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Multispectral Imagery Lab

(Visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR Imaging)

Thirimachos Bourlai

- Assistant Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, U.S.A.

- Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, WVU, U.S.A. (Sept 2014)

- Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Eye Institute, WVU, U.S.A. (Feb 2013)

- Founder and Director of the Multispectral Imagery Laboratory

 

Dr. Thirimachos Bourlai is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University (WVU), the lead academic partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Biometric Center of Excellence (FBI BCOE), which conducts research projects aiming to improve law enforcement capabilities. Dr. Bourlai has several years of experience in the field of computer vision, and has worked on, initiated, and directed numerous research projects with the roles of principal investigator, co-investigator, as well as project research participant. His research interests span several computer vision related areas, with a current focus in the areas of biomedical imaging, and biometric systems using visible and hyper-spectra imaging sensors, useful for short-, middle-, and long-range based surveillance applications. His current research projects are funded by DoD-ONR, CITeR (an NSF I/UCRC), and other military institutions and agencies such as DTRA etc.

 

In 2009, Dr. Bourlai founded and, since then, has been directing the WVU “Multi-Spectral Imagery Lab”. Currently, his lab involves ten (10) students, five Ph.D., three M.S., and two undergraduates. He leads and has been involved in projects that study problems in the fields of (a) Computer Vision for Biomedical Applications (e.g., cell tracking and classification, core body temperature estimation, recovery of cardiac pulse via thermal imaging), (b) Forensics and Biometrics (e.g., multimodal biometrics and fusion; image restoration for forensics applications; face recognition; identification in small platforms) using visible and hyper-spectral imaging sensors, and (c) Human Computer Interaction (novel browsing).

 

Dr. Bourlai's teaching experience includes assistantships, lab organizer/demonstrator and teaching instructor at the University of Surrey, University of Houston, and West Virginia University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate Computer Science courses, such as Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition, Digital Electronics, Ubiquitous Computing, and Biometrics. In fall 2011, he developed a new WVU Computer Science course, i.e., “Human Computer Interaction”, offered at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. In 2012 he taught a graduate level course, i.e., "Computer Systems Security", and in Fall 2012 he is teaching HCI.

 

Dr. Bourlai has been invited to serve as a chair of the doctoral consortium event in the primary biometrics conference BTAS 2012. He has served and has been invited to serve as a member on technical program committees for other primary computer vision and biometrics focused conferences (SPIE, ICB). Several important organizations invited Dr. Bourlai to present his work, including the NLETS (2011), IDGA (Jan and Aug 2012), the "Biometrics Summit Conference" (Feb 2012), and the IEEE Signal Processing Society (Nov 2011). He is a Senior Member of IEEE; a member of the National Defense Industrial Association; a reviewer for premier journals in computer vision and related areas (TPAMI, IJCV, TCSVT, PRL, TIP, MVA); and the author of more than 50 academic publications.

MILAB Graduate Students

- Nnamdi Osia [PhD student]

Ph.D. Student, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University

Graduate Research Assistant

Nnamdi Osia is a Computer Engineering major at West Virginia University. In Fall 2009, he received the B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown. His current research interests include biometrics, image processing, and computer vision.

 

- Michael Martin [PhD student]

Ph.D. Student, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Martin is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. In Fall 2012, he received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Biometric Systems from West Virginia University. His research interests include computer vision, machine learning, and biometrics. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the areas of biomedical imaging, biometrics, and computer vision.

 

- Neeru Narang [PhD student]

 

PhD Student, LD of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU

Neeru Narnag is a Biometrics Major at West Virginia University. She received the M.S. degree in Instrumentation from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India in Fall 2008. She received M.S. degree in Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India in Fall 2006 and her M.S. in biometrics from WVU, 2013. She is currently working toward her PhD degree in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown. Her current research interests include biometrics, multispectral imaging, image processing, computer vision and machine learning. She has developed a single sensor multi-wavelength acquisition system in the SWIR band. Her research interests also lies in classification, quality analysis and feature detection of the images.

- Susan Enlaggar [PhD student]

- Erin Moore [PhD student]

Ph.D. Student, Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University

WV NanoSAFE Fellow: 2013, 2014 NSF EPS-1003907

Erin Moore is a Computer Engineering major at West Virginia University. She has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from WVU, and a Masters in Engineering with a specialty in Systems Engineering from The University of Arizona. She worked in industry for several years before pursing a doctoral degree.  Her research interests combine data mining, machine learning, biology, and medicine.

- Xuan Xu [PhD student]

ALUMNI

- Cameron Whitelam [Graduated with a Ph.D., March 2016]: working at NOBLIS.
- Michael Lyons
- Benjamin Wilson [UGR student]
- Tyler Durham [UGR student]
- Arvind Jagannathan
- Anirudh Rawat
- Samuel Simons
- John Van Dollen
- Zain Jafri







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