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Cognitive Remote Sensing Laboratory

The cognitive sensing laboratory is a 2,000-square-foot research space dedicated to investigating synthetic cognition to improve radar performance. 

Creatures such as bats and dolphins are considered to have a biological radar and observation of their behaviors indicates their abilities to significantly exceed manmade systems. The difference in performance is attributed to the cognitive abilities of their central nervous system. 

Within the lab there are several projects researching how cognition can be brought to the manmade systems so their performance rivals that of the natural counterparts.

Specific activities include: application of echoic flow to radar for autonomous navigation; development of a cognitive processing frameworks for radar systems; and understanding how targets can be recognized from radar data. In addition to the cognitive activities, the lab conducts research into passive radar--a type of radar that piggy-backs on commercial broadcast transmissions and thus minimizes the amount of electromagnetic spectrum required for operation.