Optical Surveillance Systems

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

This course provides an overview of the types of systems used for optical surveillance, including an appreciation of the advantages and limitations of particular device types. No background knowledge is assumed for the course. Attendees receive a comprehensive set of notes.


portrait of Scott Tyo


J. Scott Tyo is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and IT at UNSW Canberra.  He directs the Advanced Sensing Laboratory, which develops novel optical and electromagnetic imaging and sensing systems, including polarimetry, hyperspectral imaging, coherence sensing, infrared imaging, and terhahertz sensing.  Prof. Tyo is best known for his work in optical polarization imaging, where he has made significant contributions in many areas, especially in polarimeter design, optimization, and calibration.  He was recognized as the 2014 SPIE GG Stokes Award winner for his work with integrated imaging polarimeters.  He is a fellow of the IEEE, SPIE, and the Optical Society of America.

Course Information

Surveillance and Target Acquisition

Detection / Recognition / Identification | Active and Passive systems | Limitations

Imaging Surveillance

Sources of Radiation | Imaging Basics

Image Resolution

Contrast | Atmospheric Transmission | Visibility Metrics and System Evaluation

Daylight Electro-Optic Imaging

EO Cameras, Lenses and CCDs

Low Light Surveillance and Image Intensification

Gen II & Gen III Image Intensifiers

Thermal Imaging

Anti-Reflection Coatings | Detectors | Scanning and Staring Systems | Minimum Resolvable Temperature Difference (MRTD)


Laser Rangefinders | Laser Designators | Laser Beamriders

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.