The Laboratory for Active Sensing Systems (LASS), located in MSEE 292, is dedicated to research in active sensing systems. Active sensing systems, such as radar, sonar or lidar, actively transmit electromagnetic or acoustic energy into a medium and sense the energy scattered by objects in that medium. The received signals are then processed to extract information about the presence, locations, velocities, and characteristics of these objects.

The focus of this work is the design or waveforms and signal processing for enhanced delay-Doppler resolution, bistatic radar detection of weak targets in the presence of a strong direct path signal and multipath clutter, improved target detection and estimation performance, as well as new systems concepts, architectures and solutions to problems in active sensing, surveillance and imaging. Research in these areas depends heavily on probability and stochastic processes, detection theory, estimation theory, information theory, signal theory (including Fourier analysis, wavelet analysis and harmonic analysis), digital signal processing, mathematical systems analysis, array antennas, and the theories of electromagnetic and acoustic waves.