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High Resolution & Imaging

EEE5111Z – High Resolution Imaging

Presented by: Marco Martorella
Venue: Seminar Room 6.01, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT


Monday 10th September – Friday 14th September 2018

Time: 08h30 – 17h00

Provisional exam date: Tuesday 6th November 2018

Course Description

The course is divided in two sections. A first section will consist of five days of intensive lectures over a week period. The second part of the course will have duration of three weeks with five hours per week. This part of the course will be organized by using videoconference tools, such as Skype or others.

The student assessment is organized into two tests:

  • Solutions of assigned drill problems
  • 3-hour examination

During the intensive five-day course, practical sessions, also with the use of MATLAB, will be interwoven with classic lectures. Practical sessions are intended to strengthen the understanding of the theory and are based on running routines that implement high resolution and imaging radar algorithms. The student will familiarise themselves with the problems and will learn how to set system parameters to achieve desired performances.

Follow up sessions will aim to

  1. provide support for solving the assigned drill problems
  2. provide further clarifications about course topics
  3. give specific seminars on topics related to assigned drill problems

Course Overview

The course is organized in three parts, which mainly cover aspects related to High Resolution Radar (HRR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR).

Specific course topics include:

  • Part 1: High resolution radar topics, e.g. applications of the radar range equation in HRR, HRR design, HRR waveforms, synthetic high-range-resolution radar
  • Part 2: Synthetic aperture radar topics, e.g. SAR concepts, SAR signal properties, SAR processing algorithms
  • Part 3: Inverse synthetic aperture radar topics, e.g. ISAR concepts, ISAR geometry and signal modelling, radial motion compensation, image formation, interpretation of ISAR images, ISAR imaging using CLEAN techniques; polarimetric ISAR; recent advances.


Prof Marco MartorellaProf Marco Martorella received his Laurea degree (Bachelor+Masters) in Telecommunication Engineering in 1999 (cum laude) and his PhD in Remote Sensing in 2003, both at the University of Pisa.

He is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa where he lectures “Fundamentals of Radar” and “Digital Communications” and an external Professor at the University of Cape Town where he lectures “High Resolution and Imaging Radar” within the “Masters in Radar and Electronic Defence”. He is a regular visiting Professor at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Queensland in Australia.

He is author of about 150 international journal and conference papers, three book chapters and a book entitled “Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging: Principles, Algorithms and Applications”. He has presented several tutorials at international radar conferences and organised a special issue on Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar for the Journal of Applied Signal Processing. He is a member of the IET Radar Sonar and Navigation Editorial Board, a senior member of the IEEE and a member of AFCEA.

He is also chair of the NATO SET-196 on “Multichannel/Multistatic radar imaging of non-cooperative targets”. He has been recipient of the 2008 Italy-Australia Award for young researchers, the 2010 Best Reviewer for the IEEE GRSL and the IEEE 2013 Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award.

His research interests are mainly in the field of radar imaging, including passive, multichannel, multistatic and polarimetric radar imaging.