Floyd Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

September 14, 2011

Dr. Brian Floyd
Dr. Brian Floyd

Dr. Brian Floyd, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NC State, has received DARPA's Young Faculty Award for his project titled "Interferometric Imaging using Reconfigured phased-arrays In Silicon (IIRIS)." The award comes with $300k over two years.

When asked about the project, Dr. Floyd said "IIRIS will explore a different approach to millimeter-wave imaging which should reduce or eliminate the hardware overhead needed in conventional passive millimeter-wave cameras."

The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and expose them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA's program development process.

The YFA program provides funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context of DoD needs. The program focuses on untenured faculty, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding. The long-term goal of the YFA program is to develop the next generation of academic scientists, engineers and mathematicians in key disciplines who will focus a significant portion of their career on DoD and national security issues.

"I am very excited to receive this young faculty award and look forward to working with DARPA on the project," said Dr. Floyd

Abstract: Passive millimeter-wave imagers operating at 30-300 GHz are able to see through dust storms, clouds, fog, and clothing, and are useful for aircraft navigation, remote sensing, and concealed object detection. Rather than adding an entire new millimeter-wave camera to defense platforms, this research program will explore techniques to allow existing phased arrays used for radar or communications to be repurposed as an interferometric imager. A two-year research program is proposed to architect the array, evaluate its imaging capabilities, develop new reconfigurable front-end circuit topologies which work equally well for beamsteering and multiplexed interferometry, and then to design, fabricate, and characterize a 94-GHz reconfigurable array prototype in 0.12-um SiGe BiCMOS technology.

For more on the award and the other recipients, please view DARPA's press release.