Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Fundamentals

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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Fundamentals

Course Description

Looking for an introduction to the increasingly important field of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)? In this course you will learn how the performance of a SIGINT system is impacted by algorithm selection, hardware architecture, propagation effects, and emitter characteristics. Traditional and modern emitter geolocation approaches will be presented, as well as the analytical means to predict their accuracy. Sophisticated techniques to enable operation in dense signal (i.e. cochannel interference) environments will be explored, such as interferometry and automatic modulation classification.

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Course Content


  • Propagation effects
  • Emitter waveform characteristics


  • Antenna arrays, interferometers
  • Receiver architectures
  • Digital signal processing


  • Link budgets
  • Detection theory


  • Angle of Arrival (AOA)
  • Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA)
  • Frequency Difference of Arrival (FDOA)
  • Cross Ambiguity Function (CAF)


  • Super resolution
  • Automatic modulation classification

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 the desire to understand the special considerations inherent with SIGINT.

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What You Will Learn

  • Basic and advanced antenna types and characteristics
  • Interferometers and adaptive digital beamforming
  • Detection concepts and link budgets
  • Emitter geolocation techniques and means to bound their performance
  • Advanced signal processing techniques introduction
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How You Will Benefit

  • Understand real world propagation effects and models for challenging environments.
  • Become familiar with receiver architectures and modern digital signal processing hardware.
  • Learn means to predict system performance via link budgets and detection theory.
  • Gain knowledge of issues associated with geolocation, such as number of receiver platforms, measurement types, and requirements for data links and timing sources.
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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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