Simulation-based Approach to Classification of Airborne Drones

Lasse Lehmann, Jørgen Dall

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Recognition of drone type provides valuable information to assess the capability of drones, which is essential to airspace monitoring. Classification of drones on the basis of radar data is dominated by the use of supervised learning, which exploits different and often combined representations of the micro-Doppler signatures of the target. However, it is expensive and cumbersome building a catalogue of several drone micro-Doppler signatures using real data. We introduce a simulation-frame-work to generate radar data from point-scatterer targets, with associated radar cross section evaluated using physical optics. Small scale lab tests validate the fidelity of the simulated radar data, while the utility of the synthetic data for classification is tested using established methodology for classification.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf20)
Number of pages6
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-8942-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIEEE Radar Conference 2020 - Virtual event, Florence, Italy
Duration: 21 Sep 202025 Sep 2020


ConferenceIEEE Radar Conference 2020
LocationVirtual event
Internet address
SeriesIeee National Radar Conference - Proceedings


  • Micro-Doppler
  • Drone classification
  • Radar cross section modelling
  • Radar simulation
  • Machine learning


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