The Impact of Cognition on Radar Technology

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  • Book title: The Impact of Cognition on Radar Technology

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  • Year: 2017

  • Format: Hardback

  • Product Code: SBRA5200

  • ISBN: 978-1-78561-580-1

  • Pagination: 312pp

  • Stock Status: In stock

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Cognitive dynamic systems are inspired by the computational capability of the brain and the viewpoint that cognition is a supreme form of computation. The key idea behind this new paradigm is to mimic the human brain as well as that of other mammals with echolocation capabilities which continuously learn and react to stimulations according to four basic processes: perception-action cycle, memory, attention, and intelligence.

The Impact of Cognition on Radar Technology is an essential exploration of the application of cognitive concepts in the development of modern phased array radar systems for surveillance. It starts by asking whether our current radar systems already have cognitive capabilities and then discusses topics including: mimicking the visual brain; applications to CFAR detection and receiver adaptation; cognitive radar waveform design for spectral compatibility; cognitive optimisation of the transmitter-receiver pair; theory and application of cognitive control; cognition in radar target tracking; anticipative target tracking; cognition in MIMO radar, electronic warfare, and synthetic aperture radar. The book concludes with a cross-disciplinary review of cognition studies with potential lessons for radar systems.

About the Editors

Alfonso Farina has had a successful forty-year career in companies such as Selenia and Selex ES (where he was Senior VP and Company Chief Technology Officer), and in academia, including a six-year position as professor of radar techniques at the University of Naples. He is the author of over 600 publications, books, and monographs, and recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications. He is a consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division in Italy.

Antonio De Maio is a Professor at the University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy. His research interests lie in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on radar detection and convex optimisation applied to radar signal processing. He is a Senior Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, a member of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel and of the IEEE Sensor Array Processing Technical Committee.

Simon Haykin is a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He is noted for his pioneering work in adaptive signal-processing with an emphasis on Cognitive Radio and Cognitive Radar, which are two important parts of a much wider and integrative field: Cognitive Dynamic Systems, research into which has become his passion.

Book review

Probably for the first time I have seen a rigorous and clear definition of a cognitive radar. The Authors have expressed their ideas on the topic guiding the Reader to this new concept starting from the existing technology up to their vision of the cognitive technology and related impact on radars. I have in particular valued the effort done to measure the degree of cognition of the phased arrays currently in development or already delivered on the field. The parallelism between cognitive radar and brain is instructive. I have also appreciated the approach followed by the Authors that have selected the pillars of the radar design (waveform, CFAR, tracking…) and have described their potential cognitive evolution. (...) My strong recommendation is to have the book at hand on the shelf to be continuously inspired to an ‘open-minded’ evaluation of the impact of cognition on radar systems.

Luca Timmoneri, CTO Naval&Air Defence Systems LoB, Leonardo SpA  

Book readership

Essential reading for researchers, systems engineers and advanced students working with radar systems.

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