Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography & ODU Resilience Collaborative

Fall 2019 Seminar Series


Daniel D. Sternlicht
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division

Monday, October 7, 2019
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Research Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


This seminar traces the evolution of seabed mapping technologies: beginning with depth recorders, scanning sonars, and sub-bottom profilers in the early 20th century; through the revolutionary invention of the side scan sonar in the 1950s; and on to the late century innovations of multibeam echosounders, swath bathymetry side scan sonars, and synthetic aperture sonars. State-of-the-art 21st century developments include the use of autonomous unmanned vehicles; fusion of acoustic, magnetic, and electro-optic modalities; and advanced sensing techniques, such as synthetic aperture acoustic tomography and automated seabed change detection. Applications of these technologies for the mapping of underwater munitions contamination will be discussed.


Dr. Daniel Sternlicht is a specialist in maritime reconnaissance and surveillance, whose career has focused on the development of advanced sensors, signal and information processing, and concepts of autonomous operation. Dr. Sternlicht's research has been in new sensor design, through-the-sensor environmental characterization, automatic target recognition and multi-sensor fusion, automated seabed change detection, underwater munitions mapping, and historical development of maritime sensing technologies. He received the B.A. degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hawaii, Manoa; and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied ocean science from the University of California, San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Sternlicht currently serves as the Distinguished Scientist for Littoral Sensing Technologies at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD).

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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