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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
Reg. Registration Ends: April 20, 2012
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Radar Tracking


Date: May 11, 2011
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Dale Blair

Tutorial Code: T-09


When radar systems are discussed in the literature, it is in the context of a sensor providing observations of the environment. While some of those measurements are responses from coherent waveforms of finite duration, the environment is treated as stationary with at most linear motion on the targets. Target tracking addresses the integration of measurements into a longer term picture. Target tracking is separated into two parts: track filtering and measurement-to-track data association. Track filtering is the process of estimating the trajectory (i.e., position, velocity, and possibly acceleration) of a track from measurements that have been assigned to that track. Measurement-to-track data association (or data association) is the process of assigning a measurement to an existing track or as a detection of newly found target or false signal. This tutorial will give a survey of the target tracking concepts associated with the development and implementation of target tracking algorithms in radar systems. Students will gain exposure to the concepts associated with radar tracking, a familiarity with the basic mathematics and notation used in target tracking, and an appreciation of the role of tracking in radar systems. It is intended primarily for engineers and scientists with prior familiarity with radar systems.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Target Tracking
  2. Target Track Filtering
  3. Radar Track Filtering
  4. Multiple Target Tracking
  5. Performance Assessment of MTT Algorithms

Instructor Biography

BlairWilliam Dale Blair is a Fellow of the IEEE and recipient of the 2001 IEEE Nathanson Award for Outstanding Young Radar Engineer. He is a principal research engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and currently serves as the Technical Director for the C2BMC Knowledge Center of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). He received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1985 and 1987. In January 1998, he received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining GTRI, Dr. Blair was with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Dahlgren, Virginia. At NSWCDD, he originated two benchmark problems for target tracking and radar resource allocation. He also led a project that demonstrated through a real-time tracking experiment that modern tracking algorithms can be utilized to reduce the radar time and energy required by a phased array radar to support surveillance tracking. Since joining GTRI in 1997, Dr. Blair has led a multiorganizational team in the development of multiplatform-multisensor-multitarget benchmarks to both air defense and ballistic missile defense. His projects at GTRI focus mostly the modeling and simulation and algorithm assessment associated with the sensor netting for the battle management, command, and control for the ballistic missile defense system. Dr. Blair served as the Editor for Radar System for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES) 1996-99 and Editor-In-Chief (EIC) for IEEE T-AES from 1999-2005. He originated and coordinates three short courses, Target Tracking in Sensor Systems, Target Tracking Concepts, and Advanced Target Tracking for Ballistic Missile Defense, for the Profession Education Department of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Blair is coeditor and coauthor of the book, Multitarget-Multisensor Tracking: Advances and Applications III, and the author of Chapter 19 “Radar Tracking Algorithms” and coauthor of Chapter 18 “Radar Measurements” of the new edition of Principles of Modern Radar.