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Eric Balster

Department Chair; Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Email: Eric Balster
Phone: 937-229-3611
Kettering Laboratories Room 201C
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Eric Balster, Ph.D., graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dayton in 1998 with a B.S. and in 2000 with an M.S., both in electrical engineering. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University in 2004. His research area was in the field of image and video processing, specifically in compression and preprocessing algorithm development. From 2002 to 2006, he worked in the Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), continuing his work in image and video processing research. From 2006 to 2008, he worked in the Sensor’s Directorate at AFRL, where he was the lead aircraft software development, support and flight test engineer for a prototype wide-area persistent surveillance system. In 2008, he started as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton. Since 2014, Dr. Balster has worked as an associate professor at the University, where he continues research in embedded image processing and aerial surveillance processing systems. In 2020, he was promoted to full professor.

Selected Publications

  • Balster, E. J., Scarpino, F. A. Kordik, A. M., & Hill, K. L. (2017, December). SAR imaging simulator for pulse envelope evaluation. SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS), 11(4).
  • McGuinness, C. D., & Balster, E. J. (2017, May). Enabling reliable change detection for independently compressed SAR images. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 55(8).
  • Hytla, P. C., Balster, E. J., Vasquez, J. R., & Neuroth, R. M. (2017, May). Multi-ratio fusion change detection with adaptive thresholding. SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS),11(2).
  • French J. C., & Balster, E. J. (2014, June). A fast and accurate orthorectification algorithm of aerial imagery using fixed-point processing. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 7(5),1826-1834.
  • Balster, E. J., Fradette, F. D., Scarpino, F. A., & Hill, K. L. (2012, July). Time-domain matrix analysis of polyphase FIR filters. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, 49(3), 275-290.
  • Balster, E. J., Fortener, B. T., & Turri, W. F. (2011, August). Integer computation of lossy JPEG2000 compression. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 20(8), 2386-2391.

Selected Patents

  • Balster, E. J., Flaherty, M., Fortener, B. T., Lucking, D. J., Marrara, T. A., Mundy, D., Scarpino, F. A., Simone, K., Turri, W. F., Vicen, N., & Walker, D. (2012). Image processing systems employing image compression and accelerated image decompression, U.S. Patent 20120033880, filed October 13, 2011, and issued February 9, 2012.
  • Marrara, T. A., Balster, E. J., & Scarpino, F. A. (2010). Frame decimation through frame simplification, U.S. Patent 20100014586, filed December 20, 2006, and issued Jan 21, 2010.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Wohlleben-Hochwalt Outstanding Professional Research Award Recipient (Team), February, 2011
  • Sensor’s Directorate Dr. james Tsui Award Recipient (Best Patent Award), January, 2010
  • Information Directorate Fred I. Diamond Award Recipient (Best Refereed Journal Paper), June, 2006

Courses Taught

  • ECE215 — Introduction to Digital Systems
  • ECE303 — Signals and Systems
  • ECE334 — Discrete Signals and Systems
  • ECE444 — Advanced Digital Design
  • ECE501— Contemporary Digital Systems
  • ECE505 — Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE509 — Analysis of Linear Systems


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2000
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1998

Professional Activities

  • Senior Member, IEEE (S'02, M'04, SM'11)
  • Member, ASEE (M'09)
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi (M'96)
  • Member, Eta Kappa Nu (M'96)
  • Faculty Adviser, IEEE, University of Dayton Section (2009-present)

Research Interests

  • Signal and image processing and compression
  • Video processing and compression
  • Embedded systems
  • Digital design