Introduction to Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Concepts, Systems, and Test & Evaluation

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Gain an overview of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance-enabling technologies, systems engineering and test and evaluation. Explore technical issues related to measures of performance, test planning, instrumentation and sensor/system functions. Examine challenges testing of network centric systems (and systems of systems), and review aspects of human factors impacting ISR system performance.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, technicians and managers


How You Will Benefit


George A. "Fred" Wright, Principal Research Engineer and Chief Engineer for the Systems Evaluation Division at Georgia Tech Research Institute, received a B.S. in 1986 from Memphis State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 and 1996. He focuses on technology support for novel C2 paradigms and has developed network-centric test and evaluation concepts and systems for all of the services and is supporting testing for the Marine Corps, Army, and Air National Guard. In addition, he works within the Joint System Integration Command at Joint Force Command to devise approaches to operational picture utilization and development.

Michael Cathcart, Senior Research Scientist in Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Electro-Optical System Labortory and research faculty member with Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Physics, received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He researches physics-based modeling and simulation of visible and infrared phenomenology for active and passive sensors, target signature computations, electro-optical sensor performance studies and laser lethality analyses. Cathcart has conducted research into tactical applications of high energy lasers for air defense and aircraft survivability. He is a member of IEEE, APS and SPIE.

Dennis J. Folds, Principal Research Scientist and Chief of the Human Systems Integration Division at Georgia Tech Research Institute, researches human decision-making, training, design of advanced displays, human performance measurement, intelligent transportation systems, auditory perception, and user-centered design methodologies. He is chair of the Human Engineering Working Group for Project SEA 1411 for the Royal Australian Navy’s maritime surveillance helicopter project (SH-2G(A)) and leads all human engineering activities, including cockpit design and human engineering test and evaluation. He is the P.I. for a basic research program on training for rapid decision making, sponsored by the US Army Research Institute and leads the program evaluation effort for the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in engineering psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Each participant successfully completing this 4-day course will earn 2.4 CEUs. These CEUs apply to the elective requirements for the TEREC Test & Evaluation Certificate.

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Registration for this course is done through the Georgia Tech Continuing Education Department. To register on-line, use the Continuing Education Information/Registration Page for this course. Once there, click on "Register Now." A phone number is provided for those who do not wish to register and pay on-line.

Last Updated January 5, 2015