Two ECE graduate students selected for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Student Prize Paper Competition

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society held its annual Student Prize Paper Competition and selected 9 finalists to orally present their papers in Toulouse, France. The final round of the competition was held on July 22 at the society's annual meeting, the 2003 IGARSS. Two graduate students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were selected as finalists in this competition. These students were Abhinav Mathur, advised by Lori Mann Bruce, and Vinod Ramnath, advised by Roger King. Each student finalist in the competition was awarded a travel grant from the IEEE Society such that they could present their papers in France. This is a special honor for the students and our department since only 9 students were selected in this international competition, of which 4 were from the USA (2 students from MSU, 1 from University of Michigan, 1 from University of Massachusetts) and 5 were from other countries (England, Italy, Australia, and China). This year's attendance at IGARSS was approximately 1500 people.

In addition to the two students in the Prize Paper Competition, MSU had other students and faculty participating with regular papers. Below is a list of citations of their work. The 6 papers marked with an asterisk indicate a student is the first author, and those marked with a double asterisk indicate invited papers.

**Lori Mann Bruce, Nick H. Younan, Roger L. King, and Anil Cheriyadat, "Spectral Reduction Image Processing Techniques"

*Anil Cheriyadat and Lori Mann Bruce, "Why Principal Component Analysis is not an Appropriate Feature Extraction Method for Hyperspectral Data"

**Roger L. King and Ronald J. Birk, "Science for Society: Delivering Earth System Science Knowledge for Decision Support in the Year 2025"

*Abhinav Mathur, Lori Mann Bruce, Anil Meerasa Cheriyadat, Huang-de Hennessy Lin "Hyperspec - Analysis Of Handheld Spectroradiometer Data"

Charles O'Hara and Roger L. King, "A Computational Mapping Engine Portal for Accessing Geolibraries"

*Vinod Ramnath, Roger L. King, and Nicholas Younan, "Estimation of Soil Moisture using RADARSAT Repeat-passes"

*Hrishikesh Tamhankar, Lori Mann Bruce, Nicholas Younan, "Adaptive Watermarking of Hyperspectral Signatures"

*Yonghui Wang, Justin T. Rucker, and James E. Fowler, "Embedded Wavelet Based Compression of Hyperspectral Imagery using Tarp Coding"

*Xudong Zhang, Nicholas Younan, Roger L. King, "Soil Texture Classification using Wavelet Transform and Maximum Likelihood Approach"