I am really honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award for my work “Multichannel passive radar systems: signal processing techniques and design strategies”. When I started my PhD, I would have never imagined myself getting this recognition, and I certainly could not have gotten there without the help and support of many great people.
My greatest thanks go to my mentor, Prof. Fabiola Colone, whose passion for research inspired me to pursue a PhD even though that was not initially in my plans.
Throughout this journey, she always encouraged me to give my best and to face the challenges before me with enthusiasm. It's thanks to her that I attended my first Radar Conference in 2017, of which I remember the mixed feeling of anxiety and excitement, as well as the invitation to join the AES Society, a community I now couldn't stop being a part of.
I must also express a huge thank you to the entire RRSN group at Sapienza. It might sound like a catch phrase, but I couldn't have wished for a better group of colleagues.
Looking back at the young girl with a thousand doubts about her future, I think pursuing a doctorate and doing it surrounded by such an amazing group of people was one of my best choices and I can't wait to find out what the future holds.