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ECE Course Syllabus

ECE6282 Course Syllabus


Radar Imaging (3-0-3)

Technical Interest
Digital Signal Processing

ECE 4270


Catalog Description
An in depth study of digital signal processing methods for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) image formation. Methods are also applicable to sonar.

C.F. Barnes, Synthetic Aperture Radar: Wave Theory Foundations, Analysis and Algorithms (1st edition), Barnes, 2015. ISBN 9780692313732 (required)

Indicators (SPIs)
SPIs are a subset of the abilities a student will be able to demonstrate upon successfully completing the course.

Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering):
1.	Explain imaging radar design concepts for synthetic aperture systems and elaborate on the performance versus costs design trade space.
2.	Design, assess and be conversant of the properties of radar imaging functions for radar imaging algorithms, including polar format, Stolt format and range-Doppler processing.

Outcome 2 (Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate advanced problems and apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve those problems):
1.	Analyze radar imaging system performance, both in stripmap and spotlight modes.
2.	Understand and model radar imaging algorithms and make quantifiable quality assessments of radar imagery.
3.	Interpret radar imagery.

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1.	Design and code radar imaging algorithms and demonstrate radar imaging operations with simulated transmit/receive data.

Topical Outline
ECE 6282 - Radar Imaging covers all major topics related to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) science, systems 
and software. SAR science is established on a foundation of wave theory. SAR systems for stripmap, 
spotlight, Spotmap, volumetric, inverse, scan, swept, etc., modes are explained. SAR analysis techniques are 
presented at a detailed mathematical level, including analysis of chirp signals, and both stretch and chirp 
receiver systems. All SAR algorithm classes are studied: Stolt formatting, polar formatting (including back-
projection methods), hyperbolic coherent summing, spherical coherent summing (including back-propagation 
methods), range stacking, range-Doppler and chirp scaling. Novel methods for volumetric SAR imaging are 
Topical Outline:
  - SAR Overview
  - Signal Analysis Preliminaries
  - Wave Theory Framework
  - Cross-Range Aperture Synthesis
  - Down-Range Pulse Compression
  - Chirp Signals and Phase Curtains
  - Infinite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  - Finite Aperture Stolt Formatting
  - Surface Antenna Analysis
  - SAR Signal Channel Models
  - SAR Algorithms