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Data Science, Statistics Faculty Awarded Patent

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on October 24, 2019

Abolfazl SaghafiAbolfazl Saghafi PhD, faculty in the data science and statistics programs, was awarded a non-provisional patent titled “Systems and Methods for Detecting Buried Objects” this year. 

Dr. Saghafi, along with another statistician and two geoscientists, developed state-of-the-art analytics to detect underground objects. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) signals captured at discrete locations along a surface of a medium, the radar is able to estimate multiple object’s location and depth automatically in real-time and with high accuracy. 

“We are potentially looking for companies to invest in our technology,” said Dr. Saghafi.

He also presented the research and results at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ annual conference in San Antonio, TX, in September 2019. The conference included more than 7,000 geoscientists and highly-qualified buyers and technology providers from all over the world, who were sharing recent geophysical practices, advances in knowledge, and data analysis.

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