John Ball
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mississippi State University

PhD in Electrical Engineering
Mississippi State University, 2007


Phone: 662-630-2761

Research Interests
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Scene Understanding
Sensor Processing (Radar, LiDAR, Camera, Hyperspectral, Thermal)
Machine Learning
Digital Image and Signal Processing

Current Research Projects
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Industrial Company - Tractor Collision Avoidance Prototype and Loader-Aircraft Marry Brassboard
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $599K (18 months ) - [ Funding Pending ]
Industrial Company - Plane Collision Avoidance / Automated Approach to Aircraft/Inputs
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $385K (12 months, 26 Aug. 2015 - 15 Aug. 2016) [Project Completed]
Industrial Company - Tug Refit Feasibility Assessment
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $305,823 (15 months, March 2015 - May 2016) [Project Completed]
Radar and Sensors

Modeling and Simulation of Multi-Physics Material Response in Geo-environments Engineer Research Design Center (ERDC)
  • Principal Investigator, Tasks 2 and 3
  • $965.4K (12 months, 1 Oct. 2016 - 31 Sept. 2017)
Air Force Research Lab - Robust Radar Processing and UAV Multi-Agent Coordination, Year 2
  • Collaboration with Jackson State University
  • Principal Investigator, Task 1 (EW Processing)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Task 2 (UAV)
  • $236K (19 months, 1 June 2016 - 31 Dec. 2017)
Air Force Research Lab - Robust EW Processing and UAV Multi-Agent Coordination Jackson State University Summer Students
  • Principal Investigator, Task 1 (EW Processing)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Task 2 (UAV)
  • $35K (3 months, 23 May 2016 - 15 Aug. 2016) [Project Completed]
Air Force Research Lab - Robust EW Processing and UAV Multi-Agent Coordination, Year 2
  • Principal Investigator, Task 1 (EW Processing)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Task 2 (UAV)
  • $100K (19 months, 1 June 2016 - 31 Dec. 2017)
Air Force Research Lab - Robust EW Processing and UAV Multi-Agent Coordination
  • Principal Investigator, Task 1 (EW Processing) and Task 2 (UAV)
  • $100K (12 months, 08 May. 2015 - 31 Aug. 2016) [Project Completed]
Army Research Office - Transparent Embedding of Multi-Source Fusion into Pattern Analysis for Handheld Explosive Hazard Detection
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $1,658K (60 months, Jan. 2014 - Dec 2019)
HPC-Based Sensor Analytics
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $1,008K (12 months, Nov. 2015 - Oct 2016) [Project Completed]
Camgian Microsystems - Prowl Phase II Characterization and Analysis
  • Principal Investigator
  • $255K (25 months, 1 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug. 2018)
Camgian Microsystems - Phase I - Next Generation Radar
  • Principal Investigator
  • $209K (19 months, 06 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug. 2017)
Camgian Microsystems - Signal Processing and Classification Study for Camgian Microsystems, Inc.
  • Principal Investigator
  • $37,211 (7 Months, May 2014 - Dec 2014) [Project Completed]
Consortium for Energy, Environment and Demilitarization (CEED) - HPC - Based Antenna/Multi-Sensor Analysis and Placement Tools for Ground Vehicles in Dynamic Environments
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $858,033 (9 Months, Sept. 2013 - Sept. 2014) [Project Completed]
NCWCDD - Q40 Division Radar Apprenticeship Training Program, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Principal Investigator
  • $8K (12 months, 2012) [Project Completed]

University of Mississippi, NASA/Robotic Mining Competition
  • Principal Investigator
  • Prime sponsor NASA
  • $14K (4 months, May 2015 - Aug. 2015) [Project Completed]
DOD - Idaho Bailiff Task 2
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $532,937 (10 Months, July 2014 - May 2015) [Project Completed]
Medical Imaging

AOVET - Pullout strength of monocortical and bicortical screws in metaphyseal & diaphyseal regions of the canine humerus
  • Co-Principal Investigator
  • $10,275 (6 months, Jan 2015 - May 2015) [Project Completed]
Bagley College of Engineering

Multi-Sensor Processing and Analysis Working Group
  • Group Lead
  • $2.5K (9 months, Sept. 2016 - May 2017)
Voice over IP

Legerity - Voice over IP (VoIP) card
  • Lead engineer for VoIP DSP card
  • $30K (6 months) - 2002 [Project Completed]

Most Current Publications:

[J1] A. Harsh, J.E. Ball, "Automatic K-Expectation Maximization (A K-EM) algorithm for data mining applications," Journal of Computations & Modelling, vol.6, no.3, 2016, pp. 43-85.

[J2] D. P. Vaughn, Jr., J. A. Syrcle, J. E. Ball, S. H. Elder, J. M. Gambino, R. L. Griffin, R. M. McLaughlin, "Pullout Strength of Monocortical and Bicortical Screws in Metaphyseal and Diaphyseal Regions of the Canine Humerus", Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 2016,, [Accepted]

[J3] C. Archibald, J. E. Ball and L. Schwalm, "A Survey of Security in Robotic Systems: Vulnerabilities, Attacks, and Solutions," International Journal of Robotics and Automation, ACTA Press, 2017 [Accepted 2016].

[J4] A. Harsh, J. E. Ball, P. Wei, "Onion-Peeling Outlier Detection in 2-D Data Sets," International Journal of Computer Applications, Vol. 139, No. 3, 2016, pp. 26-31.

[J5] M. A. Lee, J. E. Ball, "Performance Measure-Based Band Group Selection for Agricultural Multispectral Sensor Design", Journal of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, 2015.

[J6] J. E. Ball, L. M. Bruce, and N. H. Younan, "Hyperspectral pixel unmixing via spectral band selection and DC insensitive singular value decomposition," IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 382 - 386, Jul. 2007.

[J7] J. E. Ball and L. M. Bruce, "Level set hyperspectral image classification using best band analysis," IEEE Trans. On Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 45, issue 10, pp. 3022 - 3027, Oct. 2007.


[C1] R. Smith, D. T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, A. Zare, B. Alvey, "Genetic Programming Based Choquet Integral for Multi-Source Fusion," FUZZ IEEE [Submitted].

[C2] B. Murray, D.T. Anderson, R. H. Luke, K. Williams, J. E. Ball, "Multispectral Signal Processing of Synthetic Aperture Acoustics for Side Attack Explosive Ballistic Detection," SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2016 [Accepted].

[C3] C. Davenport, Y. Liu, H. Pan, J. Gafford, S. Abdelwahed, M. Mazzola, J. E. Ball, R. Burch, "Development of a Dynamic Modeling Framework to Predict Instantaneous Status of Cargo Tractor-Dolly Systems for Collision Avoidance Control," SAE World Congress 2017 [Accepted].

[C4] J. A. Batte, Z. H. Collins, J. N. Bateman, J. Atkins, M. Davis, D. Salley, Y. Liu, C. L. Bethel, J. E. Ball, C. Archibald, "Mechanical Design, Prototyping, and Validation of a Martian Robot Mining System," SAE World Congress 2017 [Accepted].

[C5] J. M. Gambino, J. R. James, J. P. Buchweitz, J. E. Ball, M. E. Milewski, A.M. Plumley, "Conspicuity Of Gadodiamide Enhanced MRI and Intracranial Deposition of Gadolinium Following Single In Vivo Intravenous Exposure of Various Low Doses In 8 Normal Dogs At 3 Tesla," American College of Veterinary Radiology Scientific Conference, 19-22 Oct., 2016.

[C6] J. Mohammadi-Aragh, J. E. Ball, D. Jaison, "Using Wavelets to Categorize Student Attention," Frontiers In Education, 12-15 Oct 2016.

[C7] M. Islam, D. T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, N. H. Younan, "Fusion Of Diverse Features And Kernels Using Lp-Norm Based Multiple Kernel Learning In Hyperspectral Image Processing," Whispers 2016, 21-24 Aug. 2016.

[C8] M. Islam, D. T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, N. H. Younan, "CLODD Based Band Group Selection," IEEE Intl. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Jan. 2016.

[C9] J. L. White, D. T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, "Curvelet filter based prescreener for explosive hazard detection in hand-held ground penetrating radar," SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, 2016.

[C10] M. A. Lee, D. T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, J. White, "Background Adaptive Division Filtering for Hand-Held Ground Penetrating Radar," SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, 2016.

[C11] J. Dowdy, D. T. Anderson, R. Luke, J. E. Ball, T. Havens, and J. M. Keller, "Comparison of Spatial Frequency Domain Features for the Detection of Side Attack Explosive Ballistics in Synthetic Aperture Acoustics," SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, 2016.

[C12] P. Wei, J. E. Ball, D. T. Anderson, A. Harsh, C. Archibald, "Measuring Conflict in a Multi-Source Environment as a Normal Measure", IEEE CAMSAP 2015, Cancun, Mexico.

[C13] L. Dabbiru, A. Harsh, J. White, J. E. Ball, J. Aanstoos, P. Donohoe, J. Doyle, S. Jackson, and J. Newman, "Runway Assessment via Remote Sensing," 2015 IEEE Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR), 13-15 Oct 2015, DOI: 10.1109/AIPR.2015.7444545.

[C14] M.A. Lee, D.T. Anderson, J. E. Ball, "Multispectral Sensor Design using Performance Measure-Based Hyperspectral Band Grouping", IEEE IGARSS, 2015.

[C15] J. E. Ball, D. Anderson, "Hyperspectral band selection using multiple proximity measures and its aggregation for automated target detection", SPIE Defense + Security, 5 - 9 May 2014.

[C16] J. E. Ball, "Low Signal-to-Noise Ratio Radar Target Detection using Linear Support Vector Machines (L-SVM)," IEEE RadarCon, 2014.

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