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ⓒ Thales
Tuesday 21st February 2023 to Thursday 23rd February 2023

ICMS International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh


Recent development in radar systems have led to high dimensional data collection. Advancements in position, navigation and timing allow distributed networks of radars to operate coherently together, with multiple radar transmitters and receivers operating coherently in “multi-static” configurations. Emitters of opportunity from communications allow radars to operate in passive modes. A new ubiquity in radar satellites results in ever shorter repeat passes, providing a richness in temporal data which can be used for interferometry and detection of changes.  Radars are able to operate over increasingly wider frequency bandwidths, with greater adaptivity of emitted waveforms, can be fully polarimetric, receive ever more channels from array antennas, and fuse information from multiple sources to operate adaptively.  These developments often enable – and are driven by – using radars for more challenging applications, such as imaging through walls, foliage and other obscurants; detecting and recognising low observable objects; or adapting to operate in a congested and contested electromagnetic environment.

With the increased complexity of multi-dimensional radar data, comes new fundamental mathematical challenges – how it is modelled, what information it contains, and how to process or share the resulting new large quantities of data.

This knowledge exchange workshop is being delivered as part of the INI Programme on Rich and Nonlinear Tomography - a multidisciplinary approach (RNT). It is being organised by the RNT Programme organisers, the Newton Gateway and ICMS with the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (STO). More specifically, the NATO SET-319 Specialist Meeting is an activity within the Sensors and Electronics Panel (SET), which is one of seven NATO STO Panels.

Aims and Objectives

This workshop seeks to understand the new and cutting-edge mathematics research required to enable, exploit and enhance advanced multi-dimensional radar systems. It will bring together specialists in multi-dimensional radar systems with leading mathematicians across a wide range of applicable disciplines. This will bring about new dialogue between disciplines, breaking down communication barriers to help a greater understanding, and provide the foundations of a new community of practice. The event will inform future research and planning within NATO, ongoing mathematics research at the INI, as well as future collaborative and interdisciplinary activities.
Topics that are likely to be covered include:

  • SAR/ISAR image formation and feature extraction, including bistatic, multi-static, multi-frequency and fully polarimetric, as well as passive
  • Airborne and ground-based multi-dimensional radar systems, including passive and multi-static
  • Non-cooperative target recognition theory and algorithms
  • Optimal deployment of multi-dimensional, multi-sensor, and multi-platform systems
  • Advanced exploitation of multi-dimensional radar, such as imaging and detection through obscurants

The Programme is currently being developed and the event is likely to take place from 12pm on 21st Feb and close at lunchtime on 23rd February.

Registration and Venue

Attendance is restricted to citizens of NATO member nations plus AUS, CHE, FIN, IRL, JPN, KOR, SWE, and ZAF. If you are interested in participating, please apply via this website - enrolment must be approved by the National Representatives of each NATO nation. 

If you have questions about attendance or would like to express an interest in attending as you believe you have relevant experience, please contact the chairs Dr Francis Watson and Prof Marco Martorella.
Abstract submissions from all relevant areas of mathematics and aspects of multi-dimensional radar systems are encouraged to be submitted by 30th November 2022.  Full details are available in this flier.

The event is free to attend and an application for accommodation at the KM Hotel on 21st and 22nd February can be made. The event will take place at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh.