Ph.D. Research Proposal Exam: Muhammed Zahid Ozturk
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ph.D. Research Proposal Exam
Name: Muhammed Zahid Ozturk
Committee: K.J. Ray Liu (Chair)
Date/time:October 19, 2021, 11:00 am
Location: KIM 2211
Title: Sound Sensing with Millimeter Wave Radio and its Applications
Abstract: As the most natural way of human communication, sound sensing has become a ubiquitous modality for human-machine-environment interactions. Despite many environmental sensing capabilities enabled by microphones, they have limitations such as weak source separation when multiple speakers are present, being prone to replay attacks, and reduced performance under noise. Thanks to the availability of next generation communication systems and miniaturized radars, mmWave devices have enabled a plethora of sensing applications in recent years. Mobile phones and smart hubs have embedded mmWave radars for environment sensing. In this proposal, we explore sound sensing by mmWave radars and demonstrate the sensing capabilities through real experiments.
In the preliminary work, we explore how and to what extent ambient sound and sound-induced vibration could be sensed by these sensors. We first establish fundamentals to sense sound from ambient objects, such as a piece of aluminum foil, or active speaker surfaces. We show that, unlike microphones, which sense the sound at the sensor location, radars can sense sound remotely (e.g. from the environment), and robustly. Afterward, we propose a system that can detect and localize the source of a sound, and enhance the noisy radar signals to improve quality.