PATRICIA G. FOSCHI

Professor Emerita, Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies

Principal Investigator, retired, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

San Francisco State University

email: tfoschi@sfsu.edu

EDUCATION:

DPhil in Geography, 1993, University of Oxford, UK

Doctoral thesis title: Classification of Subpixel Woody Vegetation in Remotely‑Sensed Imagery of Lowland Britain, 218 p.

MA in Geography, 1983, University of California, Santa Barbara.  

BS in Statistics (Highest Honors), 1979, University of California, Riverside.

RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2005 – date, Professor Emerita, Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies, SFSU.

1997 – 2008, Principal Investigator, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SFSU.

1989 – 2005, Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Geography, SFSU.

Sum 2000, Visiting Research Associate, School of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey, UK.

Fall 1996, Visiting Research Associate, Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Eng., Univ. of Surrey, UK.

1987 – 1990, Consultant, New York Zoological Society and Intl. Union for Conservation of Nature.

1983 – 1985, Assistant Demonstrator, School of Geography, University of Oxford, UK.

1983, Staff Research Associate, Remote Sensing Research Unit, UC Santa Barbara.

1981 – 1982, Honorary Research Associate, Geography Department, University of Aberdeen, UK.

1981, Research Assistant, Remote Sensing Research Unit, UC Santa Barbara.

1976 – 1979, Assistant Statistician, Statewide Air Pollution Research Center, UC Riverside.

ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL AWARDS:

NASA Honor Group Achievement Award for research contributions to the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite Program, May 2006.

Conference Management Award for serving as Technical Program Co-Chair, American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, May 2006.

Ford Bartlett Award for outstanding support of the Society’s membership program, American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, May 2006.

Presidential Citation for outstanding service, leadership in reinvigorating Northern California Region, American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing, April 2001.

Associate Fellow, Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (UK), 1998-date.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PAPERS:

Quinlan, B.L., and P.G. Foschi, 2012, Identification of Waste Tires Using High-Resolution Multispectral Satellite Imagery, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 78(4): 463-471.

Foschi, P.G., and B. Quinlan, 2007. Detecting waste tire piles in California using QuickBird satellite imagery, Solid Waste Association of North America WASTECON Conference, 17 October 2007, Reno, NV.

Foschi, P.G., K. Pagan Quadros, and A. Tabazadeh, 2005.  Using GIS techniques to analyze climate mechanisms, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Conference, 19-22 October 2005, Phoenix, AZ.  [invited paper]

Liu, H., A. Mandvikar, and P.G. Foschi, 2005.  An active learning approach to Egeria densa detection in digital imagery, in M. Kantardzic and J. Zurada (Editors), New Generation of Data Mining Applications, Wiley/IEEE Press, pp 189-210.

Foschi, P.G., and H. Liu, 2004.  Active learning for detecting a spectrally variable subject in color infrared imagery, Pattern Recognition Letters, 25(13): 1509-1517.

Foschi, P.G., G. Fields II, and H. Liu, 2004.  Detecting a spectrally variable subject in color infrared Imagery using data-mining and knowledge-engine methods, 3rd Pattern Recognition for Remote Sensing Workshop (PRRS 2004), 27 August 2004, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.

Pagan, K.L., A. Tabazadeh, K. Drdla, M.E. Hervig, S.D. Eckermann, E.V. Browell, M.J. Legg, and P.G. Foschi, 2004.  Observational evidence against mountain-wave generation of ice nuclei as a prerequisite for the formation of three NAT PSCs observed in the Arctic in early December 1999, Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres), 109, D04312, doi:10.1029/2003JD003846.

Foschi, P.G., D. Kolippakkam, and H. Liu, 2003.  Feature selection via learning for image data, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Intelligent Multimedia Computing and Networking, Joint Conference on Information Sciences (JCIS 2003-IMMCN 2003), 26-30 September 2003, Cary, NC. [invited paper]

Liu, H., A. Mandvikar, P.G. Foschi, and K. Torkkola, 2003.  Active learning with ensembles for image classification, International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI2003), 9-15 August 2003, Acapulco, Mexico. [peer-reviewed proceedings]

Foschi, P.G, D. Kolippakkam, H. Liu, and A. Mandvikar, 2002.  Feature extraction for image mining, Proceedings of 8th International Workshop on Multimedia Information Systems, 30 October-1 November 2002, Tempe, AZ, pp. 103-109. [peer-reviewed proceedings]

Foschi, P.G., and H. Liu, 2002.  Active learning for classifying a spectrally variable subject, 2nd Pattern Recognition for Remote Sensing Workshop (PRRS2002), 16 August 2002, Niagara Falls, Canada, pp. 115-124.

Foschi, P. G. and K. L. Pagan, 2002.  Toward a polar stratospheric cloud climatology using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer thermal infrared data, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 28(2): 187-195.

Hervig, M.E., K.L. Pagan, and P.G. Foschi, 2001.  Analysis of PSC measurements from AVHRR, Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres), 106: 10,363-10,374.

Petrou, M., and P.G. Foschi, 1999.  Confidence in linear spectral unmixing of single pixels, IEEE Transactions in Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 37(1): 624-626.

Petrou, M., and P.G. Foschi, 1997.  Fuzzy spectral unmixing of pixels in remote sensing, Proceedings of the European Symposium on Intelligent Techniques, 20-22 March 1997, Bari, Italy, European Network in Uncertainty Techniques Developments for Use in Information Technology (ERUDIT) and European Commission DG III Industry-Esprit Programme, pp. 161-165. [invited paper]

Foschi, P.G., and D.K. Smith, 1997.  Detecting subpixel woody vegetation in digital imagery using two artificial intelligence approaches, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 63(5): 493-500.

Foschi, P.G., K.L. Pagan, O. Garcia, D.K. Smith, S.E. Gaines, and R.S. Hipskind, 1996.  Using back-propagation neural networks to analyze hyperspectral and hypertemporal data to detect polar stratospheric clouds over Antarctica, Proceedings of the Second International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition, 24-27 June 1996, San Francisco, CA, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Vol. III, pp. 249-250 [ERIM Best of Session Award for interactive poster].

Garcia, O., K.L. Pagan, P.G. Foschi, S.E. Gaines, and R.S. Hipskind, 1995.  Detection of polar stratospheric clouds over Antarctica using AVHRR images obtained at Palmer Station during August 1992, Polar Record, 31(177): 211-226.

Foschi, P.G., K.L. Pagan, O. Garcia, D.K. Smith, S.E. Gaines, and R.S. Hipskind, 1995. Development of an automated classification scheme for detection of polar stratospheric clouds over Antarctica using AVHRR imagery, Proceedings of European Symposium on Satellite Remote Sensing II, 25-28 September 1995, Paris, France, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Vol. 2578, pp. 375-383.

Foschi, P.G., 1994.  A geometric approach to a mixed pixel problem: detecting subpixel woody vegetation, Remote Sensing of Environment, 50: 317-327.

EXTRACURRICULAR GRANTS:

Knowles, N., P.G. Foschi, and K.L. Pagan, 2003-2006.  Effects of climate variability and change on the vegetation and hydrology of the Bay-Delta Watershed, CALFED, $365,282.

Tabazadeh, A., K.L. Pagan, and P.G. Foschi, 2003-2004. Tracking climate change using AVHRR cloud imagery data, NASA Ames Director’s Discretionary Fund, $68,000.

Foschi, P.G., ~2003-2004.  Orthorectification of airphotos for Spartina mapping, California Coastal Conservancy, $9420.

Foschi, P.G., 2002-2003.  Inventory of Egeria densa and water hyancinth using airborne digital camera imagery, California Department of Boating and Waterways, $210,610.

Tabazadeh, A., K.L. Pagan, and P.G. Foschi, 2001-2003.  Modeling the onset, extent, and duration of dehydration in winter polar vortex using IMPACT, AVHRR, and UARS, NASA Ames, $110,076.

Foschi, P.G., 2000-2001.  Egeria densa, hyancinth, and salinity studies, California Department of Boating and Waterways, $130,093.

Martinez, N., P.G. Foschi, and N. Garfield, 1999-2001.  Instructional environmental science computer lab, NSF CCLI award, $60,000 with campus matching of $72,630.

Foschi, P.G., and N. Garfield, 1998-2001.  NASA-CSU augmented learning environment and renewable teaching (ALERT) consortium, NASA contract for $30,000 plus campus matching of $30,000.

Foschi, P.G., 1999-2000.  Estimation of Egeria densa percent coverage using color infrared aerial photography,  California Department of Boating and Waterways, $63,629.

Foschi, P.G., and R. Imamura, 1999-2000.  GIS classification analyses of urban oasis effects for urban planning purposes: application to Sacramento, California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center (CUEREC) grant for $25,046 with campus matching of $5,008.

Hervig, M., Foschi, P.G., Pagan, K.L., and R.S. Hipskind, 1998-2000.  Investigations of sulfate aerosols and polar stratospheric clouds using combined observations from UARS, AVHRR, and in situ optical particle counters, NASA UARS Science Investigator Award, $343,323.

Obrebski, S., P.G. Foschi, M. McGowen, 1997-1999.  Assessment of protocols for controlling Egeria densa and remote sensing surveys in support of California Department of Boating and Waterways EIR, $444,315. [became PI in January 1999]

Pagan, K.L., O. Garcia, P.G. Foschi, S.E. Gaines, R.S. Hipskind, and A.F. Tuck, 1994-97.  Construction of a long-term climatology of Antarctic polar stratospheric clouds by an automated classification system using AVHRR and UARS data, NASA UARS Guest Investigator Program, $328,600.

Foschi, P.G., 1995.  Seacoast Fortifications Project, National Park Service, $4851.

Foschi, P.G., and J.D. Davis, 1993-95.  Integrated geographic analysis facility, NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant, $8134 with campus matching of $8136.

SELECTED CAMPUS & OFF-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES:

Co-Chair, Technical Program Committee, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 2006 Annual Conference, Reno, 2004-2006.

Various Offices, Northern California Region, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: Editor and Web Curator, Chair of Publications and Education Committees, various 2000-2006; Immediate Past President, 2002-2004; President, 1999-2002; Regional Director, 1997-1998.

Remote Sensing/GIS consulting for Dr. David Kojan, SFSU, to enhance study of landscape archaeology of pre-Incan peoples of the Cotacajes River Valley of the eastward-facing Andes, Bolivia, 2004-2005.

Remote Sensing/GIS consulting for Prof. Linda Ellis, SFSU, to aid archaeological excavations/surveying at Tropaeum Traiani and within its rural territorium, Romania, 2004-2005.

Field experience on archaeological projects at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania (2002), Beaker sites in Mallorca (2004), and Roman city of Tropaeum Traiani in Romania (2005).

Program Committee, 1st-4th Pattern Recognition for Remote Sensing Workshops, 1999-2005.

Landscape Ecology Team, CALFED Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program, May 2001- ~2003.

Co-organizer, Remote Sensing of Invasive Weeds Conference, University of California, Davis, September 2000.

Reviewer for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, Progress in Physical Geography, Routledge Limited, NASA, NSF, and the Israel Science Foundation, various times.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (UK).

International Association for Landscape Ecology.

  8 April 2014