Defence, Security and Space Forum

Wed., 28 September
Milano Convention Ctr.
Room Brown 3

Chairs: Danilo Orlando and Alfonso Farina

Nowadays, the exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum as well as the processing of electromagnetic signals represent key issues in several aspects of real life with applications ranging from civil to military fields. Modern radar systems face new and compelling scenarios that are extremely crowded from an electromagnetic standpoint due to the band invasion by the new – generation communication systems. In addition, the advancements in technology have led to the development of low-cost sensing devices capable of providing high performance in terms of both computational power and measurement precision. The bleak side of this technology is that it is available for offensive/malicious actions aimed at denying targeting information, using radar – guided missiles, or small drones carrying dangerous (e.g., explosive or chemical) payloads. Thus, modern radars need to incorporate smart solutions to counteract these threats with the help of systems for electronic support measures or for spoofing/deception. For instance, once an intruder drone has been detected, such systems might acquire the control of it and interrupt any malicious action. Therefore, radar growth has been accompanied by the advancement of the electronic defense systems including the cyber domain.

The Defense, Security, and Space (DSS) Forum of this year focuses on key technologies of the modern defense systems using the electromagnetic spectrum including radars, electronic support measure systems, electronic countermeasures systems, and platforms for cyber security. In this context, the keynote speakers will consider the state of the art of leading technologies and systems, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected capabilities and functionalities to address future challenges. The industry session will reflect the effort and investment that is being made to innovate/develop radar and electronic defense technologies.

The DSS “Future Radar Technology Round Table” will be a moderator lead discussion with radar industry experts discussing the future of radar systems and electronic defense platforms enabled by new semiconductor technologies, faster digital processing speeds and extended memory, better thermal designs/materials, new simulation/testing capabilities and new software capabilities such as artificial intelligence and machine learning for cognitive systems. The experts will review these new capabilities and project how these underlying improvements will shape future radar systems and multi-function platforms.

Registration fee is £20 for those who registered for a conference and £60 for those not registered for a conference. Check back here for further details and updates.


09:00 – 10:40 EuRAD Opening Session

10:40 – 11:20 Coffee Break

11:20 – 13:00 Modern Defense Systems: Key Technologies and Future Challenges

  • 11:20-11:50 Jeff Herd, MIT Lincoln Lab; “Trends in Phased Array Technology for Defense, Security, and Space”
  • 11:55-12:25 Michael Brandfass, HENSOLDT; “Latest Trends in Multifunctional and Multiplatform Radar Applications”
  • 12:30-13:00 Goffredo Foglia, Elettronica SpA; “Electro – Magnetic Spectrum Operation: Conventional and Unconventional applications”

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch and Learn: Microwave Journal Industry Sessions (Free lunch boxes)

  • Leander Humbert, Rohde & Schwarz; “Addressing the test challenges of next-generation RADAR & EW Systems”

13.45 – 16.00 Modern Defense Systems: Key Technologies and Future Challenges

  • 13:45-14:15 Myriam Nouvel, THALES DMS; “Simulations for management optimization of radar with Artificial Intelligence”
  • 14:20-14:50 Maurizio Cicolani, MBDA Italy Technical Advisor and Integra System Innovation & Technology; “RF High Voltage GaN and Digital technologies break through the power barrier to enable a new generation of ultra – compact system architectures for A&D platforms”
  • 14:55-15:25 Thomas Neff, DLR; “Current trends and developments in the field of spaceborne reconnaissance”
  • 15:30-16:00 Laura Anitori, TNO; “Radar Innovations for Future Maritime Operations: Challenges and Opportunities”

16:00 – 16:40 Coffee Break

16:40 – 17:40 DSFF Round Table
Moderator: Andrea Zanini, Advisor, Presidency of the Council of Ministers

  • Maurizio Cicolani, MBDA Italy, Technical Advisor and Integra System Innovation & Technology
  • John Cowles, Analog Devices, Senior Director of Engineering and Technology
  • Fabio Sterle, Leonardo SpA, Director of Radar Systems Engineering
  • Daniela Pistoia, Elettronica SpA, Corporate Chief Scientist – Head of Technical Directorate
  • Andrea Pompili, CY4GATE



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