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:  400 Chesterfield Building, 701 West Main
Office Phone:  (919) 684-0898, (919) 660-5595
Email Address:   send me a message
Web Page: http://www.disp.duke.edu/
Duke Imaging and Spectroscopy Program


Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1990
M.S., California Institute of Technology, 1986
B.A., 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

Dennis Gabor Award, International Society for Optics and Photonics
Fellow, IEEE, February, 2009
Fellows, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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
Fellow, International Society for Optics and Photonics
Fellows, Optical Society of America
Fellowships for Science and Engineering, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Zhang, Z; Zhang, B; Yuan, X; Zheng, S; Su, X; Suo, J; Brady, DJ; Dai, Q, From compressive sampling to compressive tasking: retrieving semantics in compressed domain with low bandwidth, Photonix, vol. 3 no. 1 (December, 2022) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Huang, Q; Hu, M; Brady, DJ, Array Camera Image Fusion using Physics-Aware Transformers, Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, vol. 66 no. 6 (November, 2022) [doi]  [abs].
  3. Yuan, X; Brady, DJ; Suo, J; Arguello, H; Rodrigues, M; Katsaggelos, AK, Editorial: Introduction to the Special Issue on Deep Learning for High-Dimensional Sensing, Ieee Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 16 no. 4 (June, 2022), pp. 603-607 [doi] .
  4. Hu, M; Brady, DJ, Array Camera Sampling Optimization, Optics Infobase Conference Papers (January, 2022)  [abs].
  5. Revello, C; Driggers, R; Brady, D; Renshaw, K, Large area coverage using drone mounted multi-camera systems, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, vol. 12106 (January, 2022) [doi]  [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.