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Alfonso Farina

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BoG 2019-2021); Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award Chair, AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2019); IEEE Fellow; Technical Operations Education Coordinator
Selex (Retired)

Alfonso FARINA, FIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received in 1973 the degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT). In 1974, he joined Selenia, now Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the Company reporting directly to the President. In 2013-2014, he has been 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 author of more than 600 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he received follow. (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica 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., 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 Visiting Professor at UCL, Dpt. of Electronics, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair and Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS.

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Radar Systems, Adaptive Beamforming, Tracking Algorithms, Systems Engineering
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“Spatial Adaptive Subspace Detection in OTH Radar”, IEEE Trans on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, October 2003, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 1407-1428
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For development of radar data processing techniques
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“Knowledge-Aided (Potentially Cognitive) Transmit Signal and Receive Filter Design in Signal-Dependent Clutter”
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“Impact of clutter spectra on radar performance prediction”, IEEE Trans. on AES, Vol. 37, No. 3, July, 2001, pp. 1022-1038.
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For continuous, innovative, theoretical and practical contributions to radar systems and adaptive signal processing techniques
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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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