William M. Sanders, Ph.D.

William M. Sanders has conducted research in underwater acoustics at the Naval Research laboratory since 1998. His areas of specialty are ambient noise, propagation modeling, data fusion and signal processing. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1998 in applied marine physics. He conducted research in underwater acoustics and signal processing for private industry between 1985 and 1992. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America. Active areas of research include low frequency ambient noise, propagation modeling, multi-sensor data fusion, geoacoustic inversion and the acoustics of marine mammals.

William M. Sanders
Work: NRL Code 7185
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
(228) 688-4164

Ph.D. Applied Marine Physics, University of Miami, 1998
M.S. Applied Marine Physics, University of Miami, 1994
B.A. Physics, University of Tennessee, 1983

Recent Experience:
Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center Mississippi
Research Physicist in underwater acoustics studying the environmental influences on undersea surveillance system performance. Designed and coded three-dimensional acoustic propagation model. Investigating three-dimensional directionality of ambient noise due to shipping and wind. Investigating theoretical bounds on errors resulting from inverse methods. Participated in multiple experiments designed to study effects of man-made noise on marine mammals.
1992-1997- University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Graduate research assistant specializing in underwater acoustics. Concurrently worked at NRL Stennis Space Center as graduate intern in support of Multiple Influence Detection research initiative. Studied performance prediction of passive acoustic shallow water networks.
1989-1992- Martin Marietta Aero and Naval Systems, Baltimore, Maryland
Led over two years of research and development in post-detection processing of acoustic intercept signals, including target motion analysis algorithms.
1988-1989- Litton AMECOM, College Park, Maryland
Developed techniques for passive ranging and bearings-only tracking of electronic signals.
1984-1988- Northrop Corporation, Annapolis, Maryland
Engineered systems for use in electronic and communications intelligence.
1984- Radix Systems, Inc., Rockville, Maryland
Developed systems for measurement and processing of submarine radiated noise.

Relevant Recent Publications:
W. M. Sanders, “Assessing the relative importance of local versus distant ambient noise sources”, Submitted to The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
W. M. Sanders, "Detection, Classification and Localization Performance Predictions for a Network of Multi-Sensor Nodes in the Korea Strait (U)", Submitted to The Journal of Underwater Acoustics, (CONFIDENTIAL)
S. A. Chin-Bing, L. A. Pflug, W. M. Sanders and J. J. Newcomb, "The Scalable Computer Ocean Reverberation Engine: SCORE”, Proceedings of International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, Montreal, 8-12 Aug., 2000
Kinney, W. A., W. E. Avera, W. M. Sanders and J. A. Showalter, “Theoretical and Experimental Estimates of the Phase Correlation of Acoustic and Nonacoustic Signals (U),” JUA/USN, Vol. 51, No. 2, 481-490, Apr. 2001 (CONFIDENTIAL).