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Colorado State University and the Department of Mathematics hosts a summer conference
CoCoA 2015 - Combinatorics and Computer Algebra
July 19-25 2015
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Steve Dauphin - PhD preliminary examination

Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Place: Engineering E-106
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Title:  Terrain Classification from Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images

Advisor: Dr. Margaret Cheney

Dr. Michael Kirby
Dr. Oliver Pinaud
Dr. Yu Morton

This preliminary examination will include an overview of a novel terrain classification from polarimetric synthetic aperture radar images and two projected extensions.  The first is to analyze the polarimetric coherency matrix and how it changes with respect to time.  Adding temporal coherence to the classification algorithm will add an extra dimension of data to further separate classes.  The second is using the classification algorithm to identify which scattering model should be used, then extract physical properties of the scatterers.