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Keynote Speakers

Peter Knott “Digital Radar - Recent Developments at Fraunhofer FHR”

Peter Knott (M'96 SM'02) has received the Diplom-Ingenieur and Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1994 and 2003, respectively. In 1994 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR (formerly FGAN e.V.) in Wachtberg, Germany. The focus of his work is design and development of antenna arrays and active antenna front-ends as well as electromagnetic modelling and beamforming methods for conformal antenna arrays. From 2005 until 2016 he was head of the Department Antenna Technology and Electromagnetic Modelling (AEM). Until 2012, he has been chairman of the NATO research task group SET-131 on Vibration Control and Structure Integration of Antennas. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals and on conferences and holds several patents. Since 2016, he is Executive Director of research institute Fraunhofer FHR.
Dr. Knott is also an Assistant Professor of Antenna Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He is currently chairman of the German IEEE MTT/AP Joint Chapter, Vice-Chair of the VDE/ITG board 7.1 on Antennas, member in the Board of Trustees of the German Institute of Navigation (DGON e.V.) and chair of its Technical Committee “Radar Techniques”.

John S. Baras “Progressive Classification and Learning: From Analytics for Deep Neural Networks to Cortex-on-a-Chip”

John S. Baras, Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering
Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 1970; M.S., Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University 1971, 1973. Since 1973, faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and in the Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation Program, at the University of Maryland College Park. Since 2000, faculty member in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Since 2014, faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Founding Director of the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), 1985 to 1991. Since 1991, Founding Director of the Maryland Center for Hybrid Networks (HYNET). Since 2013, Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. IEEE Life Fellow, SIAM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, NAI Fellow, IFAC Fellow, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Received the 1980 George Axelby Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2006 Leonard Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2014 Tage Erlander Guest Professorship from the Swedish Research Council, and a three year (2014-2017) Senior Hans Fischer Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He was inducted in the A. J. Clark School of Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame (2016) of the University of Maryland and he was selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, and the 2017 AACC Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award. Professor Baras' research interests include systems and control, optimization, communication networks, signal processing and understanding, robotics, computing systems and networks, network security and trust, systems biology, healthcare management systems, model-based systems engineering.
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Anna Dzvonkovskaya “HF-Radar Signal Processing: from Ocean Remote Sensing to Real-Time Tsunami Alerting”

Dr. Anna Dzvonkovskaya (MSc 2000, PhD (Phys&Math) 2003) is an Algorithm Developer with the R&D department of the Helzel Messtechnik company, Kaltenkirchen, Germany. Her research interests include radar signal processing algorithms, radar remote sensing of environment, data fusion and statistical analysis.
From 2007 to 2009, she was a Research Scientist at the Center for Marine and Climate Research, University of Hamburg, Germany. She was involved in the first tsunami-related radar project “WeraWarn: Real time detection of tsunami generated signatures in current maps measured by the HF radar WERA to support coastal regions at risk” supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). From 2010 to 2013, she was a Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. Dr. Dzvonkovskaya is the author of numerous publications in highly rated journals and conferences. She is currently the Technical Programme Chair of the International Radar Symposia.

Konstantin Lukin “‘Quantum Radar’ Concept Implemented by Means of Classical Radar Technologies: Comparison with Noise Radar Concept”

Prof. Konstantin Lukin, Fellow IEEE, received his diploma in Radiophysics & Electronics from Kharkov State University, Ukraine, in 1973. He is Head of the Laboratory for Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronic Systems, LNDES, at IRE NASU. He completed his Candidate of Sciences thesis in IRE NASU and defended it at Moscow State University (MSU) in 1980. He completed his Doctor of Sciences dissertation in Physical Electronics in IRE NASU and defended it at Kharkov State University in 1989. He has been a visiting scientist at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy) in 1996-1997 and a visiting professor at the Joint Research Center (JRC, Ispra, Italy) in 1997-1998. His current research interests are as follows: digital and analogue generation and processing of random/chaotic/noise signals and their applications in Noise Radar for SAR imaging, differential interferometry; microwave monitoring of urban areas and detection of pre-catastrophic states of large natural and manmade objects, such as landslides, bridges, TV towers, dams, large building, hangars, etc. He is Co-Chairman of RTO/NATO Task Group on 'Space and Frequency Diverse Noise Radar'. Dr.Lukin is author or coauthor of more than 260 journal publications and 2 monograph. He is a TPC member of the EUSAR, IRS, SPSympo, IRMMW-THz, MSMW, IEEE IVEC and Chairman of NRT-2002, 2003, 2012 International Conferences. He was leader of many international R&D projects on Noise Radar systems and sensors; on SAR imaging and microwave monitoring of environment. Currently he is leader of Ukrainian part of the SCOUT Project under FP-7 Program and 2 Projects under NATO SfP Program.