Radar Systems Modelling (2014)

Radar Systems Modelling: Class Photograph 2014
Radar Systems Modelling: Class Photograph 2014

Course Information

Dates: 23-27 June 2014

Course code: EEE5112Z

Venue: CSIR, Pretoria


Course Description

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A practical course, which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing, and which teaches you how to used that knowledge to synthesise the design of a system to a requirement. This skill is essential when involved with the design of a sensor, or when evaluating the usefulness of a sensor for specific applications. The approach taken is in two parts: firstly, we analyse an existing system, to predict and compare performance against advertised radar parameters, and thereafter, we design improvements to the system, based on practicals and project work by the student. The system considered is just one example of the broad field of radar, i.e. air traffic control radar, but the systems thinking is widely applicable.


Course Overview

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is air traffic control?
  • The ATCR family
  • Blake’s analysis
  • Clutter
  • Targets
  • The ATCR processing chain
  • Moving target indicator
  • Antennas
  • Reliability
  • Basics of pulse Doppler and Doppler processing
  • Principles of angle search and measurement in a surveillance radar
  • Radar and Doppler measurement uncertainties
  • Radar front end constraints
  • Modelling the detection process
  • Design trade-offs in pulse Dopper radar
  • Introduction to system engineering



Mike InggsProf Michael Inggs is a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa, responsible for the taught masters programme in Radar.

His research interests include radar, earth observation using radar, and high performance computing architectures and languages for signal and image processing. He has more than 190 journal and conference publications, three patents, and has supervised more than 90 M.Sc. and 8 Ph.D. to completion.



Jaco de WittDr Jaco de Witt (PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, from Stellenbosch University in 2011) is a senior radar systems engineer at the Radar and Electronic Warfare group at the CSIR in Pretoria. He has technical experience in both the digital signal processing side, as well as hardware front-end design aspects related to high performance radar systems. As systems engineer, he has been involved in developing multiple radar demonstrators and facilities, ranging from high-resolution radar systems, to compact airborne radar systems.



Kumaran NaickerKumaran Naicker (BScEng (Electronics) degree from the University of Natal, in 2002) obtained his MScEng (Electronic) (Cum Laude) at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2006.

Kumaran Naicker has worked in the Radar and Electronic Warfare group at the CSIR since 2006. He has technical experience in radar signal processing, radar signal analysis and radar performance modelling. He is also active in the field of radio wave propagation, radar imaging and measurement techniques and Radar Cross Section (RCS) measurement.





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