Introduction to Radar Systems - Level I


Stony Brook University, in partnership with Robert A Shade, Systems Engineering Consultant, is pleased to present this series of Radar Processing programs.

The advancement of computing power available in small machines has enabled significant advances in the way Radar Systems operate and the tasks they can carry out in real time. In the Introduction to Radar Systems - Level I course, the applications and advantages of Modern Radar Processing are discussed. The underlying mathematical principles are introduced and a number of relevant applications are presented. In particular, the advantages and techniques of multi-mode radars are emphasized.

Attendance at the Introduction to Radar Systems - Level I course is recommended as a way of introducing employees from companies currently developing or utilizing Radar systems. The course aims to achieve a fuller understanding of what techniques are available from the multitude of tasks demanded of modern Radars. This course is designed for engineers and managers possessing at least minimal understanding of mathematics and electrical engineering.

At the completion of the Introduction to Radar Systems - Level I workshop, students will have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of modern radar processing, how it is applied and the insight to see how it applies to his own products and services. Interested students will be encouraged to attend a more detailed series of lectures that will provide more depth on the subject.

The Program
  • Signals and Systems
  • Basic Pulse Radar Operation
  • Down Conversion for Digital Radar Signal Processing
  • Signal Synthesis
  • Overview of FFTs (Fast Fourier Transform) and IFFTs (Inverse Fast Fourier Transforms)
  • Principles of Detection of Signals in Noise
  • Principles of Time Domain vs. Frequency Domain Signal Detection
  • Doppler Radar Processing
  • Simple Applications including Synthetic Aperture Radar and Radar Imaging


Introduction to Radar Systems, 3rd Edition is a recommended text for Introduction to Radar Systems Level I. Please purchase this material to experience the full benefits of the program. Note that the same book is used as a required text in Introduction to Radar Systems Level II and Level III.

Introduction to Radar Systems, 3rd Edition 
Merrill I. Skolnik
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
ISBN-13 – 978 0 07 288138 7

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