Richard Messner

Phone: (603) 862-1304
Office: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W223, Durham, NH 03824
Richard A. Messner

Dr. Messner was born in Chicago, IL on 24 October 1957. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, NY in 1979 and 1981 respectively. From 1981 to 1982 Dr. Messner was a member of the technical staff at the MITRE Corporation working on error correcting codes for the MILSTAR satellite system. In 1982 Dr. Messner received a fellowship and conducted his Ph.D. research in the Applied Optics Branch of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Dr. Harold H. Szu. Dr. Messner was awarded the Ph.D. degree in May 1985. In addition to teaching he consults regularly with industry in the areas of optical signal processing, real time digital image processing, and the development of smart visual sensors. Dr. Messner has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New Hampshire Section of the IEEE since 1985. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Sigma Xi.


  • Ph.D., Engineering Science, Clarkson University
  • M.S., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Clarkson College
  • B.S., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Clarkson College

Courses Taught

  • ECE 401: Perspectives in ECE
  • ECE 543: Intro to Digital Systems
  • ECE 634: Signals and Systems II
  • ECE 694: Professional Principles of Eng
  • ECE 717: Intro Digital Image Processing
  • ECE 717/817: Intro Digital Image Processing
  • ECE 791/791H: Senior Project I
  • ECE 792/792H: Senior Project II
  • ECE 817: Intro Digital Image Processing
  • ECE 900A: R&D Concept to Communication 1
  • ECE 965: Intro to Pattern Recognition
  • ECE 993: Adv Top/Computer Engineering
  • ECE 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Messner, R. A., Hludik, F., Vidacic, D., & Melnyk, P. (2005). An integrated command control and communications center for first responders. Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV. doi:10.1117/12.603727

Szu, H. H., & Messner, R. A. (1986). Adaptive invariant novelty filters. Proceedings of the IEEE, 74(3), 518-519. doi:10.1109/proc.1986.13494

Messner, R. A., & Szu, H. H. (1985). An image processing architecture for real time generation of scale and rotation invariant patterns. Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing, 31(1), 50-66. doi:10.1016/s0734-189x(85)80075-x