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Aerial Imaging And Remote Sensing Efforts At University Of Maryland Eastern Shore

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Integrative Projects in Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

11.164.1 - 11.164.11

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https://peer.asee.org/288

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Nagchaudhuri is a member of ASME, SME and ASEE professional societies and is actively involved in teaching and research in the fields of engineering mechanics, robotics, remote sensing and image analysis, systems and control and design of mechanical and mechatronic systems. Dr. Nagchaudhuri received his bachelors degree from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India with a honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1983, thereafter, he worked in a multinational industry for 4 years before joining Tulane University as a graduate student in the fall of 1987. He received his M.S. degree from Tulane University in 1989 and Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1992.

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Madhumi Mitra University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Dr. Madhumi Mitra is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences and Science Educator in the Department of Natural sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She received her B.S. in Botany from Presidency College, Calcutta, India, and M.S. in Botany from Calcutta University, India. Dr. Mitra received her Ph.D. in Botany from North Carolina State University in 2002. Dr. Mitra has been working in the areas of Remote Sensing, Environmental Stewardship, and Marine Sciences. She teaches courses in Environmental and Marine Sciences. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including Chrysalis Scholarship (Association for Women Geoscientists) and Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award.

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Carolyn Brooks University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Carolyn Brooks is a Professor of Microbiology and Dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is and has been the director of several federally funded STEM programs for minority students. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from Tuskegee University and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Ohio State University. She has acquired additional training in biotechnology from Indiana University, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin, LaCross, and the University of Minnesota.

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Tracie Earl University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Tracy J. Earl received her Bachelors of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Management with a dual in Animal Behavior from Michigan State University and then her Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University. She took classes in GIS, both during her Bachelors and Masters degrees. While at WVU, she used ESRI’s products to work on the GAP Analysis project. After graduating, she started working at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as a Geographic Information System Specialist. She is now the GIS Program Manager in the Dept of Agriculture at UMES.

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Gabriel Ladd University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Gabriel Ladd is currently a graduate student in the system wide Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science Program (MEES) at UMES. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Boston University.

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Geoffrey Bland NASA Goddard Space Flignt Center's Wallops Flight Facility

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Geoffrey Bland received a BS degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University in 1981. Bland is a member of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes, Observational Science Branch, located at Wallops Island VA. Primary research activities are focused on the development and utilization of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs) and associated sensors for Earth science related measurements. Previous assignments include mission management and engineering support of sub-orbital sounding rocket and aircraft borne experiments. Bland has also served on the UMES Engineering and Engineering Technology Advisory Committee since 1995.

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Aerial Imaging and Remote Sensing Efforts at University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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The aerial imaging and remote sensing efforts that were initiated on UMES campus in collaboration with NASA Wallops Flight Facility with the undergraduate experiential learning project titled UMESAIR (Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Earth Science Airborne Imaging Research) have recently been integrated with ASTI (Airborne Science and Technology Institute) project and AIRSPACES (Aerial Imaging and Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship) project. The ASTI project focuses on training undergraduate students to fly remote controlled fixed wing model aircrafts, as well as, acquire aerial images with analog video and digital cameras in the infrared, thermal, and, visible regions of electromagnetic spectrum. AIRSPACES project focuses on aerial imaging of agricultural fields for yield estimation, weed detection, and crop health monitoring efforts. Initial efforts undertaken at UMES campus for ASTI and AIRSPACES project are highlighted in the paper. Efforts involving rectification and geo-referencing of acquired aerial images are described. Preliminary results of mosaicking geo-referenced images using ARCMAP and MATLAB software are also provided. Future expansion of the projects using UAV (Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle) helicopters and manned airplanes equipped with color infrared digital cameras are also advanced.

1. Introduction

UMES-AIR (Undergraduate Multidisciplinary Earth Science-Airborne Imaging Research) project was partially funded by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the fall of 1999. The project initiated remote sensing efforts involving undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors using helium filled tethered blimp on UMES campus. The students designed a payload for the blimp consisting of cameras, transmitters, filters, and power systems for remote imaging from a height of upto 2500 ft. University System of Maryland Board of Regents supplemented the seed grant from NASA to continue to support student involvement with the project for subsequent years. The following references [1-4] document student achievement and successes with the UMESAIR project. UMESAIR project has paved the way for projects such as AIRSPACES (Aerial Imaging and Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship) which has been partially funded by Maryland Space Grant Consortium and ECPA (Environmentally Conscious Precision Agriculture) [5] supported through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Evans Allen

Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M., & Brooks, C., & Earl, T., & Ladd, G., & Bland, G. (2006, June), Aerial Imaging And Remote Sensing Efforts At University Of Maryland Eastern Shore Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/288

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