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Polarimetric Bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery for Complex Scatterers

Project Description

Radar techniques have previously been developed for monitoring and surveillance of building interiors, but these are applicable only when in close proximity. This study will instead look at development of new capabilities for the Remote Intelligence of Building Interiors project, using stand-off platforms. The study will develop new signal processing schemes based on bistatic polarimetric experimental 3D measurements conducted with Cranfield’s Ground-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar Microwave Measurement Facility, and on airborne collected 3D SAR data provided by Dstl/Airbus.

The area of research is related to inverse scattering problem, where we seek to determine the characteristics of an object based on how it scatters electromagnetic waves.

The aim is to investigate low frequency radar sensing techniques to provide useful information about complex targets, such as the interior of buildings. This will be achieved by conducting experiments and the development and assessment of applicable radar techniques, signal processing and visualization techniques. There will be an emphasis on polarimetric multistatic radar.

Whilst the student will be joining a team of researchers, she will also gain strong independent thinking and research skills, both theoretical and experimental. A number of writing courses are available which will assist in report, scientific paper, presentation and thesis writing. The student will gain experience in presenting work at workshops and conferences, and also in programming and signal processing. All of these are transferable skills enhancing employability.

Funding Notes

This is a fully-funded opportunity offering a bursary for £17,000.

Applicants should have a first/upper-second class degree or a masters (MSc/MRes) in a relevant science subject

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