Giving to CREOL CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics

SPIE Student Chapter Talk: "Lidar, an up and coming, Multi-phenomenology, sensor" by Paul F. McManamon

Friday, June 29, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CREOL Room 103


Dr McManamon will talk about lidar technology and systems. He is just completing a second book in the area. He will talk about various lidar types and applications, and about components that make up lidar. The main lidar components are a laser, a receiver, and aperture, and processing. Some interesting types of lidar are range only lidar, 2 dimensional lidar, 3D lidar, and laser vibrometer. The most popular current application of Lidar is the driverless car. Luminar, right in Orlando, is one of the contenders in that area. It will be a huge market. 3D mapping is another commercial application. I believe lidar will be very useful exploring for, and extracting, fossil fuels. Lidar is a revolutionary sensor that is coming into its time.


Dr. Paul F. McManamon started Exciting Technology LLC after he retired from being Chief Scientist for the Air Force Research Lab, AFRL, Sensors Directorate. He is also technical director of the Lidar and Optical Communications Institute, LOCI, at the University of Dayton. He chaired the US National Academy of Sciences Study “Laser Radar: Progress and Opportunities in Active Electro-Optical Sensing” (2014). He was co-chair of the US NAS study “Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation” (2012) study, which recommended a National Photonics Initiative, NPI. Dr McManamon was also vice chair of the 2010 NAS study called “Seeing Photons: Progress and Limits of Visible and Infrared Sensor Arrays”. Dr McManamon is a Fellow of SPIE (the International Society for Optics and Photonics), IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), OSA (the Optical Society of America), AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory), DEPs (the Directed Energy Professional society), MSS (the Military Sensing Symposia), and AIAA (the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Dr McManamon received the WRG Baker award from the IEEE in 1998 for the best paper in ANY refereed IEEE journal or publication (> 20,000 papers). He was president of SPIE in 2006. He was on the SPIE board of directors for 7 years and on the SPIE Executive Committee from 2003 through 2007. Dr McManamon worked with Dr. Fenner Milton and Dr. Gerry Trunk to found the Military Sensing Symposia, combining IRIS and tri-service radar. He worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force at WPAFB from May, 1968- May, 2008. His last job for the Air Force was chief scientist for the AFRL Sensors Directorate, where he was responsible for the technical aspects of all AFRL sensing technologies, including RF and EO sensing, automatic object recognition, IRCM, electronic warfare, and device technologies. Prior to that he also was senior scientist for EO/IR Sensors, and acting chief scientist for the Avionics directorate for > 2.5 years. In 2006 he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

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