ARL's Sensors program seeks to provide the Army with innovative and affordable technology for sensing, communications and threat engagement across the electromagnetic spectrum of the battlefield. The effort is focused on: electro-optic imaging and displays, nanotechnology and photonic devices for advanced battlefield sensors, advanced radio frequency (RF) technology for integrated system sensors, and sensors and signal/image processing for distributed sensor networks in order to enhance the lethality, survivability and mobility of our tactical forces. Major research investments include lasers/sources, detectors, photonic devices, imaging integration, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, RF sensors and antennas, RF devices and components, prognostics and diagnostics, image understanding, acoustic and magnetic sensing, sensor fusion, and sensor integration. The Sensors program is executed in five technology sub-areas.
Perform basic and applied research in electronic/RF sensing and advanced RF device technologies, including critical components, radar, measurement and signal intelligence (MASINT), signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare technologies, target signatures, and execute the material implementation of these technologies in support of Reconnaissance, Intelligence, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RISTA), communications, fire control, guidance and fuzing applications. Research underway includes substantial effort in related signal processing and algorithm development to elucidate relevant information from the measured data.
Perform basic and applied research in electro-optic and photonic devices, including passive sensors, active sensors, multispectral (MS)/hyperspectral (HS) imagers, visible and IR solid state and fiber lasers and sources, UV detectors/emitters, electronic warfare technologies, and target signatures, and transition these technologies in support of RISTA, communications, fire control, guidance, fuzing, survivability, mobility, and lethality applications.
Perform basic and applied research in sensors to allow for detection, tracking, and identification of battlefield targets using non-imaging techniques utilizing methods such as acoustic, seismic, magnetic, and others; support of hazard detection with technologies in areas such as CBRNE sensors, countermine & counter-improvised explosive devices (CIED), sample processing, and target signatures; and to collect and analyze target signatures in each of these modalities.
Perform basic and applied research in electronic materials, specialized devices, circuits/chip design and fab, with the aim of developing new and improved electronic devices, components and subsystems for Army applications. The specialized needs of the Army, including MILSPEC requirements, is the focus of our research effort. Areas of interest include micro electronics, electronic sensors and communication, electronic warfare technologies, flexible electronics and displays, MEMS and nanoelectronics.
Perform basic and applied research in sensors to allow autonomous detection, tracking, and identification of battlefield targets, through technologies such as multi-sensor output processing, data/image processing, electronic warfare technologies, and target detection & classification algorithms. Develop new signal processing algorithms for acoustic, seismic, magnetic, and electromagnetic sensors as well as single band and hyperspectral image sensors. Develop fusion algorithms to improve detection performance in multimodal sensor systems. Key focus areas are persistent sensing, networked sensors, and Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS).