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Radar Sensor Networks: Algorithms for Waveform Design and Diversity with Application to ATR with Delay-Doppler Uncertainty

Qilian Liang

Author Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, Room 518, 416 Yates Street, Arlington, TX 76019-0016, USA

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking 2007, 2007:089103  doi:10.1155/2007/89103

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Received:30 May 2006
Revisions received:28 November 2006
Accepted:29 November 2006
Published:15 January 2007

© 2007 Liang

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Automatic target recognition (ATR) in target search phase is very challenging because the target range and mobility are not yet perfectly known, which results in delay-Doppler uncertainty. In this paper, we firstly perform some theoretical studies on radar sensor network (RSN) design based on linear frequency modulation (LFM) waveform: (1) the conditions for waveform coexistence, (2) interferences among waveforms in RSN, (3) waveform diversity in RSN. Then we apply RSN to ATR with delay-Doppler uncertainty and propose maximum-likeihood (ML) ATR algorithms for fluctuating targets and nonfluctuating targets. Simulation results show that our RSN vastly reduces the ATR error compared to a single radar system in ATR with delay-Doppler uncertainty. The proposed waveform design and diversity algorithms can also be applied to active RFID sensor networks and underwater acoustic sensor networks.


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