Advanced Imaging and Detection of Security Threats using Compressive Sensing

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Project Description

Project Overview and Significance

As the problem of identifying suicide bombers wearing explosives concealed under clothing becomes increasingly important, it becomes essential to detect suspicious individuals at a distance. Systems which employ multiple sensors to determine the presence of explosives on people are being developed. Their functions include observing and following individuals with intelligent video, identifying explosive residues or heat signatures on the outer surface of their clothing, and characterizing explosives using penetrating X-rays, terahertz waves, neutron analysis or nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR). At present, radar is the only modality that can both penetrate and sense beneath clothing at a distance of 2 to 50 meters without causing physical harm.

The objective of this project is the hardware development and evaluation of an inexpensive, high-resolution radar that can distinguish security threats hidden on individuals at mid-ranges (2-10 meters) using an “on-the-move” configuration and at standoff-ranges (10-40 meters) using a “van-based” configuration.

The outcome of this project would be the first inexpensive, high-resolution radar system with special application to detecting and identifying potential suicide bombers.
Phase 2 Year 2 Annual Report
Project Leader
  • Jose A.Martinez-Lorenzo
    Research Professor
    Northeastern University

  • Carey M. Rappaport
    Northeastern University

Faculty and Staff Currently Involved in Project
  • Borja Gonzalez-Valdes
    Post Doctorate

Students Currently Involved in Project
  • Yolanda Rodriguez-Vaqueiro
    Northeastern University
  • Gregory Allan
    Northeastern University
  • Matthew Nickerson
    Northeastern University