Atwater Kent Laboratories, 217
Since 2000, my work, research, and passion has centered on the Precision Personnel Locator (PPL) for First Responders. I have come to love the community of first responders, including fire fighters and law enforcement, and want to help them by providing a tool that will enhance their ability to effectively and efficiently deal with crisis situations. Beyond locating personnel, the PPL can relay physiological information back to the commanders, providing information that can potentially indicate when a firefighter has reached his or her stress limit. We are also developing sensors to describe the environment fire ground to allow an incident commander to make a split-second predication that a flashover might occur, making it is necessary to get personnel out of a building before it happens. My interests in radar technology, military target recognition, and satellite communications have lead me to apply everything I have ever learned and used in electrical and computer engineering to the PPL project, including signal theory, electromagnetic theory and simulation, software defined radio, and digital signal processing. I consider myself to be part electrical engineer, part mathematician, and part physicist. Physics has become as much a hobby as an intellectual interest—even to the point of creating terrible at-home basement experiments in the name of science. I am an avid comic book collector, a fan of boating, and a video game enthusiast (beating anyone who dares to battle me at Mario Kart Double Dash).
- machine vision
- automatic target recognition
- image fusion
- network computing
- computers in education
- BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1975
- MS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1977
- PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1981
- A. Cavanaugh, M. Lowe, D. Cyganski, J. Duckworth, “WPI Precision Personnel Locator System - Rapid Deployment Antenna System and Supporting Algorithms for 3D Precision Location,” ION ITM, Session A4: Urban & Indoor Navigation Technology 1, San Diego, CA., Jan. 25-27, 2010.
- V. Amendolare, D. Cyganski, R. J. Duckworth, "WPI Precision Personnel Location System: Synchronization of Wireless Transceiver Units". Joint Navigation Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 1-4, 2009.
- Jack Coyne, D. Cyganski, R.J. Duckworth, FPGA-Based Co-processor for Singular Value Array Reconciliation Tomography, "The Sixteenth Annual IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines", April 14-15, 2008, Palo Alto, CA.
- D. Cyganski, J. Duckworth, S. Makarov, W. Michalson, J. Orr, V. Amendolare, J. Coyne, H. Daempfling, J. Farmer, D. Holl, S. Kulkarni, H. Parikh, B. Woodacre, "WPI Precision Personnel Locator System," JSDE's Joint Navigation Conference, 2-5 April 2007, Orlando, Florida.
- D. Cyganski, J. Duckworth, S. Makarov, W. Michalson, J. Orr, et al., "WPI Precision Personnel Locator System - Indoor Location Demonstrations and RF Design Improvements." Institute of Navigation, 63rd Annual Meeting, Cambridge, MA, April 2007.
Labs and Centers
- 1999: Weston Hadden Professorship
- 1996: Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research
- 1990: Ichabod Washburn Alumni Award for Professional Achievement
- 1984: Trustee's Award for Outstanding Teaching
- 1982: First Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow