David J. Brady

David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

David Brady leads the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program (DISP), which builds computational imaging systems. DISP is currently focused on array cameras for gigapixel video and virtual reality. DISP includes laboratories in Durham and at Duke Kunshan University.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Bass Fellow

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1990
  • M.S. California Institute of Technology, 1986
  • B.A. Macalester College, 1984

Research Interests

DISP uses joint design of physical sampling and digital processing strategies to develop high performance sensor systems. DISP builds instruments for visible, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, millimeter wave, terahertz, acoustic and ion imaging and spectroscopy. DISP has made particular contributions to the theory and practice of compressive measurement systems and to spectral imaging, holography and diffraction tomography, optical projection tomography and high pixel count cameras.


Optical imaging
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Homeland Security

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Dennis Gabor Award. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2013
  • Fellows. Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2009
  • Fellow. International Society for Optics and Photonics. 2007
  • Fellows. Optical Society of America. 2004
  • Fellowships for Science and Engineering. David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 1990

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 281K: Computational Photography
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 675: Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • PHYSICS 131K: Frontiers of 21st Century Physics

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Amsden, JJ; Gehm, ME; Russell, ZE; Chen, EX; Di Dona, ST; Wolter, SD; Danell, RM; Kibelka, G; Parker, CB; Stoner, BR; Brady, DJ; Glass, JT, Coded Apertures in Mass Spectrometry., Annual review of analytical chemistry (Palo Alto, Calif.), vol 10 no. 1 (2017), pp. 141-156 [10.1146/annurev-anchem-061516-045256] [abs].
  • Zhu, R; Richard, JT; Brady, DJ; Marks, DL; Everitt, HO, Compressive sensing and adaptive sampling applied to millimeter wave inverse synthetic aperture imaging, Optics express, vol 25 no. 3 (2017), pp. 2270-2270 [10.1364/OE.25.002270] [abs].
  • Odinaka, I; Kaganovsky, Y; Greenberg, JA; Hassan, M; Politte, DG; O'Sullivan, JA; Carin, L; Brady, DJ, Spectrally grouped total variation reconstruction for scatter imaging using ADMM, 2015 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2015 (2016) [10.1109/NSSMIC.2015.7582220] [abs].
  • Cao, X; Yue, T; Lin, X; Lin, S; Yuan, X; Dai, Q; Carin, L; Brady, DJ, Computational Snapshot Multispectral Cameras: Toward dynamic capture of the spectral world, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol 33 no. 5 (2016), pp. 95-108 [10.1109/MSP.2016.2582378] [abs].
  • Yuan, X; Liao, X; Llull, P; Brady, D; Carin, L, Efficient patch-based approach for compressive depth imaging., Applied Optics, vol 55 no. 27 (2016), pp. 7556-7564 [10.1364/ao.55.007556] [abs].