Eddie Bright

Distinguished Research Scientist & 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)

Professional Experience
2015-Present, ORNL-Distinguished Research Scientist & Team Leader
2008-2015, ORNL-Senior Research Scientist & Team Leader
1988-2008, ORNL-Research Scientist
1983 – 1988 ORNL Subcontract/University of Tennessee, Senior Progammer/Analyst


  • NVIDIA 2015 Global Impact Award Finalist
  • UT-Battelle Award  Mentor of Early-Career Researchers, November 2015
  • UT-Battelle Technology Commercialization Awards: 2014, 2013
  • UT-Battelle Award  - Excellence in Technology Transfer, November 2013
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award - University of Tennessee, September 2013
  • R&D 100 Award: “LandScan 2004: Global Population Database” 2006
  • ORNL Significant Event Awards: 2015, 2013, 2005, 2004
  • 15 U.S. Copyright Awards for LandScan Global Population database U.S. Patent: 7,247,024. Bright et al., “Method for Spatially Distributing a Population” July 24, 2007.
  • 2 Patents (pending)

Professional Interests
Spatial Modeling, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems

Selected Publications

McKee, Jacob J., Rose, A., Bright, E., Huynh, T., Bhaduri, B. "Locally-Adaptive, Spatially-Explicit Projection of U.S. Population for 2030 and 2050." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 1—6, (2015).

Rose, A. and Eddie A. Bright "The LandScan Global Population Distribution Project:  Current State of the Art and Prospective Innovation." Proceedings of the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2014 (2014).

Stewart R., White  D., Urban M., Morton A., Webster C., Stoyanov M., Bright E., Bhaduri B. “Uncertainty quantification techniques for population density estimates derived from sparse open source data” Proc. SPIE 8747, Geospatial InfoFusion III, 874705 May 2013.

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.

Patlolla D., Bright E., Weaver J., Cheriyadat A., “Accelerating satellite image based large-scale settlement detection with GPU” Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data, November 2012.

Bright, E. A. “Characterizing High-Resolution Population Distributions: a LandScan Experience” Proceedings of the 2010 European Forum for GeoStatistics, October, 2010.

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.

Dobson, J. E., E. A. Bright, R. L Ferguson, D. W. Field, L. L. Wood, K. D. Haddad, H. Iredale III, J. R. Jensen, V. V. Klemas, R. J. Orth, J. P. Thomas. 1995. " NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation,”, NOAA Technical Report NMFS 123, A Technical Report of the Fishery Bulletin,  U. S. Department of Commerce.