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Engineering | School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Douglas CochranProfessor
ASU Directory Profile

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

“Bounds on multiple sensor fusion,” (with B. Moran et al.), ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks vol. 1410, no. 3083, pp. 1-23, 2016.

“Operator-valued frames for the Heisenberg group,” (with B. Robinson, W. Moran, and S. D. Howard), Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications, vol. 21, issue 6, pp. 1384—1397, December 2015.

“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, vol. 63, no. 23, pp. 6423–6428, December 2015.

“Active data labeling for improved classifier generalizability,” (with V. Berisha), Signal Processing, vol. 108, pp. 272—277, March 2015.

“Detection in multiple channels having unequal noise power,” (with S. Sirianunpiboon and S. D. Howard), Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop, June 2016

“Exact Bayesian test for a common rank-one component in white noise,” (with S. Sirianunpiboon and S. D. Howard), Proceedings of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, pp. 1496—1499, November 2015.