Plenary Speakers

    1. Dr. Alfonso Farina
    Alfonso Farina LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received the degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT) in 1973. In 1974, he joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of "Radar Techniques" at the University of Naples (IT). He is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he's received include: (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Award for Innovation Technology, out of more than 330 submitted projects by the Companies of Finmeccanica Group; (2005) International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; (2010) IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for "Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques"; (2012) Oscar Masi award for the AULOS "green" radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI); (2014) IET Achievement Medal for "Outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion". He is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. of Electronics, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS. He is consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. "Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division".

    TITLE:
    40 years of tracking for radar systems: a cross-disciplinary academic and industry point of view
    ABSTRACT:
    The talk will describe the intertwined R&D activities, along several decades, between academia and industry in conceiving and implementing - also on live radar systems - tracking algorithms for targets in civilian as well as defence and security applications. We trace back from the alpha-beta adaptive filter to modern random set filters passing thru Kalman algorithm (in its many embodiments), Multiple Model filters, Multiple Hypothesis Tracking, Joint Probabilistic Data Association, Particle filter for nonlinear non Gaussian models. Fusion from heterogeneous collocated as well as non-collocated sensor data are also mentioned. Applications to land, naval and airborne sensors are considered. Active as well as passive radar experiences are overviewed. The description will be a balanced look to both mathematical aspects as well as practical implementation issues including mitigation of real life system limitations.