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Introduction to Radar for Automotive Applications C1627

This course covers radar fundamentals, emphasizing the understanding of physical principles and limitations of radar systems from the perspective of radar returns from objects of interest to automotive radar including vehicles, pedestrians and transportation infrastructure. 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 matched filter detection in the receiver. Students will gain an understanding of how to characterize the impact on these basic functions due to radar design parameters. Trends in hardware and the associated benefits and trade-offs of new technologies will be discussed. The course will be taught from the perspective of a system level that can be used to evaluate design choices and understand their impact on the radar system as a whole.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Define basic radar operation from the perspective of waveform generation, RF carrier insertions, transmitter, channel effects, receiver mixing, and matched filtering
  • Define basic radar design parameters including wavelength, bandwidth, antenna size, beam-schedule, and transmitter power
  • Compute basic radar design parameters using signal to noise ratio, range resolution, unambiguous range, Doppler resolution, and unambiguous Doppler
  • Discuss the concept of a radar cross section and use 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, radar engineers, and safety test engineers.

Individuals should have an undergraduate background in engineering or physical sciences.
  • Basic Radar Architecture
  • Radar Range Equation
    • Equivalent isotropically radiated power
    • Computing signal to noise ratio
  • Antenna Basics
    • Aperture and radiation pattern
    • Mono-static vs bistatic
    • Electronically steered antenna
  • Radio Frequency Mixing
    • Carrier frequency mixing
    • Homodyne and heterodyne receiver
  • Waveform Design
    • Bandwidth
    • Pulse-Doppler
    • Frequency modulated continuous wave radar
    • Pseudo-noise modulated continuous wave radar
    • Pulse repetition interval
  • Matched Filter
    • Envelope detector output
    • Range resolution
    • Doppler resolution
  • Radar Range Equation Revisited (review with exercises)
    • Signal to noise ratio
    • Range resolution
    • Unambiguous range
    • Doppler resolution
  • Automotive Radar Types
    • Overview of applications
    • Automotive radar parameters
  • Radio Propagation Channel
    • Signal to clutter ratio
    • Channel fading
    • Radio frequency interference
  • Character of Radar Targets
    • Radar cross section definition
    • Canonical shapes
    • Wavelength effects
    • Polarization effects
    • Statistical character of extended targets
  • Estimating Performance
    • Hypothesis testing for detection
    • Statistics of detector output
    • Receiver operating characteristic and detector error trade curves
William Buller


Mr. Buller is currently the 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. Bill 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.

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Fees: $1370.00
SAE Members: $1096.00 - $1233.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

To register, click the Register button above or contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 2 Days
July 23-24, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan
November 5-6, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan