Courses in 2015

Stimson’s Introduction to Radar (2015)

Stimson’s Intro to Radar – Class Photo 2015

Course Information

Dates: 22 to 26 June 2015

Course code:

Venue: CSIR Campus, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0184

Course Description

George W. Stimson was recognised as a pioneer in radar education. He has written the quintessential radar textbook, “Introduction to Airborne Radar”, which is used more than any other text by radar engineers throughout the world. In 2013, Stimson’s classic text underwent a full revision and update by the internationally renowned radar and electronic warfare experts Prof Hugh Griffiths, Prof Chris Baker and David Adamy.

The objective of this course is to provide a week of lectures based on the recently revised Stimson book. The course will provide masterful tuition in all of the important fundamentals of radar. Students will learn about different types of radar, their fundamental principles of operation, and details of their applications. On completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the theory and principles of modern radar systems.

Introduction to
Radar 2015

Course Overview

The following topics are covered:

  • Fundamentals of radar
  • Radar and EW
  • Pulsed-Doppler radar
  • Air-to-Air operation
  • Radar clutter
  • Radar imaging SAR and ISAR
  • Special topics in radar


Prof Hugh Griffiths holds the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London, England.

From 2006 to 2008, he was Principal of the Defence Academy of Management and Technology. He received the MA degree in Physics from Oxford University in 1975, then spent three years working in industry, before joining University College London, where he received the PhD degree in 1986 and the DSc(Eng) degree in 2000, and served as Head of Department from 2001 to 2006.

His research interests include radar and sonar systems and signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar), and antenna measurement techniques.

He has published over four hundred papers and technical articles in the fields of radar, antennas and sonar.  In 1996 he received the IEEE AESS Fred Nathanson Award (Radar Systems Panel Award), and in 2012 he was awarded the IET A.F. Harvey Prize for his work on bistatic radar.  He has also received the Brabazon Premium of the IERE and the Mountbatten and Maxwell Premium Awards of the IEE.

He is a Fellow of the IET (previously IEE), Fellow of the IEEE, and in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He serves as President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society for 2012/2013, and he is an IEEE AES Distinguished Lecturer. He has been a member of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel since 1989, serving as Chair from 2007 – 2009, and chaired the Working Group which revised the IEEE Radar Definitions Standard P686 and reaffirmed the Radar Letter Band Standard.

Prof Chris Baker is the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University in the United States of America.

Until June 2011 he was the Dean and Director of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to this he held the Thales-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of intelligent radar systems based at University College London.

He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET.

He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Cranfield University (Bedford, UK), University College London, Adelaide University (South Australia), Wright State University (Ohio, USA), Nanyang Technical University (Singapore) and Strathclyde University (Glasgow, Scotland).

Prof. Baker has been actively engaged in radar system research since 1984 and is the author of over two hundred and fifty publications. His research interests include:

  • coherent radar techniques,
  • radar signal processing,
  • radar signal interpretation,
  • electronically scanned radar systems,
  • radar imaging,
  • natural and cognitive echo locating system