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Oraintara Receives $400K Grant for Intruder Sensor Network

November 30, 2005

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Soontorn Oraintara will begin work in January to develop a self-managing radar sensors network to safeguard our nation's border and critical civilian infrastructures. The three-year, $399,927 research project is being be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project focuses on the development of a robust and energy efficient self-managing radar sensors network for intruder detection, identification and tracking. It involves integrating advances from three areas of research: multi-static radar remote sensing, digital signal processing and communications, and high-frequency integrated circuits. The resulting robust sensor system will fill an important need to safeguard the nation's border and critical civilian infrastructures.

In the proposed system, each node on the network would have capabilities for radar sensing, signal processing and wireless communication. Autonomous radar sensors operating in the microwave region would detect and track visible, obscured or hidden targets. Information about a target is then encoded and wirelessly forwarded to the central processor, where target identification and network-wide tracking are conducted using sensor data from every node in the network, along with their position and timing information.

Dr. Oraintara will be assisted by Drs. Sungyong Jung and Saibun Tjuatja, also in the Electrical Engineering Department. They will enlist the participation of graduate and undergraduate students, who will take sensor network-related courses and conduct experiments using the software tools and a radar sensors network test-bed being developed in the project. In addition, Dr. Oraintara will utilize a collaborative recruitment effort with the McNair and National Science Foundation’s Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Science Programs at the University of Texas at Arlington to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups.