Radar Challenge

Hosted by 2020 IEEE Radar Conference

Announcing the Radar Challenge

The Radar Challenge is a series of events co-hosted with radar conferences that enables participants to experience the magic of radar in a personal, tangible and experiential way. The events require participants to sense a scene using their self-engineered “home-brew” radar. The goal is to build a community of radar builders that collectively explore the art of the possible in making “COTS-based” radars.

The Virtual Challenge

In response to the constraints imposed by COVID-19, the Florence radar challenge is moving to a virtual format. Challenge participants are invited to develop a low-cost passive radar system for the tracking of aircraft. Participants should demonstrate the capability of their system to detect and locate aircraft by performing a data capture at a location of their choice. Participants should submit an overview paper describing their system, data capture and any subsequent processing to be judged in the challenge.


The following deadlines apply to the challenge:

  • 09/09/20 Submission of one to four page overview paper
  • 19/09/20 Submission of results (video, viewgraphs, plots, etc.)
  • 23/09/20 Prize Announcement and Presentation

The call for participation can be downloaded here.


The challenge is organised by the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference and the IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel. In the case of questions, feel free to contact:
Alex Charlish (alexander.charlish@ieee.org) or Frank Robey (fcr@ieee.org)

Check the website regularly for news as well as tips on getting started.