The course aims to introduce the student to RF Electronic Defence. A good prior knowledge on the topics of digital signal processing, electromagnetics, mathematics and statistics is highly recommended for this course. A good knowledge on subjects of radar and communications is also required. Students should be competent in using scientific programming languages such as Matlab, Octave or Python.
Students have to master fundamental concepts in Electronic Defence on a high-level (identification of tactics and applications) as well as on a detail level (the design of a suitable detector to required specifications). Students are required to link theoretical concepts in Electronic Defence to typical applications and to solve problems of an engineering nature.
Ferdie Potgieter has worked in Electronic Warfare (EW) at the Defence Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) at the CSIR since 2002. As a senior researcher, his work involves Electronic Warfare Support (ES) research and development on the detection, location and classification of communication and radar emitters. He is also active in the field of Radar Cross Section (RCS) measurement systems and signal analysis. His research interests include signal processing, pattern recognition, compressive sensing and sub Nyquist sampling.
Jacobus Vlok joined the CSIR in 2007 after completing his M.Eng (Electronic) at the University of Pretoria. His research interests include digital communication, channel coding, detection and estimation, and signal processing applied in the EW domain. His projects have been the evaluation of digital communication performance in a jamming environment, electronic attack of radar and electronic attack of wireless communication networks. His most recent research is focused on detecting weak communication signals.
For more information, you can download the course handout here.
University of Cape Town