Research & Innovation

Stevens Researchers to Receive 2020 Edison Patent Award for Advancements in Acoustic Detection Technology

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will honor the Stevens-developed Acoustic Aircraft Detection System

(Hoboken, N.J. – Oct. 14, 2020) – Stevens Sensor Technology and Applied Research (STAR) Center Senior Research Engineer Alexander Sedunov, STAR Center Senior Research Engineer Nikolay Sedunov, STAR Center Research Professor Alexander Sutin and Director of the STAR Center Hady Salloum will be honored with a 2020 Edison Patent Award by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. They will receive the award for their accomplishments in developing the patented technology, the Acoustic Aircraft Detection (AAD) System.

This technology uses several systems which each have five microphone clusters.  Each of these clusters consists of 64 tiny linked microphone capsules to detect sounds of aircraft engines. This allows the detection of smaller aircrafts including private planes, helicopters and drones, which might fly under the radar that typically detects larger aircrafts. It has a wide-variety of applications for airports, including collision-detection, security and better understanding of the source of noise complaints in residential areas near airports.

Stevens has licensed this technology to BridgeNet, a leading aviation company that provides services to airports, agencies and other aviation partners for better visualization of airspace and air traffic and improved airport design. 

“It is an honor to receive this recognition, but even more importantly, to have invented something that has gone beyond the lab and turned into a service that will impact people’s lives,” said Salloum. “The partnership with BridgeNet is a great example—and starting point—as to the countless commercial applications of the patent.”

“Through our partnership with Stevens, the Acoustic Aircraft Detection System has allowed us to continue expanding the breadth of innovative solutions we offer clients,” said BridgeNet President Paul Dunholter. “We look forward to further exploring and utilizing this technology.”  

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will be honoring 14 patents covering a wide range of research at the annual Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards Ceremony on November 12, 2020.

“It is a great honor for the STAR Center researchers and Stevens to be recognized alongside some of the most innovative companies and minds in New Jersey,” said David Zimmerman, director of technology commercialization. “I look forward seeing how the team continues to expand their research in acoustic detection technology and find more world-changing applications for this patent.” 

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