Focused session proposals (Chair persons, title, short description) should be sent to
prof. Kulpa till 1.10.2017.

Focused session:
„Sensor Data Fusion and Target Tracking”

Focus area overview

Target tracking and sensor fusion are the algorithmic means to infer higher level information from radar detections. They can be applied to mitigate false alarms, non-detections, noise-driven measurement errors, but they also address inference on situation level such as data association, ghost mitigation, and track extraction. Despite the fact that object tracking is still being improved by various research groups, data fusion for radar processing has conquered many applications beyond that. This session will focus on solutions to infer high quality information from single or multiple radar sensors.

Session chair/organizer:

Felix Govaers,
Dipl.-Math, Dr. rer. nat.,
Dept. Sensor Data and Information Fusion,
Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics FKIE,

Focused session:
„Passive radars on moving platforms”

Focus area overview

Passive radars have gained increasing interest in the radar community over the last decade, due to their advantages in
both military and civilian contexts. The increased understanding in passive radars together with the progress in miniaturized and powerful hardware components opened the way towards new potential applications. Among them, the possibility to operate passive radar systems on moving platforms such as small boats/ light aircrafts/ UAVs is definitely one of the most interesting. In fact, the implementation of classical airborne/shipborne radar applications such as GMTI, MMTI, SAR could be performed benefiting from the intrisic advantage of a passive radar. This session will focus on the challenges as well as on the most recent results in the field.

Session chair/organizer:

Diego Cristallini,
Dept. Passive Radar and Anti-Jamming Techniques (PSR),
Fraunhofer FHR,

Focused session:
„Fully Adaptive & Cogntive Radar Systems”

Focus area overview

Fully adaptive and cogntive approaches to radar engineering offer exciting opportunities to improve radar performance and enable the use of radars in unconventional situations. Just as these approaches may be thought of a disruptive to radar engineering, they also provide a chance for radar to again become the disruptive technology it was in the 1930s. This session will explore current research into: radars with highly adaptive operating parameters; radar architectures inspired by human & animal cognition; and the use of deep learning approaches to radar signal processing.

Session chair/organizer:

Dr Graeme E. Smith ,
The ElectroScience Lab,
The Ohio State University,

Focused session:
„EM Effects of Wind Turbines and Wind Farms”

Focus area overview

During the last years, research in electromagnetic scattering of wind turbines turned out to be a „hot topic”, which many researchers are interested in. The increasing use of wind turbines as an alternative, renewable energy source is the motivation for studying possible interference effects against sensitive radar systems, such as weather radars, airport surveillance radars, or military radars, as well as developing solutions for mitigating such undesirable effects.

Session chair/organizer:


Dr.-Ing. Frank Weinmann,
Head of Department Antenna Technology and Electromagnetic Modelling AEM,
Teamleader Electromagnetic Modelling,

Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR,

Dr. Laith Danoon,
Microwave and Communication Systems (MACS) Group,

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
The University of Manchester

Focused session:
„Emerging Terahertz Techniques”

Focus area overview

This Focused Session targets modern, emerging technologies that help bringing together optical and microwave achievements.

Three main issues that will be addressed during the Session are: components, sensors and characterization methods.

They cover a wide range of novel subjects ranging from the physcial principles to practical applications with demonstration of major advantages over those already applied.

This will allow the attendants to better understand all the aspects of the newly developed (sub-)terahertz systems that are designed to facilitate our daily work.

Session chair/organizer:

Prof. Yevhen Yashchyshyn,

Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Radioelectronics and Multimedia Technology