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Introduction to Modern Radar:
From Basic Concepts To Research Topics


Date: May 7, 2011
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Dave Zasada 

Tutorial Code: T-01


Modern radars have evolved greatly from their origins as providers of blips and blobs to highly trained operators in darkened rooms.  Today, all-weather, day and night radars provide clear digital images as detailed and useful as photographs.  They also provide digital symbolic representations of multiple types of air, sea, and ground moving targets over wide geographic regions.  Today’s state-of-the-art radars can even provide flexible, on-demand sensing services to a large network of users.  This tutorial will introduce the student to the concepts, physics, and digital technology underpinning modern coherent radars.  The first part of this tutorial will functionally decompose the adaptive agile electronically scanned array radar, and explain how it detects and images objects in its field of view.  The second part of the tutorial will describe how radars estimate and predict the behavior of those objects.  Prerequisites:  students should have a good basic understanding of algebra and geometry.  Knowledge of undergraduate electromagnetic field theory, calculus, discrete mathematics, and probability theory would be helpful but are not required.

Instructor Biography

PhotoMail Dave Zasada is a Senior Principal Sensors Systems Engineer in MITRE’s Battle Management Division (E120). He has over 40 years’ experience in radar systems research, development, maturation, transition, acquisition, and operations. Dave has contributed to the design, development, acquisition, and technical refresh of ground and airborne intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, warning, tracking, and fire control radars; airborne and spaceborne moving target indication and synthetic aperture radars; and ballistic missile warning and fire control radars. He is the author of numerous technical publications and radar courses. Dave is a member of the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems (AES) Society, Radar Systems Panel, Radar Standards Group, Signal Processing Society, and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in radar signal processing from Syracuse University, 1995, an EE, Electrical Engineering, concentrations in communications and signal processing, Syracuse University, 1983. MS, Physics, concentration in astrophysics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1973, and BS, Physics, concentration in low temperature physics, Georgetown University, 1971.