Closing the Loop on Cognitive Radar for Spectrum Sharing

Anthony F. Martone, Kelly D. Sherbondy, Jacob A. Kovarskiy, Benjamin H. Kirk, Ram M. Narayanan, Charles E. Thornton, R. Michael Buehrer, Jonathan W. Owen, Brandon Ravenscroft, Shannon Blunt, Austin Egbert, Adam Goad, Charles Baylis

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We investigate three emerging topics essential for the development of cognitive radar (CR) for spectrum sharing: the response time (RT) of the CR, the autonomous regulation of the perception-action cycle (PAC), and the regulation of cognition. The RT measures the latency of all algorithms/hardware and is examined with respect to enabling capabilities of software-defined systems for rapid flexibility and responsiveness. The autonomous regulation of the PAC determines how fast the CR can interact with the environment as well as how fast the CR should interact with the environment. The regulation of the PAC is explored with respect to pulse-to-pulse waveform agility to coexist successfully with dynamic radio frequency emitters in the ambient electromagnetic environment (EME) and the consequence of modifying the waveform within the coherent processing interval. Finally, the regulation of cognition determines how to select a particular CR technique appropriately for a given dynamic environment. This selection requires a high level, or metadecision process to identify the appropriate CR technique as the EME changes over time and we therefore concentrate discussion on the newly emerging topic for radar called metacognitive radar. The exploration of these three topics include a review of past and current research with discussion of possible future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9532494
Pages (from-to)44-55
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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