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Radar Signal Processing

EEE5105Z – Fundamentals of Radar Signal and Data Processing

Presented by: F. Nicolls & A. Wilkinson
Venue: Seminar Room 6.01, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT


Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August 2018

Time: 08h30 – 17h00

Provisional exam date: 9th October 2018

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


Andrew WilkinsonAssociate Professor Andrew Wilkinson

Research Interests

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


Associate Professor Fred NicollsAssociate Professor Fred Nicolls