David J. Brady


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

David Brady leads the Duke Information Spaces Project (DISP). Historically, DISP has focused on computational imaging systems, with particular emphasis on smart cameras for security, consumer, transportation and broadcast applications. Currently DISP focuses primarily on the use of artificial intelligence in camera arrays for interactive broadcasting.

Appointments and Affiliations

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

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 400 Chesterfield Building, 701 West Main, Box 90291, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 684-0898
  • Email Address: david.brady@duke.edu
  • Websites:


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

Research Interests

Professor Brady's research focuses on "smart cameras" which use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of visual information captured and to render this information useful. In 2012 his group built the world's first gigapixel camera, his work today focuses on making gigapixel media and interactive virtual reality broadcasting ubiquitous. 

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
  • ECE 891: Internship
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Pang, W; Brady, DJ, Field of view in monocentric multiscale cameras., Applied Optics, vol 57 no. 24 (2018), pp. 6999-7005 [10.1364/ao.57.006999] [abs].
  • Zhang, W; Cao, L; Brady, DJ; Zhang, H; Cang, J; Zhang, H; Jin, G, Twin-Image-Free Holography: A Compressive Sensing Approach., Physical Review Letters, vol 121 no. 9 (2018) [10.1103/physrevlett.121.093902] [abs].
  • Linnehan, R; Schindler, J; Perlovsky, L; Rangaswamy, M; Brady, D, Phenomenology-based waveform design using Cramer-Rao theory, 2004 International Waveform Diversity and Design Conference, Wdd 2004 Proceedings, vol 2018-January (2018), pp. 1-5 [10.1109/IWDDC.2004.8317555] [abs].
  • Brady, DJ; Pang, W; Li, H; Ma, Z; Tao, Y; Cao, X, Parallel cameras, Optica, vol 5 no. 2 (2018), pp. 127-137 [10.1364/OPTICA.5.000127] [abs].
  • Zhang, W; Cao, L; Jin, G; Brady, D, Full field-of-view digital lens-free holography for weak-scattering objects based on grating modulation, Applied Optics, vol 57 no. 1 (2018), pp. A164-A171 [10.1364/AO.57.00A164] [abs].