Invitation to SUNSAR Symposium in Oct 2016

26 Jul 2016 - 12:45

Course Information

Dates: 26 to 29 July 2016

Course code: EEE5112Z

Venue: Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town

Course Description

Download Course Handout: Radar Systems Modelling 2016

A practical course, which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing, and teaches you how to use that knowledge to synthesise the design of a system to a requirement, but, also to be able to model alternative designs, and assess the suitability of such designs. This skill is essential when involved with the design of a sensor, or evaluating the usefulness of a sensor for specific applications.

The approach taken is in two parts: firstly, we analyse an existing system, to predict and compare performance against advertised radar performance. This is followed by the design of improvements to the system, based on practicals and project work by the student. The system considered is just one example of the broad field of radar, i.e. Air Traffic Control radar, but the systems thinking is widely applicable.

(Please note that the most recent course handout will be available via Vula.)

Course Overview

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is air traffic control?
  • The ATCR family
  • Blake’s analysis
  • Clutter
  • Targets
  • The ATCR processing chain
  • Moving target indicator
  • Antennas
  • Reliability
  • Basics of Pulse Doppler
  • Pulse Doppler processing
  • Radar front end constraints
  • Modelling the detection process
  • AREPS for propagation modelling
  • Bistatic Radar
  • NetRAD and its database


Mike InggsProf Michael Inggs is a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa, responsible for the taught masters programme in Radar.

His research interests include radar, earth observation using radar, and high performance computing architectures and languages for signal and image processing. He has more than 190 journal and conference publications, three patents, and has supervised more than 90 M.Sc. and 8 Ph.D. to completion.




Dr Yunus Abdul Gaffar is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, and a member of the Radar Remote Sensing Group. His interest is in the general field of radar signal processing and more specifically in radar imaging, detection, tracking and clutter analysis.