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David Krout

Principal Engineer

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering






Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington-Seattle, 2006

M.S. Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 2001

B.S. Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, 2001


2000-present and while at APL-UW

Deep generative acoustic models for real-time sonar systems

Powers, T., and D.W. Krout, "Deep generative acoustic models for real-time sonar systems," Proc., 21st International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION), 10-13 July, Cambridge, UK, doi:10.23919/ICIF.2018.8455375 (IEEE, 2018).

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10 Jul 2018

High-fidelity acoustic models are crucial to the performance of sonar systems since they identify where there is signal excess in the surrounding environment. Sonar operators use these models to optimize sonar parameters in applications like target detection and tracking. Unfortunately, high-fidelity generative models like Comprehensive Acoustic System Simulation (CASS) are very computationally intensive and can not be run in real time. One way around this limitation is to pre-compute maps for a region given expected environmental parameters, but this approach is impractical in highly variable littoral regions. Instead, we propose to emulate a high-fidelity acoustic model with a deep neural network (DNN). DNNs are very efficient at test time, requiring only a few iterations of simple linear and nonlinear operations, and can easily be run in real-time on a sonar platform. Deep models continue to advance the state-of-the-art in fields like speech and audio processing, computer vision, and natural language processing. These advances motivate the use of deep learning for a real-time generative acoustic model. We train a deep feedforward sigmoid network on a dataset generated by CASS and demonstrate promising results.

PDAFAI with an neural network acoustic emulator

Krout, D.W., "PDAFAI with an neural network acoustic emulator," Proc., 21st International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION), 10-13 July, Cambridge, UK, doi:10.23919/ICIF.2018.8455799 (IEEE, 2018).

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10 Jul 2018

Recent developments in Deep Learning have revitalized previous work in emulating acoustic propagation using Neural Networks. This paper will present results incorporating a Neural Network (NN) acoustic emulator into a PDAFAI tracking algorithm. The NN is used to improve SNR estimates for contacts in a multiple target tracking algorithm. Due to the computationally efficiency of a NN, this can happen in real time. This paper presents comparative results for real data using a probabilistic data association (PDA) algorithm and PDA with amplitude information (PDAFAI).

Constrained robust submodular sensor selection with application to multi static sonar arrays

Powers, T., D.W. Trout, J. Blimes, and L. Atlas, "Constrained robust submodular sensor selection with application to multi static sonar arrays," IET Radar Sonar Navig., 11, 1776-1781, doi:10.1049/iet-rsn.2017.0075, 2017.

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1 Dec 2017

The authors develop a framework to select a subset of sensors from a field in which the sensors have an ingrained independence structure. Given an arbitrary independence pattern, the authors construct a graph that denotes pairwise independence between sensors, which means those sensors may operate simultaneously without interfering. The set of all fully-connected subgraphs (cliques) of this independence graph forms the independent sets of matroids over which the authors maximise the average and minimum of a set of submodular objective functions. The average case is submodular, so it can be approximated. The minimum case is both non-submodular and inapproximable. The authors propose a novel algorithm GENSAT that exploits submodularity and, as a result, returns a near-optimal solution with approximation guarantees on a relaxed problem that are within a small factor of the average case scenario. The authors apply this framework to ping sequence optimisation for active multistatic sonar arrays by maximising sensor coverage for average and minimum case scenarios and derive lower bounds for minimum probability of detection for a fractional number of targets. In these ping sequence optimisation simulations, GENSAT exceeds the fractional lower bounds and reaches near-optimal performance, and submodular function optimisation vastly outperforms traditional approaches and nearly achieves optimal performance.

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Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center