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Description

This award is in honor of the late Fred Nathanson, and is sponsored by the IEEE Radar Systems Panel of the AES Society. The purpose of this award is to grant international recognition for outstanding contributions to the radar art. The goals of the Radar Systems Panel in granting this award are to encourage individual effort and to foster increased participation by developing radar engineers.

This award was established to recognize a young (less than 40 years of age on December 31 before the nomination deadline) AESS radar engineer whose performance is particularly noteworthy as evidenced by his contributions to the radar art.

Prize

$1,000 USD and plaque. Up to $1,000 USD to attend the award ceremony can be authorized by the AESS President. In addition, the awardee can receive a $1,000 USD education grant from an endowment established by the Nathanson family pending the submission and approval of a short proposal.

Funding

Funded by the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society from funds generated by AESS Systems Panel Conferences. The education grant is funded by the IEEE Foundation from an endowment established by the Nathanson family.

Presentation

At the IEEE Radar Conference or International Radar Conference

Historical Background

The Nathanson selection committee is comprised of seven (7) members of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel, inclusive of the committee chair. Members of this committee generally serve during their tenure on the panel, though they may be rotated more frequently in the case of conflicts, whereby a member is perceived to receive a benefit from the success of one candidate over others. Committee membership strives to maintain a distribution that is internationally representative of the radar community. The award is advertised on the AESS webpage and in the AESS Systems Magazine.  The committee chair solicits the education grant proposal to be funded under the Nathanson family gift, and the AESS Awards Chair provides approval.

Basis for Judging

Individual contributions to the radar community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, or products.

The selection criteria are based on four equally weighted categories, which are a) the impact of contributions to the advancement of radar systems, b) the breadth of contributions to the radar art, c) engagement with the IEEE/AESS radar community, and d) the strength of the reference letters.

Eligibility

To recognize a young (less than 40 years of age on December 31 before the nomination deadline) AESS radar engineer whose performance is particularly noteworthy as evidenced by contributions to the radar art over a period of several years.

Nominees must be a member (in any grade) of IEEE AESS and must have made outstanding contributions to the radar art; nominations must permit appraisal of the contributions.

Nomination Details

An individual may serve as a nominator or reference for only one candidate for the Nathanson Award in the year of consideration. If the individual serves in either role for two candidates, the nomination and reference(s) will be removed from consideration.

Nomination Deadline
31 January
Application Details

For questions, please contact the awards chair.

Radar Systems

2023

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to radar embedded communications, spectrum sharing, and cognitive radar

2022

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Affiliation
University of Naples “Federico II”
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For outstanding contributions to the application of modern optimization theory to radar waveform design and adaptive signal processing.

2021

Recipient(s)
Country
DEU
Affiliation
Fraunhofer FKIE
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For contributions to radar resource management and cognitive radar

2020

Recipient(s)
Country
POL
Affiliation
Warsaw University of Technology
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For pioneering research in long-range passive radar sensing, in particular the analysis and synthesis of novel detection and tracking methods.

2019

Recipient(s)
Citation

For innovative systems engineering advancements in the exploitation of scattering phenomena for the next generation passive and active imaging radars

2018

Recipient(s)
Country
AUS
Affiliation
STERLaRLab, Lockheed Martin Australia
IEEE Region
Region 10 (Asia and Pacific)
Email
Citation

For fundamental, Experimental and Theoretical Work in Characterizing Radar Sea Clutter

2017

Recipient(s)
Country
POL
Affiliation
Warsaw University of Technology
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For outstanding Contributions to the Field of Passive Radar Imaging

2016

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to Dismount Moving Target Indication and Adaptive Radar Signal Processing

2015

Recipient(s)
Country
USA
Affiliation
University of Dayton
IEEE Region
Region 2 (Eastern U.S.)
Email
Citation

For outstanding contributions in radar imaging and adaptive waveform design

2014

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to sub-nyquist sampling theory with application to radar and array processing.

2013

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Affiliation
University of Pisa
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For contributions to inverse synthetic aperture radar

2012

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to adaptive radar signal processing and waveform diversity

2011

Recipient(s)
Country
AUS
Affiliation
Defence Science and Technology Group
IEEE Region
Region 10 (Asia and Pacific)
Email
Citation

For contributions to OTH Radar and Radar Signal Processing

2010

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Affiliation
University of Naples Federico II
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email

2009

Recipient(s)
Country
CAN
Title

Raviraj Adve

Affiliation
University of Toronto
IEEE Region
Region 7 (Canada)
Email
Citation

For contributions to radar signal processing

2008

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Affiliation
University of Pisa
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory

2007

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to Radar Signal Processing

2006

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to signal processing and systems engineering in airborne and space-based radar

2005

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to Radar Signal Processing

2004

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Title

Fulvio Gini

Affiliation
University of Pisa
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For contributions To Radar Signal Processing

2003

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to radar and sonar signal processing

2002

Recipient(s)
Citation

For advancement of adaptive processing algorithms using multiple degrees of freedom to detect weak signals in complex environments.

2001

Recipient(s)
Country
USA
Affiliation
Georgia Tech Research Institute
IEEE Region
Region 3 (Southeastern U.S.)
Email
Citation

For advancement of Multi-Target/Sensor Tracking and Data Fusion and Radar Resource Management

2000

Recipient(s)

1999

Recipient(s)

1998

Recipient(s)
Country
USA
Affiliation
University of Dayton
IEEE Region
Region 1 (Northeastern U.S.)
Email
Citation

For Advancement of Adaptive Radar Signal Processing, Bistatic Radar, and Ultrawideband Radar

1997

Recipient(s)

1996

Recipient(s)
Country
GBR
Affiliation
University College London
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For advancement of radar, remote sensing, antenna technology and radar education

1994

Recipient(s)

1991

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions to synthetic aperture systems and electromagnetic modeling

1989

Recipient(s)

1988

Recipient(s)

1987

Recipient(s)
Country
ITA
Affiliation
Retired
IEEE Region
Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Email
Citation

For development of radar data processing techniques

1986

Recipient(s)
Citation

For contributions in radar signal processing

1985

Recipient(s)