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Workshop Presenters and Lecturers

IEEE-GRSS Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Sonia GallegosSonia C. Gallegos holds a Ph.D. degree in Oceanography from Texas A & M University and is currently a Principal Investigator with the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. She has over 20 years of experience in Remote Sensing of the earth and oceans. She started her remote sensing career as a physical scientist with NOAA/NESDIS at the Johnson Space Center in Texas and Washington. At NOAA, her work included the development of visible and near-infrared algorithms for land and water applications. In 1986 she moved to the University of Texas at Austin - Center for Space Research where she worked in developing algorithms for red tide and oil detection from visible and infrared sensors. In 1990 she became part of Naval Research Laboratory Remote Sensing Applications Branch. At NRL she has developed algorithms for cloud detection and masking as well as a number of applications for naval tactical operations. She currently works in the Optics Branch of NRL where she develops models that integrate remote sensing measurements, in-situ data and products from dynamic models that allow the estimation of inherent optical properties from the surface to the bottom of the ocean.

Workshop Presenters

Dr. K. PalaniappanDr. K. Palaniappan is currently Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked at NASA Goddard for six years before joining UMC. At NASA he co-founded the Visualization and Analysis Laboratory in the Lab for Atmospheres that has produced a number of spectacular Digital Earth visualizations. He developed the first massively parallel semi-fluid motion analysis algorithm for tracking winds in turbulent hurricane cloud structures using rapid scan GOES data. At UMC he co-founded the Multimedia Communications and Visualization Laboratory funded by grants from NASA, NSF, Raytheon and SGI. He developed the Distributed Image Spreadsheet for accessing and visualizing image data in distributed archives over high performance networks. His current interests are in scientific visualization, geometry compression, computational remote sensing, VR applications, and data mining.

Dr. Mohamed MohamedDr. Mohamed Mohamed has 17 years of experience in use of remote sensing, and geographic information system (GIS) for natural resources management, environmental monitoring, land use/land cover mapping, cartographic map publishing operation, and governmental and commercial applications. He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honors in Forestry from University of Khartoum-Sudan (1984), a Master Degree in Remote Sensing from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988), and a Philosophy Doctorate Degree in GIS/Remote Sensing from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997). Dr. Mohamed taught remote sensing and GIS classes at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also conducted, coordinated and supervised a variety of research activities at universities, Lockheed Martin/NASA Stennis Space Center, Raytheon, and Pixoneer Geomatics.

Mr. Mike CrowleyMr. Mike Crowley joined SeaSpace Corporation in January, 2003. He was previously Director of the Marine Remote Sensing Lab, at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University for 10 years. His research activities there focused on the collection, analysis, visualization and interpretation of multi-platform remote sensing and in situ datasets for use in building models to predict currents, temperature change and optical variations along the New Jersey Coast, with emphasis on upwelling fronts. Data were acquired through a real-time observational network that includes a satellite remote sensing lab, a coastal meteorological station, an offshore Long-term Ecosystem Observatory (LEO-15), survey vessels and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s).

Mr. David NobleMr. David Noble has been a natural resource specialist and manager for over 25 years. For the last four years he has served as Head of the Natural and Cultural Resources Planning Section of the Environmental Planning Branch for the Atlantic Division of the United States Department of Navy. Project work includes preparation and contracting of Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans, Cultural Resource Management Plans, Biological Assessments, archaeological studies, wetland delineations and coordination of various scientific and technical studies and reports. Mr. Noble served as Senior Field Representative for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management where he managed over 300 complex coastal development projects for regulatory review, conducted wetland delineations, reviewed NEPA documents, land use plans and coastal consistency determinations. He presently serves on the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Council and the Currituck Sound Restoration Advisory Committee.

Dr. Kevin ChuDr. Kevin Chu earned a B.A. in Music and Biology from Swarthmore College in 1973, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Connecticut in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Boston University in 1988. His doctoral dissertation was a study of the songs and courtship behavior of humpback whales off the Dominican Republic. After completing his Ph.D., Kevin spent more than a decade working in resource management and conservation policy —as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department, as staff member on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, then as a policy advisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Kevin’s last appointment was Director of the Office of Cooperative Program Coordination for NMFS.