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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Geoffrey Akers, PhD.


Adaptive digital beamforming (DBF) algorithms are designed to mitigate the effects of interference and noise in the electromagnetic (EM) environment encountered by modern electronic support (ES) receivers. Traditionally, an ES receiver employs a single adaptive DBF algorithm that is part of the design of the receiver system. While the traditional form of receiver implementation is effective in many scenarios it has inherent limitations. This dissertation proposes a new ES receiver framework capable of overcoming the limitations of traditional ES receivers. The proposed receiver framework is capable of forming multiple, independent, simultaneous adaptive digital beams toward multiple signals of interest in an electromagnetic environment. The main contribution of the research is the development, validation, and verification of a resource manager (RM) algorithm. The RM estimates a set of parameters that characterizes the electromagnetic environment and selects an adaptive digital beam forming DBF algorithm for implementation toward all each signal of interest (SOI) in the environment. Adaptive DBF algorithms are chosen by the RM based upon their signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) improvement ratio and their computational complexity. The proposed receiver framework is demonstrated to correctly estimate the desired electromagnetic parameters and select an adaptive DBF from the LUT.

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