Date of Award

Spring 2005

Project Type


Program or Major

Engineering: Electrical

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

First Advisor

L Gordon Kraft


The efficiency and accuracy of pole-mounted sonar systems are severely affected by pole vibration, Traditional signal processing techniques are not appropriate for the pole vibration problem due to the nonlinearity of the pole vibration and the lack of a priori knowledge about the statistics of the data to be processed. A novel approach of predicting the pole-mounted sonar vibration using CMAC neural networks is presented. The feasibility of this approach is studied in theory, evaluated by simulation and verified with a real-time laboratory prototype, Analytical bounds of the learning rate of a CMAC neural network are derived which guarantee convergence of the weight vector in the mean. Both simulation and experimental results indicate the CMAC neural network is an effective tool for this vibration prediction problem.