Issue 7
Monday, 09 May 2016
Charles Darwin University
Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor Douglas Cochran
Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor Douglas Cochran

Fulbright professor shines light on passive radar

By Patrick Nelson

A visiting American professor has explained the significance of an innovative covert technology at a public lecture at Charles Darwin University. 

Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor Douglas Cochran discussed the merits and challenges of “passive radar” and Australia’s prominence in the field.

Fulbright NT secretary Maryanne McKaige, from CDU’s Office of the Vice-Chancellor, said Professor Cochran’s recent presentation Passive Radar: An Electromagnetically Green Technology provided a fascinating insight into a highly specialist field.

“In simple terms, passive radar is a technology that exploits ambient radio-frequency illumination provided by televisions, radios and mobile phone towers,” Ms McKaige said.

“It provides some advantages over active radar, but also some challenges.

“He is an award-winning educator whose research interests are in the mathematical and statistical foundations of remote sensing.”

Ms McKaige said the Northern Territory’s connection with the prestigious Fulbright program had never been more productive.

“Three Territorians have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships this year including Monique Hurley, Hichem Demortier, and Northern Institute’s Professor Ruth Wallace, the first woman to be awarded the Fulbright Distinguished chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship.

“Professor Wallace will soon depart for Kansas State University where she will build on her northern Australian research that has focused on engaging regional and marginalised communities in biosecurity identification and response systems.”