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Robert Throne

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Robert Throne specializes in biomedical signal processing, numerical solution of inverse problems, control systems and digital signal processing. He is currently working with faculty colleagues on the use of inverse problems to develop a better method of early breast cancer detection. His industrial experience includes being a design engineer for Raytheon. Dr. Throne holds two patents, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is a program evaluator for ABET, the accrediting body for college engineering and technology programs. Tab is his favorite soft drink and a refrigerator in his office is always filled with cans of the beverage. Check out his personal web page.

Teaching Interests

  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Inverse problems
  • Control systems
  • Early detection of breast cancer

Research Experiences

  • Biomedical signal processing
  • Inverse Problems, especially early detection of breast cancer

Publications & Presentations

  • Olson, L., Throne, R. and Nolte, A., “An Inverse Problem Approach to Early Detection of Breast Cancer,” Inverse Problems Symposium 2016, 2016
  • Olson, L.., Throne, R., Nolte, A., Crump, A., He, W., Jones, M., Douglas, C., Conrad, M. and Cottingham, E., “Early Detection of Breast Cancer through an Inverse Problem Approach to Stiffness Mapping: Preliminary Results from Tissue Phantom Experiments,” U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, 2015
  • Olson, L. and Throne, R., “An Inverse Problem Approach to Early Detection of Breast Cancer,” (Invited Presentation) Leaders in Engineering Lectures, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2015
  • Olson, L. and Throne, R., “An Inverse Problem Approach to Stiffness Mapping for Early Detection of Breast Cancer,” Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering, Vol. 21, 314-3338, 2013
  • Olson, L. and Throne, R., “Numerical Simulation of an Inverse Method for Tumor Size and Location Estimation,” Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering, Vol. 18, 813-834, 2010
  • Olson, L., Throne, R. and Rost, E., “Improved Inverse Solutions for On-Line Machine Tool Monitoring,” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Vol. 126, 311-316, 2004
  • Throne, R. D., Olson, L. G. and Windle, J. R., “A New Method for Incorporating Weighted Temporal and Spatial Smoothing in the Inverse Problem of Electrocardiography,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vol. 49, 1,054-1,059, 2002

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1990
  • MS, University of Michigan, 1987
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980