The chapter organized a workshop in September titled “Future Radar Technology,” hosted by the Scuola delle Trasmissioni e Informatica (ScuTI). Maj. Gen. Pietro Primo, IA, commander of the ScuTI, welcomed the guests and underlined AFCEA's role in promoting liaisons between the armed forces and industry. Lt. Gen. Pietro Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president, introduced the workshop's objectives, which focused on future radar technology—an area where Italy has achieved worldwide excellence. Alfonso Farina, chief technical officer, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, took the floor to chair the conference and provided an introduction about the history of radars and the way ahead.
Artenio Russo, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, opened the first session on radar systems with a presentation of multifunctional radars, their advantages, and applications in defense and homeland security. Angelo Aprile, SELEX Galileo, presented the avionic radars Gabbiano and Grifo along with new developments of more compact systems, multimode and multimissions. Then, Massimo Di Lazzaro, Thales Alenia Space, provided an overview of the major Earth observation radars and the way ahead in terms of new operation modes and new architectures. Professor Fabio Rocca, Politecnico of Milan, introduced advanced techniques for image processing based on multitemporal and multispatial analysis, and their applications such as landslide and subsidence monitoring, oil reservoir, vulcanogical and seismological applications.
Professor Pierfrancesco Lombardo, University of Rome La Sapienza, introduced the second session about new radars with a speech on passive radars, which can provide low cost surveillance, covert operation and reduced pollution by exploiting existing illuminators of opportunity. Then, Antonio De Maio, a professor at the University of Naples Federico II, introduced the new concept of cognitive radars based on transmitter and receiver adaptive capacity. This approach makes the radar adapt to the environment, similar to the biological behavior of bats. Professor Fulvio Gini, University of Pisa, focused his speech on the dynamic sensor selection tracking with passive radar, which may provide support to harbor protection and reduce the computational load for surveillance operations. Giuseppe Savoia, Agilent Technologies, gave a presentation on the role of simulation and test in performance evaluation of advanced radar systems. The second session closed with a presentation by Professor Marco Martorella, CNIT, about passive radar ISAR with DVBT signals and dealing with image processing using passive radars and DVBT as illuminator of opportunity.
In the third session, Ennio Giaccari, Finmeccanica, introduced the Radar Community and the role of its corporate projects in the development of new generation radars. Alessandro Manuale introduced the Compact Receiver, the corporate project that was awarded the Innovation Prize 2011. Roberta Cardinali presented the main results of an initiative titled “The Radar Research Centre: a Collaboration Between Finmeccanica and Universities,” which was founded in 2005.
Gen. Finocchio closed the event by thanking all the speakers and the audience, and by underlining how the conference theme could be further widened in new initiatives. He also reminded attendees of the forthcoming TechNET International taking place in October.