NATO panel hosts Dr. Amin

Press Release

The only participant from an academic institution at the recent NATO Scientific panel meeting about sensing through-the-wall radar technologies was Dr. Moeness Amin, director of the Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) in the Villanova University College of Engineering.

Other participants on the panel, which focused on cutting-edge through-the-wall-radar-imaging research and developments that will help save lives, were from NATO country defense organizations.

Representing the United States, along with Dr. Amin and the Villanova CAC, at the Oct. 22-24 meeting were the U.S. Army and its Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC).

The meeting, held at the Swedish Defence Research Agency FOI in Linkoping, Sweden, was the final of six for the current NATO panel about sensing-through-the-wall technologies.

During the last three years, the panel has met in the United States, France, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

A final report, including sections contributed by Dr. Amin and the Villanova CAC, will be issued in December 2008.

The NATO panel’s objective was to produce a state-of-the-art technology assessment on this important research.

This technology could help law enforcement officers apprehend fugitives hiding in buildings or enclosed structures and could also assist soldiers in seeing who and what is in a room or building before attempting to enter.

This could potentially resulting in fewer combat and civilian casualties.

Amin’s primary interest in sensing-through-the-wall technology is its use by rescuers trying to locate people trapped in mines, inside burning houses and residences or under building collapses.

Amin has been on the faculty of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Villanova University since 1985.

He has served as the director of the CAC since 2002.

He has appeared in more than 400 journal and conference publications, focusing in the areas of wireless communications, time-frequency analysis, smart antennas, secure communication. He has published additional rticles on interference cancellation in broadband communication platforms, anti-jam GPS, target tracking, direction finding, channel equalization and radar systems.

Amin was the guest editor for The Journal of The Franklin Institute’s July 2008 issue focusing on sensing-through-the-wall radar imaging technology.

He is also the guest editor of the May 2009 special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing designated to advances in imaging of building interiors.