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Nabin K Malakar

Dr. Nabin K. Malakar received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University at Albany (SUNY), Albany NY USA, in 2011. He is currently working on the development, validation and evaluation of a new land surface temperature and emissivity product (MOD21) from the MODIS instrument onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites. His research interests includes identification of relevant variables to improve our understanding of atmospheric processes, Data Fusion, as well as algorithm development for various applications of remote sensing data for societal benefit.


Education
  • Ph.D., Physics, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY (2011)
  • M.S., Physics, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY (2008)

Research Interests

Atmospheric Processes, Societal Applications of Machine Learning, Data Fusion, Remote Sensing, Algorithm development


Projects

ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) Icon ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station)
The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) mission will study how the worlds ecosystems use water..

ASTER Icon ASTER
ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) is an imaging instrument flying on Terra, a satellite launched in December 1999 as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).

HyspIRI Mission Study Icon HyspIRI Mission Study
The Hyperspectral Infrared Imager or HyspIRI mission will study the worlds ecosystems and provide critical information on natural disasters.

MODIS/ASTER (MASTER) Icon MODIS/ASTER (MASTER)
The MODIS/ASTER (MASTER) airborne simulator is a joint development involving the Airborne Sensor Facility at the Ames Research Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the EROS Data Center.


Professional Experience
  • Postdoc Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (2014-Present)
  • Postdoc, NOAA-CREST, The City College of New York, NY, USA (2013)
  • Research Associate, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, USA (2011- 2013)
  • Research/Teaching Assistant, Physics, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA (2006 - 2010,)

Community Service

Scientific Service

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue of Journal Sustainability, 2016.
  • International Conference Mountains in the Changing World, Scientific Committee, 2016
  • JPL Openhouse Volunteer, 2014.
  • Organizer/Chair, First International Electronic Conference on Entropy and Its Applications, 3-21 November 2014.
  • Outreach committee, IEEE Dallas GOLD, 2012.
  • IEEE GOLD Sci-Tech Volunteer, 2012, Dallas, TX
  • Telescope Operator at UAlbany for public stargazing events, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • Robotics Demonstrations, UAlbany Community Day, 2009, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • Robotics Demonstrations, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day: 2009, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • Robotics Demonstrations, Junior first LEGO League, Fall 2008, University at Albany, SUNY.

Other Services

  • Volunteer tutor for STARS program for Lake Avenue Community Foundation, Pasadena, CA
  • Fight Cancer Event, SUNY Albany, Fund raising, 2009.
  • Flag Bearer, UAlbany Graduation, Spring 2008, and Winter 2011, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY, USA.
  • Judicial Board, Graduate Student Organization, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY, USA.
  • Komen Race for the Cure, 2007, Albany, NY, USA.
  • Founder moderator for Google Group of Nepal Physical Society (227 members): Since Dec 2006.

Service to the Department

  • Graduate admission Committee, 2009-2010
    Department of Physics, University at Albany, SUNY.

Selected Awards
  • Recognition by JPL Community Service and Volunteerism Recognition Event
  • CUNY Postdoctoral Travel Award, The City College of New York. (2014)
  • Benevolent Research Grant, SUNY at Albany, USA (2009)
  • Summer Research Assistant with Prof. Kevin H. Knuth; SUNY at Albany, USA (summer 2007-2009)
  • Outstanding Performance in Comprehensive Exam, SUNY at Albany, USA (2007)
  • Selected by IAF as the "representative student" of Tribhuvan University to participate in the International Astronautical Congress, Bremen, Germany (2003)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  1. N. Malakar and G. C. Hulley, (2016), “A Water Vapor Scaling Model for Improved Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Separation of MODIS Thermal Infrared Data”, Remote Sensing of Environment, 2016, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2016.04.023
  2. T. Islam, G. C. Hulley, N. Malakar, R. Radocinski, S. Hook (2016), “A physics-based algorithm for the simultaneous retrieval of land surface temperature and emissivity from VIIRS thermal infrared data”, IEEE TGARS, in review
  3. G. C. Hulley, et al. “High spatial resolution imaging of methane and other trace gases with the airborne Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES)”, Atmos. Meas. Tech., doi:10.5194/amt-2016-8, 2016.
  4. G. C. Hulley, S. J. Hook, E. Abbott, N. Malakar, T. Islam, M. Abrams, "The ASTER Global Emissivity Dataset (ASTER GED): Mapping Earth's emissivity at 100 meter spatial scale", Geophysical Research Letters, 2015.
  5. N. Malakar, N. Chowdhury, B. Gross, F. Moshary, "Impacts of surface albedo models on high-resolution AOD retrieval",  SPIE Remote Sensing, 2015.
  6. K. H. Knuth, M. Habeck, N. Malakar, A.M. Mubeen, B. Placek, “Bayesian Evidence and Model Selection”, Digital signal Processing, (2015).
  7. D. J. Lary, F. S. Faruque, N. Malakar, A. Moore, B. Roscoe, Z. Adams, Y. Eggelston, “Estimating the global abundance of ground level presence of particulate matter (PM2. 5)”, Geospatial health 8 (3), 611-630, 2014.
  8. L. Cordero, N. Malakar, Y. Wu, B. Gross, and F. Moshary, “Assessing PM2.5 Estimates using Data Fusion of Active and Passive Remote Sensing Methods”, Special Issue of British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 3 (4), 2013.
  9. N. Malakar, D. Gladkov, and K. H. Knuth, “Modeling a Sensor to Improve Its Efficacy,”Journal of Sensors, vol. 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/481054.
  10. D. Gencaga, N. Malakar, and D. J. Lary, “Survey on the estimation of mutual information methods as a measure of dependency versus correlation analysis” AIP Conf. Proc. 1636, 80 (2014)
  11. N. Malakar, D. Gencaga, and D. J. Lary, “Towards identification of relevant variables in the observed Aerosol Optical Depth bias between MODIS and AERONET observations”, AIP Conf. Proc. 1553, 69 (2013)
  12. R. Stoneback, N. Malakar, D. Lary, R. Heelis, “Specifying the Equatorial Ionosphere using CINDI on C/NOFS, COSMIC, and DINEOFs”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2013.
  13. N. Malakar, D. J. Lary, A. Moore, D. Gencaga, B. Roscoe, A. Albayrak and J. Wei, “Estimation and Bias Correction of Aerosol Abundance using Data-driven Machine Learning and Remote Sensing”, Intelligent Data Understanding (CIDU), 2012 Conference on, Oct. 2012. doi: 10.1109/CIDU.2012.6382197.
  14. N. Malakar, K. H. Knuth and D. J. Lary, “Maximum Joint Entropy and Information-Based Collaboration of Automated Learning Machines”, The 31st International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1443, pp. 230-237 (2012).
  15. N. Malakar, K. H. Knuth, “Entropy-based search algorithm for experimental design”, The 30th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1305, pp. 157-164 (2010).
  16. N. Malakar, A. J. Mesiti and K. H. Knuth, “The Spatial Sensitivity Function of a Light Sensor” The 29th International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1193, pp. 352-359 (2009).
  17. N. Malakar and U. Khanal, “A Study of Centrifugal Force in Kerr de Sitter Geometry (0 < a < 0.6)”, J. of Nepal Phys. Soc., 23, 1, 2007.
  18. N. Malakar and U. Khanal, “A Study of Centrifugal Force in Kerr de Sitter Geometry” Scientific World, Annual Journal of Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, 4, 4, (2006).
  19. N. Malakar and U. Khanal, “The Null Geodesics in Kerr de Sitter space time” Scientific World, Annual Journal of Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, 3, 3, (2005).

Science Product Documents

  1. G. C. Hulley, S. Hook, W. Johnson, P. Guillevic, N. Malakar, (2016), Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES) Level-2 Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, JPL Publication XX, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, May 2016.
  2. G. C. Hulley, N. Malakar, S. J. Hook, and T. Hughes (2012), MODIS MOD21 Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, JPL Publication 12-17, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Aug 2012.
  3. G. C. Hulley, R. Freepartner, N. Malakar, S. Sarkar, (2016), MODIS MOD21 Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Users Guide Collection 6, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, May 2016.
  4. G. C. Hulley, T. Islam, N. Malakar, (2016), VIIRS Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Feb 2016.

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