NATO SET-191 Lecture Series

  • 10-11 Nov. 2014, Bucharest (ROU)
  • 13-14 Nov. 2014, Paris (FRA)
  • 17-18 Nov. 2014, Washington, DC (USA)
  • 20-21 Nov. 2014, Vancouver/Richmond, BC (CAN)

This Lecture Series is open to citizens from NATO and Partnership-for-Peace (PfP) Nations.
No registration fee!


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For NATO's military and peace-keeping operations radar and SAR systems for airborne and space-based surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition (RSTA) are essential tools for a large number of missions. Its ability to function during day and night, relative immunity to weather, capability of localizing targets in range, long range operation, to generate highly accurate interferometric 3D-maps, detection and tracking of mobile targets, and classification of objects, make it the sensor of choice in many situations. New emerging concepts employ high-resolution multi-channel imaging radars, for instance, and/or multiply radar/SAR sensors distributed over the area of interest in a Network-centric environment to enhance the information quality gained by a single sensor. They offer multiply benefits, for instance boosting the potentialities to characterise the target by exploiting the multiple observation angles or using already available signals of opportunity.



The objective of this Lecture Series is to present the cutting edge of SAR/MTI systems for airborne and space-based surveillance and reconnaissance applications and sophisticated modern data fusion and tracking techniques for these systems and thereby increases the awareness of their value to the NATO scientific and engineering communities. Lectures are given by leading experts in this area and discuss their pros & cons. These discourses will based on advanced applications in various fields relevant to NATO's mission, such as covert surveillance by airborne and space-based SAR/MTI systems, or security assistance systems for NATO DAT and their fusion products for producing better situation pictures in NATO's ISTAR systems, for instance. Moreover, the LS will review current developments in this area.


Topics to be covered

The Lecture Series Team will present all relevant aspects of radar/SAR systems for airborne and space-based surveillance and reconnaissance.

Lecture topics includes:
* Sophisticated active and passive radar sensors
* Multistatic and MIMO radar systems
* High resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
* Multichannel SAR/MTI
* Multipass / multiview SAR and Interferometric SAR
* Tomography SAR
* Sensor data fusion
* Tracking and sensor management
* Context-assisted tracking and sensor data fusion
* Space-based moving target tracking


Lecture Series Team

Lecture Series Director:
Dr. Matthias Weiß, Fraunhofer FHR (DE), matthias.weiss[at]


Prof. Murat Efe, Ankara University (TUR), efe[at]
Dr. Hélène Oriot, ONERA (FRA), helene.oriot[at]
Dr. Wolfgang Koch, Fraunhofer FKIE (DEU), wolfgang.koch[at]
Dr. Gianfranco Fornaro, CNR-IREA (ITA), fornaro.g[at]
Dr. Matthias Weiß, Fraunhofer FHR (DEU), matthias.weiss[at]


Day One      
8:30   Registration  
9:00   Opening Ceremony & STO/CSO overview National  Authorities
9:15   Introduction and Overview M. Weiß
9:30 1 Distributed Sensor Systems M. Weiß
10:30   COFFEE BREAK  
11:00 2 High Resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) H. Oriot
12:00   LUNCH BREAK  
13:00 3 Multipass/multiview and Interferometric SAR G. Fornaro
14:00 4 Tracking Algorithms for Ground Situational Awareness W. Koch
15:00   COFFEE BREAK  
15:30 5 Tracking and Fusion in Multistatic Sensor Networks I M. Efe
16:30   End of first day  
Day Two      
9:00 6 Compressive Sensing for Multi Sensor Systems M. Weiß
10:00   COFFEE BREAK  
10:30 7 Multichannel SAR H. Oriot
11:30 8 Tomographic SAR G. Fornaro
12:30   LUNCH BREAK  
13:30 9 Data Fusion for Ground Situational Awareness W. Koch
14:30   COFFEE BREAK  
15:00 10 Multipass/multiview and Interferometric SAR M. Efe
16:00   Round Table Discussion All
16:10   Closing Remarks M. Weiß
16:20   End of Lecture Series  


Local Coordinators

ROMANIA, Bucharest:
Dr. Anca Poppescu
University Politehnica
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information technology
Bd. Iuliu Maniu 1-3, Sector 6
Bucuresti, CP 060042 / Romania
Tel: +4021 402-4623 | apopescu [at]

FRANCE, Paris:
Dr. Hélène Oriot
Chemin de la Hunière
91123 Palaiseau / France
Tel: +33 (0)1 80 38 62 31| helene.oriot [at]

USA, Washington, DC:
Dr. Thomas L. Ainsworth
Naval Research Laboratory
Remote Sensing Division
Washington, DC 20375 / USA
Tel: +1 (202) 404-6369| ainsworth [at]

CANADA, Vancouver, BC:
Ms. Josie Igglesden
MDA Systems Ltd.
13800 Commerce Parkway
Vancouver/Richmond, BC V6V 2J3 / Canada
Tel. +1 (604) 231-2102| josie [at ]


STO Contact/Enrolment Coordinator
Science & Technology Organization / Collaboration Support Office / Anne Reboul
BP 25 - 92201 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex - France
Tel: +33 (0)1 5561 2267 | Fax: +33 (0)1 5561 9628 | anne.reboul [at]

Maj. IT Army Mauro Roddi, NATO STO-SET Panel
Tel: +33 (0)1 5561 2268 | Fax: +33 (0)1 5561 9615 | Mauro.Roddi [at] or ewelina.glinska-lewis [at]




Lecture Series SET-191
Radar and SAR Systems for Airborne and Space-based Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Bucharest, ROU, 10-11 Nov. 2014
Paris, FRA, 13-14 Nov. 2014
Washington, DC, USA, 17-18 Nov. 2014
Vancouver, CAN, 20-21 Nov. 2014


Open to citizens from NATO and Partnership-for-Peace (PfP) Nations.

Enrolment must be made via internet only at

Note: if you enrolled for other RTO-STO activities in the past, please use the same e-mail address as previously. If your e-mail address has changed, please inform the STO-CSO contact before enrolling.

Once your enrolment has been validated, you will receive a General Information Package with the latest information on travel, accommodation and local arrangements. Please note that participants are to make their own travel arrangements and hotel bookings.

If you are unable to enrol via the internet, please contact the STO-CSO enrolment coordinator:
Anne Reboul -

Please respect the following dates for enrolment.

Latest Enrolment Dates

NATO Nations: 2 week prior LS-date

PfP-Nations: 3 weeks prior LS-date