EDI CON Online
Title: Metamaterial Electronically Steering Antennas: Enabling High-Performance Radar in the Age of Autonomy
Date: October 27, 2020
Time: 8:30am PT / 11:30am ET
Sponsored by: Echodyne Corp.
Presented by: Dr. Tom Driscoll, CTO & Co-founder
Electronic beam-steering phased-array antennas (ESA's) are the gold-standard of performance in radar and communications. Unfortunately, there are longstanding challenges to realizing low-cost phased-arrays, and as a result many applications have to make-due with lower-performing antennas. Recently, new antenna architectures leveraging dense metamaterial design are changing that, offering high-performance ESA's at breakthrough cost, which is in turn revolutionizing a number of markets. We will introduce the basics of the metamaterial design approach, and look at applications and techniques Metamaterial ESA's are unlocking.
Dr. Tom Driscoll is Founder and CTO of Echodyne, the Seattle startup bringing breakthrough radar-vision sensors to autonomous vehicles and commercial markets. At Echodyne, Tom leads the world-class Research & Development team creating Echodyne’s products, helping them channel their talent and passion as technologists to meet the Echodyne’s opportunity to redefine radar sensing for an autonomous future. Prior to Echodyne, Tom served as Managing Director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center incubator at Intellectual Ventures, where he and a small team of scientists helped realize and mature a technology platform that has underwritten 4 start-up companies to date. Tom holds a PhD in physics from UCSD, and a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd, and an adjunct position at Duke University.
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