Professional Education Course

Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing

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Course Title: Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing
Program ID: DEF 3505P Subjects: Radar, Signal Processing


Registration DeadlineSection DatesFormat & LocationCEUsFeeStatus
Feb 09, 2015 (Mon)Feb 09, 2015 (Mon) - Feb 12, 2015 (Thu)Atlanta (Georgia Tech Global Learning Center) (this is an onsite course)2.8$2,195OPEN

Meeting Times
On the first day, check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Monday, February 9, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 (8:00 AM-4:00 PM)

Alternate Rates

  • $1098 -- Georgia Tech Employee Rate
  • 10% Group discount available for companies that register 3 or more people at the same time.  Download our group registration form to register your group.



Course Description

This course introduces the student to the foundational signal processing methods at the core of most modern radar systems and provides a solid base for exploring advanced techniques such as radar imaging and adaptive processing. Review basic signal analysis concepts, focusing on Fourier transform relations and sampling. Explore common models of amplitude, Doppler, and statistical characteristics of targets and interference. Master methods for improving signal-to-interference ratio, including waveform modulation and pulse compression, Doppler processing, and adaptive interference rejection methods. Form output products of the signal processor with discussions of threshold detection, single- and multi-target tracking, and radar imaging.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers and scientists new to, or seeking a refresher course in radar signal processing, or needing a firm foundation for advanced radar processing studies

How You Will Benefit

  • Select fast- and slow-time sampling rates for acquiring radar signals
  • Relate bandwidth, resolution, and sampling rates in multiple domains
  • Understand statistical models of radar signals
  • Evaluate the performance of MTI and Doppler processors
  • Select pulse compression waveforms
  • Predict automatic and CFAR detection performance
  • Understand basic concepts and design drivers for advanced GMTI and space-time adaptive processing algorithms
  • Analyze target tracking accuracy and multiple target tracking algorithms
  • Understand basic principles and design parameters of 2-D imaging radar (synthetic aperture radar)
  • Apply these techniques to a variety of radar types

What Is Covered

  • Signal Acquisition: Fast-and Slow-Time Sampling, the Datacube
  • Amplitude Models: The Radar Range
  • Statistical Models: Radar Cross Section Fluctuations and Swerling Models
  • Doppler Shift, Doppler Bandwith
  • Noise Models
  • Suppressing the Interference Using Techniques such as Pulse Compression, MTI, and Space-Time Adaptive Processing
  • Extracting Usable Information from the Signal using Techniques such as Pulse-Doppler Processing and CFAR Detection
  • Applications: the Signal Processing Aspects of a Variety of Radar Applications

Course Materials

Students receive Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing by Mark A. Richards (2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2014), as well as a hard copy and CD-ROM of course viewgraphs and a collection of tutorial MATLAB programs.


The following courses are recommended:

Course Administrator

Mark Richards

Certificate Information

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