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Radar 2017

International Conference on Radar Systems

23 – 26 October 2017 | Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre, UK



Conference Chair

Tony Kinghorn (photo)  

Prof Tony Kinghorn FREng, CTO, RF Systems, Leonardo

Tony Kinghorn is Chief Technical Officer (RF Systems) at Leonardo and is responsible for advanced radar research and development programs.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge before joining industry, initially to work on radar signal processing. He has extensive experience in radar systems engineering and phased array systems, and has now amassed over 35 years’ experience in the field of airborne radar.

He has played a leading role in the technical research and development of a number of key systems and technologies, including the Captor multimode radar for Eurofighter Typhoon and a range of AESA radar systems both for fighter aircraft and airborne surveillance platforms

He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh.

Technical programme committee co-chairs

Allesio Balleri (photo)  

Dr Alessio Balleri, Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Dr Alessio Balleri is a Senior Lecturer with Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham. From February 2010 until March 2012, he was a Research Associate in Radar Systems with the Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL and, from June 2004 to December 2004, he was a visiting Research Scholar with the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Dr Balleri has guest co-edited of a special issue in “Biologically Inspired Radar and Sonar Systems” for the IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation in 2012 and a special Issue in “Emerging Radar Techniques” for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing in 2013.

He obtained a PhD degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University College London in 2010 and a Laurea Degree (5 legal years, summa cum laude) from University of Pisa in 2004.

His research interests include radar and sonar system design, biologically inspired radar and sonar systems, radar and sonar target classification, target feature extraction and modelling of radar clutter.

Hugh Griffiths (photo)  

Prof Hugh Griffiths DSc(Eng) FREng FIEEE FIET, Thales/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of RF Systems, UCL, UK  

Hugh Griffiths was born in Bournemouth, UK, in 1956. He was educated at Hardye's School, Dorchester, and Keble College, Oxford University, where he received the MA degree in Physics. He also received the PhD (1986) and DSc(Eng) (2000) degrees from the University of London.

In 2006 he was appointed Principal of the Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham (part of Cranfield University). From 1982 to 2006 he was with University College London, serving as Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 2001 to 2006.

His research interests include radar sensor systems and signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar and sonar) as well as antennas and antenna measurement techniques. He has published over 300 papers and technical articles on these subjects.

He received the IERE Lord Brabazon Premium in 1984, the IEE Mountbatten and Maxwell Premiums in 1996, and the IEEE Nathanson Award in 1996. He serves on the IEEE AESS Board of Governors and as Chairman of the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel, and as Editor-in-Chief of IEE Proceedings on Radar, Sonar and Navigation. Also, he was Chairman of the IEE International Radar Conference RADAR 2002 in Edinburgh, UK.

He is also a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council for the UK Ministry of Defence, and of the Supervisory Board for the UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Technology Centre in ElectroMagnetic Remote Sensing.

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

Organising committee member and student prize chair

Myriam Nouvel (photo)  

Myriam Nouvel, Responsable adjointe du Département Simulation, France

Myriam NOUVEL graduated from ENSEA (High School of Electronics) in 1998 and received the PhD degree in signal processing from the Université de Paris-Sud, France in 2001. She was with Thales Airborne Systems as research engineer first, then as project manager at the Radar Technical Directorate from 2001 to 2009 (French MoD projects, civil airborne radar projects). During this period, her scientific interests were spreading from signal processing, SAR imaging and inverse problems to airborne weather radars, waveform design, radar systems, bistatic radars.

From 2009 to 2014, she was the team leader of the algorithms studies in Electronics Warfare application entity always with the Technical Directorate. She is although Intellectual Property manager of the Radar and Electronics Warfare portfolio of Thales Airborne Systems and follows frequencies spectrum management policies.

Since 2014, she has been the deputy director of the Simulation Department of the Thales Airborne Systems with the Technical Directorate. She is SEE senior member.

She received the SEE Ampere Medal in 2009 and the Thevenin Price in 2015. She is with the organization of the IEEE International Radar Conference in France since several years (Organisation chairman of the International IEEE RADAR 2014) and in the technical committee of most of the radar conferences, such as International Radar Symposium (IRS), EuRad. She is author and co-author of more than 25 papers and more than 10 patents.

Organising committee members

Geoff Butler (photo)  

Geoff Butler MIET BEng (Hons) CEng DMS, Business Development Manager, Maritime Services, BAE Systems plc

Geoff has a wide knowledge of the radar industry, both within the defence and civil sectors, and has led various campaigns and delivery projects both in UK and overseas.

He has over 20 years’ experience within BAE Systems including key roles on air defence, multi -function radar, trackers and air traffic control. He is currently UK Business Development Manager focussing on developing the land radar business.

Educated at University of Portsmouth (2:1 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering) & Bournemouth University (Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies), he is also a Chartered Engineer and MIET. Geoff has also been sponsored through the Whitehall Industry Group (WIG) Senior Leaders Programme, and is an advocate and active member of the WIG alumini.

Geoff is married to Kay and has 2 daughters (age 10 and 12) and lives on the IOW. He is an avid Nottingham Forest supporter and hobbies include Kayaking, Cycling and keeping fit.

David Money (photo)  

David Money, Technical Director, Thales ATM (UK)

David graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in physics. In 1980 he joined the Scientific Civil Service at the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment Portsdown where he contributed to and directed programs covering a wide range of RN applications and technologies ranging from HF radar to 94 GHz tracking systems.

In 1998, he left DERA to become the Chief Scientist at GEC-Marconi Radar / AMS UK Radar Division and subsequently the Head of Product Management of BAESystems Insyte.

From 2007 to 2013 as a consultant, he provided technical and program direction to several organisations including the MOD and OFCOM for the 4G radar remediation program where he provided the UK government technical lead.

He is currently the Technical Director of Thales ATM (UK).

A broad range of roles have covered the areas of radar (military, civil, land and maritime), EW, ECCM, CESM, Weapons Systems and 4G communications where systems design, adaptive signal processing, propagation, clutter and systems modelling have been of key technical interest.

His career includes a MOD Individual Merit position related to radar systems, EW and contributions to the RN in operational activities, a DERA Fellowship during his MOD career, Fellowship of the IET, a Senior Expert in Thales and a number of papers at UK and international conferences in the areas of HF radar, RF propagation, clutter and radar systems.

Organising committee member and local liaison

Vincent Fusco (photo)  

Vincent Fusco FREng, FIET, MRIA, Fellow IEEE, Research Director High Frequency Electronics, ECIT Institute, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Vincent F Fusco FREng, IEEE Fellow, FIET holds a personal chair in High Frequency Electronic Engineering Queens University of Belfast where he is research director of the High Frequency Laboratories.

His research interests include active antenna and front-end MMIC techniques. He has published over 450 scientific papers in major journals and in referred international conferences. He has authored two text books, holds patents related to self-tracking antennas and has contributed invited papers and book chapters.

In 2012 he was awarded the IET senior achievement award the Mountbatten medal.

Organising committee member and international liaison

Image to follow (image)  

Dr Daniel O'Hagan, Associate Professor in Radar, University of Cape Town, South Africa 




Tutorial chair


Prof Christopher J Baker, Chief Technical Officer, Aveillant UK 

Chris Baker is the Chief Technology Officer of Aveillant Ltd. Prior to this he was the Ohio State Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at The Ohio State University.

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 has been actively engaged in radar systems 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 systems.

He is the recipient of the IEE Mountbatten premium (twice), the IEE Institute premium and is a Fellow of the IET and the IEEE. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, University College London, Wright State University, and Strathclyde University and Birmingham University. 

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