Yang Lei


Education: 
  • PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2016)
  • MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010)
  • BE, Electrical Engineering, Beihang University (2008)

Research Interests: 
  • Remote sensing theory (in particular, electromagnetic modeling of remote sensing observations);
  • Physics-based retrieval algorithm development for remote sensing observations of vegetation, snow, aerosol, precipitation, etc;
  • Remote sensing with various instruments (e.g., radar, lidar, hyperspectral sensor) including both hardware design and data processing.

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California
    • NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow (2016-present)
  • Applied GeoSolutions, Newmarket, New Hampshire
    • Senior Research Scientist (Internship) (9.2015-1.2016)
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena California
    • Visiting Student (3.2015-4.2015)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2008-2016)

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship (2016)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) (2012-2015)
  • Second Prize for the ECE Departmental PhD Poster Contest (2013)
  • Microsoft Young Fellow (2007)
  • Honorable Mention for Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM) (2007)
  • First Prize for China Undergraduate Physics Contest (2005)
  • First Prize for China Physics Olympiads (CPhO) in Hebei Province (2003)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, R. Treuhaft, “A physical scattering model of repeat-pass InSAR correlation for vegetation,” Waves in Random and Complex Media.
(In Review)
  2. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, R. Treuhaft, “A dense-medium electromagnetic scattering model for the InSAR correlation of snow,” Radio Science. (In Review)
  3. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, “An automatic mosaicking algorithm for the generation of a large-scale forest height map using spaceborne repeat-pass InSAR correlation magnitude,” Remote Sensing, 2015, 7(5), 5639-5659.
  4. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, “Estimation of forest height using spaceborne repeat-pass L-band InSAR correlation magnitude over the US state of Maine,” Remote Sensing, 2014, 6(11), 10252-10285.
  5. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, Diya Chowdhury, Nathan Torbick, “Generation of large-scale forest height mosaic and forest disturbance map through the combination of spaceborne repeat-pass InSAR coherence and airborne lidar,” IGARSS, Beijing, 2016 (accepted).
  6. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, “A dense-medium InSAR correlation model with its application to the problem of snow characteristics retrieval,” IGARSS, Milan, 2015.
  7. P. Siqueira, Y. Lei, “Measures of temporal decorrelation from ALOS-2 and its affects on retrievals of vegetation physical characteristics,” IGARSS, Milan, 2015.
  8. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, “An automatic mosaicking algorithm for generating a large-scale forest stand height map using spaceborne repeat-pass InSAR coherence,” IGARSS, Quebec, 2014.
  9. Y. Lei, P. Siqueira, D. Clewley, and R. Lucas, “Observation of vegetation vertical structure and distribution using L-band InSAR over the Injune region in Australia,” IGARSS, Munich, 2012.
  10. Y. Lei, R. Mettu, “A confidence measure for model fitting with X-ray crystallography data,” ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics, Washington DC, 2013.
  11. Y. Lei, X. Xu, “Spectrum-Division Analysis of Precursor Fields Propagating in Dispersive Media”, IET International Radar Conference, Guilin, China, April, 2009.
Yang lei
Address: 
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.0540