Katie A Corcoran

Katie A Corcoran

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bio

Dr. Katie Corcoran is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Geographic Information Science and Technology group at ORNL and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Katie specializes in remote sensing, using geospatial data to understand and visualize complex landscapes. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, focusing on Biological Anthropology. Katie's dissertation research integrated data collected from terrestrial, aerial, and orbital platforms to characterize human burial signatures in an experimental forensic context. Her current work uses unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to support advancements in remote sensing data quality. Katie is an FAA-certified Remote Pilot with a small UAS rating, and a subject matter expert in LIDAR and spectroscopy. She is also an advocate for STEM education and for the application of technology to improve human rights and humanitarian response.

Current Affiliations

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, the University of Tennessee
  • President, the East TN Chapter of the ASPRS
  • Community Engagement Leader, the Asian Culture Center of Tennessee

Funding & Awards

  • 2015, PEO International, Scholar Award
  • 2014, The US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2014, The University of Tennessee, Quest Scholar 
  • 2014, The Goetz Instrument Support Program Award
  • 2012, ASPRS/GeoEye (now DigitalGlobe) Foundation Award
  • 2009, The UCF Scholar Award

Co-Authored Funding Proposals

  • 2016, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Office and Defense Forensics Biometrics Agency. "Increasing the Confidence and Reliability of Remote Sensing based Predictive Models for Locating Gravesites" W911NF-14-2-0089, PI: Dr. Amy Mundorff, The University of Tennessee. Proposal Co-author: Katie Corcoran, The University of Tennessee. $87,378.00
     
  • 2014, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Office and Defense Forensics Biometrics Agency. "Combining Multiple Sensing Technologies for Probability Mapping and Remote Detection of Clandestine Gravesites." W911NF-14-2-0089, PI: Dr. Amy Mundorff, The University of Tennessee. Co-PI: Dr. Devin White, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Proposal Co-author: Katie Corcoran, The University of Tennessee. $466,622.00 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Corcoran KA. A Characterization of Human Burial Signatures using Spectroscopy and LIDAR [dissertation]. The University of Tennessee. 2016. 
     
  • White DA, Corcoran KA. Geospatial Applications in Archaeology. In: Wright JD (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. Elsevier. 2015; (10)97–103.
     
  • Labate J, Corcoran KA. Archaeological site reports for (12) STOF-THPO Phase I project numbers: 2009-026, 2010-093, 2010-102, 2010-103, 2010-112, 2010-113, 2010-114, 2010-118, 2010-126, 2010-185, 2010-232, and 2010-317. Available at: The Seminole Tribe of Florida – Tribal Historic Preservation Office, Clewiston, FL, 2010.

Conference Presentations 

  • Corcoran KA, White DA, Monday W, Allen M. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) in Support of Advancements in Remote Sensing Data Quality [paper]. Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications through Unmanned Aerial Systems (STRATUS). Rochester Institute of Technology. 2017
     
  • Corcoran KA, Mundorff AZ, White DA, Emch WL. Measuring Localized Elevation Change at Unmarked Human Burial Surfaces using Terrestrial LIDAR [paper]. The Imaging and Geospatial Technology Forum. 2017.
     
  • Corcoran KA, Mundorff AZ, White DA, Emch WL. Remote Sensing of Human Burials [paper]. Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. 2016.
     
  • Corcoran KA, Canfield RJ. The Geospatial Anthropology Network: A New Forum for Interdisciplinary Social Scientists [paper]. The Biennial UT Geography Symposium, 2016.
     
  • Corcoran KA, Mundorff AZ, White DA, Emch WL. A Characterization of Human Burial Signatures using Terrestrial LIDAR and Spectroscopy [poster]. GEOINT Symposium, 2015.
     
  • Corcoran KA, Mundorff AZ. A Multidisciplinary Data Fusion-Based Approach to Remote Human Grave Detection [paper]. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2014.
     
  • Corcoran KA, White DA. Fusion of Remotely Sensed Data for Human Grave Detection [paper]. CaGIS/ASPRS Specialty Conference, Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community, 2013.

Education

  • 2016, Ph.D.,  Anthropology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2009, B.A., Anthropology, The University of Central Florida, Orlando

Professional Memberships & Certifications

  • FAA Remote Pilot Certificate #3960774
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (the Imaging and Geospatial Information Society), Member
  • IEEE, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, Member
  • IEEE, Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, Member
  • IEEE, Women in Engineering, Member

Service

  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, East TN Chapter, President
  • The Asian Culture Center of TN, grant proposal writer
  • Remote Sensing, manuscript reviewer

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