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Scholarly Interest Report
Kevin Kelly
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • B.S. Engineering Physics (1993) Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, USA
  • M.S. Applied Physics (1996) Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
  • Ph.D. Applied Physics (1999) Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
Primary Department
   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Professional Bio

Received a B.S. in engineering physics from Colorado School of Mines in 1993 and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice in 1999.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Materials Research in Sendai, Japan and in the chemistry department at Penn State University.  His lab is currently focused on imaging and spectroscopy at the nanoscale as well as understanding the role of mathematics in image acquisition and interpretation. Their research includes the cutting-edge development and characterization of molecular machines such as the Nanocar and similar molecules, probing the electronic many-body physics in graphene and topological insulators, investigating charge transport in polymer photovoltaics, and designing "single-pixel camera" compressive imaging systems. His compressive imaging research was selected as one of the top ten emerging technologies by Technology Review Magazine. In addition to being a fellow of the Rice Quantum Institute, he is an active member of the Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science, the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment Center at Princeton and the Center for Imaging Research at UCLA, and co-founder of Inview Technology Corporation. He was a primary lecturer for the anthropology course “Nanotechnology: Content and Context” and has co-created and taught a course on technological disasters in the history department at Rice since 2009, consults for the Baker Institute on photovoltaics, and is director of the Applied Physics Program.

Research Areas
 Molecular electronics, molecular machines, carbon nanotubes, scanning tunneling microscopy, compressed sensing, near-field microscopy, surface science
Teaching Areas
 electronic materials, device physics, nanotechnology, imaging, surface science, anthropology
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

D. Zheng, L. Lu, K.F. Kelly, and S. Baldelli "Chemical Imaging of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Copper Using Compressive Hyperspectral Sum Frequency Generation Microscopy." The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ASAP (2017/08/10)


L. Lu and K. F. Kelly "A 1-Pixel Hyperspectral Video Camera." Submitted


L. Lu, L.J.E. Anderson, Y. Li, C.M. Payne, L. Xu, J.H. Hafner, and K.F. Kelly "Compressive Hyperspectral Microscopy of Plasmonic Nanostructures." ACS NanoSubmitted


A. C. Sankaranarayanan, M. A. Herman, P. Turaga, and K. F. Kelly, "Enhanced Compressive Imaging Through Model-based Acquisition," IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Invited, submitted.


A.C. Sankaranarayanan, L. Xu, C.E. Studer, Y. Li, K.F. Kelly, and R.G. Baraniuk, "Video Compressive Sensing for Spatial Multiplexing Cameras Using Motion-Flow Models," SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences 8: 1489-1518 (2015).


B. Shuang, W. Wang, H. Shen, L. J. Tauzin, C. Flatebo, J. Chen, K. F. Kelly, and C. F. Landes, "Generalized recovery algorithm for 3D super-resolution microscopy," Nature Communications, submitted.


D. Zheng, L. Lu, Y. Li, K. F. Kelly, and S. Baldelli, "Compressive Hyperspectral Sum Frequency Generation Microscopy to Study Functionalized Surfaces," Nature Photonics, submitted.


J.C. Thomas, J.J. Schwartz, J.N. Hohman, S.A. Claridge, H.S. Auluck, A.C.
Serino, A.M. Spokoyny, G. Tran, K.F. Kelly, C.A. Mirkin, J. Gilles, S.J. Osher, and P.S. Weiss, "Defect-tolerant aligned dipoles within two-dimensional plastic lattices," ACS Nano 9: 4734-4742 (2015).


K.F. Kelly and C.C.M. Mody, "The Booms and Busts of Molecular Electronics (What Happened to the Molecular Computer?)" IEEE Spedtrum 52: 52-60 (2015).


L. Lu, L. Anderson, C. Payne, J. Hafner, and K.F. Kelly, "Compressive dark-field microscopy for plasmon imaging in metallic nanobelts," ACS Nano, submitted.


T. Goldstein, L. Xu, K. F. Kelly, and R.G. Baraniuk, "The STOne Transform: Multi-resolution image enhancement and real-time compressive video," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 24: 5581-5593 (2015). 


Y. Li, C. Hegde, A.C. Sankaranarayanan, R.G. Baraniuk, and K.F. Kelly, "Compressive optical image classification by secant projections," Journal of Optics 17: 065701 (2015).


A Srivastava, C Galande, L Ci, L Song, C Rai, D Jariwala, KF Kelly, and PM Ajayan, Liquid precursor based synthesis of high-quality large-area continuous single layer graphene films, Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 22, p. 3457 (2010).


A.C. Sankaranarayanan, L. Xu, C. Studer, Y. Li, R.G. Baraniuk, and K.F. Kelly "“Short-wave infrared compressive video acquisition"." Submitted


C. Li, T. Sun, K. F. Kelly, and Y. Zhang, “A compressive sensing and unmixing scheme for hyperspectral data,” IEEE Transactions on Image Processing 21: 1200-1210 (2012).


D. Takhar, J. N. Laska, M. B. Wakin, M. F. Duarte, D. Baron, S. Sarvotham, K. F. Kelly, & R. G. Baraniuk, “New Compressive Imaging Camera Architecture using Optical-Domain Compression,” Proc. SPIE 6065, 606508 (2006).


M Duarte, M Davenport, D Takhar, J Laska, T Sun, KF Kelly, and RG Baraniuk, Single-pixel imaging via compressive sampling, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Vol. 25, p. 83 (2008). 


T Sun, C. Li, Y Zang and KF Kelly , Compressive hyperspectral acquisition and endmember unmixing, Proceeding of the SPIE Vol.8165, 81650D (2011).


X Lu, M Turner, T. Sun, M Davenport and KF Kelly, Comperssive echelle spectroscopy, Proceeding of the SPIE Vol.8165, 81650E (2011).


Y Shirai, AJ Osgood, Y Zhao, KF Kelly, and JM Tour, Directional control in thermally driven nanocars, Nano Letters Vol 5, p. 2230 (2005). 


Y. Li, L. Xu, A.C. Sankaranarayanan, R.G. Baraniuk, and K.F. Kelly, “A comparison of hybrid compressed imaging methods,” submitted.

 Physical Review Letters 84: 4015 (2000)
 Review of Scientific Instruments 73: 313-317 (2002)
 Accounts of Chemical Research 36: 945-953 (2003)
 Journal of Physical Chemistry B 103:1619-1622 (1999)
 Physical Review B 62: 12632-12635 (2000)
 Journal of Crystal Growth 229: 580-585 (2001)
 Materials Characterization 48: 127-132 (2002)
 Surface Science 416: L1085-L1089 (1998)
 Science 273: 1371-1373 (1996)
 Synthetic Metals 86: 2407-2410 (1997)
 Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B 14: 593-596 (1996)
 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 97: 10318-10321 (2000)
 Chemical Physics Letters 313: 445-450 (1999)
 Journal of Physical Chemistry B 103: 8639-8642 (1999)
 CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS (43): 5429-5431 2005
 Journal of Physical Chemistry B 105: 10630-10636 (2001)
 Nanotechnology 12: 231-237 (2001)
 Journal of Physical Chemistry B 105: 1119-1122 (2001)
 Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 141: 245-249 (2002)
 Surface Science 521: 43-48 (2002)
 Journal of the American Chemical Society 126: 9502-9503 (2004)
 Langmuir 15: 5329-5332 (1999)
 Nano Letters 5: 2330-2334 NOV 2005
 Science 292: 2303-2307 (2001)
 Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 141: 4871-4877 (2002)
 Book chapters
 in Scanning Probe Microscopy: Characterization, Nanofabrication, and Device Application of Functional Materials (Kluwer Academic, 2005), vol. 186, pp. 153-171
 in Scanning Probe Microscopy: Characterization, Nanofabrication, and Device Application of Functional Materials, (Kluwer Academic, 2005), vol. 186, pp. 333-354
 Refereed conference papers

J. Chen, L. Lu, Y. Xu, and K.F. Kelly "High-speed Anomaly Detection with the Single Pixel Camera ." OSA Computational Optical Sensing & Imaging


Y. Xu, L. Lu, K.F. Kelly "Hyperspectral Compressive Structured Light for Recovering Inhomogeneous Participating Media." OSA Computational Optical Sensing & Imaging (2017)

Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging. IEEE. (2017 - 2017)

 Other, ACS Nano. (2014 - 2014)

 Other, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA. (2014 - 2014)

 Other, Journal of Physical Chemistry B. (2014 - 2014)

 Other, Journal of the American Chemical Society. (2014 - 2014)

 Other, Langmuir. (2014 - 2014)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Member, American Chemical Society (ACS), American Chemical Society (ACS)

 Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

 Member, Optical Society of America (OSA), Optical Society of America (OSA)

 Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science

 Invited Speaker, BIRS Electron Microscopy Imaging & Modeling

 Invited Speaker, UCLA IPAM Computational Photography

 Invited Speaker, Physics of Quantum Electronics

 Speaker & Panelist, UK Ministry of Defense: Quantum

 Postdoctoral Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (April 1999 to March 2001)