
  • Published the results in The Astronomical Journal.
  • SKILLS

    Programming MATLAB, Python, C++, IDL, LaTeX, R
    Computing Unix, Linux (Debian, Fedora), Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
    Programs DIRSIG, git, ENVI, ENVI LiDAR, Minitab, Microsoft Office
    Field Instruments ASD Field Spec, SVC HR-1024i, Ocean Optics USB650, Trimble Geo XT, AccuPAR LP-80, Compact Biomass Lidar
    Peer Reviewer Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing
    Licences Amateur Radio Technician: KD2CLZ

    PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

    06/2013-Present  IEEE (Student Member)
    08/2013-Present AGU (Student Member)
    09/2014-Present SPIE (Student Member)

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    09/2012 SilviLaser Conference, Vancouver, BC, CA, Best Student Paper Presentation: "Assessing the impact of broadleaf tree structure of airborne full-waveform small-footprint LiDAR signals"
    04/2009 Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science: John Wiley Jones Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher  
    10/2004 Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout

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    Paul Romanczyk,
    Apr 23, 2015, 8:24 AM