Patrick Gray

Patrick Gray

My name is Patrick Gray and I am a marine scientist, software engineer, and remote sensor with Dave Johnston in the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab.

My doctoral research focuses on machine learning approaches to remote sensing analysis, coordinating satellite, drone, and in-situ environmental monitoring, and understanding how autonomous systems will benefit field scientists - with a focus on coastal and polar environments. I'm particularly interested in systems that will be relevant for marine science as well as for exploring and understanding other bodies within our solar system. 

I graduated from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a degree in Computer Science where I founded UNC SEDS, co-founded the Sigma Phi Society, researched computer vision in humanoid robotics.



Gray, P. C., A. B. Fleishman, D. J. Klein, M. W. McKown, V. S. Bézy, K. J. Lohmann, and D. W. Johnston. “A convolutional neural network for detecting sea turtles in drone imagery.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10, no. 3 (March 1, 2019): 345–55.
Gray, P. C., K. C. Bierlich, S. A. Mantell, A. S. Friedlaender, J. A. Goldbogen, and D. W. Johnston. “Drones and convolutional neural networks facilitate automated and accurate cetacean species identification and photogrammetry.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution, January 1, 2019.
Gray, P. C., J. T. Ridge, S. K. Poulin, A. C. Seymour, A. M. Schwantes, J. J. Swenson, and D. W. Johnston. “Integrating drone imagery into high resolution satellite remote sensing assessments of estuarine environments.” Remote Sensing 10, no. 8 (August 1, 2018).

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