ECE Colloquium - October 3

Dr. Nicolas H. Younan, Professor and Chair, Mississippi State University

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

CoRE Building Lecture Hall

Scientific Challenges in Information Retrieval from Earth Observation (EO) Imagery


The ultimate goal of any Earth Observation (EO) system is to provide understanding. However, this understanding will often require expertise and/or data sources from globally distributed resources and will present some unique challenges for the local remote sensing analyst. To address these challenges, it is incumbent upon the global community to evolve and sustain a global observation network. These observations serve as the foundation for the models that are used to describe Earth processes. As this observational data accumulates in global archives new opportunities become available for knowledge discovery about the Earth system. However, access to these observational data is optimized for the science teams for whom the instruments were launched and access by operational users may be problematic. This presentation will lay out some of the Grand Challenges for those engineers and scientists involved in pattern recognition in the Earth remote sensing arena. It describes the problem space for making local decisions and introduces the concept of contextual remote sensing. Answers will require addressing the multi-dimensional aspects of the EO imagery – hyper-spatial, hyper-spectral, hyper-temporal, and hyper sensors.


Nicolas H. Younan is currently the Department Head and James Worth Bagley Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State University, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Ohio University in 1988. Dr. Younan’s research interests include signal processing and pattern recognition. He has been involved in the development of advanced image processing and pattern recognition algorithms for remote sensing applications, image/data fusion, feature extraction and classification, automatic target recognition/identification, and image
information mining.

Dr. Younan has published over 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has served as the General Chair and Editor for the 4th IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing, Co-Editor for the 3rd International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images, Guest Editor, Pattern Recognition Letters and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), and Co-Chair, 4th and 5th Workshop on Pattern Recognition for Remote sensing (PRSS). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing society, serving on two technical committees: Data Fusion, and Data Archive and Distribution. He also served as the Vice Chair of the International Association on Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Technical Committee 7 on Remote Sensing (2008-2010).