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Seminar: Airborne Passive Bistatic Radar

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 11:00 am
ElectroScience Laboratory, MRC Conference Room (Rm. 132)
1330 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

Sponsored by: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the ElectroScience Laboratory

Dr. Karl Woodbridge and James Brown
University College London (UCL)


University College London (UCL) has an active radar systems research group covering a wide range of topics including multi-static and netted systems, land and air based passive systems, target classification, maritime radar and sea clutter and radar resource management. Activities range from simulation and modelling through hardware design and build to field trials and data collection. Passive radar research is a key subject area with activities using a range of transmissions including FM, DVB and wireless. This presentation will give a brief overview of the radar research programme at UCL followed by a more detailed presentation on the airborne passive radar (APBR) project. APBR has a number of potential advantages over active air platforms including low weight and cost and covert operation. The APBR presentation will describe some of the hardware design, the airborne trials and the subsequent data processing and analysis which has resulted in one of the first demonstrations of air target detection from an airborne passive radar platform.


Dr. Karl Woodbridge is a member of academic staff in the UCL radar systems research group. Current radar research activities at UCL include multi-static and netted radar systems, sea clutter, target tracking and classification, land and air based passive sensing and radar resource management. He has been lead UCL Investigator on a wide range of civil and defense related radar programs funded by Industry and Government research agencies in the UK, EU and USA. He has published or presented over 170 papers in leading International journals and conferences. He is currently Chairman of the UK IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation Professional Network and a visiting Professor in the Radar and Remote Sensing Group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

James Brown is a final year PhD student at UCL in the radar systems group. His research is in the area of airborne passive bistatic radar using broadcast FM signals as illuminators of opportunity. His work spans hardware, software and signal processing, having designed and constructed a portable demonstrator system and successfully completed two airborne experiments. He is currently developing techniques for improved target detection and analysing the bistatic clutter environment at VHF.

Host: Christopher J. Baker

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