A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Veljko Jovanovic

Born in Valjevo, Serbia.

Technical Group Supervisor 
Processing Algorithms and Calibration Engineering
Instrument Software and Science Data Systems
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Research Interests

The development of systems for automated digital mapping, image exploitation and analysis, and instrument geometric calibration

Projects

Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR)
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the ecology and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

Planetary Robotics Vision Ground Processing ( PRoVisG)
Planetary Robotics Vision Ground Processing ( PRoVisG) will build a unified European framework for Robotic Vision Ground Processing.

PROBA-V
Proba-V is a miniaturized ESA satellite tasked with a full-scale mission: to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days.

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Education

  • B.S. in Geodetic Engineering, 1986; University of Belgrade
  • M.S. in Photogrammetry, 1991; Purdue University

Professional Experience

- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

  • Science Team Member - Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR), 2013-present
  • Steering committee member - ProVisG (Planetary Robotics Vision Ground Processing), 2009-present
  • Technical Group Supervisor - Production Algorithms & Calibration Engineering, Instrument Software Systems, 2005 - present
  • Geomatics Engineer, 1993-present
    Analysis, design, and implementation in the areas of sensor geometric modeling, data calibration, pattern matching, and 3D feature extraction in order to facilitate remote sensing mapping capabilities for Earth science missions
  • Technical Group Supervisor - Science Software Systems, Earth Science Data Systems, 2002-2005

- Co-Chair - Working Group "Sensor calibration and testing," Commission I "Image Data Acquisitions - Sensors and Platforms," International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) 2001-2008

- Digital Photogrammetry Applications, Intergraph, Corp., Huntsville, AL, Senior Software Analyst

Selected Awards

  • 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award for successful development and flights of the Airbourne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager and demonstration of advanced polarimetric imaging technologies.
  • 2004 NASA Space Act Award for MISR geometric calibration
  • 2002 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for outstanding technical accomplishments in developing and successfully deploying innovative photogrammetric applications
  • 2000 JPL Outstanding Accomplishment Bonus Award
  • 1991 Nellie Munson (Purdue University) Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Selected Publications

- Refereed Publications

    1. Jovanovic, V., Diner, D., Davies, R. "Challenges, Solutions, and Applications of Accurate Multi-angle Image Registration," book chapter, submitted for publishing in Edited Book "Image Registration for Remote Sensing," Cambridge University Press.
    2. Jovanovic, V., Moroney, C., and Nelson, D. "Multi-angle geometric processing for globally geo-located and co-registered MISR image data," Remote Sensing of Environment, Special Issue, 2006.
    3. V.M. Jovanovic, M.A. Bull, M. M. Smyth, and J. Zong, "MISR In-Flight Camera Geometric Model Calibration and Georectification Performance," IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Vol. 40, No. 7, July 2002.
    4. V. M. Jovanovic, M. M. Smyth, J. Zong, R. Ando, and G. W. Bothwell, "MISR Photogrammetric Data Reduction for Geophysical Retrievals," IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 4, July 1998.
    5. R.P. Korechoff, V. Jovanovic, E.B. Hochberg, D.M. Kirby, and C.A.Sepulveda, "Distortion calibration of the MISR linear detector arrays," SPIE Proceedings Volume 2820-19, Denver, Colorado August 1996.

- Additional Publications

    1. Morain and Budge (eds). "Post Launch Calibration of Satellite Sensors," Taylor& Francis Group, London, 2004. ISBN 90 5809 693 9.
    2. Jovanovic, V., and Nelson, D., "Permanent validation of the geometric calibration as complement to MISR data production system" ISPRS Commission I Symposium "From Sensor to Imagery," Paris 2006.
    3. G.B. Bailey, D. Carneggie, H. Kieffer, J.C. Storey, V.M. Jovanovic, and R.E. Wolfe, "Ground Control Points for Calibration and Correction of EOS ASTER, MODIS, MISR and Landsat 7 ETM+ Data," SWAMP GCP Working Group Final Report, USGS, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD., 1997.
    4. David J. Diner, Jeffrey T. Booth, Edgar S. Davis, Roger Davies, Veljko Jovanovic, Steven A. Macenka, and Catherine Moroney "Future Mission Concept for Operational Stereoscopic Retrieval of Cloud-Top Heights and Cloud Motion Wind Vectors," IEEE Aerospace Conference March 3-10, 2007, Big Sky, MT.
    5. Jovanovic, V., B. Ledeboer, M. Smyth and J. Zong, "Georectification of the Airborne Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, ISPRS joint workshop, "High Resolution Mapping From Space 2001" Hamburg, Germany
    6. Abdou, W. A., Mark C. Helmlinger, Veljko M. Jovanovic, John V. Martonchik, David J. Diner, Charles K. Gatebe and Michael D. King, Evaluation of MISR BRF measurements: Intercomparison with coincident airborne and ground field measurements. Submitted for publication to Remote Sensing of Environment, 2006.
    7. Jovanovic, V., "Global Earth mapping with NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR)" SPIE Proceedings, 9th International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Crete, Greece, 23-27 September, 2002.
    8. Jovanovic, V., "An automatic geometric quality assessment and in-flight geometric calibration updates" ISPRS Commission I Mid-Term Symposium, Denver, USA, 2002.
    9. J. Zong, V. M. Jovanovic, M. M. Smyth, "MISR band-to-band registration," SPIE.

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Milojko Vucelic

Milojko Mike Vucelic (Michael Vucelic, Garesnica, 1930) is American mechanical engineer of Serbian origin. He was a project manager and in the period of 1966-1978 one of the directors of the US Space Program Apollo. For his contributions to the Apollo program he has received a number of awards and acknowledgements. Mike was awarded the highest US civilian award – Presidential Medal of Freedom. After his work in NASA, Mike was the CEO of his own company, Ideal Electric. He resides with his wife in Mansfield, Ohio.

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Commentary on the Epistles of St. John the Theologian

by Archimandrite Justin Popovich

This Commentary on the Epistles of St. John the Theologian - published now, three years after the blessed repose of Venerable Fr. Justin (on the Feast of the Annunciation, 1979) - was written by the tireless Messenger of Christ forty years ago, in circumstances similar to those in which Christ's Holy Evangelist John wrote his sacred Epistles.

The text of this 93-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Radomir M. Plavsic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 5, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-6-6