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Dr. Ved Chirayath

NASA Ames Research Center
Stanford University
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Dr. Ved Chirayath directs the Laboratory for Advanced Sensing (LAS) in the Earth Science Division at NASA Ames Silicon Valley. His research is directed at inventing next-generation advanced sensing technologies for NASA's Earth Science Program to better understand the natural world around us, extending our capabilities for studying life in extreme environments on Earth, and searching for life elsewhere in the universe. He leads a multi-disciplinary team developing new instrumentation for airborne and spaceborne remote sensing, validates instrumentation through scientific field campaigns around the world, and develops machine learning algorithms to process big data on NASA’s supercomputing facility. Dr. Chirayath invented the fluid lensing algorithm and is PI of the NASA FluidCam instrument. He is also the inventor of the MiDAR system for active multispectral remote sensing and PI of the MiDAR instrument. Currently, he is developing and validating these technologies through airborne and underwater field campaigns. Recently, Dr. Chirayath's NeMO-Net project was selected by NASA ESTO AIST to create the world's largest neural network for global coral reef assessment using data fusion of fluid lensing data to augment other airborne and spaceborne remote sensing instruments. In addition, Dr. Chirayath is the chair of NASA Ames’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Advisory Group and is a Special Emphasis Program Manager for NASA HQ’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. In 2016, Dr. Chirayath received the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal. In 2017, Dr. Chirayath received the NASA Early Career Award. Dr. Chirayath received his PhD and MSc from Stanford University’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and his BSc with Honors in Physics and Astrophysics from Stanford University and Moscow State University.

Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Advisor: Professor Juan Alonso
Stanford University, USA
December 2013 - June 2016
M.Sc. in Aeronautics & Astronautics
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Stanford University, USA
May 2011 – December 2013
Bachelor of Science with Honors, Physics, Astrophysics
Department of Physics
Stanford University, USA
Bachelor of Science, Theoretical Physics
Honors, Faculty of Physics (completed at Stanford)
Moscow State University, Russia

2017 NASA Early Career Award
2016 NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal

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