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Gerald Cook

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Automatic control sytems, Robotics, Estimation and Identification, Landmine detection

Cook is the Earle C. Williams Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a former President of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and a former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. His areas of interest include automatic control systems and robotics as well as signal processing. He has performed numerous research projects in these and other areas with well over 100 refereed publications. Recent research has been in the area of sensor-bearing vehicles used for remote sensing. Emphasis is on control and navigation of the vehicle, and geo-registration of the sensed objects of interest. Military applications include search for landmines and other types of strategic targets and may involve airborne as well as ground vehicles. Other potential non-military applications include search for survivors in disaster areas as well as exploration of various types in areas inaccessible to humans.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Laurlyn Harmon

Assistant Professor of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Expertise: Using technology in natural environments, Social psychological perspectives of person/place relationships

Harmon is an assistant professor in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, in the School of Recreation, Health & Tourism at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D in Leisure Studies at Penn State with a minor in Social Psychology. Her research interests include the social psychological connections people have with the natural world (i.e. place attachment), technology and how it can be used to relate to the natural world, and recreation land planning.

Harmon has been working with underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the effect they have on our understanding of and interaction with underwater resources. Her research also includes assessment of experiential learning outcomes in non-formal settings. She currently teaches Research Methods, Human Behavior in the Natural Environment & People & Nature but has also taught courses in Recreation Facilities Planning, Recreation Facilities Management, and Golf Course Design.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

Kenneth Hintz

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Expertise: Image processing, Information based sensor managment, Computer engineering, Marine science and engineering

Hintz received his PhD in electrical engineering in 1981 from the University of Virginia for his development of a new theory of information-based sensor management. In 1987, Hintz joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mason. His research is in the areas of information-based sensor management and image and ground-penetrating radar signal processing. He has several issued patents, pending applications, a book published by McGraw-Hill, and he recently conducted funded research on information-based sensor management for the next generation of sensing platforms. His current research is in landmine detection and modeling of improvised explosive device force interaction.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,