John Bird

Professor, School of Engineering Science


Ph.D., Carleton University, Canada, 1980
B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia, Canada, 1973
Diploma, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada, 1968

Research interests

  • Statistical signal processing, sonar, autonomous underwater vehicles, machine intelligence
  • Underwater environmental surveys and mapping
  • Underwater ambient noise, ship noise reduction and measurement

Teaching interests

  • Underwater Acoustics, Sonar and environmental concerns (lakes, rivers, and oceans)
  • Philosophy of teaching


SFU, Burnaby, Room 9839

Recently taught courses

  • ENSC 802 Random processes
  • ENSC 220 and 320 Electric circuits 1 and 2
  • ENSC 440 Capstone engineering project course

Selected recent publications

  • Bird, J.S. and Mullins, G.K., “Wake Removal for Clear Side-Scan Images”, MTS/IEEE Oceans’2008, Quebec City, Quebec, September 15-18, 2008.
  • Bird, J. S. and G. K. Mullins, “Bathymetric Side-Scan Sonar Bottom Estimation Accuracy: Tilt Angles and Waveforms”.  IEEE J. Oceanic Eng., Vol 33, No. 3, pp. 302-320, July 2008.
  • Mullins, G.K. and Bird, J.S.,  “3D Sidescan With a Small Aperture: Imaging Microbialites at Pavilion Lake”, MTS/IEEE Oceans’2007, Vancouver BC, October 1-4, 2007.
  • Bird, J. S. and G. K. Mullins,  “Analysis of Swath Bathymetry Sonar Accuracy”, IEEE J. Oceanic Eng., Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 372-390, April 2005.