Patents by Inventor Vinh N. Adams

Vinh N. Adams has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8026840
    Abstract: A biometric radar system and method for identifying a person's positional state are generally described herein. The biometric radar may phase adjust a sequence of radar return signals received through two or more receive antennas to remove at least some phase noise due to the stationary objects. The biometric radar may also segment the phase adjusted radar return signals into a plurality of multi-resolutional Doppler components. Each multi-resolutional Doppler component may be associated with one of a plurality of biometric features. The biometric radar system may also combine and weight the segmented radar returns for each biometric feature to generate weighted classifications for a feature extraction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wesley H. Dwelly, Vinh N. Adams
  • Publication number: 20110102234
    Abstract: A standoff range, sense-through-obstruction radar system is capable of detecting micro-Doppler, or life form signatures, and movements through obstructions at stand-off ranges and displaying the target information over a live video feed of the area under surveillance. The sense-through-obstruction radar system comprises an antenna assembly that includes a horn antenna and a reflector configured to reflect radio frequency (RF) energy to/from the horn antenna. An antenna pointing assembly supports the antenna assembly. The antenna pointing assembly is configured to move the antenna assembly to point the antenna assembly toward an obstruction. A sensor assembly is mounted to the antenna assembly so that the sensor assembly is aligned with the RF beam formed from the RF energy reflected from the reflector to the horn antenna. The sensor assembly is configured to detect the location of the obstruction and to provide information to assist pointing of the antenna assembly toward the obstruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Vinh N. Adams, Robert Adams, Wesley H. Dwelly
  • Patent number: 7379017
    Abstract: A pulsed radar system uses phase noise compensation to reduce phase noise due to drift of the reference oscillator to enable detection of micro movements and particularly human motion such as walking, breathing or heartbeat. The noise level due to A/D sampling must be sufficiently low for the phase noise compensation to be effective. As this is currently beyond state-of-the-art for high bandwidth A/D converters used in traditional receiver design, the receiver is suitably reconfigured to use analog range gates and narrowband A/D sampling having sufficiently low noise level. As technology continues to improve, the phase compensation techniques may be directly applicable to the high bandwidth A/D samples in traditional receiver designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wesley H. Dwelly, Vinh N. Adams
  • Patent number: 7352226
    Abstract: A versatile attenuator. The versatile attenuator includes a first mechanism for receiving an input signal. A second mechanism measures the input signal and provides a signal-level indication in response thereto. A third mechanism selectively attenuates the input signal when the signal-level indication surpasses a predetermined threshold and provides an attenuated signal in response thereto. In a more specific embodiment, the third mechanism further provides attenuation information. An additional mechanism then employs the attenuation information and a computer to selectively adjust an output signal of a circuit connected between the computer and the third mechanism to accommodate effects that attenuation of the input signal by the third mechanism has on the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wesley Dwelly, Vinh N. Adams
  • Patent number: 7151478
    Abstract: In some pseudo-orthogonal waveform embodiments, a radar system transmits pseudo-orthogonal waveforms and performs multiple correlations on a combined single receiver channel signal. In some quadratic polyphase waveform embodiments, a radar system may simultaneously transmit frequency separated versions of a single quadratic polyphase waveform on a plurality of transmit antennas, combine the return signal from each antenna into a combined time-domain signal, and perform a Fourier transformation on the combined time-domain signal to locate a target. The radar system may identify a target, such as sniper's bullet, incoming projectile, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) or a mortar shell. In some embodiments, the system may estimate the target's trajectory to intercept the target. In some embodiments, the system may estimate the target's trajectory and may further extrapolate the target's trajectory to locate the target's source, such as the sniper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Vinh N. Adams, Wesley H. Dwelly
  • Patent number: 7142153
    Abstract: A unique hardware architecture that combines short pulse, stepped frequency and centerline processing. The inventive architecture implements a radar system having a transmitter for transmitting short pulses, each pulse being stepped in frequency and a receiver receiving the pulses and providing an output signal in response thereto. In the illustrative embodiment, the transmitter includes a frequency source, an RF switch coupled to the source and a controller for controlling the RF switch. The receiver includes a signal processor implemented with a center line roughing filter. The signal processor has multiple channels each of which has a range gate and a digital filter. The digital filter includes a Fast Fourier Transform adapted to output a range Doppler matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wesley H. Dwelly, Vinh N. Adams
  • Patent number: 6970128
    Abstract: A see-through-the-wall (STTW) imaging system uses a plurality of geographically separated positioning transmitters to transmit non-interfering positioning signals. An imaging unit generates a synthetic aperture image of a target by compensating for complex movement of the imaging unit using the positioning signals. The imaging unit includes forward and aft positioning antennas to receive at least three of the positioning signals, an imaging antenna to receive radar return signals from the target, and a signal processor to compensate the return signals for position and orientation of the imaging antenna using the positioning signals. The signal processor may construct the synthetic aperture image of a target from the compensated return signals as the imaging unit is moved with respect to the target. The signal processor may determine the position and the orientation of the imaging unit by measuring a relative phase of the positioning signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Wesley H. Dwelly, Vinh N. Adams, Michael R. Beylor