Problem Solving 101 with Mateusz Malanowski

At Artech House, we ask our authors what problems their books can help readers solve. In this series, we share what our authors aim to do in their writing. Read on to find out what Mateusz Malanowski, who wrote Signal Processing for Passive Bistatic Radar had to say:

What are some problems your book can help readers solve?

  • Understanding the potential and limitations of passive radar systems.
  • Understanding the differences between signal processing in active and passive radar.
  • Understanding typical signal processing chain used in passive radar.
  • Understanding technical problems associated with implementation of passive radar systems.

What are the features of your book and the specific benefits a reader can expect to derive from those features?  

  • The analysis and comparison of different antenna array geometries (uniform linear array – ULA and uniform circular array – UCA) may help the radar designer to choose the appropriate solution for a particular scenario of passive radar.
  • The introduction of the bistatic tracking (an intermediate stage between target detection and localization) presented in the book can substantially reduce the computational complexity and increase accuracy of target localization.
  • The presented methods for clutter filtering can provide effective means of increasing the system sensitivity by removing the unwanted signal components which can mask target echoes.

Please name the audiences at which this book is aimed. How will this audience use your book?

  • Industry: radar engineers, managers. The book can be very helpful for engineers working on passive radar systems, providing valuable insight in details of signal processing used in passive radar. Many of the presented algorithms can be used in operational passive radar systems.
  • Academia: lecturers, graduate and PhD students. The book can be very valuable for teachers lecturing on radar or signal processing. As the passive radar technology is more and more popular, teaching about passive radar will become necessary as a part most of lectures on radar technology. The book can also be used by the students. Because passive radar is relatively easy to build and does not require permit for transmission of electro-magnetic energy, it can be used for various projects carried out at a university, ranging from small course-related projects to PhD theses.
  • Military: procurement, air defense, air force, air traffic controllers. The book could help to understand aspects of military use of passive radar. Procurement personnel could use the book to specify the requirements for passive radars more precisely. The users of passive radars, such as air force, air defense, could learn about specific aspects of passive radars and their influence on operational use.
  • Civilian: procurement specialist, air traffic controllers, regulatory authorities, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT). As passive radar is considered for civilian air traffic control, it has to be understood by the users, as well as regulatory authorities. Moreover, if the passive radar is used in the air traffic control, the transmitters will become a part of radar system infrastructure, therefore, authorities responsible for the transmission network must be aware of the relationship between the requirements for signal distribution and radar.

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