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IEEE Distinguished Lecture : “Radar Adaptivity: Antenna Based Signal Processing Techniques” by Dr Alfonso Farina

Dr. Alfonso Farina was previous VP Industry Relations of IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Member at Large, BoG IEEE-AESS, Technical Operations Education Coordinator.

Lecture Contents:

  • The beginning of RADAR
  • Operational needs
  • Side lobe blanking and cancellation techniques
  • Adaptive arrays of antennas
  • Some practical examples of adaptivity to:
    • Ground based radar systems
    • STAP (Space Time Adaptive Processing) for airborne radar systems
    • KB (Knowledge-Based) STAP
    • STAP for OTH (Over-The-Horizon) radar systems
  • Passive Coherent Location
  • Conclusions and way ahead

Alfonso Farina FREng, FIET, FIEEE, Fellow of EURASIP received the laurea degree in EE, University of Rome (I), 1973. In 1974 he joined Selenia, where he was Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently of Engineering of Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was the Chief Technology Officer of the Company reporting directly to the President. Subsequently, he has been Senior Advisor to CTO.

He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985 he was also Professor of Radar Techniques at the University of Naples (I). He has provided innovative technical solutions to detection, signal-data-image processing, tracking and fusion for the main radar systems conceived, designed, and developed in the Company. He has provided leadership in many projects, at international level also, in surveillance for ground and naval applications, in airborne early warning and in imaging radar.

He is author of more than 600 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in Russian and Chinese. He received many awards, some of which are: leader of the team that won the 2004 First Prize Award for Innovation Technology of Finmeccanica; International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (2005): the Fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications (2010): “For continuous, innovative, theoretical and practical contributions to radar systems and adaptive signal processing techniques”. He received the IET Technical Achievement Award Medal (2014).

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