David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Photonics

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 Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Photonics
  • Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 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:


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

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

  • ECE 891: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Guzmán, F., J. Skowronek, E. Vera, and D. J. Brady. “Compressive video via IR-pulsed illumination.” Optics Express 31, no. 23 (November 6, 2023): 39201–12. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.506011.
  • Sarma, R., B. Redding, X. Wang, M. Hu, N. Karl, C. Long, D. B. Burckel, S. Pang, and D. Brady. “Silicon Photonics-Based All-Optical Image Compression.” In 2023 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO 2023, 2023.
  • Zhang, Z., B. Zhang, X. Yuan, S. Zheng, X. Su, J. Suo, D. J. Brady, and Q. Dai. “From compressive sampling to compressive tasking: retrieving semantics in compressed domain with low bandwidth.” PhotoniX 3, no. 1 (December 1, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s43074-022-00065-1.
  • Wiley, L., J. Follansbee, P. Leslie, O. Furxhi, R. Pimpinella, D. Brady, and R. Driggers. “Target discrimination in the extended shortwave infrared band (2 to 2.5 μm) compared with visible, near-infrared, and SWIR in degraded visual environments.” Optical Engineering 61, no. 11 (November 1, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.61.11.113103.
  • Huang, Q., M. Hu, and D. J. Brady. “Array Camera Image Fusion using Physics-Aware Transformers.” Journal of Imaging Science and Technology 66, no. 6 (November 1, 2022). https://doi.org/10.2352/J.ImagingSci.Technol.2022.66.6.060401.