Nonparametric target detection using airborne MIMO communication systems

Yu Zhao, Biao Chen

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We investigate the dual use of airborne radio frequency (RF) systems. Specifically, airborne multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) communication systems are leveraged for the detection of moving targets in a typical airborne environment that is characterized by the lack of scatterers. With uniform linear arrays (ULA), angular domain decomposition of channel matrices is utilized and target detection can be accomplished by detection of change in the peak values of resolvable paths in the angular domain. For both linear and nonlinear arrays, Doppler frequency analysis can also be utilized and the change in frequency components indicates the presence of potential airborne targets. Nonparametric detection of distribution changes is utilized in both approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2016 - 2016 IEEE Military Communications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037810
StatePublished - Dec 22 2016
Event35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2016Nov 3 2016


Other35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • airborne MIMO
  • dual use RF
  • Nonparametric detection
  • Target detection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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