Tracking Filter Engineering: Class Photograph 2016

4 Mar 2016 - 12:45

Today was the last day of our second course of 2016, which ran from 29 February to 4 March 2016 at the University of Cape Town.

Titled “Tracking Filter Engineering – The Gauss-Newton and Polynomial Filters“, the course was presented by well-known expert in the field of tracking filters, Dr Norman Morrison.

Dr Morrison holds degrees in electrical engineering and applied mathematics. He worked in US military defence for thirteen years, including four years at Bell Labs on ballistic missile defence, where he first learned about tracking filters. After returning to South Africa in 1986, he taught applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town for twenty years until 2007. From 2008 to 2013, he was employed by Armscor (South African Department of Defence) and assigned to work with Reutech, on the development of a new type of TWS radar that was to operate in conjunction with surface-to-air missiles provided by Denel Aerospace. His book, “Tracking Filter Engineering: The Gauss-Newton and Polynomial Filters” came out of this work.

The course provided a detailed introduction to tracking filter engineering based on the Gauss-Newton and polynomial filters.  It touched briefly on the Swerling and Kalman filters, covered the Gauss-Newton filters in full depth, and covered in full depth the widely used polynomial filters, which were devised by Dr Morrison when he worked at Bell Labs between 1964 and 1968.

For more information, you can download the course handout here.