Introduction to Radar (2017)

Course Information

Dates: 13 to 17 February 2017

Course code: EEE5119Z

Venue: Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town

Credits: 20 credits


Course Description

Course Handout: Introduction to Radar 2017
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The course is divided in two sections. A first section will consist of five days of intensive lectures over a week period. The second part  of the course will last three weeks with five hours per week. This part of the course will be organized by using videoconference tools, such as Skype or others.

Having successfully completed this course, students should achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of radar as a concept and knowledge of various types of radar and its applications
  • Understanding of radar functioning and its performance
  • Understanding of the signal processing techniques that are currently used in radar to optimise its performance
  • Understanding of the radar components and how they are related and interconnected to realise a radar


  • M.A. Richards, J.A. Scheer and W.A. Holm (Eds), Principles of Modern Radar – Basic Principles
  • Detailed presentation slides will be made available to students before the course starts.


Course Overview

The following areas are covered:

  • Introduction to radar concepts, definitions, signals and systems
  • Radar range equation
  • Incoherent pulse radar
  • Nautical radar design
  • Coherent radar
  • Continuous wave radar
  • Frequency modulated continuous wave radar
  • Array radar
  • Beamforming
  • Overview of radar applications



Prof Marco Martorella is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa where he lectures “Fundamentals of Radar” and “Digital Communications”; he is also an external Professor at the University of Cape Town, where he lectures “High Resolution and Imaging Radar” within the “Masters in Radar and Electronic Defence”. He is a regular visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Queensland in Australia.

His research interests are mainly in the field of radar imaging, including passive, multichannel, multistatic and polarimetric radar imaging.