John Bird

John Bird

Expertise: Engineer (Underwater Acoustics, Signal Processing, Sonar)
Affiliation: Simon Fraser university
Ph.D. (1980) Electrical Engineering, Carleton University
B.A. Sc. (1973) Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia
Dip. of Technology (1968) Electrical/Electronics, British Columbia Institute of Technology

John S. Bird received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1973 from the University of British Columbia , Vancouver , B.C., Canada , and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Carleton University , Ottawa , Ontario , Canada , in 1980.

He worked for the Defence Research Establishment Pacific, Victoria , British Columbia , from 1973 to 1981, where he was engaged in signal processing and detection studies related to passive sonar. From 1981 to 1987 he continued these studies but in the context of land and space-based surveillance radars while on loan to the Communications Research Centre from the Defence Research Establishment Ottawa. During this time he also worked in the area of satellite spread spectrum communications. Dr. Bird is currently with the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby , British Columbia , where his research interests include signal processing, underwater acoustics, sonar, bottom mapping, autonomous underwater vehicles, limnology, and lake exploration.

Dr. Bird organized and participated in the first sonar surveys of Pavilion Lake in the late 1990ís. In September 2005, He and graduate student Geoff Mullins completed a detailed 3D sonar survey of the lake and are now in the process of analyzing the data. Dr. Bird also completed several drop-camera surveys of isolated areas in the lake including the deep mounds that were discovered from the sonar data. 3D sonar data is important for defining large scale growth patterns of the microbialite fields, determining bottom topography, finding new microbialite fields, and determining bottom composition.


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