Upcoming conference: MariSAR 2015

12 Jan 2015 - 11:45

The MariSAR 2015 Conference, focusing on methods and applications of satellite synthetic aperture radar in the maritime domain, is being hosted at the University of Cape Town this week – from Wednesday 14 January to Friday 16 January 2015. It is co-sponsored by UCT, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the United States Navy – Office of Naval Research.


A detailed programme, consisting of speakers from South Africa and across the world, is now available here. The abstracts of the various presentations can be found here. Those two pages are being constantly updated, as information becomes available, so please check back over the coming days.

Online Access

Some of the delegates are presenting in person, while others will be participating online, via Adobe Connect. PDF documents setting out how to use Adobe Connect can be downloaded by clicking on the following hyperlinks:

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers include the following:

  • Clayton Stewart from University College London will be speaking on “Space-based SAR for maritime domain awareness”;
  • Marco Martorella from the University of Pisa will look at the use of “Spaceborne ISAR imaging for maritime surveillance”;
  • Johnny Johannessen from Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre, Bergen, Norway, will discuss “Surface current retrievals from SAR in synergy with other sensors”; and
  • Mehrdad Soumekh from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, will look at “SAR moving target detection, geolocation and tracking”.


Although registrations for speakers have closed, if you are interested in attending – whether in person or online – you are still able to do so by registering via this link.

Directions to the Conference Venue

The conference venue is Lecture Theatre 9 (LT9) in the Menzies Building on Upper Campus.

Parking for delegates is being made available in P17 on the southernmost end of Ring Road/Madiba Circle.

The shortest route from P17 to LT9 is to walk along Library Road, and to enter the Menzies Building on Level 2, on your left. Take the lift or the stairs up to the Level 3 foyer, and walk down to the passage to your left; Lecture Theatre 9 will be on your right.

Alternatively, walk along Ring Road/Madiba Circle, turn right – downhill – into South Lane (P10), take the steps down underneath the huge tree, and enter the Menzies Building on Level 3. From the foyer, turn right, down the passage to Lecture Theatre 9 on your right.

Directions are available here.