SA Radar Interest Group to host radar conference


The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will hold their first radar conference in Johannesburg in October.

The conference is being held in association with the IEEE (international Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and the AESS (Aerospace Electronic Systems Society) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 27 to 30 October.
“We are very excited, having been awarded the bid to host Africa’s first International Radar Conference. Both developing and developed nations have growing interest in the use of radar to monitor large areas for diverse civilian and military applications. Globally, new and current threats such as piracy, poaching, warfare and acts of terrorism require improved radar technology to allow border protection, prevention of human trafficking, wildlife preservation, facility protection, and more,” stated Professor Michael Inggs, of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town and Chairman of the 2015 IEEE Radar Conference.
“Today, radar systems must deliver new and specialised levels of information – it is therefore important to continue sharing the most recent research and state of the art developments”, he said

Organisers are expecting to attract 350 engineers, industry specialists and academics to the conference, and are hoping that this year’s location will allow many more African delegates to attend. Local and international presentations on more than one hundred topics (such as radar applications, in hardware and supporting software developments) are expected.

Out of Africa – Always Something New– is the theme of this year’s event and setting the tone is one of the keynote speakers, Dr Japie van Zyl, a graduate of Stellenbosch University’s engineering faculty and now an associate director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena in California. (Dr van Zyl helped in the initial design of the radar system used to land Curiosity on Mars on 6 August 2012).

Other keynote speakers will focus on the challenges specific to Africa and the developing world.
“We have a jam-packed schedule and are including a session to highlight 75 years of radar in South Africa. Few people realise this, but one of the first systems to receive a radar signal in 1939, and ultimately used in the Second World War to detect approaching aircrafts, was developed and tested just a stone’s throw from the Convention Centre, at Wits University’s Bernard Price Institute”, added Inggs.

The conference will host an industry exhibition that will showcase some of the latest hardware, as well as important electronic subsystems of radar. In particular high-speed signal acquisition and processing hardware will be featured – very much the input to modern, software defined radio systems.

For more information on the 2015 IEEE Radar Conference, visit