Upcoming course: Radar Systems Modelling (2016)

3 Mar 2016 - 12:45

At the end of July 2016, the final Masters course of the 2016 Radar Masters Programme will be hosted at the University of Cape Town. Titled Radar Systems Modelling (2016), this is a practical course, which requires a sound knowledge of Radar Systems and Signal Processing.

It is being taught by Prof Michael Inggs and Dr Yunus Gaffar of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.

The dates for the course are 26 to 29 July 2016, and the venue is the Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town.

Students will be shown how to use that knowledge to synthesise the design of a system to a requirement, and 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, an existing system will be analysed, 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.

Download Course Handout: Radar Systems Modelling 2016

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

As always, this course is available as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) option. This option is especially well suited to the full-time employed. Please follow this link to apply as a CPD participant: http://www.cpd.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/81/RED%20Brochure%202016.pdf.