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Fundamentals of Radar Signal and Data Processing

Course Information

Dates: 22 to 26 May 2017

Presenters: Dr Yunus Abdul Gaffar, Prof Andrew Wilkinson and Prof Amit Mishra

Course code: EEE5105Z

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

Course Description

This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of the signal processing found in a radar system. The course follows the recommended textbook (Principles of Modern Radar, Scitech Publishers) very closely.

This course requires students to have a good background in Mathematics, Physics, and computer programming, probably at an Honours Level (4 years of study). In addition, it is highly recommended that the student should have completed an introductory course in Radar Systems (such as EEE5104F/S), or have had practical exposure to radar systems in the work place, or as part of an undergraduate course in Radar Systems.

Students must be proficient in tools such as Octave, MathCad, Mathematica, Simulink/Matlab, spreadsheets (OpenOffice, Excel), as they are used extensively in the analysis and design examples. Students will use the tools most familiar to themselves.

Course Overview

Specific course topics include:

  • Fundamentals of radar signals & signal processing
  • Threshold detection of radar targets
  • Constant false alarm rate detectors
  • Doppler processing
  • Radar measurements
  • Radar tracking algorithms
  • Fundamentals of pulse compression waveforms
  • Overview of radar imaging


Associate Professor Amit K MishraAssociate Professor Amit K Mishra graduated from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Rourkela, India.

After two years of industrial experience at Wipro, an Indian multinational information technology, consulting and outsourcing service company, and at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), an agency of the Republic of India, responsible for the development of technology for use by the military, he did his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

After being employed as a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Guwahati, India, for 4-and-a-half years, he joined the University of Cape Town. He has supervised three PhD students, and more than fifteen Masters students.

His areas of interest include radar system design, and machine learning. He has published more than 15 journal papers and has two US, one UK, one South African and three Indian patents (applied) to his credit. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr Yunus Abdul GaffarDr 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.





Associate Professor Andrew Wilkinson

Associate Professor Andrew WilkinsonResearch Interests

  • Signals & Image Processing
  • Radar
  • SAR Interferometry
  • Tomography
  • Bayesian Interference
  • Inverse Problems
  • RF Power Amplifiers