Name:Lee Allen Hathcock
Associated Centers:Geosystems Research Institute
Position:Data Acquisitions Coordinator
Email: hathcock@gri.msstate.edu
Office:High Performance Computing Building, 230-A
Office Phone:(662) 325-6768
Address:Mailstop 9652
2 Research Blvd
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Biography:Lee Hathcock is a Mississippi State alumnus with a degree in Computer Engineering. He earned both his B.S. and M.S. degrees from MSU, and is currently working on a PhD under Dr. J.W. Bruce. He has taught labs for several years as a graduate student, including Embedded Systems, Microprocessors, and Intro to VLSI courses. He originally hails from Stewart, Mississippi.

2013 Winner of Research Support Award for Mississippi State University Centers and Institutes.

Current projects being worked on include:

    • UAS operations, including piloting and payload design.
    • Data handling for land cover classification project.
    • Hyperspectral camera calibration routines (post-processing imagery to correct for spectral, spatial, and radiance calibration) for USDA aflatoxin detection project.
    • Hurricane debris models, primarily involved in automated download and processing of all data associated with generating damage models associated with hurricane-force winds and rain intensity. Also tweaking the models to improve accuracy and speed of processing.
    • Ph.D. Research (Satellite sensor network modeling)
      Working on a simulator to model a satellite sensor network (similar to ad-hoc or wireless sensor networks, but applied in space to constellations of satellites).
    Past projects include:
    • Small Satellite project, primarily image processing in MATLAB, for creation of DMC satellite surface reflectance product by cross-correlation to MODIS data. Automation of MODIS processing through Python, effectively recreates what the IPOPP package does (written before the program was available to us, and still being used).
    • Balloon tracking project. Work tangentially related to sensor network research with Dr. J.W. Bruce, using Python scripts to parse APRS radio packets received through a Yagi antenna, determine the position, and use a GS-232 antenna controller to keep tracking a balloon. Such a system could, to some degree, emulate a more ad-hoc nature satellite network.

Research Interest: Wireless Sensor Networks
System Modeling
Image Processing
Embedded Systems
Probability and Statistics

Hobbies:Drawing (pencil/paper)
Video Games

Publications: Sathishkumar S, Turnage, G., Hathcock, L. A., & Moorhead, R. J., (2016). Mapping of Phragmites Australis in Gulf of Mexico Wetlands Using Small UAS. 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference Proceedings. Tampa, FL: GOMRI. [Abstract]

Stinson, P. C., Casagrande, L., Turnage, G., Sathishkumar S, Hathcock, L. A., & Moorhead, R. J., (2015). Mapping of Common Reed (Phragmites Australis) Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Gray Level Co-Occurrence Matrix Texture Extraction, and ECognition. Midsouth Aquatic Plant Society Meeting. Mobile, AL.

Zarzar, C., Dash, P., Dyer, J., Hathcock, L. A., & Moorhead, R. J., (2015). Development of Spectral-based Classification Schemes Using Unmanned Aerial System Imagery. AAG Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL: AAG. [Abstract]

Van Horn, J. W., Dyer, J., Dash, P., Hathcock, L. A., & Moorhead, R. J., (2015). Potential of Unmanned Aerial Systems Imagery Relative to Landsat-8 Imagery. AAG Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL: AAG. [Abstract]

Moorhead, R. J.,, Hathcock, L. A., Kosturock, A. A., Coffey, J. C., Hood, R., Cooten, S. V., & Choate, K. (2014). Using Small Unmanned Aerial Systems to Advance Hydrological Models in Coastal Watersheds. AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA: AGU. U41A-06. [Document Site]

Total Publications by this Author: 5