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8th International Summer School on Radar/SAR Systems (15-22 July 2016)

radar-school-2016Fraunhofer FHR, one of Europe’s leading radar research institutes and has pioneered radar and SAR research and development over the decades, is pleased to announce the 8th International Summer School on Radar/SAR, which will take place from 15-22 July 2016 in the picturesque Upper Middle Rhine region (Haus Humboldtstein). We cordially invite students, PhD candidates, post-docs and anyone else eager to broaden and deepen their understanding of radar and SAR techniques to participate in our truly international summer school.

The highly positive feedback of previous participants showed that there is a strong interest for events that brings together young scientists to study and learn whilst at the same time building networks and forging new friendships that will lead to future collaborations. The Summer School posses a proper balance between lectures, practical workshops and leisure activities that are an essential component for creating and sustaining an atmosphere conducive to learning and for binding with new colleagues.

Internationally renowned experts from across Europe, USA and Canada make up the summer school lecture team. This is a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of modern radar and SAR systems whilst absorbing the multifarious atmosphere of the famous Upper Middle Rhine region. Participation in the programme of social activities with the international group of attendees will inspire and enrich your learning experience.

Synopsis of lecture programme of the 8th International Summer School on Radar/SAR:

  • Radar fundamentals (Dr. M. Weiß, Fraunhofer FHR, Germany)
  • Radar Remote Sensing (Dr. P. Rosen, JPL/NASA, USA)
  • SAR fundamentals (Prof. P. Lombardo, University la Sapienza, Italy)
  • THz Imaging (Prof. N. Pohl, Fraunhofer FHR, Germany)
  • Antenna and other hardware aspects (Prof. D. Heberling, RWTH-Aachen, Germany)
  • MIMO Radar and Waveform Design (Prof. M. Lesturgie, ONERA, France)
  • Moving target recognition (MTI/GMTI) (Dr. C. Gierull, DRDC, Canada)
  • SAR interferometry (Dr. G. Fornaro, IREA, Italy)
  • Compressed Sensing with Radar (Prof. J. Ender, Fraunhofer FHR, Germany)

The participants will be split into several workshop groups, which are an essential part of the summer school. These workshops follow the idea of Confucius (~450BC): ‘Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.’ With assistance and guidance of international experts each group works on a different problem. Each workshop solution will be presented to all other students.

Outside of the lecture theatre there will be ample time for other activities, such as enjoying the surrounds of the beautiful Rhine Valley, visiting the vibrant cities of Cologne and/or Bonn. Summer school participants will also be taken on a technical tour of the Fraunhofer FHR institute, which is located nearby.

Due to the kind sponsorship from Airbus Defence&Space (an EADS company) we can offer the summer school, inclusive full board and lodging, for only 600 Euro for students, 900 Euro for Ph.D. candidates, and 1200 Euro for all others.

Fraunhofer FHR cordially invites appropriate candidates to visit our website: for further information and to download the Application form. Specific queries regarding the summer school should be addressed to:

Congratulations, Doctor Penkin!

Congratulations, Doctor Penkin!

Congratulations, Doctor Penkin!

Photo by Xuan Wang

Meeting on Friday…

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“Real” Spanish food taste.

Work hard, enjoy hard!

Because at MS3 we do not only work but also we have social events. This photograph was about a “Spanish” tasting food event, in which spanish omelette (Recipe) and hand-made Croquettes were just poured with a spanish red wine (from Ribera del Duero) and white wine (Albariño).

It was a quite a nice event where we were able to cheer and relax together a little bit. And also, the food seemed to be good, at least, everything was gone…including the wine!

Spanish food tasting (Alvaro's Birthday)

Spanish food tasting (Alvaro’s Birthday)

TU Delft news: Rain Radar installed in Rotterdam

Should you go by bus or by bicycle? Take your umbrella or your sunglasses? A newly installed rain radar in Rotterdam may help, as it will be able to accurately chart and predict local precipitation. Main aim of the project is to prevent local flooding and water damage.

A new type of rain radar was installed in Rotterdam on 22 September. The radar was installed on the roof of the Delftse Poort office building on the Weena. It will be used to accurately chart the rain patterns in Rotterdam.

As high as possible

Unlike the existing radars that measure precipitation throughout the whole of the Netherlands, the recently installed rain radar specialises in measuring local precipitation. For optimum observation of precipitation in the city, the rain radar must be placed as high as possible above the city’s skyline. The radar was therefore placed on the roof of the Delftse Poort office building on the Weena – one of the tallest buildings in the city centre. The radar was hoisted up via the window cleaner’s lift to a height of 150 metres and fixed to a special frame on the roof in order to withstand strong wind gusts. The radar’s range is 30 kilometres and therefore covers the entire city and the surrounding area, including the Europoort.

Test phase

The radar will now be extensively tested. The rotation of the radar antennas requires very precise control to enable accurate measuring. Processing the radar signals – many terabytes of data – places high demands on data communication for which special fibre-optic connections have been laid running up to the roof. Following the test phase, the radar will officially become operational in mid-October.


The Rotterdam rain radar forms part of the wide-ranging European RainGain project, a transnational project aimed at improving the prediction of pluvial floods in our cities. RainGain develops and tests innovative tools and practices based on the use of high resolution radars in four pilot cities: Leuven, London, Paris, and Rotterdam.

More information on the use of rain radars is provided in this interview with Marie-Claire ten Veldhuis (CiTG):


Progress meeting in /pub…

Progress meeting in /pub...

Progress meeting in /pub…

Photo by Xuan Wang

New radar installed

New high-resolution scanning X-band FMCW polarimetric Doppler radar is finally mounted on the roof of Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) in Rotterdam. It was done in the framework of the Raingain project with the goal to provide the high resolution precipitation mapping sensor information to Rotterdam municipality services. Our group will support the development of signal and data processing algorithms, the radar maintenance and data acquisition. The combination of this radar with our existing radars (PARSAX, IDRA, MESEWYI) also opens new possibilities to study further the atmospheric targets characteristics using spatially distributed, multifrequency radar systems.

New X-band Metasensing radar on 150 m height

New X-band Metasensing radar on 150 m height

Radar on the roof

Radar on the roof

The Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) building near the Central Station in Rotterdam

The Delftse Poort (Nationale Nederlanden) buildings near the Central Station in Rotterdam

Group meeting, May 21, 2015



Teun de Groot – STARS interview

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As you wish…

As decided on the group’s meeting, today we are starting these pages.