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William H. Sanders
Department Head
ECE ILLINOIS
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-2300
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Farzad Kamalabadi

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Farzad  Kamalabadi
Farzad Kamalabadi
Professor
5048 ECE Building
306 North Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-4406

Primary Research Area

  • Remote Sensing

Education

PhD, Electrical Engineering, Boston University, 2000

Research Interests

  • Sensor array processing
  • Inverse problems
  • Ionospheric and space physics
  • Image reconstruction and tomography
  • Image and multi-dimensional signal processing
  • Solar-terrestrial remote sensing and imaging

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Figen S. Oktem, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Joseph M. Davila, "A Parametric Estimation Approach to Instantaneous Spectral Imaging", IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, in press, 2014.
  • R. Nikoukar, F. Kamalabadi, E. Kudeki, and M. Sulzer, "On resolution/error trade-offs in incoherent scatter radar measurements", Radio Science, 47, RS1008, doi:10.1029/2011RS004685, 2012.
  • Russell J. Hewett, Michael T. Heath, Mark D. Butala, and Farzad Kamalabadi, "A Robust Null Space Method for Linear Equality Constrained State Estimation", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume: 58, Issue: 8, 2010.
  • M. D. Butala, R. J. Hewett, R. A. Frazin, F. Kamalabadi,"Dynamic Three Dimensional Tomography of the Solar Corona", Solar Physics, DOI 10.1007/s11207-010-9536-1, March, 2010.
  • Farzad Kamalabadi, "Multidimensional Image Reconstruction in Astronomy [A unified approach based on regularization and state estimation concepts]", IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Volume: 27, Issue: 1, Pages: 86-96, January, 2010.
  • Serge Minin and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Uncertainties in extracted parameters of a Gaussian emission line profile with continuum background", Applied Optics, Volume: 48, Issue: 36, Pages: 6913-6922, December 2009.
  • Richard A. Frazin, Alberto M. Vasquez, and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Quantitative, Three-Dimensional Analysis of the Global Corona with Multi-Spacecraft Differential Emission Measure Tomography", Astrophysical Journal, 699, 2009.
  • D. Scott Anderson, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Gary Swenson, "Estimation of Three-Dimensional Atmospheric Wave Parameters from Ground-Based Spectroscopic Airglow Image Data", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 47, Issue: 8, August 2009.
  • Mark D. Butala, Richard A. Frazin, Yuguo Chen, Farzad Kamalabadi, “Tomographic Imaging of Dynamic Objects With the Ensemble Kalman Filter”, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 18, No. 7, July 2009.
  • F. Kamalabadi, J. M. Comberiate, M. J. Taylor, and P.-D. Pautet, "Estimation of electron densities in the lower thermosphere from GUVI 135.6 nm tomographic inversions in support of SpreadFEx", Annales Geophysicae, 27, 2439–2448, June 2009.
  • Alberto M. Vasquez, Richard A. Frazin, and Farzad Kamalabadi, “3D Temperatures and Densities of the Solar Corona Via Multi-Spacecraft EUV Tomography: Analysis of Prominence Cavities”, Solar Physics, DOI 10.1007/s11207-009-9321-1, 2009.
  • J.K. Lee and Farzad Kamalabadi, “GPS-based radio tomography with edge-preserving regularization”, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 47, Issue 1, January 2009.
  • I. C. Atkinson, F. Kamalabadi, D. L. Jones, and K. R. Thulborn. “Blind Estimation for Localized Low Contrast-to-Noise Ratio BOLD Signals”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing: fMRI Analysis for Human Brain Mapping, Vol. 2, Issue 6, December 2008.
  • Ian Atkinson and Farzad Kamalabadi, “Transform-Domain Penalized-Likelihood Filtering of Tomographic Data”, International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, Vol. 18, Issue 5-6, December, 2008.
  • Fritts, D. C., Vadas, S. L., Riggin, D. M., Abdu, M. A., Batista, I. S., Takahashi, H., Medeiros, A., Kamalabadi, F., Liu, H.-L., Fejer, B. G., and Taylor, M. J., “Gravity wave and tidal influences on equatorial spread F based on observations during the Spread F Experiment (Spread- FEx)”, Annales Geophysicae, 26, 3235-3252, 2008.
  • Mark D. Butala, Farzad Kamalabadi, Richard A. Frazin, and Yuguo Chen, “Dynamic Tomographic Imaging of the Solar Corona”, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing: Signal Processing for Astronomical and Space Research Applications, Vol. 2, Issue 5, October 2008.
  • R. Nikoukar, F. Kamalabadi, E. Kudeki, M. Sulzer, "An efficient near-optimal approach to incoherent scatter radar parameter estimation", Radio Science, 43, RS5007, 2008.
  • Ian Atkinson and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Basis Selection for Wavelet Processing of Sparse Signals", Signal Processing, Vol. 88, Issue 9, 2008.
  • Alberto M. Vasquez, Richard A. Frazin, Keiji Hayashi, Igor V. Sokolov, Ofer Cohen, Ward B. Manchester IV, and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Validation of Two MHD Models of the Solar Corona with Rotational Tomography", Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 682 Issue: 2, Pages: 1328- 1337, August 2008.
  • Lee, J., F. Kamalabadi, and J. J. Makela, "Three-dimensional tomography of ionospheric variability using a dense GPS receiver array", Radio Science, doi:10.1029/2007RS003716, Vol. 43, 2008.
  • D. Scott Anderson, Gary Swenson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Alan Liu, "Tomographic Imaging of Airglow from Airborne Spectroscopic Measurements", Applied Optics, Vol. 47, No. 13, 2008.
  • Behzad Sharif and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Optimal Sensor Array Configuration in Remote Image Formation", IEEE Transacations on Image Processing, Vol. 17, No.2, 2008.
  • Richard Frazin, Alberto Vasquez, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Hyesun Park, "Three-Dimensional Tomographic Analysis of a High-Cadence LASCO-C2 Polarized Brightness Sequence", Astrophysical Journal Letters, 671:2, L201-L204, December, 2007.
  • Romina Nikoukar, Gary R. Swenson, Alan Z. Liu, Farzad Kamalabadi, “On the variability of mesospheric OH emission profiles", Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Volume: 112, Article Number: D19109, October, 2007.
  • J.K. Lee , F. Kamalabadi, J.J. Makela , "Localized three-dimensional ionospheric tomography with GPS ground receiver measurements"‚ Radio Science, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2007.
  • Joseph Comberiate, Farzad Kamalabadi, Larry J. Paxton, “A Tomographic Model for Ionospheric Imaging With the Global Ultraviolet Imager”, Radio Science, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2007.
  • O. Cohen, I.V. Sokolov, I.I. Roussev, C.N. Arge, W.B. Manchester, T.I. Gombosi, R.A. Frazin, H. Park , M.D. Butala, F. Kamalabadi, M. Velli, "A semiempirical magnetohydrodynamical model of the solar wind", Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 654, No. 2, pp. L163-L166, 2007.
  • Waldrop, L.S., E. Kudeki, S.A. Gonzalez, M.P. Sulzer, R. Garcia, M. Butala, and F. Kamalabadi, “Derivation of neutral oxygen density under charge exchange in the mid-latitude topside ionosphere”, Journal of Geophysical Research–Space Physics, Vol. 111, No. A11, 2006.
  • Joseph Comberiate, Farzad Kamalabadi, Larry J. Paxton, “Tomographic Imaging of Equatorial Plasma Bubbles”, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, No. 15, 2006.
  • Roberto Lavarello, Farzad Kamalabadi, and William D. OBrien, Jr., “A regularized inverse approach to ultrasonic pulse-echo imaging”, IEEE Transacations on Medical Imaging, Vol. 25, No. 6, 2006.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Satish Mohan, and Douglas Jones, "Asymptotically Optimal Blind Estimation of Multichannel Images", IEEE Transacations on Image Processing, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2006.
  • R. A. Frazin, M. D. Butala, A. Kemball, and F. Kamalabadi, “Time-Dependent Reconstruction of Nonstationary Objects With Tomographic or Interferometric Measurements”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 635, No. 2, pp. L197-L200, December 2005.
  • M.D. Butala, R.A. Frazin, F. Kamalabadi, "Three-Dimensional Estimates of the Coronal Electron Density at Times of Extreme Solar Activity", Journal of Geophysical Research–Space Physics, Vol. 110, 2005.
  • Richard Frazin and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Rotational Tomography for 3D Reconstruction of the White-Light and EUV Corona in the Post-SOHO Era", Solar Physics, Vol. 228, pp. 221-239, 2005.
  • Tyler Ralston, Daniel L. Marks, Farzad Kamalabadi, Stephen A. Boppart, "Deconvolution Methods for Mitigation of Transverse Blurring in Optical Coherence Tomography", IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 14, No. 9, September 2005.
  • L.S. Waldrop, R.B. Kerr, S.A. Gonzalez, M.P. Sulzer, J. Noto, E. Kudeki, F. Kamalabadi, "Generation of Metastable Helium and the 1083 nm Emission in the Upper Thermosphere", Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics, Vol. 110, No. A08304, August 2005.
  • R.A. Frazin, F. Kamalabadi, M.A. Weber, "On the Combination of Differential Emission Measure Analysis and Rotational Tomography for Solar EUV Imaging", Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 628, No. 2, pp. 1070-1080, August 2005.
  • R.A. Frazin, F. Kamalabadi, "On the use of total brightness measurements for tomography of the solar corona", Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 628, No. 2, pp. 1061-1069, August 2005.
  • Jing Tang, Steven J. Franke, Farzad Kamalabadi, Gary R. Swenson, “Motion Extraction of Atmospheric Waves from Spectroscopic Imaging”, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 229-232, April, 2005.
  • Joshua Semeter and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Determination of Primary Electron Spectra From Incoherent Scatter Radar Measurements of the Auroal E-Region", Radio Science, Vol. 40, No. 2, April 2005.
  • Chenyang Xu, Farzad Kamalabadi, Stephen A. Boppart, "Comparative performance analysis of time-frequency distributions for spectroscopic optical coherence tomography", Applied Optics, Vol. 44, April 2005.
  • J. Tang, G.R. Swenson, A.Z. Liu, and F. Kamalabadi, "Observational investigations of gravity wave momentum flux with spectroscopic imaging", Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Vol. 110, No. D9, March 2005.
  • J. Tang, F. Kamalabadi, S. J. Franke, A. Z. Liu, and G. R. Swenson, "Estimation of gravity wave momentum flux with spectroscopic imaging", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2005.
  • Michael C. Kelley, Jonathan J. Makela, Larry J. Paxton, Farzad Kamalabadi, Joseph M. Comberiate, and Hyosub Kil, "The First Coordinated Ground- and Space-Based Optical Observations of Equatorial Plasma Bubbles", Geophysical Research Letters. Vol. 30, No. 14, 2003. (Featured cover article)
  • J. Tang, F. Kamalabadi, L. G. Rumsey, and G. R. Swenson, "Point-Source Suppression for Atmospheric Wave Extraction from Airglow Imaging Measurements", IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 146-152, January 2003.
  • F. Kamalabadi, G. Bust, K. Dymond, S. Gonzalez, P. Bernhardt, S. Chakrabarti, D. Cotton, A. Stephan, R. McCoy, S. Budzien, and S. Thonnard, "Tomographic Studies of Aeronomic Phenomena Using Radio and UV Techniques", Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Vol. 64, No. 12, pp. 1573-1580, 2002.
  • F. Kamalabadi, W. C. Karl, J. L. Semeter, D. M. Cotton, T. A. Cook and S. Chakrabarti, "A statistical framework for space-based EUV ionospheric tomography," Radio Science, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 437-447, 1999.
  • P. A. Bernhardt, R. P. McCoy, K. F. Dymond, J. M. Picone, R. R. Meier, F. Kamalabadi, D. M. Cotton, S. Chakrabarti, T. A. Cook, J. S. Vickers, A. W. Stephan, L. Kersley, S. E. Pryse, I. K. Walker, J. A. T. Heaton, C. N. Mitchell, P. R. Straus, H. Na, C. Biswas, G. S. Bust, G. R. Kronschnabl and T. D. Raymund, "Two dimensional mapping of the plasma density in the upper atmosphere with computerized ionospheric tomography (CIT)", Physics of Plasmas (invited), Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1998.
  • F. Kamalabadi, J. M. Forbes, N. A. Makarov, and Y. I. Portnyagin, "Evidence for nonlinear coupling of planetary waves and tides in the Antarctic mesopause", Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, Vol. 102, No. D4, pp. 4437-4446, 1997.
  • J. M. Forbes, F. A. Marcos, and F. Kamalabadi, "Wave structures in lower thermosphere density from Satellite Electrostatic Triaxial Accelerometer (SETA) measurements", Journal of Geophysical Research–Space Physics, Vol. 100, No. A8, pp. 14693-14702, 1995.
  • H. F. Parish, J. M. Forbes and F. Kamalabadi, "Planetary wave and solar emission signatures in the equatorial electrojet", Journal of Geophysical Research–Space Physics, Vol. 99, No. A1, pp. 355-368, 1994.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Figen Oktem, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Joseph Davila, "High-resolution Computational Spectral Imaging with Photon Sieves", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2014.
  • Cagdas Tuna, Douglas Jones, and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Tactile Tomographic Fluid-Flow Imaging with a Robotic Whisker Array", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Florence, Italy, 2014.
  • Figen Oktem, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Joseph Davila, "Parameter estimation for instantaneous spectral imaging", IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Florence, Italy, 2014.
  • Figen Oktem, Joseph Davila, and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Image Formation Model for Photon Sieves", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2013.
  • F. S. Oktem, F. Kamalabadi, and J. M. Davila, “Cramer-Rao bounds and instrument optimization for slitless spectroscopy”, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Vancouver, Canada, 2013.
  • Russell Hewett, Ian Jermyn, Michael Heath, Farzad Kamalabadi, “A Phase Field Method for Tomographic Reconstruction from Limited Data”, British Machine Vision Conference, 2012.
  • F. S. Oktem and F. Kamalabadi, “Analytical Precision Limits in Slitless Spectroscopy”, IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP), Ann Arbor, MI, 2012.
  • Mark D. Butala and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Optimal Dynamic Tomography for Wide-Sense Stationary Spatial Random Fields", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2009.
  • Butala, M. D., Yun, J., Chen, Y., Frazin, R. A., and Kamalabadi, F., "Asymptotic Convergence of the Ensemble Kalman Filter", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, 2008.
  • A. George, M. Butala, R. Frazin, F. Kamalabadi, Y. Bresler, "Time-Resolved Cardiac CT Reconstruction Using the Ensemble Kalman Filter", Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, 2008
  • Butala, M.D., Frazin, R.A.; Yuguo Chen; Kamalabadi, F, "A Monte Carlo technique for large-scale dynamic tomography", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2007, p III-1217-20
  • Atkinson, I., Kamalabadi, F., "Basis selection for wavelet processing of sparse source signals", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2007, p III-1461- 4.
  • Gary Swenson, Purvesh Thakker, Farzad Kamalabadi, Mathew Frank, and Victoria Coverstone, "Optical sensing of atmospheric emissions with Cubesats and Nanosats", Proceedings of SPIE -- Volume 6555, 2007
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, "Transform-Domain Penalized-Likelihood Filtering of Projection Data", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, 2006.
  • Tyler Ralston, Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Stephen Boppart, "Multi-Dimensional Denoising of Real-Time OCT Imaging Data", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2006.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Douglas Jones, Keith Thulborn, "Blind Estimation of fMRI Data for Improved BOLD Contrast Detection", Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, 2006.
  • Farzad Kamalabadi and Behzad Sharif, "Robust Regularized Tomographic Imaging With Convex Projections" Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Processing, September 2005.
  • Behzad Sharif and Farzad Kamalabadi, "Optimal Sensor Configuration in Remote Image Formation" Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Processing, September 2005.
  • R. Lavarello, F. Kamalabadi, W.D. O'Brien Jr., "A Study of Pulse-Echo Image Formation Using Non-Quadratic Regularization With Speckle-Based Images", Proceedings of the International Acoustical Imaging Symposium, March, 2005.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, "CFAR Detection of a Known FSK-Modulated Signal in White Gaussian Noise With Unknown Variance," Proceedings of the International Conference on Accoustics, Speeach, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), March 2005.
  • Tyler S. Ralston, Dan Marks, Farzad Kamalabadi, Stephen Boppart, "Gaussian beam deconvolution in optical coherence tomography", Proceddings of SPIE, January 2005.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Satish Mohan, and Douglas L. Jones, "Wavelet-based 2-D Multichannel Signal Estimation," Proceedings of the International Conference on Image Processing, September 2003.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, Douglas L. Jones, and Minh Do, "Adaptive Wavelet Thresholding for Multichannel Signal Estimation," Proceedings of the SPIE Wavelets X Conference, August 2003.
  • Ian Atkinson, Farzad Kamalabadi, and Douglas L. Jones, "Wavelet-Based Hyperspectral Image Estimation," Proceedings of International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, July 2003.
  • J. Semeter and F. Kamalabadi, "A natural pixel decomposition for tomographic imaging of the ionosphere," Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 1998.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 2013-2015
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 2009.

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, 2006, 2007, 2013
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, UIUC, 2004

Research Honors

  • Invited Participant, National Academies Keck Futures Initiative on Imaging Science, 2010
  • Keynote Speaker, Astronomical Data Analysis Conference, 2010
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis, Sophia Antipolis, France, 2009
  • Xerox Award for Outstanding Faculty Research, UIUC College of Engineering, 2006
  • NASA Faculty Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 2003
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2002-2007

Public Service Honors

  • Member, NASA Living With a Star Targeted Research and Technology Steering Committee, 2010-Present
  • NSF Director's Award for Collaborative Integration, 2011
  • Program Director, NSF, 2010-2011
  • Member, Users and Scientific Advisory Committee, Arecibo Observatory, 2007-2009
  • Member, NSF Advisory Committee of Visitors, 2005
  • Member, NSF CEDAR Science Steering Committee, 2004-2006; 2012-Present