Douglas CochranAssociate Professor
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GWC 664

Research expertise: Sensor signal processing, applied harmonic analysis, detection theory

Douglas Cochran joined the ASU faculty in 1989. Between 2000-2005 and again from 2008-2010, he was on assignment to program management positions in federal agencies, first at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and subsequently at the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He served as assistant dean for research in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering between 2005-2008. Before coming to ASU, he was a senior scientist at BBN Laboratories. Cochran has served as a visiting scientist at the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organisation, as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, as technical program co-chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), and as general co-chair for the 1999 ICASSP and the 1997 U.S.-Australia Workshop on Defense Signal Processing. He holds Ph.D. and S.M. degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University and degrees in mathematics from University of California San Diego and MIT.

Collaborations and industry affiliations
Cochran,Douglas * . MURI: Value-centered Information Theory for Adaptive Learning, Inference, Tracking, and Exploitation (VITALITE). UNIV OF MICHIGAN (8/22/2011 – 12/21/2012).
Cochran,Douglas * . Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment – Dr. Douglas Cochran. DOD-Wright-Patterson AFB (10/20/2008 – 7/13/2010).
Cochran,Douglas * . Reed-Muller Sampling Matrices, Fast Reconstruction, and Null Space Properties in Compressive Sensing. PRINCETON UNIV (7/7/2008 – 6/30/2009).
Gelb,Anne * , Cochran,Douglas , Eubank,Randall , Renaut,RosemaryAnne , Roudenko,Svetlana , . FRG: Collaborative Research: Integrated Mathematical Methods in Medical imaging. NSF-MPS-DMS (8/15/2007 – 7/31/2012).
Wang,Joseph * Wang,Joseph * Cochran,Douglas Tao,Nongjian . Sensor System for Explosive Detection Based on Multiple Orthogonal Detection Schemes. MOTOROLA LABS (7/20/2007 – 6/28/2008).

Professional preparation
Ph.D., applied mathematics, Harvard University, 1990
S.M., applied mathematics, Harvard University, 1986
M.A., mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1980
S.B., mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979

Recognition and awards
Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology (2015-2016)
Top 5% of Fulton School of Engineering Teaching Faculty Commendation (2007, 2013)
U.S. Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2005)
Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (1996-1997)

Professional associations
IEEE Senior Member

Selected publication
“Analysis of Fisher information and the Cramér-Rao bound for nonlinear parameter estimation after random compression,” (with P. Pakrooh et al.), IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, in press.

“Higher-dimensional coherence of subspaces,” (with S. D. Howard and S. Sirianunpiboon), Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, April 2015.
“Distributions of projections of uniformly distributed K-frames,” (with S. D. Howard and S. Sirianunpiboon), Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, April 2015.
“Active data labeling for improved classifier generalizability,” (with V. Berisha), Signal Processing, vol. 108, pp. 272—277, March 2015.

“Operator-valued frames for the Heisenberg group,” (with B. Robinson, W. Moran, and S. D. Howard), Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications, March 2015.

“Optimal placement for barrier coverage in bistatic radar sensor networks,” (with X. Gong, J. Zhang, and K. Xing), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 99, October 2014.