Remote Sensing: Design, Development, & Evaluation
Sensor System Design & Evaluation for Tactical Application(s)
$1390 per person
Over the past decade, we have witnessed the development of several key technologies that have successfully merged to form remote sensing systems addressing applications previously thought too complex, too expensive, or simply not capable of being observed at the level required. MEMS-based sensors have undergone significant refinements that have led to highly capable sensor systems that perform target detection, discrimination and tracking. Equal in significance have been advances in miniaturizing inertial navigation components and injecting geolocation capabilities, to allow for both static and mobile applications. To complete the system construct, note that data communication chipsets have advanced in parallel and have been successfully merged with sensing technologies to become effective components of widely distributed sensor systems. Middleware has become the “glue” that holds these functions together to form powerful sensing solutions to a host of problems. This 2-day course will present fundamental sensing equations that describe sensor system performance for optical (infrared/VIS passive and laser radar), RF (including ultrawideband, UWB), and acoustic. The course will provide the underlying probability theory and derive performance equations for these sensor technologies. Scalability is presented to address the one-to-thousands of sensor node systems. Techniques will be provided that combine sensor and system functional component models, enabling the student to embark on specific design strategies and/or evaluation of existing systems. The course includes example Python code developed to examine optical sensor performance and case studies of existing sensor systems to provide insight into system limitations and considerations (development and operation costs, and complexities) that arise in real-world remote sensor system deployments.
Timothy D. Cole is a leading authority with 30 years of experience in the design, development, and deployment of remote sensors used in both terrestrial and exoatmospheric applications. While at Applied Physics Laboratory, he design & developed a TDRSS S-band online calibration process, led the GEOSAT-1 Ku-band altimeter data processing, and developed novel processing related to laser vibrometry for non-destructive evaluation (NDE) applications and long-range (OTH) target characterization. He was also technical lead for the LOng-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI instrument) for the Pluto mission, New Horizons. During his career with Teledyne and Northrop Grumman, Tim designed and implemented VIS-LWIR exoatmospheric sensor systems for target acquisition, discrimination & tracking and worked ad hoc wireless sensor nets. In recognition of accomplishing the foregoing tasks, Tim was awarded the NASA Achievement Award in connection with the design, development and operation of the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Laser Radar and was selected as a Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow consecutively for 3 years. Tim has conducted numerous research programs to further enhance optical sensor design and uses including tactical application of laser radars and ad hoc sensor nets. Mr. Cole holds multiple degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as in Technical Management. He now works as the calibration lead for the NASA/GSFC of NASA’s ICESat-2 laser altimeter.
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