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PhD studentship opportunity in applications development for multifrequency Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) missions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

New multifrequency SAR missions are currently under design - like the NISAR mission - and many SAR missions with carriers in different microwave bands are currently operative. Whether it is a single- or multi-platform SAR mission, the Remote Sensing Applications group at the Surrey Space Centre is eager to find out benefits, constraints and impact of multifrequency SAR applications to Earth Observation. Join us in this new adventure!

The design and upcoming launch of new multi-frequency SAR mission concepts, like the NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) mission, as well as an unprecedented availability of SAR data in different microwave bands are going to influence the downstream development considerably, especially in the way new Earth Observation (EO) applications can be designed.
The free-data policy of NISAR in conjunction with that of the Copernicus constellations, as well as the access to the UK S-band NovaSAR-1 data that UK research centers will be granted, make the investigation of multifrequency SAR technologies and techniques very timely.

During the PhD, the student will have to develop an EO application based primarily on the use of multi-frequency SAR, initially test it by means of simulations (and/or, if accessible, on data from airborne demonstrators like the ISRO ASAR dual L+S band SAR) and finally on real space borne SAR datasets. The application to select will be investigated in the first year, by a thorough analysis of backscattering models for different targets and conditions, while second and third years will be respectively dedicated to the design, implementation and validation of the algorithms (image processing, feature extraction, change detection according to what the application requires). The use of real data is very much encouraged.

The studentship has a 3 year duration with a start date of October 2019. Later start date can be discussed.

For informal discussions please contact Dr Guida ()

Funding Notes

1st class in electronic engineering, physics, maths or related disciplines. Skills in image processing and coding are also highly beneficial.
UK and EU only.
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component.

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