MSAW 2019 is delighted to confirm the following keynote talks from distinguished scientific experts in the fields of data fusion, surveillance and radar systems
- Prof .James Llinas, University at Buffalo (Biography)
- Prof. Wolfgang Koch, Fraunhofer FKIE ( Biography)
- Dr. Alfonso Farina, Leonardo, Ret. ; Sergio Gallone, CTO Leonardo S.p.A. ; Massimo Claudio Comparini, CEO, e-GEOs, CTO, Telespazio,Head of Line of Business Geoinformation - Maritime Surveillance: Radar Technologies and scenario characteristics.
Please see the programme page for the keynote schedules.
Prof. Wolfgang Koch
The abstract will be added, soon.
"Maritime surveillance: radar technologies and scenario characteristics"
A. Farina (Consultant), S. Gallone, Leonardo S.p.A., M. C. Comparini, e-GEOS Chief Executive Officer, Telespazio Head of Line of Business Geoinformation
Since the beginning of the radar history Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) has been identified as the first operational application for both commercial and defense areas. After the WW2 the first operational standards were defined for on board radar equipment, followed by the regulations for fixed radar installations. Vessel Traffic System (VTS) radars were the extension of the on board equipment, since they are the same apparatus equipped with larger antennas, to obtain longer detection ranges and better azimuth accuracy with medium-high altitude installations. In the last decade solid state VTS radars were developed replacing the use of magnetrons, obtaining lower costs for maintenance and logistics, and introducing the Doppler processing in the VTS radars. Modern radars still need to be improved, in term of performances, considering the complex environmental and operative scenario and the more stringent operational needs. Examples are the followings:
Sea clutter (“sea spikes”) is a relevant restraint, and its characterization is still under study.
The large variance of the target size (from sea tank to rubber or wooden boats) require high radar resolution, both in range and azimuth, and high dynamic amplitude range.
The operative centers allow interoperability and remote relocation, thus the radar network works at different level of data information displays and different requirements for the data fusion
Sergio Gallone graduated in Electronic Engineering with maximum grade, in the University of Roma “La Sapienza” on 1984. He joined Selenia S.p.A on 1985 and was involved as Project Manager/Project Leader of many innovative radar projects, for both military and civilian applications, in naval and ground domain, from UHF to X-bands, for the detection/recognition of aircraft, ships and personnel/ground vehicles. He obtained 2 patents on sea clutter reduction methods. He is now in the central CTO of Leonardo S.p.A.
Massimo Claudio Comparini
Massimo Claudio Comparini has a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering, Remote Sensing and Radar Systems, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), and a Master Degree in Strategy (MBA), Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, CA (USA).
He began his career in the space industry in 1983 at Selenia Spazio (later Alenia Spazio), holding positions of increasing responsibility, up to that of Chief Technology Officer.
After the establishment of the joint venture Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Finmeccanica 33%), he took up the role of Deputy Chief Technical Officer, CTO of TAS Italia and Vice President for R&D, Technology, Product Policy and IPR. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Technical Officer at Telespazio, a joint venture between Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales (33%).
He is also the Chairman of Space Innovation in the Italian Technology Platform SPIN IT. Author of over 80 papers, he published works in the field of space and microwave technologies, innovation and technology management. He holds seats in several steering committees and boards of scientific associations and International conferences. He has had several Academic chairs in the Engineering and Management Departments of Italian Major Universities.
Comparini is Chairman of the Space Innovation technology platform in Italy, and is a National expert in the space configuration of the European Horizon 2020 programme.
In 2016, he has been appointed as CEO of e-GEOS, an ASI 20% / Telespazio 80% company, which has the mission to commercialize world-wide COSMO-SkyMed radar Constellation data, applications and services and to provide multimission Geospatial integrated solutions, based on innovative satellite data processing chain.