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Alfonso Farina

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BoG (2019-2021); Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award Chair; Technical Operations Education Coordinator; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022); IEEE Fellow
Selex (Retired)

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:


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Radar Systems, Adaptive Beamforming, Tracking Algorithms, Systems Engineering
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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 pioneering contributions to the analysis, design, development, and experimentation of digital-based adaptive radar systems.
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For continuous, innovative, theoretical and practical contributions to radar systems and adaptive signal processing techniques
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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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Field of Interest

“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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