November 29, 2007

LSU will lead an eleven institution collaborative research effort in Radio Frequency (RF) Sensor Technologies. Electrical & Computer Engineering professor Morteza Naraghi-Pour is the principal investigator and the technical lead for the entire project. For its effort LSU has been awarded $735,000 by Clarkson Aerospace/Air Force Research Laboratory/Sensor Directorate (AFRL/SN). The Co-PI’s are Guoxiang Gu, Jorge Aravena, Kemin Zhou, Marty Feldman, Theda Daniels-Race and Bryan Audiffred, all from the ECE Department, and Rajgopal Kan

This project started last year when LSU was awarded $490,000 by Clarkson Aerospace/Air Force Research Laboratory to lead Southern University, Baton Rouge and Grambling State University for research in Radio Frequency (RF) Sensor Technologies. Professor Naraghi-Pour was the PI and Professors Gu, Aravena and Zhou were the Co-PI’s.

The objective is to conduct basic research and exploratory and advanced development of RF sensors to meet Air Force Aerospace Global Awareness, Precision Engagement, Survivability, and Life Cycle Cost needs for space, air and ground sensor systems. AFRL/SN is developing, demonstrating, and improving RF devices, components, sub-systems, and systems for active and passive sensing, intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance, self protection, and other applications from multiple aerospace platforms.

At LSU, the research involves development, analysis and evaluation of advanced digital signal processing (DSP), communication and networking algorithms and protocols in order to enable and enhance communication, localization and tracking of targets, and surveillance and information gathering capabilities of sensor networks.

Other companion institutions will also be involved in developing advanced components and/or receiver structures for the next generation of adaptive and medium-aware radio systems. This year three other Louisiana universities are in the group of eleven: Southern University (SUBR), Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University. The remaining universities are Rice, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Texas Southern, Tennessee State and Prairie View A&M.

Article by Ralph Kinney, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, kinnfolk@cox.net

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