Adaptive Arrays: Advanced Topics and Applications

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Adaptive Arrays: Advanced Topics and Applications

Course Description

The Adaptive Arrays: Advanced Topics and Applications course presents advanced topics and applications in adaptive signal processing algorithms. This one and a half day course is intended to be a follow-on to Adaptive Arrays: Fundamentals, but can also be offered as a stand-alone course. The first days starts with a review of space-time detection theory and then develops the theory and formulations of space-time adaptive processing (STAP). Next, additional topics in STAP are presented, including performance metrics, reduced-dimension STAP, and reduced-rank STAP. The second day starts with a discussion on hardware error effects on adaptive arrays, then presents adaptive polarization techniques, trends in phased array development, and adaptive arrays in communications applications, including 5G.  

Course Content

TOPIC (Day 1)

  • Space-Time Detection Theory
  • Introduction to Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)
  • STAP Performance Metrics
  • Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI)

TOPIC (Day 2)

  • Hardware Errors and Receiver Design
  • Adaptive Polarization Techniques
  • Trends in Phased Array Development
  • Communications Applications


Requirements & Materials



  • Principles of Modern Radar (DEF 3502P)  
  • Phased Array Radars (DEF 3510P) 


Provided (student will receive) Each student receives a color notebook and CD containing all course material 

Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and managers who are interested in better understanding or developing and implementing adaptive signal processing techniques for phased array antennas. The course material emphasizes radar applications, but also touches on communications applications. 

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What You Will Learn

  • Space-time detection theory
  • Space-time adaptive processing (STAP) theory
  • STAP applications
  • Ground moving target indication (GMTI)  
  • Adaptive polarization technique
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How You Will Benefit

  • Apply STAP for airborne radar applications
  • Understand the impact of hardware errors on algorithm performance
  • Learn recent trends in phased array architectures
  • Gain insights into adaptive arrays for communications applications


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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

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