ECEn 568 Microwave Remote Sensing

Fall Semester 2016

Class meets at: 2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. MWF in 406 CB

Instructor: Dr. David Long    long@ee.byu.edu   801-422-4383

Office: 440 CB

Office Hours: TBD

Course Description: This survey course will cover various topics in Microwave Remote Sensing with emphasis on spaceborne remote sensing of the Earth's atmosphere, land, and oceans. The primary methods and applications of microwave remote sensing will be considered with both active (radar) and passive (radiometry) techniques covered. Some of the issues related to the design of spaceborne microwave sensors will be discussed along with radiative transfer theory. Students will individually research one topic in depth through the preparation of a research paper.

Course Objectives: Introduce the student to the techniques used in microwave remote sensing and enable them to perform high level design tradeoffs and analysis of such systems.

Prerequisites: Advanced calculus, introductory EM theory (e.g., ECEn 360), and signal processing (e.g., ECEn 380) or instructor's consent.

Text: (required) Ulaby and Long, Microwave Radar and Radiometric Remote Sensing, University of Michigan Press, 2014. This is a very good book, and one you will want to keep in your library.

Instructor's Philosophy: I emphasize system-level design and analysis with a systems approach to engineering. My goal as your instructor is to help you develop intuition and real understanding of fundamental engineering principles and practices. While understanding the mechanics of using engineering concepts and techniques is, of course, critical, knowing when to apply a given technique can be even more important.

I feel the instructor's role is to expound upon the reading material and homework and to provide additional examples and explanations as needed. As a student it is your responsibility to read the reading assignments prior to coming to class, to actively participate in the class by listening and asking questions, and to complete the assignments and home work on schedule. All of these are designed to help you understand and apply the material. There is no "busy work". Tests are designed to evaluate your ability to apply what you have learned. Homework assignments are designed to reinforce what you have learned and provide practice using the material.

Grading:

Mid-term Exam 20%
Analysis Report 25%
Oral presentation 5%
Research report 25%
Final Exam         25%
Total                100%

Analysis Report: Each class member will select one of several possible data sets from remote sensing system to analyze in detail. Class members will write a 10-15 page report presenting their findings and their experience analyzing this real data set. Note: English, format, etc. will count! The report should take the form of a journal paper being presented to mainline remote sensing journal such as IEEE TGARS. I strongly suggest the use of LaTeX.

Class presentation: Each class member will research and prepare a 20 min lecture on a topic related to the course and approved by the instructor. You will be graded by other class members and the instructor. Please negotiate your presentation date with the instructor.

Research Report: Each class member will research and prepare a 10-15 page research paper on a topic related to the course and approved by the instructor. The same topic may be used for both the presentation and report with the instructor's permission. The reports should be tutorial in nature with other class members as the audience. Note: English will count! The first draft of the report will be edited by class members. Members of the class will be review and edit the report, make comments, and return the report to the author. The final version of the report (the one graded by the instructor) will be due on the day of the author's class presentation. Only the final version of the report will be graded.

Exams:;
The mid-term exam will be administered in class one day during the second or third week of October as arranged with students in the class.
The final exam will be 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. The final will be comprehensive. By University policy you MUST take the exam on schedule.

Homework: Homework problems are optional and will not be graded. However, homework assignments will be good practice for the exams, which are based in part on the homework assignments.

Reading: Will be assigned in each class period for the next period. Source will be primarily from Ulaby and Long but may include handouts.

Students with disability: Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the University Accessibility Center (801-422-2767). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the UAC. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Equal Employment Office at 801-422-5895, D-282 ASB.

Personal Health Considerations: If you are ill an unable to take the exam on schedule contact your instructor before the close of the schedule exam period.

Preventing Sexual Misconduct:As required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the university prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of “Sexual Misconduct” prohibited by the university. University policy requires any university employee in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention through various forms including face-to-face conversation, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. If you encounter Sexual Misconduct, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or 801-422-2130 or Ethics Point at https://titleix.byu.edu/report-concern or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours). Additional information about Title IX and resources available to you can be found at titleix.byu.edu.

Students with disability: Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability that may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the University Accessibility Center (801-422-2767). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the UAC. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. You should contact the Equal Employment Office at 801-422-5895, D-282 ASB.

Last revised:26 Jul 2016