Speaker: Robert D. Palmer (University of Oklahoma, Norman)
Title: Advances in Radar Technology and Science at the University of Oklahoma – The Advanced Radar Research Center
Robert D. Palmer was born in Fort Benning, GA on June 3, 1962. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, in 1989.
From 1989 to 1991, he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow with the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University, Japan, where his major accomplishment was the development of novel interferometric radar techniques for studies of atmospheric turbulent layers. After his stay in Japan, Dr. Palmer was with the Physics and Astronomy Department of Clemson University, South Carolina. From 1993 to 2004, he was a part of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska, where his interests broadened into areas including wireless communications, remote sensing, and pedagogy. Soon after moving to the University of Oklahoma (OU) as the Tommy C. Craighead Chair in the School of Meteorology in 2004, Dr. Palmer established the interdisciplinary Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC). He currently serves as the Executive Director of the ARRC and OU's Associate Vice President for Research. While at OU, his research interests have focused on the application of advanced radar signal processing techniques to observations of severe weather, particularly related to phased-array radars and other innovative system designs. He has published widely in the area of radar remote sensing of the atmosphere, with an emphasis on generalized imaging problems, spatial filter design, and clutter mitigation using advanced array/signal processing techniques.
Prof. Palmer is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has been the recipient of several awards for both his teaching and research accomplishments.