Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D.
Jack F. Paris, Ph.D. President Paris Geospatial, LLC
Dr. Paris is an independent remote-sensing scientist with 50+ years of experience (1967-Present). Previously, he was a Weather Officer in the USAF Air Weather Service with active duty in Kansas (1963-1965) and in the Republic of the Philippines (1965-1966 … during the Vietnam War).
Most of Dr. Paris’ research career has focused on the development of applications of remote sensing to precision farming. This began with analyses of Earth photography take from unmanned Apollo spacecraft (1967-68). This continued with an exploration of atmospheric and oceanographic uses of passive microwave devices (his Ph.D. dissertation topic). This continued with analyses of multispectral imagery from Landsat (1-5, 7&8), of radar imagery from the Space Shuttle, of multispectral imagery from SPOT, QuickBird, WorldView 2&3, RapidEye, Sentinel 2A, and Planet Labs. Dr. Paris’ experience also includes analyses of multispectral and hyperspectral imagery from manned aircraft systems … GeoVantage, GeoG2, TerrAvion, Mavrx, Farm Cloud, Cornerstone Mapping … and, most recently, from UAVs.
Dr. Paris helped design the WorldView 2 eight-band (plus panchromatic) system with applications for agricultural and environmental mapping in mind. Dr. Paris’ major agricultural clients (Monsanto and Trimble) are using his information processing algorithms to produce global maps for soils, for vegetation vigor, and for leaf chlorophyll concentration and other leaf pigments.
Dr. Paris taught remote sensing and image processing at the University of Houston at Clear Lake (1975-80) and at California State University … Fresno (1988-96) and Monterey Bay (1997-2002). He has worked also in the private sector … for Lockheed Electronics (support contractor to NASA Houston: 1971-1975), for JPL (1983-1988), and for DigitalGlobe, Inc. (2002-2004). And, he worked for NASA (1983-87). Since 2004, Dr. Paris has been in private practice as Paris Geospatial, LLC, in Clovis, CA.
For the past several years, Dr. Paris has concentrated on the task of optimal and quickly-done processing of multispectral imagery taken by rig cameras on a UAV, e.g., MicaSense RedEdge imagery … without having to use processes on a Cloud server. These processes are called the Remotely Operated Agriculture Mapping (ROAM™) processes. ROAM™ applies corrections to rig-camera imagery … for camera effects … for the effects of changing shutter speeds and/or ISO settings. It also automatically develops models for co-registration and applies these to the corrected images. ROAM data then can be used frame by frame or as inputs to photogrammetry software (for orthorectification). Then, further ROAM™ algorithms are applied to the reflectance-ready imagery coming from the photogrammetry software.