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Research Seminar: Radar Adaptivity: Antenna Based Signal Processing Techniques

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Speaker: Prof. Alfonso Farina, Consultant to Leonardo Company (Land & Naval Radar Division), Visiting Professor at UCL
Event date: Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Place: Room E004, JFK Building
29 Avenue J.F. Kennedy
L-1855 Luxembourg

This lecture will develop along the following topics: the beginning of RADAR, operational needs, side lobe blanking and cancellation techniques, adaptive antennas arrays, practical examples of adaptivity to ground based radar, Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) for airborne radar, KB (Knowledge-Based) STAP, STAP for OTH (Over-The-Horizon), and passive coherent location, ending with conclusions and the way ahead.

Alfonso Farina, LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received his degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT) in 1973. In 1974, he joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of “Radar Techniques” at the University of Naples (IT). He is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he’s received include: (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Award for Innovation Technology, out of more than 330 submitted projects by the Companies of Finmeccanica Group; (2005) International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; (2010) IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for “Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques”; (2012) Oscar Masi award for the AULOS® “green” radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI); (2014) IET Achievement Medal for “Outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion”. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS. He is consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. “Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division”.