, the leading platform for physics-based synthetic data, and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory today announced a collaboration to combine the physics-driven accuracy of the DIRSIG synthetic imagery model with’s cloud-based platform for high volume synthetic data generation.

Machine Learning (ML) algorithms using Computer Vision (CV) data provide a key tool for exploiting the rapidly expanding capability and content of Earth Observations (EO) collection and analytics companies around the world. provides a platform as a service (PaaS) for data scientists and CV engineers to scalably produce large, configurable synthetic CV datasets in the cloud for training Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ML systems.

The DIRSIG model produces a range of simulated output representing passive single-band, multi-spectral, or hyper-spectral imagery from the visible through the thermal infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. DIRSIG is widely used to test algorithms and to train analysts on simulated standard imagery products. The team has built simulators for visible light and synthetic aperture radar (SAR), however DIRSIG’s breadth of capability and ongoing investment by granting agencies will provide qualified customers a much wider range of field-tested and production-quality sensor modeling technology.

“DIRSIG has been providing synthetic imagery to expert customers for decades,” said Scott Brown, Ph.D., principal scientist and project lead. “Our collaboration with enables us to bring our proven capability to a wider audience at a time when satellite and other forms of remote sensing data collection are rapidly expanding.”

The initial project with DIRSIG and is being developed for a confidential lighthouse customer with the goal to make the basic integration available for organizations through a synthetic data channel, a purpose-built synthetic data application, within the framework.

“Expansion of the Earth Observation market is not only increasing the diversity of data types and frequency of data collection available to government and commercial users, but it is also driving the need to find new and faster automated techniques for extracting knowledge from massive streams of imagery,” said Nathan Kundtz, Ph.D., CEO of “We built our platform to put rapid generation of synthetic data at customers’ fingertips for innovation and experimentation. We’re happy that the DIRSIG team has partnered with us to bring to our users the best simulated content possible.” and RIT will announce details and requirements for accessing DIRSIG on the platform at a future date.

Both the and DIRSIG teams will be represented at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) 2022 GEOINT Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, from April 24-27 and would be happy to share more information about the collaboration.

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About DIRS Laboratory at RIT

The Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory focuses on the development of tools to extract information about the Earth from aerial and satellite imaging systems with an emphasis on the application of science and engineering to solving end-to-end remote sensing problems using a systems engineering approach. The DIRS Laboratory, formed more than 30 years ago, is housed within the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, an academic unit within RIT’s College of Science, and has about 40 graduate students conducting research who are supported by six faculty and 17 full-time research and administrative staff. DIRS also has on-going research partnerships with multiple federal agencies, large and small companies, and other academic institutions. Visit us on the web at