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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
Reg. Registration Ends: April 20, 2012
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High Resolution Radar Imaging

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Date: May 11, 2011
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Chris Baker

Tutorial Code: T-11

Abstract

Two dimensional high-resolution radar imaging is fundamental to many civilian and military radar applications and today is utilized in a very wide variety of applications. Map like imagery provides detailed and real time information about the surface of the earth, objects located on the surface and can also enable imaging of airborne targets. High resolution radar imaging provides data for climate change modeling, crop growth, de-forestation and erosion estimation as well as being a key military surveillance tool. It is true to say that in many domains it has become an indispensable remote sensing tool that is becoming more and more important and more and more widely deployed as the need for wide-area and all-weather coverage grows. 

This tutorial will introduce the key concepts that underpin high resolution imaging using radar sensors. Particular emphasis will be given to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) that has become the workhorse tool of the remote sensing and military surveillance communities. In addition, its natural counterpart, Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) used for imaging moving objects will be described along with emerging methods that include tomography, Doppler beam sharpening, bistatic imaging and Doppler SAR. The tutorial will go on to explore image interpretation and information extraction and will conclude by exploring cognitive imaging techniques that have potential to lead to vastly superior performance. 

This tutorial is suitable for PhD and early career postgraduates working in research and/or development as well as more the more experienced radar professional seeking to work in radar imaging and image exploitation or those who wish to broaden their knowledge of radar sensing.

Instructor Biography

PhotoChris Baker is the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University. Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London. He has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred publications. His research interests include, Coherent radar techniques, radar signal processing, radar signal interpretation, Electronically scanned radar systems, natural echo locating systems and radar imaging. He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, University College London, Adelaide University and Wright State University.