Alfonso Farina

Alfonso Farina

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Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
Technical Area
Radar Systems

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Alfonso Farina (FREng, FIET, LFIEEE, Fellow of EURASIP, EurASc) received the Doctoral – Laurea - degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in 1973. In 1974, he joined SELENIA S.P.A., then Selex ES, where he became the Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and, subsequently, the Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was the Senior VP and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was a Senior Advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also a Professor of Radar Techniques with the University of Naples, Italy. He is currently a Visiting Professor with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London and with the Centre of Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber at Cranfield University, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and a Distinguished Industry Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society (Jan 2018-Dec 2019). He is a Consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. “Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division” (Rome). He has authored or co-authored more than 800 peer-reviewed technical papers and books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. He received the 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” (2010). IEEE Signal Processing Society Industrial Leader Award (2018). Christian Hülsmeyer Award from the German Institute of Navigation (DGON) (2019). IEEE AESS Pioneer Award (2020). Honorary chair of IEEE RadarConf 2020, Florence. The 26 October 2018 he was interviewed, among few top managers of the Company, at RAI Storia for the “70th anniversario di Leonardo Company” (“70th anniversary of Leonardo Company”). A 3-minute trailer is available at:

Alfonso is a Doctor HC on IC, University of Palermo (Italy).

Watch Dottorato di ricerca honoris causa ad Alfonso Farina

Dr. Alfonso Farina, has been conferred with the title of Doctors of Research Honoris Causa in Information and Communication Technologies by the Department of Engineering of the “Università degli Studi” of Palermo. The prestigious event took place last 22nd March, 2024 at the Sala Magna of Complesso Monumentale dello Steri under its Rector Professore Massimo Midiri and the Pro-Rector Professor Antonio Valente. The event was attended by numerous distinguished members of Academy and Industry.

The motivation was read by Professor Ilenia Tinnirello. The laudatio was read by Professor Patrizia Livreri.

Dr. Alfonso Farina presented the Lectio Magistralis entitled: “Evolution of Radar Systems. A Professional Journey”

The ceremony concluded with a gala dinner.

IEEE AESS Position History:
  • Present   Members (Radar Systems Panel Committee)
  • 2022-Present   Board of Governor Member-at-Large (BoG)
  • Past   Conferences Committee Member (Conferences Committee)
  • 2023-2023   Society Awards Committee Member (Society Awards Committee)
  • 2022-2022   History Committee Chair (Systems Magazine Editorial Board)
  • 2021-2021   Industry Relations Committee Member (Industry Relations Committee)
  • 2019-2021   Board of Governor Member-at-Large (BoG)
  • 2013-2015   Vice President Industry Relations (Officers)
  • 2013-2015   Vice President Industry Relations (Industry Relations Committee)
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