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Radar for Space

We are excited to start  a new focus group of Radar for Space and Sensing for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) which encompasses all uses of radar relevant to space, including


(i) space domain awareness (SDA), considering both ground-based and space-based radar sensors, and

(ii) earth observation using space-based radar.

Research and development within the area of sensing, SAR/ISAR imagery, AI for image processing, scene and object characterization, as well as SDA/SSA use case modelling and simulation approaches are within the wide interests of this group.


Industrial talks outlining challenges and opportunities within the subject area are especially welcomed!

In the pilot event we also welcome works on use of complementary sensing technologies, specifically active, capable of fusion with radar, for enhanced SDA/SSA, as well as AI-based approaches for classification.

The group will focus on identifying current challenges and gaps, defining perspective directions of research and successful strategies for collaboration, the complementarity of the expertise within the group, knowledge exchange. One of the intension of the group activities is to form a recognized expert structure which can be involved in policymaking and regulatory activities within the UK and internationally.



Marina Gashinova

Marina Gashinova received the M.Sc. degree in math from Saint Petersburg State University in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in physics and mathematics from Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia, in 2003. In 2006, she joined the Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory, University of Birmingham, where she is currently a Professor in radar and RF sensors, leading the research group on passive and active bistatic radar, terahertz radar imaging, and automotive sensors. She has authored or co-authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and presenter of several invited and focused talks on forward scatter radar at international conferences, workshops, and seminars.

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Duncan Robertson

Duncan A. Robertson holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics and Electronics and a Ph.D. in millimetre wave physics from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. For most of his career he has been with the Millimetre Wave Group at the University of St Andrews working on battlefield systems, passive imaging, electron spin resonance spectroscopy instrumentation, and millimetre wave radar for remote sensing and security applications. His research interests include submillimetre wave radar for high resolution imaging, radar detection of drones, radar remote sensing of volcanoes, glaciers, clouds and volcanic ash. He leads a research group which specialises in the development of sub/millimetre wave radar systems and the construction and field deployment of advanced concept demonstrators at frequencies spanning 24 to 340 GHz.


Marco Martorella

Marco Martorella is Chair in RF and Space Sensing at the University of Birmingham, Vice-Director of the CNIT's National Radar and Surveillance Systems Laboratory and Vice-Chair of the NATO Sensor and Electronics Technology Panel. He is author of more than 250 international journal and conference papers, 3 books and 20 book chapters. He has served the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel since 2016 and the EDA Radar Captech since 2014. He has been recipient of several awards, including the IEEE 2013 Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award. He is co-founder of ECHOES, a radar-producing company. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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