Scientists engaged in exploratory research in arctic regions are concerned about the risk of polar bear attacks on their employees working in remote areas. MDA, LLC has a number of clients with this issue; the objective of this project is to develop a tool improving safety for these workers.
The deployment of a polar bear detection system provides early warning to clients stationed in Arctic regions. Given adequate warning of a perimeter breach, personnel can be moved to safety, and/or deterrents can be employed that minimize or avoid risk of harm.
The goals of a system are:
- To achieve a robust detection capability capable of achieving 24/7, day/night detection with several square miles of coverage.
- To operate under adverse weather conditions (e.g., whiteout).
- Provide a means of alerting the operator to polar bear activity.
- To be cost-effective, maintainable, serviceable, and tolerant of weather conditions.
Students will work towards the design and implementation of a hardware/software solution that achieves the above goals. The approach taken by students will define the specific hardware and programming used.
Students will have the opportunity to interact with sensor systems for monitoring a fixed ground region. These systems may be either passive or active, and include acoustic or sonar monitors, electro-optical, infrared, and/or low-light sensors. Students may also be working with communications equipment and communications protocols as part of this project. Students will work with Matlab, python, C/C++ and MDA proprietary algorithms to perform signal and image processing, resource management, debugging, and user interfaces.