Graduate Exam Abstract

Jim George

M.S. Final
February 15, 2008, 1:00 PM
LaPorte Room, LSC
Transformation of CSU-CHILL into a Virtual Radar

Abstract: The Virtual CHILL (VCHILL) initiative transforms the CHILL radar experience to remote locations over the Internet. Delivery of digitized radar signals (DRS) allows multiple users to perform signal processing customized to their application, without affecting radar operation. This thesis describes the development and demonstration of new radar hardware, software and control systems to enable VCHILL. A digital transmitter control system was developed to permit rapid changes to the radar's operating state under computer control. A new digital receiver and signal processing system was developed to take advantage of recent advances in computer hardware and provide a framework within which new signal processing algorithms may be developed and tested. Finally, the performance of each subsystem and the radar as a whole is verified through the radar calibration process. The versatility of the new architecture is demonstrated through examples of some of the new signal processing algorithms now in place at the CSU-CHILL radar.

Adviser: V. Chandrasekar
Non-ECE Member: S. A. Rutledge, Atmos
Member 3: B. M. Notaros, ECE
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