Adaptive Arrays: Fundamentals

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Adaptive Arrays: Fundamentals

Course Description

The Adaptive Arrays: Fundamentals course presents fundamental concepts in adaptive signal processing algorithms and digital beamforming architectures that can be applied to any type of sensor array, with emphasis on radar and communications applications. This two-day course starts with a focused review of radar and phased array architectures. Then the course presents in-depth descriptions of digital beamforming applications, adaptive beamforming, and jammer cancellation techniques. The course concludes by presenting the theory and applications of angle-of-arrival estimation methods, including adaptive monopulse and super-resolution techniques. 

Course Content

TOPIC (Day 1)

  • Radar and Phased-Array Fundamentals
  • Beamforming and Pattern Synthesis  
  • Digital Beamforming Radar Applications
  • Adaptive Algorithm Theory
  • Wideband Arrays

TOPIC (Day 2)

  • Adaptive Weight Estimation
  • Adaptive Beamforming
  • Wideband Cancellation
  • Adaptive Monopulse
  • High Resolution Angel Estimation


Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 



  • Principles of Modern Radar (DEF 3502P)
  • Phased Array Radars (DEF 3510P)
  • Adaptive Arrays: Fundamentals (TBD)



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

  • Review of key radar and phased array concepts
  • Beamforming and pattern synthesis
  • Digital beamforming architectures and radar applications
  • Adaptive algorithms
  • Wideband cancellation techniques
  • High resolution angle estimation
  • Adaptive monopulse


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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand benefits of digital beamforming and adaptive processing in radar and communications applications
  • Gain knowledge of adaptive processing algorithms theory and implementations
  • Understand challenges for wideband cancellation and algorithms to address them
  • Gain insights into formulations for high-resolution target angle estimation  
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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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