Dr. Stephen C. Cain, Associate Professor Electrical Engineering

Bio Photo


Comm: 9302208569
Click to E-mail
View Department


Ph.D. University of Dayton, June 1995 - August 2001
Funded by Research Assistantship from the National Science Foundation
Areas of concentration: Image Processing and Remote Sensing

M.S.E.E. Michigan Technological University, August 1992 – June 1993
Funded by Teaching Assistantship and Research Assistantship from AFRL/DE
Areas of concentration: Image Processing and Remote Sensing

Argonne National Lab Student Exchange Program, June 1992 – August 1992
Studied at the Mexican Nuclear Research Institute

B.S.E.E. University of Notre Dame, August 1988 – May 1992
Funded by AFROTC Scholarship Areas of concentration: Signal Processing and Controls




Richard D. Richmond and Stephen C. Cain, Direct Detection LADAR Systems, SPIE press, Bellingham, WA, 2010


Refereed Publications in Archival Journals:

Stephen C. Cain, "Improved Nonlinear Statistical Photocalibration of Photodetectors Without Calibrated Light Sources, JAIS, Vol 21. No. 2. (2024) pp:  192-197


Yielding N, Curro J, Cain SC. Multi-agent reinforcement learning satellite guidance for triangulation of a moving object in a relative orbit frame. The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. 2023;0(0).


John Avrett, Stephen Cain and James Sattler, “Gamma Distribution Excess Minority Carrier Concentration Model for Solar Cell Performance Modeling”, SPIE Journal on Photonics for Energy, Vol 12, Issue 2, pp 501-525, March, 2022


Stephen C. Cain, “Zernike integrated partial phase error reduction algorithm”, Results in Optics, Volume 4, ISSN 2666-9501, (April 2021)


Stephen Cain, “Space Object Detection Algorithm Leveraging Absolute Photo-Detector Calibration”’, American Journal of Optics and Photonics, Volume 9 , Issue 1 , Page: 10 – 17,  (March 2021)


Ronald M. Aung & Stephen C. Cain (2020) Improving closely spaced dim object detection through multiframe blind deconvolution of near stellar neighbourhoods, Journal of Modern Optics, 67:13, 1145-1158, DOI: 10.1080/09500340.2020.1810345, (August 2020)


Stephen C. Cain, “Fourier propagation tool for aberration analysis and a point spread function calculation of systems with curved focal planes, OSA Continuum 3(6), pp. 1579-1588 (June 2020)


Stephen C. Cain, "Non-linear statistical photocalibration of photodetectors without calibrated light sources," Appl. Opt. 59, pp. 2767-2775 (March 2020)


Joseph Tompkins*, Stephen Cain, and David Becker, "Near earth space object detection using parallax as multi-hypothesis test criterion," Opt. Express 27, 5403-5419 (2019)

Return to the top of the page

Air Force Institute of Technology
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7765
Commercial: 937-255-6565 | DSN: 785-6565