Radar Boot Camp
Over the weekend before the conference (4-5 November), a radar boot camp will be run at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), which is a 30 min tram ride from the conference venue. This 2 day short course covers a range of radar topics and will be presented by experienced world leading experts.
You can enroll through the main conference registration process, or separately by clicking here, for a fee of AUD$100. Each day will run from 9am to 5pm, with a social dinner planned for the Saturday night.
Please note the conference and tutorials are in person only and no online or virtual options are available.
Day 1 – Saturday 4th November
- Introduction to Radar – Brian Ng, University of Adelaide, Australia
- Radar waveforms – Justin Metcalf, University of Oklahoma, USA & Elias Aboutanios, UNSW, Australia
- Estimation and detection – Braham Himed, AFRL, USA
- Radar signatures and clutter – Emma Heading & Luke Rosenberg, DSTG, Australia
- Radar demo 1
- Radar Boot Camp dinner
Day 2 – Sunday 5th November
- Radar history – Hugh Griffiths, University College London, UK
- Cognitive radar – Alex Charlish, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
- Passive radar – Diego Cristallini, Fraunhofer FHR, Germany
- STAP / GMTI – Nathan Goodman, University of Oklahoma, USA
- Radar imaging – Marco Martorella, University of Birmingham, UK
- Radar demo 2
Meet our Radar Boot Camp speakers
Professor Nathan A. Goodman received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1995, 1997, and 2002, respectively. From 1996 to 1998, he was an RF Systems Engineer for Texas Instruments/Raytheon Missile Systems, Dallas, TX. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Goodman pursued his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and worked as a graduate research assistant in KU’s Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory. Dr. Goodman was a faculty member in the ECE Department of the University of Arizona, Tucson, from 2002 to 2011, and is now a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Research for the Advanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. His research interests span various radar and array signal processing topics including synthetic aperture radar, radar imaging, waveform design, information-optimized sensing, and space-time adaptive processing.
Dr. Goodman has served as technical co-chair for the 2011 IEEE Radar Conference, finance chair for the 2012 SAM workshop, and general co-chair for the 2018 IEEE Radar Conference held in Oklahoma City. He was also a lecturer for the NATO SET-216 lecture series on Cognition and Radar Sensing and a co-chair for the NATO SET-227 research task group on Cognitive Radar. He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and as a panel member and then chair of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society’s Radar Systems Panel. He is currently serving as technical co-chair for the 2024 IEEE International Radar Conference.
Dr. Braham Himed received the Engineer Degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers, Algeria in 1984, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both in electrical engineering, from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. Dr. Himed is a Division Research Fellow with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate, Multi-Spectral Sensing and Detection Division, Distributed RF Sensing Branch, in Dayton Ohio, where he is involved with several aspects of radar developments. His research includes detection and estimation, multichannel adaptive signal processing, time series analyses, array processing, adaptive processing, waveform diversity and design, distributed active/passive MIMO radar, and over the horizon radar. Dr. Himed is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE region I award for his work on bistatic radar systems, algorithm development, and phenomenology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (Class of 2007) and a past-Chair of the AESS Radar Systems Panel and a current AESS BoG member, serving as VP of Conferences. He is the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Warren White award for excellence in radar engineering. Dr. Himed is also a Fellow of AFRL (Class of 2013).
Brian Ng received the B.Ma&CompSc, BE in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and PhD in Electronic Engineering in 1996, 1997 and 2003, all from the University of Adelaide. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. His research interests include radar signal processing, wavelets, and terahertz (T-ray) signal processing. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Access and is a regular reviewer for IEEE TAES, IET RSN and international radar conferences. He was awarded the University of Adelaide Medal for the top graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is an active member with the South Australian Chapter of the IEEE.
Dr. Diego Cristallini was born in Terni, Italy, in 1981. He graduated cum laude in Telecommunication Engineering in May 2006 from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In received April 2010 Dr. Cristallini received the Ph.D. degree in Radar Remote Sensing also from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a thesis entitled “Innovative adaptive techniques for multi-channel spaceborne SAR systems”. From December 2009 to February 2015 he has been with the Array-based Radar Imaging Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR in Wachtberg, Germany. During this time, he has been working on the development of innovative space-time adaptive techniques for clutter suppression in multi-channel airborne radar systems, with special attention to bistatic systems and to highly non-homogeneous clutter environments. Since March 2015, he is leading the Team on Passive Covert Radar in the Passive Radar and Anti-Jamming Techniques Department of Fraunhofer FHR, Germany. From March to June 2020, he has been visiting scientist at Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in Edinburgh, South Australia.
Cristallini is co-chair of the NATO-SET 242 group on “PCL on moving platforms” and he has been lecturing for the NATO LS-243 “Passive Radar Technology”.
Dr. Cristallini received the Best Paper Award at EUSAR 2014, co-authored the Best Poster Award at EUSAR 2018, and he was co-recipient of the 2018 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation.
Emma Heading received a Bachelor of Science from Flinders University in 2006 and a Master of Sciences (Defence) from The University of Adelaide in 2013. She has worked in the radar signatures team at Defence Science and Technology Group for 16 years. She is the lead analyst and has extensive experience conducting and participating in radar measurement trials in order to provide advice to the Australian Defence Force.
Emma has a particular interest in radar imaging and micro-Doppler processing to assist in the interpretation of radar cross section (RCS) data and has published over 25 papers and client reports.
Luke Rosenberg received the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2000, Masters in Signal and Information Processing in 2001 and Ph.D degrees in 2007 all from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. In 2016, he completed the Graduate Program in Scientific Leadership at the University of Melbourne. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Adelaide and a Senior Research Engineer at STELaRLab, Lockheed Martin Australia. Prior to this he worked at the Defence Science and Technology Group Australia as a research specialist in maritime radar. Dr. Rosenberg has received a number of best paper awards, the prestigious Defence Science and Technology Achievement Award for Science and Engineering Excellence in 2016 and the IEEE AESS Fred Nathanson award in 2018. He is currently an active member of the IEEE, a distinguished lecturer for the AESS and a senior editor for the Transactions of Aerospace and Electronic. He has over 170 publications including a recent book: Radar Sea Clutter: Modelling and Detection.
Hugh Griffiths holds the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London, England, and is Chair of the Defence Science Expert Committee (DSEC) in the UK Ministry of Defence. His research interests include radar systems and signal processing (particularly bistatic radar and synthetic aperture radar), and antenna measurement techniques. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation journal. He has published over five hundred papers and technical articles in the fields of radar, antennas and sonar. He has received several awards and prizes, including the IEEE Picard Medal (2017), IET Achievement Medal (2017), the IEEE AES Mimno Award (2015), the IET A.F. Harvey Prize (2012) and the IEEE AES Nathanson Award (1996). He is a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2019 he was appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours List, and in 2021 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
Justin Metcalf received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA, in 2006, and the master’s and Ph.D. degrees (Hons.) in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He was a KSU Presidential Scholar with Kansas State University. From 2006 to 2008, he was with the Flight Simulation Labs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Fort Worth, TX, USA. From 2008 to 2014, he was with the Radar Systems Laboratory, University of Kansas. From 2014 to 2018, he was a Research Electronics Engineer with the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA. Since 2018, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, OK, USA, where he is also a member of the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC).
Dr. Metcalf was the Chair of the Dayton Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society from 2016 to 2018. He was a recipient of the Richard and Wilma Moore Award for the best departmental master’s thesis from 2011 to 2012 and the 2017 IEEE Dayton Section Young Professionals Award. He was the recipient of a 2020 DARPA Young Faculty Award. He was awarded the 2023 IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Society Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award and was appointed a University of Oklahoma Aerospace and Defense Faculty Fellow by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships in 2023. He is the General Chair for the 2024 IEEE Radar Conference and is a member of the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel.
Marco Martorella received his Laurea degree (Bachelor+Masters) in Telecommunication Engineering in 1999 (cum laude) and his PhD in Remote Sensing in 2003, both at the University of Pisa. He is now a Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Birmingham and Vice-Director at the Radar and Surveillance Systems (RaSS) National Laboratory in Pisa. He is author of more than 250 international journal and conference papers, 3 books and about 20 book chapters. He has presented several tutorials at international radar conferences, has lectured at NATO Lecture Series and organised international journal special issues on radar imaging topics. He the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) Panel Vice-Chair. He has chaired several NATO research activities, including the SET-293 RTG on “RF Sensing for Space Situational Awareness” and the SET-250 RTG on “Multi-dimensional Radar Imaging”, one Exploratory Team and three Specialist Meetings on imaging- and space-related themes. He has been recipient of the 2008 Italy-Australia Award for young researchers, the 2010 Best Reviewer for the IEEE GRSL, the IEEE 2013 Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award, the 2016 Outstanding Information Research Foundation Book publication award for the book Radar Imaging for Maritime Observation, four NATO SET Panel Excellence Awards (2017, 2018, 2021 and 2023) and one NATO STO Excellence Award (2022). He is a co-founder of ECHOES, a radar systems-related spin-off company. His research interests are mainly in the field of radar, with specific focus on radar imaging, multidimensional radar and space situational awareness. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Elias Aboutanios received the bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of New South Wales in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, in 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was a Research Fellow with the Institute for Digital Communications, at the University of Edinburgh, where he conducted research on space time adaptive processing for radar target detection. He is currently Associate Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales. He set up and led the UNSW-EC0 cubesat project which culminated in the launch of the satellite in 2017. He also established and is coordinator of the Master of Engineering Science in Space Systems at UNSW. A/Prof Aboutanios has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE transactions on Signal Processing and IET Signal Processing and is currently Associate Editor of Digital Signal Processing. He is a member of the IEEE SAM Technical Committee and has been elected as Vice Chair for 2023-24. He received the best paper award at the 2022 International Radar Conference, and is recipient of the Best Oral Presentation Award (CISPBMEI’10), the Excellence in Research Supervision Award in 2014, the Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, the Australian Postgraduate Scholarship in 1998, the Sydney Electricity Scholarship in 1994, and the UNSW Co-Op Scholarship in 1993. His research interests are in statistical signal processing and in particular signal detection and parameter estimation for various applications such as radar, GNSS, smart grids, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He has given a number of invited talks on radar target detection, direction of arrival estimation and joint radar and communications.
Alexander Charlish obtained his M.Eng. degree from the University of Nottingham in 2006 and received his Ph.D. degree from University College London in 2011 on the topic of multifunction radar resources management. In 2011, he joined the Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SDF) Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE), where he now leads the Sensor and Resources Management Group. In this role, he leads a group of scientists conducting research on intelligent sensing with a focus on cognitive radar and resources management for sensor systems. Additionally, he is a visiting lecturer at RWTH Aachen University. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Radar Systems, an Editorial Board Member for IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation, and a Subject Editor for Radar, Sonar and Navigation within IET Electronic Letters. Additionally, he served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems from 2015 to 2023. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE AESS Board of Governors for the terms 2021 – 2023 and 2024 – 2026, where he was elected to the role of VP Education. He is active in the NATO community, having co-chaired the research task groups on cognitive radar. He has received the NATO SET Panel Excellence Award and the 2019 NATO SET Panel Early Career Award. Alexander Charlish is the 2021 recipient of the IEEE AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award and a co-recipient of the IEEE AESS 2019 Harry Rowe Mimno Award.