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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
Reg. Registration Ends: April 20, 2012
Late Registration: April 21 to May 11

STAP II: Detection Theory and Advanced Techniques


Date: May 7, 2011
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Instructor: Scott Goldstein, Mike Picciolo, Jacob Griesbach, Pete Rustan

Tutorial Code: T-02


Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) is an advanced signal processing methodology for the Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) mode of airborne and space-borne surveillance radar systems. It is used to mitigate the radar’s motion-induced spread-Doppler clutter that interferes with the echo from moving ground targets, in addition to mitigating jamming interference. The tutorial will develop and clearly illustrate the GMTI problem from first principles, showing the need for STAP processing, including the STAP radar signal environment and its mathematical model. Traditional STAP processing solutions will be derived from a detection probabilistic perspective, the most pertinent metric for radar. The course covers state-of-the-art STAP techniques that address many of the limitations of traditional (ideal) STAP solutions, offering insight into future research trends. Additionally, Dr. Rustan will discuss the multidisciplinary nature of STAP and how the fundamental mathematics may be used across an entire spectrum of applications.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Scott Goldstein is a Senior Vice President at QinetiQ North America and leads the National Systems Business Unit. He has over 26 years of experience in the fields of ISR, STAP, radar, imaging sensors, sonar, cyber and IO, SIGINT, communications and navigation. He is an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, and a member of the IEEE Radar Systems Panel.

Dr. Mike Picciolo is an Director of Advanced Programs at QinetiQ North America. He is a recognized world leader in C4ISR systems and related technology programs. He has held related positions in government, industry, and academia with over 24 years of experience working for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Dr. Picciolo has deep domain expertise in STAP, SAR/GMTI radar, communications theory, waveform diversity, wireless communications, hyperspectral imagery, IMINT, SIGINT, and MASINT intelligence disciplines.

Dr. Jacob Griesbach is the senior advisory scientist at Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI). He specializes in radar and sonar signal processing, astrodynamics, GPS signal processing, STAP, adaptive beamforming, statistical signal processing, filterbank design, and adaptive systems. Dr. Griesbach earned his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively.

Dr. Pete Rustan was the Director of the Mission Support Directorate (MSD) of the US National Reconnaissance Office, developing advanced technology capacities for strategic mission partners’ global mission. Previously, Dr. Rustan held positions as the Director of both the Ground Enterprise (GED) Directorate and the Advanced Systems and Technology (AS&T) Directorate of the NRO. Dr. Rustan holds a BS, MS, and PhD all in Electrical Engineering, and has 40 years experience working a broad set of applications in Government, Industry, and Academia.