Radar Imaging


CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Digital Signal Processing

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Prerequisites: ECE 4270

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

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

Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

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.

Course Objectives

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