Date of Award

3-22-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Geoffrey A. Akers, PhD.

Abstract

This paper presents two research objectives aimed at advancing the AFIT RNR signal processing algorithm and modeling capability toward the overarching goal of performing collision avoidance on an autonomous vehicle. In both research efforts, analytical, simulated, and measured results are provided and used to draw research conclusions. The first research effort is aimed at reducing the memory required for 2D processing in the time domain in order to distribute the processing algorithm across hundreds of processors on a GPU. Distributed processing reduces the overall 2D processing time and the feasibility of a near real-time implementation is studied. The second effort consists of improving a Simulink(Registered) model of the AFIT RNR. Each component of the AFIT RNR, as well as the target environment, is modeled and compared to measured results. A robust model will provide a useful tool to study the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the RNR at all points within the radar system.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-GE-ENG-12-40

DTIC Accession Number

ADA556656

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