Statistical signal processing and radar systems


This curriculum covers one of the areas of interest in telecommunication engineering. It concerns the design and analysis of algorithms for audio and video signal coding, air-traffic control, detection and classification of radar targets, generation of three-dimensional terrain maps, monitoring of forests, vegetation and crops, determination of soil composition, detection and classification of sub-surface objects, landslide monitoring, oceanography, and geophysics. The methodologies investigated mainly concern information extraction from radar, sonar, laser and bio-acoustic signals and images, and the processing of remotely sensed signals for ocean and land monitoring, and the electromagnetic characterization of the sensed scene.

The academic board of the Ph.D. program will evaluate the background of the candidate in the fields of interest and will formulate a specific programme in the disciplines listed below. To this aim, tailored courses, cycles of seminars and laboratory activities will be scheduled.

  • Linear algebra and numerical optimisation
  • Spectral analysis
  • Detection and estimation theory
  • Array processing
  • Digital signal processing of radar signals (SAR, InSAR, ISAR)
  • Antennas, propagation and e.m. scattering
  • Microwave circuits

Here are some of the subjects available for research:

  • Adaptive spectral estimation techniques
  • Techniques for signal detection and classification
  • Statistical processing of radar, laser, sonar and bio-acoustic signals
  • Statistical processing of remotely sensed, biomedical and industrial images
  • Synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR)
  • 3-D radar tomography (Tomo-SAR)
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Ground based synthetic aperture radar (GB-SAR)
  • Statistical modelling of sea and ground radar clutter
  • Design and analysis of special-purpose antennas
  • E.m. characterization and experimental validation of propagation channels and radar targets

The curriculum is mostly related to the disciplines of the ING-INF/03 (Telecommunications) and ING-INF/02 (Applied Electromagnetism) groups of the act D.M. 04/10/2000 concerning the definition of scientific sectors of Italian university courses.