Eddie Bright

Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader

Phone: (865) 574-5430
Fax: (865) 241-6261
Email: brightea@ornl.gov


MS, Geography, University of Tennessee (1982)
BA, Geography, University of Tennessee, magna cum laude (1980)


Population Distribution and Dynamics,
Remote sensing
Land cover land use analysis

Professional Experience

2011 – Present, Team Leader Population Distribution and Dynamics, ORNL
2008 – 2010, Senior Research Scientist ORNL
1988 – 2008, Research Scientist ORNL
1983 – 1988, Senior Programmer/Analyst Computer Science Department, University of Tennessee,
      ORNL Subcontract


  • U.S. Patent: 7,247,024. Bright et al., “Method for Spatially Distributing a Population” July 24, 2007.
  • R&D 100 Award: “LandScan 2004: Global Population Database” November 2006.
  • 7 U.S. Copyright Awards for LandScan Global Population database.
  • ORNL Significant Event Awards: June 2005; September 2004

Professional Interests

Spatial Modeling, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems

Selected Publications

Graesser, J.B., Cheriyadat, A.M., Vatsavai, R.R., Chandola, V., Bright, E.A., “Image Based Characterization of Formal and Informal Neighborhoods in an Urban Landscape” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, August, 2012.

Vatsavai, R.R., Chandola, V., Cheriyadat, A.M., Bright, E.A., Bhaduri, B.L., Graesser, J. “Machine Learning Approaches or High-resolution Urban Land Cover Classification”, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Computing for Geospatial Research & Application, June, 2011.

Vatsavai, R.R., Tuttle, M.A., Bright, E.A., Cheriyadat, A.M., Graesser, J. “Rapid Damage Assessment Using High-Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery: Tools and Techniques”, Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, November, 2011.

Potere, D., Feierabend, N., Bright, E., Strahler, A. (2008). Walmart from space: A new source for land cover change validation. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing.  74(7), 913-920.

Bhaduri, B., Bright, E., Coleman, P. & Urban, M. (2007) LandScan USA: A high resolution geospatial and temporal modeling approach for population distribution and dynamics. GeoJournal. 69(1), 103-117.

Cheriyadat, A., Bright, E.A., Bhaduri, B.,& Potere, D. (2007). Mapping of settlements in high resolution satellite imagery using high performance computing. GeoJournal, 69(1), 119-129.

Tobin, K., Bhaduri, B., Bright, E., Cheriyadat, A., Karnowski, T., Palathingal, P., Potok, T., & Price, J. R. (2006). Automated feature generation in large-scale geospatial libraries for content-based indexing. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 72(5) 531-540.

Dobson, J., Bright, E., Coleman, P., Durfee, R., & Worley, B. (2000). LandScan: A global population database for estimating populations at risk. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, 66(7), 849–857.