Radar Sensor Systems​

Our goal is to design and develop microwave and millimeter-wave radar and sensors that have new capabilities for enhanced detection, imaging, and sensing modalities.   We have designed, developed and built the entire ultra-wideband radar system including circuits,  antennas,  data processing, and imaging reconstruction software.   We are also interested in using commercially available radar and sensors in applications.  Our current projects include: 

  1. Software-Defined Ultra-wideband Radar 
    In this project, we are developing and prototyping software-defined ultra-wideband radar systems.  The core transceiver of the ultra-wideband system consists of a wideband software-defined transmitter enhanced by digital pre-distortion algorithms and machine learning and a high sampling-rate programmable receiver.  We are developing individual circuit components, antennas to system integration that includes data collection capabilities and imaging algorithms.   

  2. Millimeter-wave radar for sensing for Vibration and Biomedical Signatures 
    In this project, we are interested in using commercially available millimeter-wave radar for measuring vibration and biomedical signatures. We are developing post-processing software specific for each application, along with employing the use of neural networks for classification problems. The applications are ranging from intrusion detection to human behavior classification. 

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Related publications
  1. A. Alkasimi, T. Shepard, S. Wagner, S. Pancrazio, A.-V. Pham, C. Gardner, and B. Funsten, "Dual-Biometric Human Identification Using Radar Deep Transfer Learning," in Sensors, vol. 22, no. 15, p. 5782, Aug. 2022, doi: 10.3390/s22155782. 

  2. S. Wagner, A. Alkasimi and A. -V. Pham, “Detecting the Presence of Intrusive Drilling in Secure Transport Containers Using Non-Contact Millimeter-Wave Radar,” in Sensorsvol. 22, no. 7, pp. 2718, April 2022, doi: 10.3390/S22072718.

  3. S. Wagner, S. Pancrazio, A. Hossain and A. -V. Pham, "Experimental Detection of Buried Sub-mm Diameter Wires Using Microwave Ground-Penetrating Radar," 2021 IEEE USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (Joint with AP-S Symposium), 2021, pp. 37-38, doi: 10.23919/USNC-URSI51813.2021.9703496.

  4. S. Pancrazio, P. Nguyen, S. Wagner, A. Hossain and A. -V. Pham, "Digital Pre-Distortion to Correct UWB Pulses in a Boresight Test," 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (APS/URSI), 2021, pp. 525-526, doi: 10.1109/APS/URSI47566.2021.9704281.

  5. S. Wagner, B. M. Worthmann and A. -V. Pham, "Minimizing Timing Jitter’s Impact on Ground-Penetrating Radar Array Coupling Signals," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 59, no. 6, pp. 4717-4724, June 2021, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2020.3019976​.

  6. S. Wagner and A. -V. Pham, "Standoff Non-Line-of-Sight Vibration Sensing Using Millimeter- Wave Radar," 2020 17th European Radar Conference (EuRAD), Utrecht, Netherlands, 2021, pp. 82-85, doi: 10.1109/EuRAD48048.2021.00032​.