Global to push GA events into
skip to main content

Title: System and method for constructing filters for detecting signals whose frequency content varies with time

A system and method are disclosed for constructing a bank of filters which detect the presence of signals whose frequency content varies with time. The present invention includes a novel system and method for developing one or more time templates designed to match the received signals of interest and the bank of matched filters use the one or more time templates to detect the received signals. Each matched filter compares the received signal x(t) with a respective, unique time template that has been designed to approximate a form of the signals of interest. The robust time domain template is assumed to be of the order of w(t)=A(t)cos(2{pi}{phi}(t)) and the present invention uses the trajectory of a joint time-frequency representation of x(t) as an approximation of the instantaneous frequency function {phi}{prime}(t). First, numerous data samples of the received signal x(t) are collected. A joint time frequency representation is then applied to represent the signal, preferably using the time frequency distribution series. The joint time-frequency transformation represents the analyzed signal energy at time t and frequency f, P(t,f), which is a three-dimensional plot of time vs. frequency vs. signal energy. Then P(t,f) is reduced to a multivalued function f(t), a two dimensionalmore » plot of time vs. frequency, using a thresholding process. Curve fitting steps are then performed on the time/frequency plot, preferably using Levenberg-Marquardt curve fitting techniques, to derive a general instantaneous frequency function {phi}{prime}(t) which best fits the multivalued function f(t). Integrating {phi}{prime}(t) along t yields {phi}{prime}(t), which is then inserted into the form of the time template equation. A suitable amplitude A(t) is also preferably determined. Once the time template has been determined, one or more filters are developed which each use a version or form of the time template. 7 figs.« less
Inventors:
;
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
403670
Assignee:
National Instruments Corp., Austin, TX (United States) PTO; SCA: 426000; PA: EDB-97:004221; SN: 96001695592
Patent Number(s):
US 5,574,639/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-322,053
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 12 Nov 1996
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; PULSE ANALYZERS; DESIGN; FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT; VARIATIONS; SIGNAL CONDITIONERS; TIME DEPENDENCE

Similar records in DOepatents and OSTI.GOV collections: