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Defence Scientist Awarded Silver Medal in Signal Processing in Acoustics

12 November 2015
Picture of Brian Ferguson, awarded signal processing scientist
Dr Brian Ferguson, recipient of the Acoustical Society of America’s Silver Medal in Signal Processing in Acoustics

Principal Scientist in Maritime Division, Dr Brian Ferguson, has received the Acoustical Society of America’s Silver Medal in Signal Processing in Acoustics for his contributions to in-air and in-water acoustic classification, localisation and tracking.

Dr Ferguson said the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international learned society in acoustics.

“This prestigious award by the Society for scientific achievement represents the highlight of my career and commitment to scientific research in acoustic signal processing.

“I am grateful to the Society’s leaders, members and my nominators, who have always welcomed, involved, taught and inspired me in my career.”

Dr Ferguson has served in various positions in DST Group (formerly DSTO) since 1992 including Head, Submarine Sonar and Head, Acoustic Systems.

Signal Processing

His research interests are in acoustic signal processing having Defence and national security applications, which involve detecting, classifying (including imaging), localising and tracking sources of sound, both in air and under water.

Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky said that he was delighted to see Defence scientists receiving recognition for their outstanding work.

“Dr Ferguson is a worthy recipient of this prestigious Silver Medal,” he said.

The Silver Medal is presented to individuals for contributions to the advancement of science, engineering, or human welfare through the application of acoustic principles, or through research accomplishments in acoustics.

The award was presented at the 170th meeting of the ASA on 4 November 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.