Design and Optimization of Passive and Active Imaging Radar

Main Links Papers
Research Project Only* UIUC Only*

The goal of this project at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to develop a new class of widely applicable passive and active radar imaging algorithms and associated theory from first-principles, using state-of-the-art physics-based modeling, advanced statistical inference techniques, and recent advances in computational methods and hardware. Although the techniques being developed may be applicable to a wide variety of scenarios and sensor technologies, our efforts are focused on the passive detection, tracking, imaging, and recognition of aircraft from reflected commercial television and radio signals.

The project consists of members of the Digital Signal Processing Group at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, the Image Formation and Processing Group at the Beckman Institute, and the Center for Computational Electromagnetics.

We collaborate with the Silent Sentry passive radar team at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems in Gaithersburg, MD. Lockheed Martin is an unfunded/unfunding partner.

This work is sponsored by DARPA Contract F49620-98-1-0498, administered by AFOSR. Dr. Doug Cochran of DARPA's Defense Sciences Office is our current program monitor. He took over for Dr. Dennis Healy, who is now with the Univ. of Maryland Math Department.

*The Project Only and UIUC Only sections are password protected. The Project Only section is for readers from UIUC, DARPA, Lockheed-Martin, and other collaborators.

Faculty & Their Students

Postdocs and Research Scientists


Last updated 7/23/01. Send comments or questions to