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Research Seminar: Earth Observation Applications with Synthetic Aperture Radar in the modern era

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Sprecher: Dr Raffaella Guida, Surrey Space Centre
Veranstaltung: Montag, den 02. März 2020 10:00 - 11:00
Ort: Room E004
JFK Building
29 Avenue J.F. Kennedy
L-1855 Kirchberg

Compared to less than a couple of decades ago, the way to think of Earth Observation with satellites has dramatically changed. The wide diffusion of open-source satellite data has allowed broader access to the primary resources of Earth Observation which is exactly wide-coverage images with medium-high spatial resolution. An incredibly intense set of upstream activities – so much intense to justify the start of new research areas such as space debris removal and space situational awareness – together with the wider availability of data has finally brought to the development of (and the investment in) relevant downstream activities.

Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) play today, more than in the past, a fundamental role in guaranteeing coverage, over any geographical area, despite of any light and weather condition. If the understanding and correct interpretation of SAR data are in someway improving in the research and business environment, the ability to extract meaningful information from it (beyond the application of well established and validated techniques) as modern era dictates – hic et nunc – is still limited.

With this talk we will engage in an adventurous trip to EO applications with SAR imagery, swiftly moving from disaster management to security and surveillance sectors, discussing where we are with the ”here and now” and where we can potentially be in a very close future.

Raffaella Guida was born in Naples, Italy, on October 24, 1975. She received the Laurea degree (cum laude) in Telecommunications Engineering and the
Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy), in 2003 and 2007, respectively.

In 2006, she received a twoyear research grant from the University of Naples Federico II to be spent at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering on the topic
of electromagnetic field propagation in an urban environment. In 2006, she was also a Guest Scientist with the Department of Photogrammetry and Remote
Sensing, Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany).

In 2008, Raffaella joined the Surrey Space Centre (SSC), University of Surrey (Guildford, U.K.) as a Lecturer in Satellite Remote Sensing. Today she is still in SSC as Reader, Head of the Remote Sensing Applications research group and Director of the Postgraduate Research Programme. Since 2008 she has coordinated, as PI or co-­I, national and international research projects on Earth Observation, and has been awarded funding for a value of £2M. She has been
involved in the exchange and knowhow transfer programs with Mexico, Colombia, Algeria, Nigeria, Spain, China, Philippines and Qatar, and has delivered bespoken
courses on SAR and Remote Sensing to the Mexican Space Agency, University Ecosur, University of Estado de Mexico, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran
Canaria, Universidad del Rosario, China Academy of Space Technology and others.

Her main research interests are in the fields of electromagnetics and microwave remote sensing, particularly in simulation and modelling of synthetic aperture radar signals, new remote sensing mission concepts and applications, satellite data fusion and interoperability. Raffaella
is one of the recipients of the IEEE J-­STARS Best Paper Award 2013.