ECE 507 Seminar (Fall 2014)

ECE 507 Seminar (Fall 2014)
2.00–3.15pm Friday, October 24th, Room EB-103
Underwater Acoustics at Portland State University.
Prof Martin Siderius
ECE Department, Portland State University
The Northwest Electromagnetics and Acoustics Research Laboratory (NEAR-Lab)
is in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Portland State
University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon. The lab is co-directed by Professors Lisa
Zurk and Martin Siderius. A primary interest is in underwater acoustics, which is a
general term that includes sonar but also involves the study of naturally occurring
sounds in the ocean. The research at PSU involves modeling and analysis of
acoustic propagation and scattering, acoustic signal processing, algorithm
development, sensor development, environmental acoustics and bioacoustics. The
lab maintains a suite of equipment for experimentation including an unmanned
underwater vehicle (underwater drone), hydrophone arrays (underwater
microphones), sound projectors, acoustic tank and an electronics lab. In this talk,
an introduction to the field of underwater acoustics will be given as well as a
discussion of some of the current research projects. The NEAR-Lab also maintains
a close collaboration with Metron Inc., a Reston, VA company with a branch office
in Portland. Some of the industry-university projects will also be discussed.
Dr. Martin Siderius received his B.S. degree in Physics from Western Washington
University, Bellingham, WA in 1986. He received his MSEE in 1992 and PhD in
electrical engineering in 1996 both from the University of Washington (Applied
Physics Laboratory) in Seattle, WA. In 1996 he joined the scientific staff at the
NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Itlay. After five years with NATO
Dr. Siderius took a position as a senior scientist at Science Applications
International Corporation in San Diego, CA. In 2004 he co-founded Heat, Light,
and Sound Research Inc. in La Jolla, CA where he was a Principal Scientist and
Vice-President. In September, 2008 he came to Portland State University where he
is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department. His general research interests are acoustics and electromagnetics and
include seabed acoustics, propagation and scattering in random media,
computational acoustics, acoustics and marine mammals, acoustic communications
and noise.
All welcome