Paul D. Gader

IEEE Fellow
Dean’s Harris Endowed Professor
Computer & Info Science & Engineering
Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2012 – 2015)

Education | Professional Experience | Biosketch | Tutorials | NEON Data Skills





Ph.D. in Mathematics University of Florida, August 1986.
Dissertation: Image Algebra Techniques for Parallel Computation of Discrete Fourier and General Linear Transforms

M.S. in Mathematics, University of Florida, May 1983.

B.S. in Mathematics, University of Central Florida, August 1981, magna cum laude.


Professional Experience


2003-Present     Professor,  Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida.

08/15-06/15        Visiting Professor, Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

05/12 – 05/15     Chair, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida

2001-2003          Assoc. Professor, Computer & Information Science & Engineering, University of Florida.

1991-2001          Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, (formerly Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Missouri-Columbia.

1994                    Summer Research Fellow, Image Processing Laboratory, Eglin AFB FL.

1991-1997         Consultant, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM).

1989-1991         Section Head & Research Engineer, Image & Pattern Analysis Section, ERIM.

1988                    Summer Research Fellow, Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, Summer Program on Signal Processing, University of Minnesota.

1987-1988          Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

1986-1988          Senior Research Scientist, Machine Vision Technology Section, Honeywell Systems and Research Center.

1986-1988          Honorary Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

1986                    Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

1984-1986         Graduate Research Assistant, Computer and Information Science Department, University of Florida.

1984                    Summer Research Fellow, Image Processing Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL.

1981-1984         Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Mathematics, University of Florida.




    Paul Gader’s research has ranged from Mathematics to operational Machine Learning algorithms beginning with the development of algorithms for detecting bridges in FLIR imagery in 1984.  He received a Ph.D. in Math in 1986 at the University of Florida for parallelizing image processing algorithms.  He has been a Senior Research Scientist at Honeywell’s Systems and Research Center; Research Engineer and Manager at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM); and on the faculties of the Universities of Wisconson-Oshkosh, Missouri (ECECS), and Florida (CISEEESIE).  He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France and at the University of California – Santa Barbara (CSViper Lab). 

     He has been a leading figure in handwriting recognition and landmine detection. He led the development of a 5th ranked handwritten character recognizer and a top ranked handwritten word recognizer in two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) competitions in the early 1990s.  He led teams that devised and implemented Hidden Markov Model and Possibilistic detectors in real-time on a Husky-Mounted Mine Detection System fielded in Afghanistan in 2008.  The systems with his team’s algorithms are featured in a National Geographic Television program: “Bomb Hunters: Afghanistan”. 

NIST – The First Census Optical Character Recognition Conference, 1993 (I contributed to the ERIM systems)

NIST – The Second Census Optical Character Recognition Conference, 1993 (I contributed to the ERIM systems)

Bomb Hunters Afghanistan (It’s called the Husky.  Watch from minute 6:00)

     He has been researching hyperspectral algorithms, or algorithms for imaging spectroscopy, since 2002, initially working on land-mine detection using LWIR hyperspectral; planning and conducting multiple VIS/NIR/SWIR and LiDAR airborne data collections.  His research has focused on unmixing, dimensionality reduction, material detection, and classification, using both physics-based and data driven nonlinear models.   He was general chair of the Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing in June 2013.  He has prepared and given tutorials on nonlinear unmixing for imaging spectroscopy at International Conferences, and taught a short course on hyperspectral classification at the National Ecological Observation Network (NEON) Science Inc. Data Skills workshop.

    Dr. Gader has published over 100 journal and over 300 total papers, was an Associate Editor of IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing Letters, led an adhoc committee on Standardized Algorithms, Data, & Evaluation (SADE), enjoyed a three-year term as a UF Research Foundation Professor and is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Nonlinear Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data

Nonlinear Unmixing for Imaging Spectroscopy


NEON Data Skills

Classification of Hyperspectral Data with Ordinary Least Squares in Python

Classification of Hyperspectral Data with Principal Components Analysis in Python

Using SciKit for Support Vector Machine (SVM) Classification with Python