Courses in 2016

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The following courses are scheduled for 2016.

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1. Introduction to Radar

Course Handout: Introduction to Radar 2016
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Dates: 15 to 19 February 2016

Presenter: Dr Piet van Genderen

Course code: EEE5119Z

Description:  The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental principles underlying radar systems and to enable them to understand and apply these principles to generic radar systems. The subject is specifically structured around these aims. On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe the main principles underlying radar systems.
  • understand the role of each component of a radar system.
  • use the radar equation to describe the performance of radar systems.
  • understand how target and environmental characteristics affect the choice of system design parameters.
  • describe and assess the relative advantages of different types of radars.


  • M.A. Richards, J.A. Scheer and W.A. Holm (Eds), Principles of Modern Radar –Basic Principles
  • G.W. Stimson, Introduction to Airborne Radar

Credits: 20 credits


2. Tracking Filter Engineering – The Gauss-Newton and Polynomial Filters

Course Handout: Tracking Filter Engineering 2016
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Dates: 29 February to 4 March 2016

Presenter: Dr Norman Morrison (University of Cape Town)

Course code: EEE5132Z – Special Topics in Radar F

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

Course description: The course provides a detailed introduction to tracking filter engineering based on the Gauss-Newton and polynomial filters. At the start of the Satellite Age in 1958, three tracking filters competed for acceptance at Bell Labs, viz.

  • Gauss-Newton filters,
  • Swerling filters, and
  • Kalman filters.

This course touches briefly on the Swerling and Kalman filters, covers the Gauss-Newton filters in full depth, and covers in full depth the widely used polynomial filters, which were devised by the lecturer when he worked at Bell Labs between 1964 and 1968.

Course textbook: Tracking Filter Engineering – The Gauss-Newton and Polynomial Filters, written by Norman Morrison and published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK.

Credits: 20 points


3. Mathematics for Radar and Electronic Protection

Course Handout: Mathematics 2016
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Dates: 14 to 18 March 2016

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 2016
Download Course Handout: Introduction to Electronic Defence 2016 (Updated)

Dates: 4 to 8 April 2016

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 Processing 2016
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Dates: 9 to 13 May 2016

Presenter: Assoc Prof Amit Mishra and Dr Andrew Wilkinson (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. High Resolution and Imaging Radar

Course Handout: High Resolution and Imaging Radar 2016
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Dates: 6 to 10 June 2016

Course code: EEE5111Z

Presenters: Prof Marco Martorella and Prof Fabrizio Berizzi (University of Pisa, Italy)

Course overview:

  • Part 1: High range resolution radar topics, e.g. pulse compression principles, introduction to wide instantaneous bandwidth waveforms, range profile formation techniques, FMCW radar.
  • Part 2: Synthetic aperture radar topics, e.g. SAR geometry, side-looking SAR imaging, FMCW SAR, SAR system design techniques, spotlight SAR, survey of past and current space-borne SARs, implementation of range profile SAR image reconstruction algorithms.
  • Part 3: Inverse synthetic aperture radar topics, e.g. Introduction to ISAR, ISAR processing, ISAR image autofocus, advanced techniques, implementation of ISAR algorithm.


7. Radar Systems Modelling

Course Handout: Radar Systems Modelling 2016
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Dates: 26 to 29 July 2016

Presenters: Prof Mike Inggs (UCT) and Dr Yunus Gaffar (UCT)

Course code: EEE5112Z

Description: A practical course, which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing, and teaches you how to use that knowledge to synthesise the design of a system to a requirement, but, also to be able to model alternative designs, and assess the suitability of such designs. This skill is essential when involved with the design of a sensor, or 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 performance. This is followed by the design of 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.