Melba M. Crawford

Professor of Agronomy and Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS)

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office: ARMS 2031
Phone: (765) 496-3224

Specialty Area(s)

Research Summary
Methods in statistical pattern recognition for high dimensional data analysis, data fusion techniques for multisensor problems, multiresolution methods in image analysis, and knowledge transfer in data mining.

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1981
MSCE, University of Illinois, 1973
BSCE, University of Illinois, 1970

Honors & Awards
UT Engineering Foundation Faculty Excellence Award, 1987, 1990

UT Engineering Foundation Faculty Fellowship #3, 1988-1991

General Dynamics Departmental Teaching Excellence Award, 1990

Halliburton Education Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1991

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, Graduate School, University of Texas, 1993

Faculty Research Assignment, 1997 (U. of Arizona and U. of Wollongong)

Charlotte Maer Patton Centennial Fellow in Engineering, 1991-1998

Engineering Foundation Endowed Professorship #1, 1999-present

NASA Outstanding Service Award, EO-1 Science Team, 2002
Outstanding Paper Award, IICAI-2003, Hyderabad, India, Dec. 18-20, 2003

Jefferson Senior Science Fellow, U.S. State Department, 2004-2005


  • C.A. Weed, M.M. Crawford, A.L. Neuenschwander, and R. Gutierrez, "Classification of High Resolution Lidar Data using a Lower Envelope Follower and Gradient-Based Operations," submitted to Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing.

  • S. Rajan, J. Ghosh, and M. M. Crawford, "Exploiting Class Hierarchies for Knowledge Transfer in Hyperspectral Data," submitted to IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

  • E.M. Rathje, M.M. Crawford, K. Woo, and A. Neuenschwander, "Damage Patterns from Satellite Images from the 2003 Bam, Iran Earthquake," Earthquake Spectra, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute), in press.

  • A.L. Neuenschwander, M.M. Crawford, and S. Ringrose, "Results of the EO-1 experiment - Use of Earth Observing-1 Advanced Land Imager (ALI) data to Assess the Vegetational Response to Flooding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana," International Journal of Remote Sensing, in press.

  • J. Ham, Y. Chen, M. M. Crawford, and J. Ghosh, "Investigation of the Random Forest Framework for Classification of Hyperspectral Data," IEEE Trans. on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 43, no. 3, 492-501, 2005.

  • S. Lee and M.M. Crawford, "Unsupervised Multistage Image Classification Using Hierarchical Clustering with a Bayesian Similarity Measure," IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol. 14, no.3.