Dr. Austin A. Richards
at FLIR Systems Inc
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Infrared , Ultraviolet , Imaging , Radiometry , Thermography , Multispectral
Profile Summary

I have worked in the infrared camera industry since 1999. For most of my time at FLIR, I developed radiometric infrared camera systems and long range multi sensor camera systems for border security

Before working in industry, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and my work was centered around AMANDA, a cosmic neutrino telescope at the South Pole.

My present work at FLIR in 2021 is on implementations of automatic target recognition systems for airborne infrared cameras. I am also working on Multispectral camera systems for target segmentation and classification.

I also run a small business developing and selling semi-custom ultraviolet camera systems, and another small business as a performer using high-voltage systems for entertainment.
Publications (16)

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2019 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11001, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXX
KEYWORDS: Long wavelength infrared, Mid-IR, Short wave infrared radiation, Imaging systems, Cameras, Sensors, Particles, Multispectral imaging, Forward looking infrared

Proceedings Article | 7 May 2019 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 11002, Infrared Technology and Applications XLV
KEYWORDS: Long wavelength infrared, Mid-IR, Short wave infrared radiation, Imaging systems, Cameras, LIDAR, Sensors, Headlamps, Forward looking infrared, Visual guidance for autonomous vehicles

Proceedings Article | 26 April 2018 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10625, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIX
KEYWORDS: Short wave infrared radiation, Indium gallium arsenide, Light emitting diodes, Sun, Cameras, Sensors, Calibration, Head, Diffusers, Light sources and illumination, Radiometry, Photometry

Proceedings Article | 3 May 2017 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10178, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXVIII
KEYWORDS: Staring arrays, Short wave infrared radiation, Optical filters, Visible radiation, Eye, Indium gallium arsenide, Cameras, Sensors, Calibration, Sensor performance, Light sources and illumination, Infrared radiation, Radiometry, Photometry, Airglow

Proceedings Article | 27 January 2017 Presentation + Paper
Proc. SPIE. 10111, Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV
KEYWORDS: Long wavelength infrared, Infrared cameras, Infrared sensors, Mid-IR, Cameras, Sensors, Black bodies, Superlattices, Laser sintering, Temperature metrology

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Conference Committee Involvement (8)
Infrared Technology and Applications XLVII
12 April 2021 | Online Only, Florida, United States
Infrared Technology and Applications XLVI
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Infrared Technology and Applications XLV
14 April 2019 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Thermosense XXX
18 March 2008 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Thermosense XXIX
10 April 2007 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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Course Instructor
SC1000: Introduction to Infrared and Ultraviolet Imaging Technology
Information on applications for infrared and ultraviolet imaging systems tends to be scanty and widely dispersed. This is because camera manufacturers tend focus on the products themselves, not applications. It is also because most textbooks on IR and UV technology are outdated and tend to emphasize the basics of radiometry and detection by single detectors, not imaging applications. Finally, industrial users of these cameras are often close-mouthed about what they are doing with them. <br/> This course gives a non-technical overview of commercial infrared and ultraviolet camera systems, the "taxonomy" of infrared and ultraviolet wavebands, and the wide variety of applications for these wavebands. The course relies heavily on interesting imagery captured by the presenter over the last ten years and uses a SPIE monograph written by the author as a supplementary textbook. <br/> The course will cover a wide range of IR and UV applications, including: <ul> <li> CCDs and CMOS detectors </li> <li> Infrared focal plane arrays </li> <li> Cooled and uncooled infrared sensors </li> <li> Infrared Radiometry </li> <li> Thermography </li> <li> Industrial inspection </li> <li> Research and Development applications </li> <li> Corona detection and shortwave UV imaging </li> </ul>
SC950: Infrared Imaging Radiometry with Applications to Target Measurement
This course will enable the user to understand how an infrared camera system can be calibrated to measure radiance, radiant intensity and apparent temperatures of targets and scenes, and how the camera&rsquo;s digital data is converted into radiometric data. The user will learn how to perform their own external, "by hand" calibrations on a science-grade infrared camera system using area or cavity blackbodies and an Excel spreadsheet provided by the instructor. The influences of lenses, ND and bandpass filters, windows, emissivity, reflections and atmospheric absorption on the system calibration will be covered. The instructor will use software to illustrate these concepts and will show how to measure emissivity using an infrared camera and how to predict system performance outside the calibration range.
SC710: NIR and SWIR Imaging Applications
This course provides attendees with an overview of the diverse range of applications for NIR and SWIR imaging systems and how these systems are calibrated and characterized. The emphasis is on the capabilities of InGaAs and InSb sensors operating in the 0.7 to 3.0 micron NIR and SWIR bands with discussions of optics and tunable filter technology. Discussion will also include extended InGaAs and VisGaAs, a sensor material with both visible and NIR response.
SC1246: Infrared Imaging Technology Basics
From near-infrared security cameras above your front door, to thermal infrared camera accessories that mount to smartphones, infrared imaging technology is everywhere in 2017. But there is still confusion and misinformation about what it is and what it can and cannot do. This 2-hour, high-level introduction to the topic, with minimal math or physics knowledge required, is for the growing number of non-specialists who need to understand infrared imaging technology and its many applications. The presentation materials consist of infrared images from the instructor’s extensive library, the stories these images tell us, how they are made and how the technology and the phenomena it captures relates to the more familiar realm of visible-light cameras and human vision.
SC396: Imaging Throughout the Electromagnetic Spectrum
This short course is a presentation of hundreds of images taken with electronic sensors that cover the spectrum from radio to gamma rays, along with discussions of the sensor technology used to make the images and its applications. The course is non-technical in nature, but will be of interest to imaging professionals and laypersons alike.
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