Madhu CHANDRA

Chemnitz University of Technology(Germany)

ABSTRACT

Recent technological and scientific advances in the areas of multi-parameter radar systems, digital beamforming antennas, microwave electronics, signal processing, new satellite-worthy materials, and increasing power of digital computation are ushering space-borne radar systems into a new era.

The aim of this contribution is to portray and assess these developments in the light of scientific and technological fundamentals. In doing so, we shall reflect, not only on the achievements of the nuances, but also identify their limitations and their areas of growth.

More specifically, the state of the art performance of space-borne observation systems will be critically evaluated. The contribution will address issues relating to the resolution the space-borne imaging systems and their capability to quantitatively and qualitatively characterise the observed targets. The advent of multi-parameter radar systems, which duly include polarisation, waveform, baseline and space diversity, shall be dealt with in the context of the present day best and that of future developments imminent in the field. The presentation will include assessment of examples from the real space-borne remote sensing scenario.

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Prof. Chandra studied mathematics and Physics at the universities of Cambridge, London and Salford, obtaining B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universities of London and Salford, respectively, in 1978 and 1981. Since he joined the academic staff of the Department electrical engineering at University of Bradford (UK) in 1980, he has been since actively involved in the areas of polarimetric-Doppler radars, wave propagation, and remote sensing. In 1984 he joined the DLR (German Aerospace Research Centre) as a research scientist at the Institute of High Frequency Physics and Technology. Prof. Chandra was awarded the international best paper award, by the IEE, for his contribution in the field of wave propagation in polarimetric radar applications.

Since April 2002 Prof. Chandra has been holding the chair for Microwave Engineering and Electromagnetic Theory at the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. He is also served as the dean of the faculty and is a member of the academic board for Ph.D. studies. Prof. Chandra also the chair-person of the council of all German faculties on electrical and electronic engineering and held the chair for the accreditation (ASIIN) committee on all areas of electrical, electronic, and Information Engineering. Prof. Chandra has published more than 100 papers in conference proceedings and research journals in the field of multi-parameter radars remote sensing. He has more than 40 years of professional experience in higher education and in research on using multi-parameter remote sensing radars. He is the chairman of the German URSI-commission-F and formally the international commission-F, and the national group (of ITG) on Wave-propagation.

He is also the recipient of the URSI-International Young Scientist Award in recognition of his contributions in the field of propagation and weather-radars. He is one of the designers of the versatile fully polarimetric C-Band weather radar of DLR. Besides, he had developed signal processing, propagation correction, and calibration algorithms for polarimetric radars.

He has served as the leader of the DLR-group on scattering physics and wave propagation. Prof. Chandra has also participated in the working groups for radar in COST-210 and COST-75 actions sponsored by the European Union.

In addition to being on the reviewers panel for EU project applications, he has himself served as principal investigator in several EU sponsored projects in the field of radar remote sensing. He has served as the coordinator of two EU-funded research and training networks in the field of multi-parameter radar remote sensing. Prof. Chandra grew up in Britain. His nationality is German. He is married and has two daughters.