Getting Started with UAV Imaging Systems: A Radiometric Guide
Barbara G. Grant, 2016
provides the tools technologists need to begin designing or analyzing the data product of a UAV imager. Covering the basics of target signatures, radiometric propagation, electro-optical systems, UAV platforms, and image quality, it is replete with examples that promote immediate application of the concepts. Reference materials at the end of each chapter, including many links to current systems and platforms, offer further guidance for readers. Engineers and scientists who specify instrument requirements; design, build, or test hardware; or analyze images for commercial, scientific, and military applications will find the book a useful addition to their working library.
“This text is a positive contribution to the ‘Getting Started’ literature in UAV imaging. The math and concepts are not simple but are presented and explained in a way that is accessible to a broad audience.”
—from a book review by Melissa J. Rura, Ph.D published in Photogrammatric Engineering & Remote Sensing 83(3), 176 (2017) [doi: 10.14358/PERS.83.3.175]
Best Book Written by a Data Collector
Barbara G. Grant, 2022
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When a woman engineer is given the opportunity to complete the long-awaited work of a terminally-ill colleague, she must confront poverty, prejudice, and powerful academics who do not want to see her succeed. For anybody who wonders why so little of the engineering and scientific literature is written by women, this short memoir provides one woman's story as an answer.
Barbara G. Grant, 2011
Written from a systems engineering perspective, this Field Guide covers topics in optical radiation propagation, material properties, sources, detectors, system components, measurement, calibration, and photometry. Appendices provide material on SI units, conversion factors, source luminance data, and many other subjects. The book's organization and extensive collection of diagrams, tables, and graphs will enable the reader to efficiently identify and apply relevant information to radiometric problems arising amid the demands of today's fast-paced technical environment.
by James M. Palmer and Barbara G. Grant, 2009
The material from this book was derived from a popular first-year graduate class taught by James M. Palmer for over twenty years at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences. This text covers topics in radiation propagation, radiometric sources, optical materials, detectors of optical radiation, radiometric measurements, and calibration. Radiometry forms the practical basis of many current applications in aerospace engineering, infrared systems engineering, remote sensing systems, displays, visible and ultraviolet sensors, infrared detectors of optical radiation, and many other areas. While several texts individually cover topics in specific areas, this text brings the underlying principles together in a manner suitable for both classroom teaching and a reference volume that the practicing engineer can use.
The level of discussion of the material is suitable for a class taught to advanced undergraduate students or graduate students. Although this book is not a theoretical treatment, the mathematics required to understand all equations include differential and integral calculus.
This text should be foremost in the toolkit of the practicing engineer or scientist working on radiometric problems in areas of optical engineering, electro-optical engineering, systems engineering, imagery analysis, and many others, allowing the technical professional to successfully apply radiometric principles in his or her work.