Marco La Manna

Washington, DC ยท mlamanna [at] mtu [DOT] edu

I am an experienced research engineer in the field of signal processing and computational imaging. I like to apply cutting edge theoretical concepts into hardware prototypes. My background is in electromagnetism and radar signal processing. I have also worked on optical non-line-of-sight imaging (seeing around corners).


Skills

Hardware
  • Electronic test instruments
  • RF components
  • Time-of-flight cameras (e.g.: gated/ungated SPADs, APDs), stereo-camera systems, TCSPCs
  • Class 4 pulsed lasers, optical components

Scripting/ Programming/ Visual Languages
  • Python, MATLAB, C
  • LabVIEW

Version control
  • Git, Bitbucket

Computer
  • Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, LaTeX

Experience

Senior Research Engineer

KMB Telematics, Inc. (Arlington, VA)

Applying novel radar system and signal processing concepts in the field of automotive radar, in order to create a safer driving experience.

June 2019 - Present

Research Associate (Postdoctorate)

University of Wisconsin - Madison (Madison WI)

I have worked with Prof. Andreas Velten for the DARPA REVEAL project. I have developed an improved, multifunctional active system capable of exploiting the information embedded in scattered photons, in order to create an image of a target hidden around a corner. I was also able to collaborate with the other group members (research associates and students), as well as mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

October 2016 - May 2019

Research Assistant

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

I have focused my attention on the receive signal processing of a theoretical radar system, called hybrid MIMO phased array radar (HMPAR). I analytically derived the Cramer-Rao lower bound (CRLB) for the HMPAR and compared the receive signal processing performance to the CRLB through simulations. This research was part of my dissertation.

For a few semesters, I have been a teaching assistant for an undergraduate class, called ''Circuits & Instrumentation''. It was a lab based class, where students learned basic circuit concepts through the use of breadboards, electrical components, test instruments and software simulations.

February 2012 - August 2016

Education

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI)

Doctoral degree (PhD)
Electrical engineering

GPA: 3.85

PhD Dissertation: Hybrid MIMO phased array radar (HMPAR) receive signal processing

Relevant courses: Detection and estimation theory, Optimum array processing, Information theory, Introduction to algorithms

February 2012 - August 2016

University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

Master of science degree
Telecommunication engineering

Relevant courses: Electrical and digital communications, Microwave engineering, Image processing, Antenna theory, Radar theory

December 2008 - September 2011

University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

Bachelor of science degree
Telecommunication engineering
September 2005 - December 2008

Publications

Journal

  • X. Liu, I. Guillen, M. La Manna, et al., ''Non-line-of-sight imaging using phasor-field virtual wave optics'', in Nature, Aug. 2019, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1461-3.
  • M. La Manna, et al., ''Error backprojection algorithms for non-line-of-sight imaging'', in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 41, no. 7, pp. 1615-1626, Jul. 2019.
  • S. A. Reza, M. La Manna, A. Velten, ''A physical light transport model for non-line-of-sight imaging applications'', (online) Pre-print, arXiv:1802.01823, Feb. 2018.
  • M. La Manna, D. Fuhrmann, ''Cramer-Rao lower bound comparison for 2D Hybrid-MIMO and MIMO radar'', IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 11, no. 2, Mar. 2017.

Conference

  • M. Laurenzis, M. La Manna, et al., ''Advanced active imaging with single photon avalanche diodes'', Proc. SPIE 10799 Security & Defence, Sep. 2018
  • S. A. Reza, M. La Manna, A. Velten, ''Imaging with phasor fields for non-line-of-sight applications'', Imaging and Applied Optics 2018, Jun. 2018
  • M. [Mario] La Manna, M. [Marco] La Manna, ''Cognitive radar waveforms for frequency dense environments'', 2017 Radar conf. (RadarConf), May 2017.
  • M. La Manna, D. Fuhrmann, ''Target location estimation performance evaluation for a 2D hybrid MIMO radar'', 2017 Radar conf. (RadarConf), May 2017.
  • M. La Manna, D. Fuhrmann, ''Hybrid-MIMO and phased array receive signal processing'', 2016 Radar conf. (RadarConf), May 2016.
  • M. La Manna, D. Fuhrmann, ''An active divide-and-conquer algorithm for sparse recovery support: fluctuating target case'', IEEE 3rd Int. Workshop Compressed Sens. Theory Applicat. Radar Sonars Remote Sens., Jun. 2015.

Interests

Having lived in the Upper Peninsula, I fell in love with ice hockey and started playing in low level leagues. I also enjoy playing tennis and -of course- soccer (or football, depending on which side of the world you are in!). Traveling and cooking are also hobbies I try to cultivate with my family.

I am firm believer that learning is a neverending process. I therefore try to allocate time in learning new things outside my comfort zone. Examples include (but not limited to): learning a different foreign language or a new programming language. This website is an example of me digging into HTML and all the available templates & tools available on the internet.


Awards

  • 2016 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf) student travel grant
  • 2014-2016 Michigan Tech Dave House graduate research fellowship
  • 2015 IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE Honors Society)
  • 2014 Michigan Tech Electrical Engineering Department Jonathan Bara award for outstanding graduate teaching assistant

Affiliations

  • IEEE, SPIE, OSA