RF Surveillance and Signal Processing Program

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) RF Surveillance and Signal Processing Program has the objective of developing an affordable and fully automated network of time-coordinated mono-static, bi-static and passive surveillance sensors providing real-time tracking, identification, and engagement information with persistent wide area awareness. A majority of performance improvements in sensors, networking and communication connectivity are expected to come from conceptualization of new systems, innovations in signal processing, and RF and digital component technology. The program is investigating:

  • Radar – Radar is the navy’s primary sensor for situational awareness and threat detection in both the surface and aerospace domains.  Research into antenna apertures, electronics, and signal processing continue to provide enhanced capability to detect, track, and automatically identify targets and threats.
  • Signal Intelligence – Passive sensing techniques collect signals of opportunity to gather information about the environment.  The use of interferometric and sophisticated signal processing algorithms enable the detection, geolocation, tracking, and identification of targets. 
  • Network Sensing – Sensor data collected across a network of heterogeneous sensors can be combined to provide order-of-magnitude improvements in situational awareness.  Research areas include sensor data fusion, multi-hypothesis decision making, multi-target tracking, and methods for handling and fusing disparate and intermittent data sources.
  • Electronic Protection – Electronic protection (EP) develops methods to mitigate Electronic Attack (EA) and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) to RF sensors and networks.

Note: Proposers are encouraged to contact the program officer to discuss their research interest prior to the submission of formal proposals.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Bradley Binder

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 31

Division: Electronics Sensors and Network Research

Email: bradley.binder@navy.mil

Office of Naval Research
875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1425
Arlington, VA 22203

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