MSAW 2019 is delighted to confirm the following keynote talks from distinguished scientific experts in the fields of data fusion, surveillance and radar systems

  1. Prof .James Llinas, University at Buffalo (Biography)

  2. Prof. Wolfgang Koch, Fraunhofer FKIE ( Biography)

  3. 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

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Prof. James Llinas


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Prof.  Wolfgang Koch 

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"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:

In the presentation some of the topics listed above are discussed together with several examples of live data.


Alfonso FARINA, LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received the doctor degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT) in 1973. In 1974, he joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of “Radar Techniques” at the University of Naples (IT). He is the author of more than 800 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he’s received include: (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Group (45,000 employees) Award for Innovation Technology, out of more than 330 submitted projects by the Companies of Finmeccanica Group; (2005) International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; (2010) IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for “Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques”; (2012) Oscar Masi award for the AULOS® “green” radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI); (2014) IET Achievement Medal for “Outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion”. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS.

Sergio Gallone

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.