The South African Radar Interest Group (SARIG) will be holding its 2019 conference at the beginning of November, along with a tutorial session. The theme of the conference is Radar in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
The conference, on 8 November at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research International Convention Centre, will feature presentations from various South African academic and industry leaders on cutting edge radar technologies, the future of radar, and the application of alternative research fields to the realms of radar and defence.
Presentations will cover topics including why we are not ready for commercial unmanned aerial vehicle systems (Bongani Mabuza, ACSA), modern radar in industry 4.0 (John-Philip Taylor, Reutech Radar Systems), GPU processing of synthetic aperture radar data: the continued shaping of radar signal processing by 4IR (Michael Oosthuizen, CSIR), airborne radar capability in South Africa as a building block in 4IR (Jaco Botha, Hensoldt), how industry 4.0 will grow a new maintenance philosophy for radar (Shoulin Brijmohan, Reutech Solutions), passive radar in the fourth industrial revolution (Francois Louw, Peralex), micro-satellite synthetic aperture radar constellations (Ciara Blaauw), use of White Rabbit for synchronisation of multi-static radar (Simon Lewis, UCT), ground target classification towards operation in wildlife protection applications (Robert Berndt, CSIR), and the application of radar in observing weather (Roelof Burger, NWU)
The conference will be preceded by a tutorial session on 7 November and will feature two sessions, on an introduction to machine learning by the University of Cape Town’s Dr Amit Mishra and a session on time and frequency distribution for networks of radar by the University of Cape Town’s Simon Lewis. The tutorial can accommodate up to 50 attendees.
Both events are free to attend. Those registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will receive one Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point for each day they attend.
Conference registration can be processed here: sarigconference2019.eventbrite.com and tutorial registration can be processed here: sarigtutorial2019.eventbrite.com
SARIG held its first radar conference in October 2015 and its second in November 2017. SARIG is a not-for-profit organisation established to further the cause of radar in South Africa. Since its inception in 2008, SARIG organized the 75th anniversary of Radar in South Africa conference in 2014 whereby 150 people attended, and in 2015 SARIG organized an international Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Radar conference which saw more than 220 people attending from all over the world.