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Dr. Charvat explains and demonstrates Doppler Radar using the Coffee Can Radar. (This video is from Gregory Charvat via YouTube, and is not covered by our Creative Commons license.)

Dissemination: Other Experiences with the Coffee Can Radar

Independent Learners

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IEEE Spectrum Senior Editor Dave Schneider builds and test the radar at home: “Coffee-Can Radar.” IEEE Spectrum, November 2012. (This video is from spectrummag via YouTube, and is not covered by our Creative Commons license.)

Blog post about Michael Scarito’s talk and demonstration at the Defcon 19 (2011) conference: “Defcon 19: build your own radar system.” Dangerous Prototypes, November 14, 2011.

STEM Education Outreach

MITRE employees give a hands-on demo of the coffee can radar at their Young Women in Engineering outreach event: “Local Students Introduced to Engineering at MITRE.” MITRE, February 2012.

University Student Projects

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UC Davis EE students build and test a radar for their senior RF/Microwave design project. (This video is from UCDart via YouTube, and is not covered by our Creative Commons license.)

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A University of Vermont senior design project creates a portable/bike mounted version of the coffee can radar. (This video is from Jrpotivn via YouTube, and is not covered by our Creative Commons license.)

A team in Michigan State University’s electrical and computer engineering capstone design course (ECE 480) design a data acquisition unit that expands the laptop-based radar kit’s functionality: ECE_TEAM-7 Portable Range Doppler Radar System. Fall 2011.

More About the MIT IAP Course

Conference paper: Charvat, G. L. “The MIT IAP radar course: Build a small radar system capable of sensing range, Doppler, and synthetic aperture (SAR) imaging.” IEEE Radar Conference (RADAR), 7-11 May 2012.

Video of Dr. Charvat’s presentation about the course to an IEEE joint sections meeting, viewable via link on the right side of this page: “MIT Lincoln Laboratory Researchers Introduce Students to Radar Engineering,” Lincoln Laboratory News, April 2011.

News coverage: Abazorius, Abby. “A Modern Approach to Radar,” CSAIL News [MIT], February 24, 2011.

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