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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 DETECTION

Mr 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 Lihani

Deputy Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch
HQ NORAD

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM THE SWISS APPROACH TO INCREASING RANGE OF COVERAGE AND OVERCOMING RADAR RESISTANT TECHNOLOGIES

Dr 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 Bagnoud

Project Manager
Armasuisse

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM IDENTIFYING AND TRACKING EMERGING THREATS IN COMPLEX AND CONGESTED OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS

Dr 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 Wallace

Senior Scientist
QinetiQ

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM TOWARDS THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF COGNITIVE RADAR SYSTEMS

Professor 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 Stewart

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
UCL

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM SENSOR DATA FUSION FOR NETWORKED RADAR

Dr 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 Charlish

Research Group Leader
Fraunhofer (FKIE)

2:40 PM - 3:20 PM COMBINING PASSIVE AND ACTIVE RADAR TO IMPROVE THREAT DETECTION AND SURVEILLANCE COVERAGE

Professor 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 Kulpa

Signal Processing Specialist
University of Warsaw

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

  • 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 Sellathurai

Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Sensors, Signals & Systems
Heriot-Watt University

4:30 PM - 5:10 PM CONCLUDING PANEL: INTEGRATING UPDATED RADAR SYSTEMS WITHIN AN INFORMATION-HEAVY BATTLESPACE

Information superiority is a critical component of the contemporary operating environment. Airborne, maritime and ground operations increasingly depend on a suite of advanced sensors, which deliver maximum situational awareness for the operational commander. The preponderance of data poses threats as well as opportunities. ISR capabilities are vulnerable to EW and cyber assaults. This panel will take a focused look at the role of radar within today's battle space. It will consider how radar can plug-into the broader ISR network, and will suggest ways in which upgraded radar networks can be protected against degradation.

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE