EECS500 Fall 2011 Department Seminar

Michael C. Wicks
Spectrum Crowding and Cognitive Radar
AFRL/Wright-Patterson AFB
White Bldg., Room 411
11:30am - 12:30pm

The ever increasing demand on remote sensing capabilities directly conflicts
with the accelerating loss of spectrum allocation.
Increased spectral awareness and waveform diversity can be applied to this
problem through cognitive processing and control of modern radar.
This talk motivates the development of essential technology for this purpose.



    Michael C. Wicks (S’81–M’89–SM’90–F’98) received the B.Sc. degree (1981) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and the M.Sc. (1985) and Ph.D. (1995) degrees from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY in electrical engineering. He earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration in 2000 from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

     Dr. Wicks had been on the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Sensors Directorate over a 30 year career. He recently joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton. He is still consulting regularly with AFRL at WP AFB. He is a Distinguished Research Scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute Sensor Systems Division. He has authored over 300 papers, reports, and patents. His technical expertise encompasses space-time adaptive processing, advanced algorithm development, ultra-wideband radar, polarimetric sensor signal processing, inverse synthetic aperture radar imaging, knowledge-base applications to radar signal processing, concealed weapons detection, ground-penetrating radar, bistatic radar, and radar systems engineering.

     Dr. Wicks holds 15 U.S. patents, and has authored or co-authored three books, many book chapters, and over 300 journal, conference, and technical papers. Additionally, Dr. Wicks participates in numerous national and international panels, committees, and working groups, including NATO and other multi-national organizations. Dr. Wicks serves on the Board of the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the New York State Mohawk Valley Water Authority, the Advisory Board to the Department of Engineering, Computer and Physical Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College, the Advisory Board at the Rochester Institute of Technology Electrical Engineering Department.

     Dr. Wicks is an IEEE Fellow, an AFRL Fellow, the 2009 winner of the IEEE Warren D. White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering and the 1998 recipient of the IEEE Fred Nathanson Award to the Young Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wicks also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University College London, United Kingdom. He received the SUNY Alumni of the Year Award for his contributions to science, technology and service to the academic community.