CAC Director Moeness Amin Serves as Guest Editor for Prestigious Journal

Dr. Moeness Amin, Director of the Center for Advanced Communications

For the first time in the history of indoor radar imaging, an entire issue of a scientific journal has been dedicated to advances in the field. Volume 345, Issue 6 (September 2008), of the Journal of The Franklin Institute comprises eight articles from experts in government, industry, and academia on recent developments in urban sensing and through-wall imaging; emerging areas of research; and technological applications in search, rescue, and security operations.

Serving as Guest Editor of the issue was Dr. Moeness Amin, Director of the College of Engineering's Center for Advanced Communications (CAC). As part of his editorial responsibilities, Dr. Amin identified topics that would reflect the breadth of research and the challenges associated with the field, invited experts to contribute articles on those topics, and presided over the review process.

Dr. Amin, who had been asked to perform this role by Rabinder N. Madan, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of The Franklin Institute, was excited that such a prestigious publication was focusing global attention on indoor radar imaging. "It is one of the nation's oldest scientific journals and is read by scientists and engineers all over the world. Since this is the first issue of its kind to deal with this important topic, it will be widely cited."

The CAC has been in the forefront of urban sensing and through-wall imaging technology, and has been nationally and internationally recognized as a "pocket" of expertise in this area.

Contributing to the issue were researchers at Villanova University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Tech, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Army, Canada Defense R&D, and BAE Systems. Subjects covered by the articles include

  • The state of the technology and future directions
  • Electromagnetic mapping of buildings and inverse modeling for estimating structure blueprints
  • Multi-location wideband synthetic aperture imaging for urban sensing applications
  • Motion classification and human gait analyses
  • Through-wall radar imaging using UWB noise waveforms
  • Characterizations of the wall signal dispersive and attenuation effects

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