Alfonso Farina

Selenia, then Selex ES (now retired), Italy

Silvia Liberata Ullo

University of Sannio, Italy


Papers are being collected from university researchers, from industries specialized in conceiving, designing, installing, operating and testing radar systems for civilian and defense applications, from users and governmental/international agencies. Authors are also invited from industries that provide instruments to test radar performances. The scope of the special session is to have a wide view of the methods, instruments and practical experience to test subsystems and radar systems (for land based, shipborne, on drones, aircraft and satellites).


Topics of relevance for the session are:

  • Instrument test equipment for verification and validation in the industry, at the customer site, on the operational fields.
  • Automation and remote test equipment will be of special interest.
  • Virtual reality technologies are also most welcome as topics of the session.
  • As well as LiDAR remote sensing and applications.

Moreover, theoretical papers are also very welcome.


Alfonso FARINA , LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received the degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT) in 1973. In 1974, he joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of "Radar Techniques" at the University of Naples (IT). He is the author of more than 800 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he’s received include: (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Award for Innovation Technology, out of more than 330 submitted projects by the Companies of Finmeccanica Group; (2005) International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; (2010) IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for "Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques"; (2012) Oscar Masi award for the AULOS® "green" radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI); (2014) IET Achievement Medal for "Outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion". He is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS.
(2017) IEEE SPS Industrial Leader Award for contributions to radar array processing and industrial leadership.
(since 2017) Chair of Italy Section Chapter, IEEE AESS-10.
(Jan 2018-Dec 2019) IEEE Signal Processing Society 2018, Distinguished Industry Lecturer.
(Jan 2019-Dec 2021) Member of the IEEE AESS BoG.
Main received best paper awards: B. Carlton of IEEE – Trans. on AES (2001, 2003, and 2013), IET – Proc. on Radar Sonar and Nav. (2009-2010) and Int. Conf. on Fusion (2004, 2009). (2018): Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.
(2018-2019): Visiting professor at Cranfield University, UK.
He is consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. "Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division", Rome (I).
The 26 October 2018 he was interviewed, among few top managers of the Company, at RAI Storia for the "70° anniversario di Leonardo Company" ("70th anniversary of Leonardo Company").
A 3 minute trailer is available at:
Please, see also: "A CONVERSATION WITH FRIEND: ALFONSO FARINA", interviewer: Fulvio GINI, IEEE AES SYSTEMS MAGAZINE, June 2016, pp. 41-49. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

Silvia Liberata Ullo is an IEEE Senior Member, the Industry Liaison for the IEEE Italy Joint ComSoc/VTS Chapter. She is a member of the Academic Senate at University of Sannio, and the National Referent for the FIDAPA BPW Italy Sciences and Technologies Task Force. She graduated with laude in Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, of Federico II University, in Naples. She received the M.Sc. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Boston, USA, in June 1992. Since 2004 she is a researcher with the University of Sannio di Benevento, where she teaches Signal theory and elaboration, and Telecommunication networks, courses for the degree in Electronic Engineering and the Optical and radar remote sensing as Ph.D. course. She has authored 76 research papers in reputed journals and conferences, and co-authored many book chapters. She is part of the Telecommunications and Remote Sensing group at the University of Sannio, and her research interests mainly deal with signal processing, remote sensing, image and satellite data analysis, machine learning applied to satellite data, ESA Copernicus mission, cognitive radars, sensor networks, telecommunications networks, and smart grids. She was awarded in 1990 with the Marisa Bellisario prize from the homonymous foundation, which annually rewards women entrepreneurs and young graduates who have distinguished themselves in traditionally male fields such as Engineering. In the same year, she was awarded with the Marisa Bellisario scholarship from the ITALTEL S.p.A. company. This scholarship has been awarded since 1989 to an Engineering female student who had completed her studies brilliantly (only one scholarship per year at national level). The ITALTEL scholarship allowed her to pursue the Master of Science at MIT, obtaining the title in June 1992.
She has been with ITALTEL, since September 1992. She served as a Chief of some production lines at the Santa Maria Capua Vetere factory (CE), until January 2000. After that, she won a public competition and started working at the Center for Data Processing (CED) in the Municipality of Benevento, from January 2000 to January 2004. In February 2004, she won a researcher contest at the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Sannio, Benevento.
For further information on Prof. Silvia L. Ullo, please visit the institutional website at the link: and complete cv at
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