Piscataway, USA, July 9,2007: The IEEE has named Alberto Moreira as the recipient of its 2007 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, for the development of synthetic aperture radar concepts. His work has contributed to the design of high-resolution airborne and spaceborne imaging radar systems with enhanced capabilities for environmental, disaster monitoring and security applications. It will be presented to Moreira at the 2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2007) in Barcelona, Spain, on 25 July.
Moreira is director of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and professor of microwave remote sensing at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has played an important role in the field of imaging radar technology and applications, and is considered a leader in the development of new concepts in high-resolution radar processing, image formation and interferometric techniques for three-dimensional mapping of the earth’s surface. Among his many contributions, his most notable accomplishment has been the development of innovative Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system concepts with polarimetric and interferometric capabilities. He also pioneered research on associated techniques like radar tomography, digital beamforming and advanced imaging modes. SAR systems allow high-resolution, all-weather, day-and-night imaging of the earth’s surface. Since SAR is the only space-borne sensor with these capabilities, constellations of SAR satellites are today being deployed to provide global access and coverage for applications including environmental remote sensing, hazard and disaster monitoring as well as reconnaissance and those relating to security.
The products of Moreira’s research have been used extensively by the German and European Space programs, and he has managed many European Space Agency studies. He holds 14 patents in the fields of SAR processing, advanced radar concepts and phased array antennas, and has participated in several space-borne SAR projects. He developed an innovative forward-looking radar system for enhanced vision, including a demonstration prototype of a new radar concept with digital beamforming. This concept is being adopted today for the development of future spaceborne SAR systems.