SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: Brendan Nichols
TIME: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: Love Building, 109
TITLE: Vector Sensor Beamforming for Autonomous Glider Networks
COMMITTEE: Dr. Karim Sabra, Chair (ME)
David Trivett (ME)
Dr. François Guillot (ME)


A distributed array of acoustic vector sensors mounted on autonomous underwater gliders form a sensor network theoretically capable of detecting and tracking underwater targets. This work aims to compare the localization performance of different data processing methods using realistic environmental parameters. Experimental and simulated data show that localization accuracy can be improved using weighted coherent processing, provided sufficient accuracy in the gliders' navigation parameters.