Michael Collins

Professor

Department of Geomatics Engineering

PhD - Earth and Space Science

York University, 1993

MSc - Oceanography

University of British Columbia, 1987

BSc - Surveying Engineering

University of New Brunswick, 1981

Contact information

Phone

Office: 403.220.7534

Web presence

ResearchGate

Office hours

By appointment only


Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Remote sensing, in particular synthetic aperture radar or SAR
  • Radar imaging for ocean surveillance - estimation of wind and wave conditions
  • Radar imaging for ocean surveillance - detection and characterization of oil spills
  • Radar imaging for ocean surveillance - detection of ocean targets, such as ships

Teaching

Undergraduate courses in remote sensing, digital imaging, computer programming and engineering design.

Graduate courses in remote sensing and synthetic aperture radar.


Biography

Dr. Michael Collins is a professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering. His field of specialization is remote sensing and, in particular, synthetic aperture radar or SAR. He is an international authority on the use of compact polarity SAR for ocean surveillance and has published several pioneering papers in this area.

He and his students have developed a SAR simulation system and used it to explore the use of image texture for characterizing the Earth’s surface. His group has also explored the use of SAR imagery for agriculture, forestry and forest ecology.

Dr. Collins has developed and taught courses in remote sensing, digital imaging, computer programming and engineering design, and is the recipient of many teaching excellence awards.

Dr. Collins has held several leadership roles within the Schulich School of Engineering including Associate Head of Geomatics Engineering and Associate Dean (Student Affairs) of Engineering. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Remote Sensing, and he has served on the Board of Examiners of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) since 1999.


Publications

Ferdous, Md. Saimoom, Peter McGuire, Desmond Power, Thomas Johnson and Michael Collins (2018) A Comparison of Numerically Modelled Iceberg Backscatter Signatures with Sentinel-1 C-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar Acquisitions. Canadian Journal Remote Sensing, https://doi.org/10.1080/07038992.2018.1495554

Denbina, M., and M.J. Collins (2016) Wind Speed Estimation Using C-Band Compact Polarimetric SAR For Wide Swath Imaging Modes. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 113, 75–85

Denbina, M. M.J. Collins, and Ghada Atteia (2015) On the Detection and Discrimination of Ships and Icebergs Using Simulated Dual-Polarized Radarsat Constellation Data. Canadian Journal Remote Sensing, 41(5), 363–379

Denbina, M. M.J. Collins, B. Minchew, C.E. Jones, and B. Holt (2015) On the Use of Compact Polarimetry L- Band SAR for Characterizing The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 8(3), 1062–1077

Otukeia, John Richard,Thomas Blaschke, and M.J. Collins (2015) Fusion of TerraSAR-x and Landsat ETM+ data for protected area mapping in Uganda. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 38, 99–104

Atteia, Ghada and M.J. Collins (2015) Ship Detection Performance Using Simulated Dual-Polarization Radarsat Constellation Mission Data. International Journal Remote Sensing, 36(6), 1705–1727

Otukeia, John Richard,Thomas Blaschke, and M.J. Collins (2014) Using the Wishart maximum likelihood classifier for assessing the potential of TerraSAR-X and ALOS PALSAR data for land cover mapping. International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, 5(2), 138–151.

Denbina, M. and M.J. Collins (2014) Iceberg Detection Using Simulated Radarsat Constellation Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 40(3), 165–178

Dabboor, M., M.J. Collins, V. Karathanassi, and A. Braun (2013) An unsupervised classification approach for polarimetric SAR data based on the Chernoff distance for complex Wishart distribution. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(7), 4200–4213

Maghsoudi, M., M.J. Collins and D.G. Leckie (2013) Radarsat-2 polarimetric SAR data for boreal forest classification using SVM and a wrapper feature selector. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6(3), 1531–1538

Atteia, G.E. and M.J. Collins (2013) On the Use of Compact Polarimetry SAR for Ship Detection. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 80, 1–9

Collins, M.J., M. Denbina and G.A. Atteia (2013) On the reconstruction of quad-pol SAR data From compact polarimetry data for ocean target detection. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1), 591–600