Botts Innovative Research, Inc (Botts-Inc) specializes in the design and application of open standards for sensor systems within the intelligence, defense, and scientific communities.




Founder - Dr. Mike Botts



  • 1986 Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, University of Colorado
  • 1979 M.A. Planetary Geology and Remote Sensing/Image Processing, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 1976 B.S. Geology, Auburn University

Dr. Botts is President and CTO of Botts Innovative Research, Inc. (Botts-Inc), a firm specializing in the design and application of open standards for sensor systems and geospatial-temporal data. Prior to working full-time with Botts-Inc, Dr. Botts served for 20 years as a Principal Research Scientist within the National Space Science and Technology Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). At UAH, his team was heavily involved in research and development in support of fusion and analysis of data from a wide variety of disparate sensors.

Dr. Botts is the creator and chief architect of Sensor Model Language (SensorML), an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) technical standard for describing the measurement and processing of observations from virtually any sensor system. He is the chair of the OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Domain Working Group and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of most of the SWE specifications. He was also the chief architect of the Space Time Toolkit, a Java-based environment for on-the-fly fusion of disparate sensor data within an interactive 4D visualization environment.

In 2008, Dr. Botts received the Ken Gardels Medal for his role in bringing forth the internationally implemented sensor web standards under the OGC. He is an elected member of the OGC Architecture Board (2008-present).

His current interests are in the development of easily-deployed sensor webs, and in the design and implementation of a new web-based architecture for spatial-temporal social networks for genealogy and intelligence research.

Dr. Botts holds TS/SCI clearances in the US.