Maritime Security Sensor Network Based on Ultra-Wideband Electromagnetic Waves Forward Scattering phenomena

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Electronic and Electrical Engineering


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Description The research supported by this grant help understand the radar signature of small boats and inflatables, i.e. how different type of radar systems (bistatic, multistatic, forward scatter radar) can detect these targets of interest against the background of sea clutter. This can provide useful information to optimize the detection of such targets, mostly used by smugglers, traffickers, pirates, and for other illicit activities.
Exploitation Route Additional research can take forward these initial findings by collecting more data in a larger variety of environments, operational conditions, and types of targets.
Once a clear database of target signatures, detection approaches, and sea clutter statistics is established, these findings can contribute to better design of radar systems to be deployed in the field.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Security and Diplomacy

Description The work has led to new models for the statistical variability of bistatic radar clutter, which are being exploited in new multistatic and networked radar systems design. It has also contributed towards the award to Professor Griffiths of the 2017 IEEE Picard Medal and the 2017 IET Achievement Medal, as well as the award of the OBE and election as FRS.
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics
Impact Types Policy & public services

Description Chair, Defence Science Expert Committeee (DSEC), Ministry of Defence
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee