Introduction to Radar for Automotive Applications
I.D. # C1627 Duration 2 Days
This introduction to radar focuses on understanding how radars work and the trade offs that must be made to achieve its specified performance, focusing on applications to automotive safety and autonomy. The class includes demonstrations of radar signal outputs and describes the chain of hardware and software processing found in most radar systems. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of radar design at a level detailed enough to understand system engineering estimates for the major functions by examining the basic functions of radars, from the waveform generation in the transmitter, all the way to target detection in the receiver. The course is taught at a system level to understand design choices and their impact on the radar system as a whole. The course includes live demonstrations and example problems to re-inforce concepts. The course includes a survey of radar operation and processing techniques beyond current automotive radars to give students perspective on how the hardware and software may evolve, as well as, how current automotive radar systems may be applied to new applications.
Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Define basic radar functions: waveform generation, RF carrier insertions, transmitter, channel effects, receiver mixing, and pulse compression
  • Define basic radar design parameters: wavelength, bandwidth, antenna size, beam-schedule, and transmitter power
  • Compute basic radar design parameters: signal to noise ratio, range resolution, unambiguous range, Doppler resolution, and unambiguous Doppler
  • Discuss the concept of a radar cross section and statistical models for realistic performance estimates for radar cross-section, scattering from canonical objects, scattering from extended targets, and statistical models
  • Characterize system performance using design parameters and quantities for Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves, and Detector Error Trade (DET) curves

Who Should Attend

This course
will be particularly valuable for assisted driving advanced system engineers, active
safety technology engineers, safety test engineers, and R&D engineers
interested in applying automotive radars to new applications.

Individuals should have an undergraduate background in engineering or physical sciences.
Seminar Content
  • Radar Demonstration

    • Examine outputs of an automotive radar

  • Automotive Applications
  • Radar Fundamentals
  • Radar Cross Section
  • Radar Range Equation
  • Antennas
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Waveform Design
  • Architectures
  • Making Field Measurements
  • Radar Demonstration

    • Students help design radar waveform and demonstrate performance

Instructor(s): William Buller
Mr. Buller is a principal investigator for multiple research programs at Michigan Tech Research Institute where he is currently developing animal collision avoidance algorithms for vehicles with existing radar and lidar, designing automotive test surrogates with RF signatures representative of real vehicles and collaborating with an international team to characterize surrogate vehicles for safety tests. He has significant experience in the areas of signal processing and radar technology and has worked in multiple industries including the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency. He is the author of more than twenty peer reviewed research articles and U.S. patents and is an invited member of SAE┐s Active Safety Test Target Validation and Correlation Task Force. He has a M.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. degree in Physics from Albion College.


Fees: $1370 SAE Members*: $1096 - $1233
* The appropriate SAE Member discount will be applied through the Registration process.  Discounts vary  according to level of membership: Elite Member 20%; Premium Member 15%; Classic Member 10%
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