ECE Faculty Member Receives Funding for Sensing System on UAVs

July 31, 2023

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Junming Diao received funding to develop a novel ultra-high resolution beamforming sensing system on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Dr. Junming Diao

The $90,000 from the Southeast Center for Electrical Engineering Education (SCEEE) Development Fund will help in the development of the project.

Diao said there is growing interest in developing high-performance and smart miniaturized wireless systems for mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and this funding will assist in meeting the growing need.

“To meet the challenge of designing such a wireless system with a large antenna gain and high angular resolution, we plan to develop a novel method for integrating the antennas systems on the UAVs to largely improve the resolution of the beamforming sensing system,” he said.

The proposed systems may enable a range of new technologies in areas such as radar, image sensing, surveillance and monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in the future.

To learn more about Dr. Diao’s areas of interest and his research, visit his ECE faculty page.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University consists of 27 faculty members (including seven endowed professors), seven professional staff, and over 700 undergraduate and graduate students, with approximately 100 being at the Ph.D. level. With a research expenditure of over $14.24 million, the department houses the largest High Voltage Laboratory among North American universities.