Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2013

1711  University of Houston  (21189)

Principal Investigator: SHIH,WEI

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 261,138

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 10/1/12 <> 12/31/13

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Department, Center, School, or Institute: ENGINEERING

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: NOVEL SENSOR SYSTEM FOR THE EARLY DETECTION AND MONITORING OF OFFSHORE OIL SPILLS

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board

CFDA: No CFDA

Program Title: none

Note:

GOMRI-030 - …we propose innovative sensing to quantify oil film thickness using the combination of multimodal, multispectral infrared (IR) imaging and computational reconstruction. Such a system can aid human observers in making objective and accurate decisions, or alternatively be installed on the platform as an automated and permanent sensor for 24/7 operations, replacing current helicopter survey. We will exploit novel ultrasensitive detection mechanisms in the spectral and thickness modulations of the oil films recently discovered by the PI. These novel contrast mechanisms would enable the measurement of oil film thickness with 24/7 detectability. The proposed system seamlessly integrates passive IR multispectral imaging with active thermal excitation imaging using discrete quantum cascade laser modules. The computational imaging core exploits the benefits of data sparsity in multispectral image reconstruction. The system could become an extremely cost-effective solution for offshore oil spill detection.

Discussion: No discussion notes

 

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