Event Name IEEE SP Seminar by Robert T. Hill on The Autocorrelation Function, Key to Woodward's Resolution Theory
Start Date 25th May 2009 6:00pm
End Date
Duration N/A

Title: The Autocorrelation Function, Key to Woodward's Resolution Theory [pdf]

Speaker: Mr. Robert T. Hill

Time and Date: 6:00pm refreshments for, 6:30pm start, Monday, 25 May 2009

Place: Meeting Rooms A & B, Engineers Australia Building, 21 Bedford Street, North Melbourne


Resolution in any sensor is, of course, a vital property – the ability to separate things very closely spaced in one dimension or another. In signal processing applications such as radar, communications systems and sensor networks, we find at the core of them an important property, the “autocorrelation function” of the waveform we’re using. This evening’s lecture presents this idea much as done by the celebrated P. M. Woodward half a century ago – that is, without intimidation at all, clearly and straightforwardly, and in such a way that even you will be quite able to explain to whoever is concerned where the devil you were this evening! A bit of math, yes, but illustrated with several system examples in the area of pulse coding and matched filtering (pulse compression) and high range resolution profiling. You’ll understand something that, as in my case, had simply been memorized to get past the next exam in school, so many years ago.

Brief Bio:

Robert T. Hill received his BS degree in 1957 (Iowa State University) and the MS in 1967 (University of Maryland), both in electrical engineering. After spending a year in microwave work with an electronics firm in Virginia, he served as a ground electronics officer in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s and began his civil service career with the U.S. Navy Department in Washington D.C. in 1960, acquiring responsibilities for the development of shipboard radar systems. He managed the development of the phased array radar of the Navy’s AEGIS system from the early 1960’s through its production and fleet introduction more than a decade later. Later in his career he directed the development, acquisition and support of all surveillance radars of the surface navy. He retired from the federal service in 1988, continuing his teaching of radar courses which had begun in 1975 at The George Washington University in its continuing engineering education program and which also included semester teaching with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the mid-1980s. The teaching continues now for several interests worldwide.

Mr. Hill is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE, being also a member of its Radar Systems Panel and, formerly, of its Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Board of Governors for many years. He established in 1975 and chaired through 1990 the IEEE’s series of international radar conferences and remains on the organizing committee of these, working also with the several other nations (UK, France, Australia, China) cooperating in that series. He has published numerous conference papers, magazine articles and chapters of books, and is the author of the radar, monopulse radar, airborne radar and synthetic aperture radar articles in the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and of the radar entries in their technical dictionary. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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