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Höft, Thomas

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Thomas Höft is an applied mathematician with research interests focusing on inverse problems in imaging. Prior to joining UST, he was a postdoc at Tufts University, a visitor at NIST, and spent the five years before that working in industry R&D at Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies just outside Boulder, CO. In his "spare" time, he can be found hiking, playing ultimate, banging on drums, or hanging out with his family. He misses the mountains but is glad to be around lakes again.



Ph.D. Applied and Industrial Mathematics, University of Minnesota, 2005.

M.S. Applied and Industrial Mathematics, University of Minnesota, 2002.

B.A. Physics, Mathematics, minor in Computer Science, St. Olaf College, 1999.


Research Interests:

Inverse problems in imaging with applications to science and industry, though I'll work on most anything combining science, computing, and mathematics. Currently, I have active research projects in de-noising of remote sensing images, image formation for computational photography, automatic identification of bird song, and fast multipole methods for molecular dynamics simulations. While in industry, I worked on modeling and image analysis for laser RADAR systems, with projects ranging from image formation and reconstruction to phenomenology of laser scattering from airborne particulates. My Ph.D. thesis work used regularization techniques on inverse problems in imaging with applications to nondestructive evaluation of materials in industrial manufacturing processes.



Secretary / Treasurer, Business Industry and Government Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (BIG SIGMAA http://sigmaa.maa.org/big/).

Undergraduate Research: CSUMS 2014, MAXIMA REU 2013 (http://www.ima.umn.edu/2012-2013/SW6.10-7.19.13/) & 2014 (http://www.ima.umn.edu/2013-2014/SW6.9-7.18.14/)


Selected Publications:

(1) "Single image DC-removal method for increasing the precision of two-dimensional Fourier transform profilometry," U.S. Patent 8,605,150, Dec. 2013.

(2) "2D+3D face imaging for stand-off biometric identification," CLEO Technical Digest, paper ATuF4, 2011 (with B. Redman et al.).

(3) "Atmospheric turbulence correction using digital holographic detection: experimental results," Optics Express, vol. 17, no. 14, pp. 11,638-11,651, 2009 (with J. Marron et al.).

(4) "Proposed digital holographic 3D mapping of coral beds," Proc. SPIE, vol. 7150, paper 71500H, 2008 (with R. Kendrick et al.).

(5) "Multispectral laser radar for chem-bio detection," Proc. MSS Active E-O Systems, 2007 (with J. Marquardt et al.).

(6) "An inverse problem in nondestructive evaluation of spot-welds," Inverse Problems, vol. 22, no. 2, p. 645, 2006 (with E. Francini and F. Santosa).

(7) "Evidence for a nuclear hexadecapole interaction in the hyperfine spectrum of LiI," J. Chem. Phys., vol. 110, no. 5, pp. 2431–2436, 1999 (with J. Cederberg et al.). 

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