Introduction to Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Concepts, Systems, and Test Evaluation

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Introduction to Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Concepts, Systems, and Test Evaluation

Course Description

This introductory course offers an overview of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) enabling technologies, systems engineering, and test and evaluation (T&E). You will discover technical issues related to measures of performance, test planning, instrumentation, and sensor/system functions. You will also examine challenges in the testing of network-centric systems (and systems of systems), and review aspects of human factors impacting reconnaissance (ISR) system performance.

Course Content


  • Image quality, analysis, and processing
  • Signature and propagation physics
  • Radiometric fundamentals
  • Sensors


  • Detection in clutter
  • Imaging radar
  • Surveillance radar


  • RF receiver functions
  • Special waveforms


  • Human systems integration and human factors
  • Messaging, distribution, and cyberspace
  • Network-centric T&E
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. 

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

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and managers with a desire to understand the issues related to the sensors, testing, performance, and human factors of ISR technologies.

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What You Will Learn

  • ISR system elements and platforms, distribution, standards and messaging, and processes and information integration
  • Image quality and analysis
  • SIGINT definitions and systems
  • Surveillance and imaging radars
  • Human systems integration and human factors T&E
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How You Will Benefit

  • Explore intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance systems, processes, and technology.
  • Get the “big picture” of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance concepts and domains.
  • Explore technology areas ranging from imaging sensors to communications and networks.
  • Understand the challenges of testing systems.
  • Gain an understanding of how human factors can affect ISR systems.
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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.

- Abe Kani


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