Hintz to Discuss Landmines in Vision Series Lecture

Posted: February 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Kenneth Hintz
Kenneth Hintz

Landmines are a worldwide humanitarian tragedy because of the difficulties associated with removing and disabling them after they have been emplaced during a conflict.

Current efforts to detect and remove them are costly, ineffective and slow. While most efforts focus on eliminating or reducing their future usage, detection and remediation of existing landmines remains a difficult technical problem.

Kenneth Hintz, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, will present the next Vision Series lecture on this topic, “The Language of Landmines: Motivation to Remediation.”

The talk takes place on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, call 703-993-8888.

A new, fast and highly effective method of landmine detection has been developed at Mason based on the use of ground-penetrating radars to characterize landmines as strings.

These strings form a language of mines that can be interpreted by a language recognizer. After a brief introduction of the landmine problem and elimination efforts, Hintz will explain this new approach and its use in landmine detection and removal.

Since joining Mason in 1987, Hintz designed and established the BS and MS in Computer Engineering Programs for Mason.

Before joining Mason, Hintz worked in electronic warfare and radar signal processing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va. Prior to that, he was with the U.S. Navy as an aviator flying electronic warfare reconnaissance.

Hintz holds seven patents and is lead author on a book on microcontrollers. He is also a senior member of IEEE and a member of SPIE.

Hintz received a BS in electrical engineering from Purdue University and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.

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