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PhD Studentship: Polarimetric Bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery for Complex Scatterers

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,000 pa.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th August 2019
Closes: 1st November 2019

The research will develop low frequency radar techniques for sensing complex scatterers, such as the interiors of buildings; to determine their internal structures, detect the presence of equipment, and detect human activity.

Supervisor(s) – Dr Dan Andre & Dr Alessio Balleri

Application close date  - 1st November 2019

Intake start date – 3rd February 2020

Eligible applicants: UK/EU only

Duration of award: Full Time 3 years

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

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.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provide unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organizations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership. 

Whilst this research supports our defence customer, it also has many civil industry and search and rescue applications. More generally, the techniques investigated will have wide ranging applicability including in medical imaging with other waves or particles, such as ultrasound. 

Students will be expected to present their research at international workshops and conferences. 

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.

One Fully-funded PhD Studentship with a bursary of £17000 pa. 

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