Signal processing for environment-aware radar (SPEAR)

Themes: Distributed autonomous sensing systems

In future, cars will exploit multiple radars towards autonomous driving. Before this becomes a reality, several challenges will have to be solved.

In future automotive radar systems, multiple mmWave radars are networked and should enable high-resolution localization and obstacle detection.  To this end, the sensors are equipped with advanced communication and multi-modal sensing capabilities. Existing radar sensing solutions, however, are not designed to leverage this connectivity and sensing infrastructure. The  project will address this gap by developing advanced signal processing algorithms that make the best use of the available infrastructure.

The project looks at distributed signal processing on radar data using the communication backbone network. The goal is to exploit vehicular connectivity to enhance perception in mixed traffic conditions where vehicles have varied sensing capabilities.

The SPEAR project comprises 4 PhD sub-projects:

  1. Digital mmWave radar waveform design and algorithms: develop advanced algorithms and waveforms for next generation automotive networks.
  2. Interference-aware distributed radar sensing: reduce the impact of interference caused by multiple radars with overlapping field-of-view.
  3. Multimodal sensing for automotive radar: exploit situational awareness from multiple sensors (GPS, LiDAR, radar, ultrasound), automotive control, and navigation control units. 
  4. Surface-aided radar sensing: new signal processing algorithms for radar sensing assisted by reflective intelligent surfaces for extended target detection


Project data

Researchers: Geethu Joseph, Nitin Myers
Starting date: February 2023
Closing date: February 2027
Funding: 2000 kE; related to group 1000 kE
Sponsor: NXP, TKI
Partners: NXP
Contact: Geethu Joseph