Courses and Books


Build a Small Radar System Capable of Range, Doppler, and SAR Imaging [PI.80s]

Learn how radar systems work by reviewing applied electromagnetics, circuit design, and antennas then build your own and perform field experiments including ranging, Doppler, and SAR imaging. This course will appeal to those who want to learn how to develop radar systems, SAR imaging, use radar technology, or make components or sub-systems.

Build a Small Radar System Capable of Sensing Range, Doppler, and Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging

Dr. Gregory L. Charvat, Mr. Jonathan H. Williams & Dr. Alan J. Fenn, Dr. Stephen M. Kogon, Dr. Jeffrey S. Herd

Build a Small Phased Array Radar Sensor [PI.81s]

MIT Professional Education is offering a unique course in the design, fabrication, and test of a laptop-based digital phased array radar sensor capable of ground moving target imaging (GMTI). Lectures will be presented on the topics of applied electromagnetics, antennas, RF design, analog circuits, radar system modeling, and digital signal processing while at the same time you build your own phased array radar system and perform field experiments.

Build a Small Phased Array Radar System Capable of Imaging Moving Targets

Dr. Bradley Perry, Dr. Jonathan Paul Kitchens, Dr. Patrick Bell, Dr. Jeffrey Herd, Dr. Gregory L. Charvat


Small and Short Range Radar Systems

Author Gregory L. Charvat appeared on CNN on March 17, 2014 to discuss whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might have literally flown below the radar. He appeared again on CNN on March 20, 2014 to explain the basics of radar, and he explored the hope and limitations of the technology involved in the search for Flight 370 on CBS on March 22, 2014.

Written By
Gregory L. Charvat

Low-Visibility Antennas for Communication Systems

This book delivers a comprehensive and cutting-edge study of the design and application of low-visibility antennas, complete with design considerations, computed and measured results, and an extensive exploration of radio frequency and antenna measurements.

Written By
Albert Sabban

Practical Software Defined Radar Remote Sensing

The goal of this book is to show how software defined radio instruments can be used to build working radar systems in practice. The book will attempt to do this by going through many real application examples, describing the hardware needed to perform the experiments, providing concise example code, and also providing real data in the cases where the reader doesn’t have access to actual hardware. The goal of this approach is to teach problem solving tools that are often encountered in radar signal processing problems, with the hope that the reader will learn how to apply them to other similar problems.

Written By
Juha Vierinen

Automotive Sensing and Fusion Systems

Somebody, someplace in the world is having traffic accident as you read this sentence. Worldwide, millions of collisions happen every year. That’s approximately one person in an accident almost every four seconds. On top of this, the estimated resources and economic losses caused by accidents are reaching astronomical proportions (tens of billions of US dollars per year). Suitable cost effective sensors to identify the hazardous situation are required to achieve the above “smart co-pilot” or “active safety” functions or ultimately fully autonomous driving. In this book, small automotive remote sensing systems will be explored with a theoretical analysis and demonstrated with practical working examples. Several different types of sensing system will be discussed, including; radar, computer vision, lidar, and vehicle positioning. For each type of these systems there will be a derivation of the range equation, an explanation of applicable algorithms, and applied theory demonstrating the implementation of an actual system.
Written By
Shuqing Zeng

Monolithic Integrated Circuits - Fundamentals, Design, and Technology

This book provides a comprehensive treatise on the fundamentals, designs, technologies, and measurements of the building blocks of monolithic radio frequency (RF), microwave, and mm-Wave integrated circuits for applications in modern communication and radar systems. The content will entail an in-depth presentation of all elements needed to design monolithic integrated circuits that focus on the use of III/V semiconductor technologies such as GaAs, GaN, and the like. It will include fundamental design principles and design methodologies and techniques as well as the choice of technology to be used.
Written By
Prasad N. Shastrv

Low Frequency Electromagnetics & Circuits

This book will be an exposition describing practical mathematical techniques to help understand circuits when used in transducer applications. The circuit types will be mostly in the analog domain, and “medium to low” frequency. Some examples of the transducers will be solenoids, loudspeakers, and capacitive sensors. The books’ migration path will begin with a review of some important mathematical concepts that need to be understood for the proceeding chapters. This will include some practical examples to help reinforce the spirit. When heading into the physics, the practical examples will be more or less turned into the subject material. The physics will start from the basic relationships between electric & magnetic fields, and how they result from circuits that generate them. Field interactions will be discussed and analyzed, to create an understanding of how the forces present themselves as a useful tool. This will also help explain how the transducers influence the circuit behavior. Much of the higher level equations will be presented and described in detail. There will be many footnotes referring the reader to appendices that will contain the full derivation. This will quench the thirst for the very curious and ambitious readers who want a deep understanding.
Written By
Robert J. LeBoeuf II