Dr. James C Tilton

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Dr. James C Tilton

  • EMERITUS
  • 301.286.9510
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 606
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: EMERITUS
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Tilton retired June 30, 2019 from his position as a Computer Engineer with the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) of the Science and Exploration Directorate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. However, he is continuing to follow-up one his previous research with CISTO as NASA Emeritus. In particular, he is pursuing new applications in 3D volumetric image analysis utilizing his previously developed Recursive Hierarchical Image Segmentation (RHSeg) software package. 

    Dr. Tilton is a senior member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing and Signal Processing Societies, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. From 1992 through 1996, he served as a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Administrative Committee. Since 1996 he has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, but will discontinue that activity in the near future.

    Education

    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1981.

    MS Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1978.

    MEE (Electrical Engineering), Rice University, Houston, TX, 1976.

    BA Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, and Anthropology (cum laude), Rice University, Houston, TX, 1976.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, G. Lin, and J. J. Dellomo. 2019. "On-Orbit Measurement of the Effective Focal Length and Band-to-Band Registration of Satellite-Borne Whiskbroom Imaging Sensors." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 12 (11): 4622-4633 [10.1109/jstars.2019.2949677]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, P. Zhang, et al. J. C. Tilton, J. J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2019. "Thirty-six combined years of MODIS geolocation trending." Earth Observing Systems XXIV, 11127: 1112715 [10.1117/12.2529447]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, J. C. Tilton, et al. P. Zhang, J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2018. "JPSS-1/NOAA-20 VIIRS early on-orbit geometric performance." Earth Observing Systems XXIII, (107641H ): 10 [10.1117/12.2320767]

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, and G. Lin. 2017. "On-Orbit Line Spread Function Estimation of the SNPP VIIRS Imaging System From Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge Images." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10 (11): 5056-5072 [10.1109/jstars.2017.2729879]

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, G. G. Lin, and Z. A. Yin. 2017. "On-orbit measurement of the focal length of the SNPP VIIRS instrument." 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 4056-4059 [10.1109/igarss.2017.8127890]

    Tilton, J. C., G. Lin, and B. Tan. 2017. "Measurement of the Band-to-Band Registration of the SNPP VIIRS Imaging System From On-Orbit Data." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10 (3): 1056-1067 [10.1109/jstars.2016.2601561]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, and J. C. Tilton. 2016. "Trending of SNPP ephemeris and its implications on VIIRS geometric performance." Earth Observing Systems XXI, [10.1117/12.2239043]

    Zhang, Z., E. Pasolli, M. M. Crawford, and J. C. Tilton. 2016. "An Active Learning Framework for Hyperspectral Image Classification Using Hierarchical Segmentation." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9 (2): 640-654 [10.1109/jstars.2015.2493887]

    Jung, J., E. Pasolli, S. Prasad, J. C. Tilton, and M. M. Crawford. 2014. "A Framework for Land Cover Classification Using Discrete Return LiDAR Data: Adopting Pseudo-Waveform and Hierarchical Segmentation." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7 (2): 491-502 [10.1109/jstars.2013.2292032]

    Fauvel, M., Y. Tarabalka, J. A. Benediktsson, J. Chanussot, and J. C. Tilton. 2013. "Advances in Spectral-Spatial Classification of Hyperspectral Images." Proceedings of the IEEE, 101 (3): 652-675 [10.1109/jproc.2012.2197589]

    Wolfe, R., G. Lin, M. Nishihama, et al. K. P. Tewari, J. C. Tilton, and A. Isaacman. 2013. "Suomi NPP VIIRS prelaunch and on-orbit geometric calibration and characterization." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118 (20): [10.1002/jgrd.50873]

    Tilton, J. C., Y. Tarabalka, P. M. Montesano, and E. Gofman. 2012. "Best Merge Region-Growing Segmentation With Integrated Nonadjacent Region Object Aggregation." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50 (11): 4454 - 4467 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2190079]

    Tarabalka, Y., J. C. Tilton, J. A. Benediktsson, and J. Chanussot. 2012. "A Marker-Based Approach for the Automated Selection of a Single Segmentation From a Hierarchical Set of Image Segmentations." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 5 (1): 262-272 [10.1109/jstars.2011.2173466]

    Tilton, J. C., E. C. Brown de colstoun, R. E. Wolfe, B. Tan, and C. Q. Huang. 2012. "Generating ground reference data for a global impervious surface survey." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International, (5993-5996): 5993-5996 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352242]

    Tilton, J. C., J. A. Benediktsson, J. Chanussot, and J. C. Tilton. 2010. "Multiple Spectral-Spatial Classification Approach for Hyperspectral Data." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensin, 48 (11): 4122-4132 [10.1109/TGRS.2010.2062526]

    Non-Refereed

    Tarabalka, Y., L. Brucker, A. Ivanoff, and J. C. Tilton. 2012. "Shape-constrained segmentation approach for arctic multiyear sea ice floe analysis." 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 4958-4961 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352499]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Tilton retired June 30, 2019 from his position as a Computer Engineer with the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) of the Science and Exploration Directorate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. However, he is continuing to follow-up one his previous research with CISTO as NASA Emeritus. In particular, he is pursuing new applications in 3D volumetric image analysis utilizing his previously developed Recursive Hierarchical Image Segmentation (RHSeg) software package. 

    Dr. Tilton is a senior member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing and Signal Processing Societies, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. From 1992 through 1996, he served as a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Administrative Committee. Since 1996 he has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, but will discontinue that activity in the near future.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, G. Lin, and J. J. Dellomo. 2019. "On-Orbit Measurement of the Effective Focal Length and Band-to-Band Registration of Satellite-Borne Whiskbroom Imaging Sensors." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 12 (11): 4622-4633 [10.1109/jstars.2019.2949677]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, P. Zhang, et al. J. C. Tilton, J. J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2019. "Thirty-six combined years of MODIS geolocation trending." Earth Observing Systems XXIV 11127 1112715 [10.1117/12.2529447]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, J. C. Tilton, et al. P. Zhang, J. Dellomo, and B. Tan. 2018. "JPSS-1/NOAA-20 VIIRS early on-orbit geometric performance." Earth Observing Systems XXIII 10 [10.1117/12.2320767]

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, and G. Lin. 2017. "On-Orbit Line Spread Function Estimation of the SNPP VIIRS Imaging System From Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge Images." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 10 (11): 5056-5072 [10.1109/jstars.2017.2729879]

    Tilton, J. C., R. E. Wolfe, G. G. Lin, and Z. A. Yin. 2017. "On-orbit measurement of the focal length of the SNPP VIIRS instrument." 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 4056-4059 [10.1109/igarss.2017.8127890]

    Tilton, J. C., G. Lin, and B. Tan. 2017. "Measurement of the Band-to-Band Registration of the SNPP VIIRS Imaging System From On-Orbit Data." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 10 (3): 1056-1067 [10.1109/jstars.2016.2601561]

    Lin, G., R. E. Wolfe, and J. C. Tilton. 2016. "Trending of SNPP ephemeris and its implications on VIIRS geometric performance." Earth Observing Systems XXI [10.1117/12.2239043]

    Zhang, Z., E. Pasolli, M. M. Crawford, and J. C. Tilton. 2016. "An Active Learning Framework for Hyperspectral Image Classification Using Hierarchical Segmentation." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 9 (2): 640-654 [10.1109/jstars.2015.2493887]

    Jung, J., E. Pasolli, S. Prasad, J. C. Tilton, and M. M. Crawford. 2014. "A Framework for Land Cover Classification Using Discrete Return LiDAR Data: Adopting Pseudo-Waveform and Hierarchical Segmentation." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 7 (2): 491-502 [10.1109/jstars.2013.2292032]

    Fauvel, M., Y. Tarabalka, J. A. Benediktsson, J. Chanussot, and J. C. Tilton. 2013. "Advances in Spectral-Spatial Classification of Hyperspectral Images." Proceedings of the IEEE 101 (3): 652-675 [10.1109/jproc.2012.2197589]

    Wolfe, R., G. Lin, M. Nishihama, et al. K. P. Tewari, J. C. Tilton, and A. Isaacman. 2013. "Suomi NPP VIIRS prelaunch and on-orbit geometric calibration and characterization." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 118 (20): [10.1002/jgrd.50873]

    Tilton, J. C., Y. Tarabalka, P. M. Montesano, and E. Gofman. 2012. "Best Merge Region-Growing Segmentation With Integrated Nonadjacent Region Object Aggregation." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 50 (11): 4454 - 4467 [10.1109/TGRS.2012.2190079]

    Tarabalka, Y., J. C. Tilton, J. A. Benediktsson, and J. Chanussot. 2012. "A Marker-Based Approach for the Automated Selection of a Single Segmentation From a Hierarchical Set of Image Segmentations." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 5 (1): 262-272 [10.1109/jstars.2011.2173466]

    Tilton, J. C., E. C. Brown de colstoun, R. E. Wolfe, B. Tan, and C. Q. Huang. 2012. "Generating ground reference data for a global impervious surface survey." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International 5993-5996 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352242]

    Tilton, J. C., J. A. Benediktsson, J. Chanussot, and J. C. Tilton. 2010. "Multiple Spectral-Spatial Classification Approach for Hyperspectral Data." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensin 48 (11): 4122-4132 [10.1109/TGRS.2010.2062526]

    Non-Refereed

    Tarabalka, Y., L. Brucker, A. Ivanoff, and J. C. Tilton. 2012. "Shape-constrained segmentation approach for arctic multiyear sea ice floe analysis." 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 4958-4961 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352499]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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