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Radar 2013 will feature an exciting array of keynote speakers, including those listed below.

Laureate Professor Rob Evans

After completing a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, he worked as a radar systems engineering officer with the Royal Australian Air Force.  He completed a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT, USA and the Control and Management Department, Cambridge University, UK.  In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1986 - 1991, and Co-Director of the ARC Centre on Industrial Control Systems between 1988 - 1991. In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering until 1996.  He was Research Leader for the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing until 2000 and Director of the DSTO Centre of Excellence in Networked Decision Systems until 2004. From 2004-2011 he was Director of the Victoria Research Laboratory of NICTA.

He has served on many national and international committees and numerous Government and Academy committees. He was a founding member of the Asian Control Conference Steering Committee, co-chair of the international program committee for the 1993 IFAC World Conference, General Chair of the 2003 International Data Fusion Conference, General Chair of the 2004 Asian Control Conference and a member of the Council of the International Federation for Automatic Control from 2002-2008.

 His research has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He has published around 450 research papers, supervised more than 70 PhD students. He has won a number of best paper prizes including the prestigious Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics USA (SIAM) Outstanding Paper prize in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, USA (FIEEE) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Paul Ferraro

Paul Ferraro is vice president of Advanced Technology Programs for Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. Ferraro was appointed to this position in April 2013.  Prior to being named to his current position, Ferraro was the vice president, Engineering and Technology, Raytheon Network Centric Systems (NCS). In this role he was responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and operations of the NCS engineering and technology functions. 
 
Previously, Ferraro was director of the Electrical Design Directorate for IDS, leading the geographically dispersed 1,100-person organization responsible for electrical engineering design, development, testing and support for all IDS programs. He also served as the deputy director of the System Analysis, Design and Integration Directorate, assisting the director in managing all aspects of the organization, with a focus on program execution and integrated product team development.
 
Ferraro has held leadership positions on several large programs at NCS from 1997 through 2005. As an IPT lead, he was responsible for technical and programmatic oversight during the initial design phase of the External Communications Integrated Product Team on the Zumwalt Class destroyer.
 
From 1991 through 1997, Ferraro held various engineering and management positions at BAE, focusing on antenna and phased array development and commercial telecommunications.
 
Ferraro holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University’s Executive MBA program. He is a Raytheon Six Sigma™ specialist, is EVMS certified and has completed Raytheon’s Leadership Excellence Program and the IDS Strategic Development Program.

Professor Hugh Griffiths

Hugh Griffiths holds the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London, England.  From 2006–2008 he was Principal of the Defence Academy of Management and Technology. He received the MA degree in Physics from Oxford University in 1975, then spent three years working in industry, before joining University College London, where he received the PhD degree in 1986 and the DSc(Eng) degree in 2000, and served as Head of Department from 2001 – 2006.
 
His research interests include radar and sonar systems and signal processing (particularly synthetic aperture radar and bistatic and multistatic radar), and antenna measurement techniques.  He has published over four hundred papers and technical articles in the fields of radar, antennas and sonar.  In 1996 he received the IEEE AESS Fred Nathanson Award (Radar Systems Panel Award), and in 2012 he was awarded the IET A.F. Harvey Prize for his work on bistatic radar.  He has also received the Brabazon Premium of the IERE and the Mountbatten and Maxwell Premium Awards of the IEE.  He is a Fellow of the IET (previously IEE), Fellow of the IEEE, and in 1997 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He serves as President of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society for 2012/2013, and he is an IEEE AES Distinguished Lecturer. He has been a member of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel since 1989, serving as Chair from 2007 – 2009, and chaired the Working Group which revised the IEEE Radar Definitions Standard P686 and reaffirmed the Radar Letter Band Standard. 

Professor Wu Jianqi

Wu Jianqi was educated at University of Electronic Science and Technology in 1990, where he received the MA degree in Electromagnetic Field & Microwave Technology. Since 1990, he has been with the Early-warning and Detection Division, East China Research Institute of Electronic Engineering (ECRIEE), where he is an engineer of radar system. In 1996, Wu Jianqi was appointed as the director of the division. From 2007, he has been the Deputy President of East China Research Institute of Electronic Engineering. In 2011, Prof. Wu was elected to be the Chairman of the Radar Society of China Institute of Electronics. 
 
Prof. Wu’s major technical activities have been in radar system engineering and technology development, especially in air surveillance radar technology. His outstanding achievements have won several National Scientific and Technical Achievements Prizes.

Professor Ali Khenchaf

Ali Khenchaf received the M.S. degree in statistical data processing from the University of Rennes I, Rennes, France, in 1989. In 1992, he received his Ph.D degree in Electronic Systems and Computer Network from the University of Nantes. From 1989 to 1993, he was a Researcher with the IRCCyN (UMR CNRS 6597) Laboratory, Nantes, and was an Assistant Professor from 1993 to 2001. Since September 2001, he has been with ENSTA Bretagne (Ex. ENSIETA), Brest, France, where he is currently a Professor and, from 2001 to 2011, Head of the E3I2 Laboratory (EA 3876). He joined, since January 2012, the laboratory Lab-Sticc UMR CNRS 6285, where he is co-responsible of "Propagation and Interaction Multi-scales" team. The research conducted by Ali Khenchaf for over twenty years in several laboratories are oriented towards both electromagnetic modeling and simulation, and also to the extraction and exploitation of information derived from phenomena induced by the interaction of electromagnetic waves with the environment and / or complex objects (especially sea clutter and detection problems). These activities are designed especially to integrate more "intelligence" in operational systems (airborne, satellite, drone, ...), which are dedicated to perception and observation of the natural environment. His research and teaching courses are in the fields of numerical mathematics, electromagnetic wave propagation, waves and microwave and signal processing. His research interests include radar wave scattering, microwave remote sensing, electromagnetic wave propagation, scattering in random media, monostatic and bistatic scattering of electromagnetic waves, target Radar Cross Section, Radar Imagery and target parameter estimation. He has edited or co-edited three books and author or co-authored over 250 scientific articles. He assumed responsibility of more than 30 scientific projects contracted in partnership with industry and other organizations. He also led or co-directed more than 30 students PhD thesis. In addition, Ali Khenchaf is expert with several agencies and organizations in France and abroad.

Dr Peter May

Peter is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research which is a partnership between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology and is also the Assistant Director (Research and Development) of the Bureau of Meteorology. He is one of the Bureau’s leading scientists on all things “radar” and an international expert on polarimetric radar, wind profiling radar and their applications.

Peter is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of Australia’s new Research Vessel, the RV Investigator, which, when the new ship is commissioned  later this year will boast the world’s first ship borne polarimetric weather radar for research purposes.  Among other roles, he has been an editor of major international journals focussing on technology, is past chair of the AMS Committee for Radar Meteorology and is currently a member of the WMO Expert team on severe monsoon weather.

He began his research with a PhD from the University of Adelaide in 1987.  He then spent  time at Kyoto University as well as the University of Colorado and NOAA.  He began his employment with the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC) in 1990 and has been Deputy Director of CAWCR since 2009. He has over 100 publications in refereed journals.