Courses in 2015

The following courses were presented in 2015 (also see CPD – RED Brochure 2015).

Clicking on the titles of the courses will reveal further information, and clicking on the presenters’ names will take you to their biographies. And the PDFs of the course handouts are available too.

The online Google Calendar will always carry the most up-to-date information: Access the Schedule.


1. High Frequency Surface Wave Radar

Course Handout: High Frequency Radar 2015
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Dates: 16 to 20 February 2015

Presenters: Prof Scott Glenn and Dr Hugh Roarty (Rutgers University)

Course code: EEE5132Z

Course description: The objective of the course on HF Radar is to equip students with a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in HF Radar technology. To accomplish this, technical details of the historical developments in HF radar will be presented to establish the basis for studying modern systems. The main application focus during the course will HF Radar applied in the Oceanographic domain. However, participants should expect to acquire a thorough appreciation of the general fundamentals of HF Radar relevant to other applications.

Credits: 20 points


2. Introduction to Radar Systems

EEE 5119Z 2015 Introduction to Radar Course Handout
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Dates: 02 to 06 March 2015

Presenter: Prof Piet van Genderen (Delft University of Technology)

Course code: EEE5119Z

Course description: This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of a radar system. Radar Engineering is very much a system level topic, as the field requires at least some knowledge of a wide range of other engineering specialties. The course follows the recommended text book very closely. Specific course topics include: Course overview and introduction to radar, the radar equation, radar search and overview of detection and interference, propagation effects and mechanisms, characteristics of clutter, target reflectivity, target fluctuation models, Doppler processing, radar antennas, transmitters, receivers, exciters, radar signal processing, radar remote sensing.

Textbook: Principles of Modern Radar, Volume 1, Ed. Richards, Scheer and Holm, Scitech Publishing, 2010.

Credits: 20 points


3. Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Protection

Course Handout: Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Protection2015
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Dates: 23 to 27 March 2015

Presenter: Dr Pieter Uys (University of Cape Town)

Course code: EEE5108Z

Course description:  This course provides a useful mathematical toolkit for the Radar and Electronic Defence Engineer. Emphasis is on practical calculation and useful ‘tricks of the trade’ rather than mathematical rigour. The textbook, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, E. Kreyszig (Wiley) (with many editions available but edition 9 preferred) is prescribed. Some notes are also made available to assist the student.

Specific course topics include (estimated number of lectures and acronyms shown in brackets):

  • Ordinary differential equations (7) (ODE)
  • Laplace transforms (3) (LT)
  • Fourier analysis (3) (FA)
  • Partial differential equations (2) (PDE)
  • Complex analysis (8) (CA)

Credits: 20 points


4. Introduction to Electronic Defence/Warfare

Course Handout: Introduction to Electronic Defence 2015
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Dates: 13 to 17 April 2015

Presenters: Ferdie Potgieter and Jacobus Vlok (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)

Course code: EEE5120Z

Topics covered:

  • Electronic defence: threats, requirements and principles
  • Advanced radar threat
  • Modern electronic attack (EA) systems — architecture, types, and technology
  • EA against modern radar systems
  • Digital radio frequency memory
  • Electronic defence support
  • Expendables and decoy systems
  • Directed energy weapons and stealth technology
  • Applications of electronic defence

Credits: 20 points


5. Fundamentals of Radar Signal and Data Processing

Course Handout: Radar Signal and Data Processing 2015
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Dates: 18 to 22 May 2015

Presenter: Dr Amit Mishra (University of Cape Town)

Course code: EEE5105Z

Course description: This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of the signal processing found in a radar system. The course follows the recommended textbook very closely.

Specific course topics include:

  • Fundamentals of radar signals & signal processing
  • Threshold detection of radar targets
  • Constant false alarm rate detectors
  • Doppler processing
  • Radar measurements
  • Radar tracking algorithms
  • Fundamentals of pulse compression waveforms
  • Overview of radar imaging

Textbook: Principles of Modern Radar, Scitech Publishers

Credits: 20 points


6. Stimson’s Introduction to Radar

Stimson's Introduction to Radar - Course Handout 2015
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Dates: 22 to 26 June 2015

Presenters: Prof Hugh Griffiths (University College London) and Prof Chris Baker (Ohio State University)

Course code:

Course description: George W. Stimson was recognised as a pioneer in radar education. He has written the quintessential radar textbook, “Introduction to Airborne Radar”, which is used more than any other text by radar engineers throughout the world. In 2013, Stimson’s classic text underwent a full revision and update by the internationally renowned radar and EW experts Prof. Hugh Griffiths, Prof. Chris Baker and David Adamy.

The objective of this course is to provide a week of lectures based on the recently revised Stimson book. The course will provide masterful tuition in all of the important fundamentals of radar. Students will learn about different types of radar, their fundamental principles of operation, and details of their applications. On completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of modern radar systems.

Credits: 20 points


7. Clutter and Detection in Clutter

Course Handout: Clutter and Detection in Clutter 2015
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Dates: 29 June to 03 July 2015

Presenters: Prof Maria Greco and Prof Fulvio Gini (University of Pisa, Italy)

Course code: EEE5110Z

Course description: The course is organized in three parts, which mainly cover aspects related to radar clutter modelling and analysis, optimum and adaptive radar detection of targets embedded in correlated Gaussian clutter and in heavy-tailed non-Gaussian clutter. Students are required to have a good background in Mathematics and Physics, as well as in probability, random variables, and stochastic processes. Other prerequisites are a basic knowledge of statistical decision theory, estimation theory, and radar principles, and a basic knowledge of MATLAB programming.

Credits: 20 points


8. Microwave Components and Antennas

Course Handout: Clutter and Detection in Clutter 2015
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Dates: 13 to 17 July 2015

Presenters: Prof Barry Downing (UCT) and Assoc Prof Daniel O’Hagan (UCT)

Course code: EEE5121Z

Course description: This course presents the technology underlying the implementation of the RF and microwave parts of radar systems and microwave radio systems. Although digital components and signal processing are very important for modern systems, high performance RF and microwave components and antennas are key to overall system implementation.

Specific course topics include:

  • Overview of radar and microwave radio
  • Circuits and transmission lines
  • Microwave oscillators
  • Microwave amplifiers
  • PIN diodes in switches and limiters
  • Mixers and receivers
  • Antennas

Credits: 20 points