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    Laboratory for Applied Remote Sensing and Image Processing (LARSIP), is a multidisciplinary laboratory dedicated to the research and implementation of Remote Sensing, Hyperspectral Image Processing, Signal and Image Processing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS),Emergency Response Systems,Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies, Applied Electromagnetics and Bio-Optics.

    LARSIP is a facility located within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM).

    The objectives of LARSIP are to develop advanced algorithms and technologies for information extraction and management from remote sensing sensors, and to educate and train students in the different technologies associated with remote sensing and signal processing. LARSIP provides a focus for multi-disciplinary research and education by promoting research and education projects that involve electrical and computer engineering researchers and students interacting with researchers and students in application areas such as marine sciences, geology, civil engineering, and chemistry, among others.

    LARSIP is associated with the Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (CenSSIS) a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, which is an industry/university consortium, lead by Northeastern University in partnership with Boston University, RPI and UPRM. It is also associated with the UPRM Tropical Center for Earth and Space Studies (TCESS) sponsored by NASA University Research Centers Program. Following components define the laboratory:

    Development

    An important objective of LARSIP is to create knowledge that are useful in the decision making process. This implies that a large amount of effort is involved in developing useful products. Important sets of products are algorithms implemented in software packages. Some algorithms are being embedded in hardware systems. Examples of it are: Hyperspectral Data Analysis Toolbox, and Pattern Recognition & Image Analysis Toolbox.

    Outreach

    LARSIP is committed to transfer the developed technology. This component has an educational aspect. The laboratory trains undergraduate and graduate students in areas such as Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System, Global Positioning system and Image Processing and Pattern Recognition. We also provide continue education through a series of seminars for people in the public and private sectors who wants to be updated in this kind of technology. LARSIP is committed to transfer the technologies to other countries in the Caribbean and South America through seminars, workshops and presentations.

    Consultation

    The objectives of this component are: the study of land use and land cover of the Earth’s surface and the study of the basic dimensions of environmental resources available. This will enable a process that will integrate the findings into a sound planning and decision-making process for the benefit of the community. LARSIP works directly with companies and governments in areas such as project planning and management, environmental characterization, pollution monitoring, landcover and land-use determination and assessment, hydrology, soil surveys, bathymetry, interpretation and mapping, and digital Photogrammetry. All of these applications use some form of topographic information such as maps, images, aerial photography to describe the surface and subsurface information.

    Research

    The research performed at LARSIP is related with preprocessing, modeling and analysis of data in order to retrieve information. The research is in the areas of Image Processing and Remote Sensing. The modeling is based on fields such as Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Parameter Estimation and Parallel Image Processing. Projects in the laboratory has been in development of topographic maps, climate modeling, atmospheric temperature estimation, hyperspectral data analysis and Subsurface Sensing.