Images captured from space can provide invaluable information about what’s happening here on Earth.

Associate Professor Xiuping Jia is a newly elected IEEE Fellow as an international leader in the field of satellite remote sensing.

“Massive satellite images are available every day. The image processing task is critical to interpret the data for various Earth observation applications, including weather and fire monitoring, as well as target detection for defence and security.”

Her research into image processing lies in hyperspectral imagery.

“Hyperspectral refers to images beyond a colour image,” Associate Professor Jia explained.

“It’s not just three RGB bands– red, green, blue – it covers infrared wavelengths as well with hundreds of bands, so it provides more information than what our eyes can see.

“Feature mining is my key research topic,” Associate Professor Jia said.

“The aim of feature mining is to find or generate a small set of useful features from a large number of measurements, and they are the best input to a classifier for an effective and reliable image mapping.”

Associate Professor Jia said the University offers a multitude of opportunities for her to put her time and effort in research and innovation.

“I would like to thank the School of Engineering and IT, and our campus for the excellent research environment, and all the support to the research activity,” she said.

“I’m also very pleased to be a member of UNSW Canberra Space.

“It’s really good opportunity for me to utilise my research background and contribute to the team, led by Professor Russell Boyce, an AIAA Fellow, by conducting cubesat image processing with AI.”

This week, Associate Professor Jia was elected a Fellow of IEEE, joining her UNSW Canberra colleagues, Professor Scott Tyo, Professor Hussein Abbass and Professor Elizabeth Chang.

“I’m very humbled to join them to promote UNSW Canberra in the IEEE,” Associate Professor Jia said.

“I’d like to see more of my colleagues join the IEEE and have their research contributions recognised as well.

“By joining IEEE, my research has been promoted through the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and I have met many excellent researchers in the field and established external collaboration opportunities.”

IEEE Fellow is the top grade of the membership, with 0.1% of voting IEEE members are elevated to this top grade each year.