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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
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Waveform Design for Sensor Systems


This tutorial has been cancelled.
It will not be available at Radarcon 2012.

Date: May 11, 2011
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Rao Nuthalapati

Tutorial Code: T-12


This course explains the fundamentals of waveform design for multiple sensor systems. Although, this course emphasizes the waveform design for radar sensors, the design approaches are easily applicable to other sensors such as sonar, wireless communications, infrared and UWB. A primary goal of this course is to present waveform design trade space and choices a designer should make in optimizing the waveform parameters for a given sensor application. The course reviews the necessary linear system principles for understanding the waveform design trades. Several waveform design examples are presented that are suitable for typical radar applications. Waveform characteristics are compared for selecting an optimal waveform for a given application. Waveform modulations covered in this course include LFM, NLFM, polyphase codes, Costas codes, Barker codes, shift-register codes, quadratic residue codes, and chaotic codes. Waveform sidelobe suppression techniques are also presented. High Range Resolution (HRR) waveform design concepts are reviewed for wideband processing.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Rao Nuthalapati is currently a Principal Member of Engineering Staff with Lockheed Martin. For more than 15 years with Lockheed Martin, he developed advanced signal and image processing algorithms for radar systems. He also worked at Honeywell, Analog Devices, and Lucent Technologies in avionics, embedded DSP, and wireless systems. Previously, he taught courses in Radar Systems and Digital Signal Processing for the technical staff of Boeing and Honeywell. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer.