Dr. Moeness Amin, Director of the Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) in the College of Engineering, was the only participant from an academic institution at the October NATO scientific panel meeting about cutting-edge, sensing-through-the-wall radar technologies. Representing the United States along with Dr. Amin and the CAC were the U.S. Army and its Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC).
The meeting, held at the Swedish Defence Research Agency FOI in Linkoping, Sweden, was the final of six for the current NATO panel about sensing-through-the-wall technologies. During the last three years, the panel has met in the United States, France, Italy, Norway, and Sweden. A final report, including sections contributed by Dr. Amin and the CAC, will be issued in December 2008.
The panel’s objective was to produce a state-of-the-art technology assessment on this important research, which could help law-enforcement officers apprehend outlaws hiding in buildings and enclosed structures and also help soldiers see who and what is in a room or building before attempting to enter, thus potentially reducing military and civilian casualties. Dr. Amin’s primary interest in this technology is its use by rescuers trying to locate people trapped in mines, burning residences, or collapsed buildings.
A member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1985, Dr. Amin has served as CAC Director since 2002. He has contributed to more than 400 journal and conference publications focusing in the areas of wireless communications, time-frequency analysis, smart antennas, secure communications, interference cancellation in broadband communication platforms, anti-jam GPS, target tracking, direction finding, channel equalization, and radar systems. Dr. Amin served as guest editor for the Journal of the Franklin Institute’s July 2008 issue on through-wall technology. He also is the guest editor of the May 2009 special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, which is dedicated to advances in imaging of building interiors.