Imaging of Objects From Rf Radar Returns

Period of Performance: 06/23/2008 - 04/24/2009


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

SET Assoc. Corp.
1005 N. Glebe Rd.Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

The Ohio State University
1330 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212
Institution POC


This research topic focuses on the design of algorithms to exploit wideband standoff radar data so as to effectively see through walls in order to detect and characterize objects of interest within a building. The hypothesis is that people and objects of interest will exhibit characteristic signatures that allow you to, for example, discern human pose, detect the presence of carried weapons, and detect static weapons caches. In general, these characteristic signatures will be contaminated by through-wall dispersive transmission effects as well as reflective phenomena such as near-field coupling, multipath, and edge/corner diffraction within the building. SET Corp has teamed with The Ohio State University ElectroScience Lab to identify characteristic temporal, polarimetric, and spatial/spectral features and to recover them from the complex EM environment through the use of adapted in situ wall propagation models. We design classifiers that process the recovered characteristic features to provide situation awareness within the room.