Stimson’s Introduction to Radar (2015)


Stimson's Intro to Radar - Class Photo 2015
Stimson’s Intro to Radar – Class Photo 2015


Course Information

Dates: 22 to 26 June 2015

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Venue: CSIR Campus, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0184


Course Description

Stimson's Introduction to Radar - Course Handout 2015
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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 electronic warfare 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.


Course Overview

The following topics are covered:

  • Fundamentals of radar
  • Radar and EW
  • Pulsed-Doppler radar
  • Air-to-Air operation
  • Radar clutter
  • Radar imaging SAR and ISAR
  • Special topics in radar



Professor Hugh D. Griffiths holds the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London, England.

He served as Head of Department from 2001 to 2006, and from 2006 to 2008 was Principal of the Defence Academy of Management and Technology. His research interests include radar and sonar systems and signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar), and antenna measurement techniques. He has published prolifically in the fields of radar, antennas and sonar.


Professor Chris J. Baker is the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at the Ohio State University in the United States of America. Until June 2011, he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this, he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London.

Professor Baker has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred and fifty publications. His research interests include coherent radar techniques, radar signal processing, radar signal interpretation, electronically scanned radar systems, radar imaging, natural and cognitive echo locating system.