Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.

Project Center

Silicon Valley, California


The ionosphere is a region of Earth’s atmosphere comprised of ions, and fluctuates based on factors such as time of day and weather. Disturbances that propagate through this region, called ionospheric waves, were the focus of this project. SRI International has a network of nine imagers scattered throughout the United States that take pictures of the night sky. This project developed two systems that process these images. The first system integrated images from the imaging network and displayed the resulting mosaic over a geographical map projection. The second system enhanced, analyzed, and identified ionospheric wave features in each image. The team also provided SRI with a developer’s manual. These tools will be useful in providing a better tool for SRI to understand ionospheric waves.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering