Upcoming Event: Technical Seminar

Dates: May 10, 2016

Location: Geometrics

Meeting Room
2190 Fortune Drive
San Jose, CA 95131


The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at the SETI Institute


Dr. Gerald (Gerry) R. Harp

Seminar Abstract

SETI Institute is a non-profit research institute in Mountain View, CA and is a world leader in all topics pertaining to the evolution of life in the universe, from interstellar chemistry, to extremophiles on Earth, to the discovery of exoplanets, to the radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence. I will discuss the physical arguments in favor of radio SETI, and describe the state of the art for SETI observations to date. The most important challenge for radio SETI at this time is the pervasive presence of human-generated signals that trigger false positives in our SETI detectors. The only reliable weapon to combat such interference is direction-of-arrival estimation that can prove a signal originates from outer space. I give a description of the most advanced digital signal processing technologies in use or being developed for the ETI search including direction-of-arrival estimation and detection of technological signals with arbitrary waveforms. Future observations with the Square Kilometer Array will propel the radio ETI search into a new domain of sensitivity and direction-of-arrival estimation.

Meeting Agenda

6:00 PM to 6:30 PM Check in
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Presentation
7:30 PM to 7:45 PM Q&A


Brian Lee and Rahul Mhaskar


Both IEEE members and non-members are welcome. Admission is free.

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