Main Conference Day One
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS
9:10 AM - 9:50 AM UPDATING LEGACY RADAR SYSTEMS TO IMPROVE INTEGRATION AND ENHANCE THREAT DETECTIONMr Brian Lihani, Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch, HQ NORAD
- What are the operational requirements of a multi-system “super radar”? Combining the functions of several platforms in order to reduce cost, maximise coverage and enhance threat-management
- Prior to developing a multi-system platform, how can interoperability between multiple radars be improved, regardless of mission or operational domain?
- Delivering radar functionality across NORAD’s area of operation. What are the critical requirements of air defence radars, and how do these needs differ to those of missile defence radars?
- To what extent is radar a worthwhile sensor for long-range detection? How can long-range radar be combined with other sensors to maximise threat identification over increased distances?
Mr Brian LihaniDeputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch
9:50 AM - 10:30 AM THE SWISS APPROACH TO INCREASING RANGE OF COVERAGE AND OVERCOMING RADAR RESISTANT TECHNOLOGIESDr Maxime Bagnoud, Project Manager, Armasuisse
- Understanding the critical developments in counter-chaff processing, and examining them as part of a project to increase resistance to EW
- Using pencil-beam steering and phased array antennas to maximise the range of radar coverage
- Detailing the findings of Project PaBiRa. What are the challenges of fusing multiple passive radar sensors, and to what extent does a multistatic approach deliver wide-area coverage?
- Testing different transmitter and receiver configurations to improve the visibility of small commercial drones
Dr Maxime BagnoudProject Manager
10:30 AM - 11:10 AM IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING EMERGING THREATS IN COMPLEX AND CONGESTED OPERATING ENVIRONMENTSDr William Wallace, Senior Scientist, QinetiQ
- Examining a UK MoD radar research programme which developed a slow air and surface target detection and tracking channel for shipborne, primary surveillance radar
- Understanding an applied research technology demonstrator (ARTD) radar and in-phase and quadrature (IQ) analysis as instrumental features in the programme’s development
- Managing the challenges of operating such a channel in a cluttered, littoral, environment, due the presence of many real world objects such as birds. Ways to automatically identify wanted targets from other real world objects have been researched
Dr William WallaceSenior Scientist
11:10 AM - 11:50 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:50 AM - 12:30 PM TOWARDS THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF COGNITIVE RADAR SYSTEMSProfessor Clayton Stewart, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL
- Moving from the adaptive to the cognitive. Developing an intelligent memory function for radar platforms, and improving the autonomous response to the perceived operating environment
- Understanding why current advances for adaptive systems have not consistently been adopted for military use. Safely increasing reliance on unmanned platforms to improve radar coverage
- How can adaptive systems alter their waveform in response to clutter, and how would this improve the radar feedback rate in uncluttered conditions?
- Altering procurement priorities to allow for the successful development of cognitive systems
Professor Clayton StewartDepartment of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
12:30 PM - 1:10 PM SENSOR DATA FUSION FOR NETWORKED RADARDr Alexander Charlish, Research Group Leader, Fraunhofer (FKIE)
- What is the motivation for developing networked radar; understanding the benefits compared with non-networked systems
- Sensor network configurations: how can data be fused in a multi-radar or multi-sensor network?
- Exploring state of the art sensor data fusion techniques and approaches with examples of how they can deliver a networked radar system
- Coordinating resource management and control for multi-sensor networks
Dr Alexander CharlishResearch Group Leader
1:10 PM - 2:20 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM COMBINING PASSIVE AND ACTIVE RADAR TO IMPROVE THREAT DETECTION AND SURVEILLANCE COVERAGEProfessor Krzysztof Kulpa, Signal Processing Specialist, University of Warsaw
- Deploying passive radar as a gap-filler for active surveillance to maximise domain awareness
- Enhancing passive technologies by conducting micro-doppler analyses and applying ISAR imaging
- How can the illumination of passive technologies be maximised, even at high altitudes
- Using parasitic and cooperative passive radars; mapping the benefits of reduced cost against the risks of dependence on an uncontrolled waveform transmitter
- Working towards a multi-band capability to minimize fading, increase accuracy and avoid jamming across passive and active systems
Professor Krzysztof KulpaSignal Processing Specialist
University of Warsaw
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM ENHANCING THE SIGNAL PROCESSING FUNCTION OF PASSIVE RADAR SYSTEMSDr Mathini Sellathurai, Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Sensors, Signals & Systems, Heriot-Watt University
- What challenges do the independent transmitters depended on by passive radar systems pose to signal processing, and how can current techniques be updated to support a more reliable passive radar platform?
- Working towards intelligent signal processing techniques for passive radar, in order to induce a cognitive function
- Considering the signal processing requirements of multi-static passive radar, as opposed to monostatic or bistatic systems
Dr Mathini SellathuraiAssociate Professor, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Sensors, Signals & Systems
3:40 PM - 4:10 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING
4:10 PM - 4:50 PM APPLYING A LIFE CYCLE CONDITION-BASED MAINTENANCE APPROACH TO RADARSMr Rui Casimiro, In-Service and Support Engineering Section Chief, NSPA
- How to detect system degradation and hidden problems early to avoid catastrophic and costly failures
- Periodic measurement of key radar parameters to support a high-standard performance of modern radar systems
- Analysing a series of complex engineering tests covering electronics and mechanical sub-systems, beyond the capability of System Built-In-Test-Equipment (BITE) to detect and eliminate critical problems and early stages of degradation
Mr Rui CasimiroIn-Service and Support Engineering Section Chief
4:50 PM - 5:30 PM REVIEWING THE PLACE OF RADAR WITHIN PAKISTAN’S C4ISR CAPABILITY
- How are the Pakistan Armed Forces enhancing domain awareness by integrating advanced radar within a broader C4ISR infrastructure?
- How are the Erieye and Karakoram Eagle AEW&C systems interfacing with radar to improve early warning capability?
- In what way does Pakistan’s land-based radar capability need to be updated to face the demands of the current and future operating environment? Understanding how Pakistan is leveraging AESA technology to enhance its radar capability
- Exploring the priorities for addressing shortfalls in Pakistan’s low-level surveillance capability. Moving beyond Pulse-Doppler radar technology