COURSE # ROO-443

DEFENSE SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS OF ELECTRO-OPTICS (E/O) AND INFRARED TECHNOLOGIES

September 29-30, 2016, in Arlington, VA


… excellent tutorial of the E/O and IR technologies, components and their applications in modern defense systems …


Advances in solid state technology, signal processing and computers have led the way to modernization of optical systems; for one, the traditional, film-based imagery is being replaced with electro-optic sensors capable of operating in different spectral bands. Such rapid progress of the state-of-the-art, along with the ever increasing demand for expanded capabilities and performance, stress the need for deeper understanding and greater familiarity with the technology. This two-day course presents the key components and their applications in modern E/O and IR defense systems. It examines the characteristics of electro-optical components and their performance in the ultraviolet, visible, and near and deep infrared wavelengths against the evolving imagery goals and objectives.

Applications and benefits:

You will benefit by enhancing your understanding of the:
  • Electro-optic components;
  • Lasers;
  • System types;
  • System planning;
  • Remote sensing;
  • Technology challenges;
  • Future trends.

Who should attend:

This two-day course explores Modern EO/IR Technologies, with defense systems applications. Whether stand alone or in a support role, the proliferation of EO/IR technology into modern systems necessitates its broader understanding by the program and project managers, system analysts, engineers and technicians who are involved in EO/ IR based systems, or work with multimode systems which employ EO/IR technology in some of its functions. This course has no prerequisites, however prior attendance at OEI Course #ROO-442 and/or a background in engineering, sciences or equivalent experience will be helpful. These two courses, ROO-442 and ROO-443, are offered consecutively and can be taken individually or as a five-day program (at a significant cost savings).

Course Outline:


About the Instructor


Dr. Joseph T. Siewick is the Chief Scientist of the TEOS Business Sector of Alion Science and Technology Corporation, specializing in sensors, sensing and associated signals processing. He is the key person authority for stand-off sensors on Alion’s DTRA C-WMD Contract.

Dr. Siewick’s 30-year career in electro-optic systems supporting NRL, ARL, SDIO, BMDO, DTRA and the US Army’s NVESD includes many noteworthy assignments and achievements. His breadth of EO experience includes devising, building and testing novel EO-reliant components, physically-secure fiber-optic systems, a Smart Bullet for ship self-defense for Dahlgren, image processing filters for space-based surveillance, and trace chemical and micro-contamination sensing instruments. His innovations include: an improved sapphire (extending the deep-endoatmospheric performance-envelope for missile IR seeker radome applications); designing a 3-D matched velocity filter for space-based sensing of unresolved moving targets against high clutter, and developing an E/O-reliant Magnetic Effects Sensor (effective in detecting IEDs and small, low-metal-content landmines). He has also been involved in a several Tempest innovations.

Dr. Siewick’s academic career was primarily focused on laser and E/O. He defended his thesis and received his doctorate in Chemical-Physics (Physics Department) from the University of Maryland where he taught optics and quantum electronics classes and managed one of the laser and E/O research laboratories in the Electrical Engineering Department.