Research Areas research areas


  • My research primarily investigates acoustic sensing in underwater environments, where problems of physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science all intersect. Acoustic sensors are often complicated devices, with mechanical, electrical, and acoustical elements. Each of these components, along with the environment, all color and influence the signals the sensor is intended to detect. I am particularly interested in understanding the relationships and interactions between the stimuli, the sensor, and the environment. This research often involves developing models to predict performance and interactions and designing, building, and testing new sensors (including transducers, electronics, and signal processing).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 Combining range-general and range-specific techniques for late-time focused image reconstructiona).JASA Express Lett.  4:036001. 2024
    2023 A Comparison of Two Methods for Simulating Spatial Coherence-Based Motion EstimationIEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering.  48:1280-1288. 2023
    2023 Neural Volumetric Reconstruction for Coherent Synthetic Aperture SonarACM Transactions on Graphics.  42:1-20. 2023
    2023 Near range breakdown of the phase centre approximationElectronics Letters.  59. 2023
    2023 Approximate extraction of late-time returns via morphological component analysis.Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  153:2838. 2023
    2023 SINR: Deconvolving Circular SAS Images Using Implicit Neural RepresentationsIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing.  17:458-472. 2023
    2023 Assessing the Utility of Multiple Representations for Object ClassificationIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.  61:1-14. 2023
    2023 Resonant Scattering-Inspired Deep Networks for Munition Detection in 3D Sonar ImageryIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.  61:1-17. 2023
    2022 Leveraging audio hardware for underwater acousticsJournal of the Acoustical Society of America.  151:A248-A249. 2022
    2022 Erratum: “Flexoelectric barium strontium titanate (BST) hydrophones” [J. Appl. Phys. 129, 064504 (2021)]Journal of Applied Physics.  131. 2022
    2021 Late return focusing algorithm for circular synthetic aperture sonar data.JASA Express Lett.  1:014801. 2021
    2019 Measurements and models of the correlation of redundant spatial coherence measurements for the incoherently scattered fieldJournal of the Acoustical Society of America.  146:4224-4236. 2019
    2018 Design considerations for a compact correlation velocity logJournal of the Acoustical Society of America.  143:1762-1762. 2018

    Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Thomas Blanford