John Buck Awarded New ONR Research Grant
The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently awarded Dr. John R. Buck of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering $337,228 over three years to study array processing techniques. The grant, titled "Stochastic Eigen-analysis for Adaptive Array Processing," was awarded by the Undersea Signal Processing program at ONR. The project will support Professor Buck and a graduate student in the Acoustic Signal Processing Lab through September 2011. The goal of the project is to obtain a deeper understanding of existing algorithms for processing sound recordings from the large arrays of hydrophones the Navy incorporates into sonar systems, and to develop novel algorithms to provide improved sonar performance with large arrays. The project will also investigate new designs for sonar arrays as an alternative to the usual evenly-spaced sensors. Dr. Buck will be collaborating on this project with Dr. Kathleen E. Wage of George Mason University. Dr. Buck's research focuses on applications of signal processing and information theory to underwater acoustics, including both man-made sounds and animal bioacoustics. In his 12+ years at UMass Dartmouth, Dr. Buck has brought in close to 2M dollars in external research grants. In recognition of his research accomplishments and potential, he has been awarded the prestigious CAREER award for young faculty by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Young Investigator award by ONR.
Author: "Dayalan Kasilingam"