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Design of complex systems - 2022

Tracking and surveillance techniques


The purpose of this training is to provide listeners with the basic knowledge and justification for the different surveillance and target tracking techniques in a complex environment.


The course lasts 5 days (30 hours).


After a review of the basic definitions and general principles concerning the sensors used, the course is oriented towards a detailed analysis:

  • of tracking and surveillance techniques
  • of different algorithms
  • of associated architectures

The following is included in this approach:

  • Recent developments in tracking algorithms
  • Development towards sensors in networks and multi-sensor systems

A site visit to Thales illustrates the application of these techniques.


Course level: Basic/Advanced

This course is intended for any engineer wishing to increase their knowledge in the field of surveillance and target tracking, whether as a designer or user of these techniques.

Basic knowledge in radar and optronic detection and theoretical knowledge of signal processing would be beneficial.

The following courses:

  • ELA 001 Introduction to radar
  • ELA 006 Performance capabilities and applications of radar
  • ELA 007 Radar systems: existing and future concepts"
  • ELA 015 Optronics
  • MTS 001 Signal processing: conventional techniques

can also contribute to this knowledge.


Jean-François GRANDIN:

Engineer at the Technical Department of Electronic Warfare Systems at THALES Airborne Systems.


  • Basic definitions
    • Tracking, (continuous/discontinuous) surveillance
    • Examples: surface-to-air, air-to-ground
  • Sensors
    • Radar, optronics, ESM
    • General characteristics (principles, precisions, rates)
    • Essential limitations (fluctuations, multi-paths, funds)
  • The principles of tracking
    • Association, initialization/confirmation, filtering/prediction
    • Choice of coordinates
    • Target templates
  • The different algorithms
    • State estimation
      • Classic filtering
      • Interactive models (IMM)
      • Particulate filtering
    • Association techniques
      • Nearest neighbor
      • Probabilistic Association
      • Multiple hypothesis test (MHT)
    • Maintaining tracks
    • Looping with sensors
  • Multi-sensor tracking architectures
    • Association of tracks
    • Multi-radar surveillance
    • Multi-sensory surveillance
    • Joint surveillance and classification
  • Site visit to Thales
    • Passive radar on opportune emissions
    • Ground-to-air conduct
    • Air Traffic Control
  • Conclusions and panel discussion


Scheduled in French:

PARIS: 21 to 25 November 2022


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2,520 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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