David J. Brady

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Bass Fellow

David Brady leads the Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program (DISP), which builds computational imaging systems. Current DISP projects focus on snapshot gigapixel photography using multiscale optics, x-ray scatter tomography, millimeter wave diffraction tomography, focal tomography and compressive spectral imaging.

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

Courses Taught:
  • ECE 270L: Introduction to Electromagnetic Fields
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • A. Mahalanobis and M. Neifeld and V. K. Bhagavatula and T. Haberfelde and D. Brady, Off-axis sparse aperture imaging using phase optimization techniques for application in wide-area imaging systems, Applied Optics, vol 48 no. 28 (2009), pp. 5212 -- 5224 [abs].
    • A. Portnoy and N. Pitsianis and X. Sun and D. Brady and R. Gibbons and A. Silver and R. T. Kolste and C. Chen and T. Dillon and D. Prather, Design and characterization of thin multiple aperture infrared cameras, Applied Optics, vol 48 no. 11 (2009), pp. 2115 -- 2126 [abs].
    • S. Uttam and N. A. Goodman and M. A. Neifeld and C. Kim and R. John and J. Kim and D. Brady, Optically multiplexed imaging with superposition space tracking, Optics Express, vol 17 no. 3 (2009), pp. 1691 -- 1713 [abs].
    • A. Wagadarikar and R. John and R. Willett and D. Brady, Single disperser design for coded aperture snapshot spectral imaging, Applied Optics, vol 47 no. 10 (2008), pp. B44 -- B51 [abs].
    • M. Shankar and R. Willett and N. Pitsianis and T. Schulz and R. Gibbons and R. T. Kolste and J. Carriere and C. Chen and D. Prather and D. Brady, Thin infrared imaging systems through multichannel sampling, Applied Optics, vol 47 no. 10 (2008), pp. B1 -- B10 [abs].