Who We Are

The Integrated Digital Forestry Initiative brings together a multidisciplinary research team from forestry, engineering, geomatics, computer science, aviation technology, information science and other disciplines to explore remote sensing, big data and artificial intelligence and methods for applying them to forestry. The team is supported by Purdue Research Computing offering world-class cloud computing and a network of supercomputers.

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Songlin Fei, director
Professor and Dean’s Chair of Remote Sensing
Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusForest ecology, modeling, remote sensing

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Daniel Aliaga
Associate Professor

Computer Science

Areas of FocusComputer graphics/vision, deep visual computing, machine learning

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Bedrich Benes

George McNelly Professor of Technology and Professor of Computer Science

Computer Graphics Technology and Computer Science

Areas of FocusComputer graphics, 3D vegetation reconstruction, functional structural plant models, deep learning

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John Couture
Assistant Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusPlant chemical and physiological ecology and vegetation spectroscopy

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Melba Crawford

Professor

Civil Engineering and Agronomy

Areas of FocusRemote sensing, machine learning algorithms and applications

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Rado Gazo
Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusWood and tree identification, quality assessment and processing

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Ayman Habib

Thomas A. Page Professor of Civil Engineering

Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Areas of FocusSystem integration, system calibration, geo-referencing, data integration/fusion

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Brady Hardiman
Assistant Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusUrban forestry, LiDAR

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Jacob Hosen

Assistant Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusIoT, sensor development

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Joseph Hupy

Associate Professor

Aviation and Transportation Technology

Areas of FocusUAS data collection, processing and analysis

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Jinha Jung

Assistant Professor

Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Areas of FocusRemote sensing, LiDAR, HPC for remote sensing applications, WebGIS

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Nicole Kong

Associate Professor

Information Studies

Areas of FocusGIS, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, geoportal

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Gang Shao

Associate Professor

Information Studies

Areas of FocusRemote sensing, data visualization and data science education

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Guofan Shao

Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusOptical remote sensing, automated tree measurement

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Keith Woeste

Adjunct Assitant Professor

Forestry and Natural Resources

Areas of FocusApplied machine learning, cloud computing, big data

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Baijian Yang

Associate Professor

Computer and Information Technology

Areas of FocusApplied machine learning, cloud computing, big data

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Aaron Walz

Director

Ag Data Services

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Meredith Cobb

Program Manager

Agricultural Research

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Lydia Utley

Data Analyst

Forestry and Natural Resources

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