David J. Brady, Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor


David J. Brady

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2537 CIEMAS
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5394
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Page: http://www.disp.duke.edu/
Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program


PhD, Caltech, 1990
MS, Caltech, 1986
BA, 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
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Fellow, IEEE, February, 2009
Aerojet Program for Advanced Technologies Fellow, 1988-1989
ARCS Foundation Fellow, ARCS Foundation, 1988-1989
Beckman Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study, Beckman Foundation, 1994-1995
Bush Foundation Fellow, 1984
David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1990-1995
Fellow, Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2004
Fellow, Optical Society of America, 2004
Junior Xerox Award for Faculty Research, 1994
Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellow, Office of Naval Research, 1984-1987
Senior Xerox Award for Faculty Research, 1999
Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • ECE 590.08, ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECE Synopsis
    FITZPATRK A1613, MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. 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 (October, 2009), pp. 5212 -- 5224  [abs].
  2. 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 (April, 2009), pp. 2115 -- 2126  [abs].
  3. 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 (February, 2009), pp. 1691 -- 1713  [abs].
  4. 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 (April, 2008), pp. B44 -- B51  [abs].
  5. 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 (April, 2008), pp. B1 -- B10  [abs].

David Brady leads the (Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program), which builds computational optical sensor systems. DISP projects include hyperspectral microscopy, Raman spectroscopy for tissue chemometrics, optical coherence sensors and infrared spectral filters.