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09:00 – 09:10

Eckard Settelmeyer, General Chairman, Airbus DS

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR) 2016 in Hamburg.

Over the last years, EUSAR has become the leading international conference on SAR technologies and applications, attracting the brightest people in the field not only from Europe but from all over the world. It is this international atmosphere and the high standards that provide the right platform for discussions and information sharing which is so valuable to all participants and that will lead to great outcomes. Personally, I am very excited to see what we all will achieve this year. 

As in previous years, the EUSAR 2016 conference program is multifaceted. The first generation of operational space borne SAR Missions have provided a huge amount of valuable data and paved the way for a broad scientific, governmental, and even commercial use of SAR products. The SAR community – we all – are intensively preparing for the next generation. What experience did we derive from the current missions? What are the trends in innovative sensor technology, data processing, new SAR and geo-information products, mission and service concepts for the user domains? The EUSAR 2016 conference will address these topics and will provide substantial answers to these questions. The conference starts with a prominently represented opening session, includes a program of dedicated sessions on various SAR subjects, and several interesting poster sessions. My extended thanks to everyone taking the effort to actively and substantially contribute to this conference, thus making it rich and valuable!

The EUSAR 2016 conference is taking place in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg – my thanks to those who had this brilliant idea and made it happen!
Hamburg’s long official name reflects its history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, it’s standing as a free imperial city, representing a city state and one of the 16 States of Germany today. Hamburg is a logistics and transport hub, being the biggest German seaport. In recent years it has also become a media and industrial center, highly developed in the high-tech area with strong representation of the aeronautics, bio-scientific, consumer, information, and media industries. Hamburg is an extremely dynamic city which never sleeps. Hamburg is cosmopolitan, looks eagerly towards the future, offers a broad variety of cultural and profane activities, interesting architecture, parks to relax, and so much more. In short, Hamburg is as multifaceted as EUSAR's program and a great fit for our conference!

I am looking forward to seeing you very soon at EUSAR 2016, to listening to interesting and enthusiastically delivered presentations, to participating in passionate and vivid discussions and exchanges and to breathing the future-oriented, cosmopolitan and dynamic air of our venue, Hamburg.

Eckard Settelmeyer
EUSAR 2016 General Chairman
Airbus DS GmbH, Germany

09:10 – 09:40
The Korean Spaceborne SAR Program

Jin-Hee Kim, Ph.D., Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)   





Abstract: Since 2013, Korea has its own satellite with spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), KOMPSAT-5. As a follow-on program, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has been developing KOMPSAT-6 since 2012. The mission objective of KOMPSAT-6 is to expedite provision of the space-borne SAR standard images with sub-meter resolution required for the national demand in GOLDEN; GIS (Geographical Information Systems), Ocean & Land management, Disaster monitoring, and Environment monitoring. In this talk, an introduction of KOMPSAT series satellites and the summary of KOMPSAT-5 program will be given. The program overview, mission and system characteristics of the KOMPSAT-6 will be followed. In addition, Korean satellite development roadmap will also be included.


Biography: He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering at the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1990, 1992, and 1996 respectively. Since 1996, he has started working in Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). He had been participating in the development for KOMPSAT series satellites. (KOMPSAT-1, -2, -3) From 2007, he joined KOMPSAT-5 Systems Engineering & Integration Team and became head of that team in 2009. Currently, since 2013, he is director of KOMPSAT-6 program office.


09:40 – 10:10
Sentinels at the Crossroads? 

Guido Levrini, European Space Agency (ESA)   





Abstract: Europe has managed, first in the world, to open a new highway for the development of remote sensing from space with the Copernicus system.
How has such result being achieved?
Are we better than those who tried before us without succeeding?
How was it possible to conceive and build a system that develops new, sophisticated sensors while integrating existing and parallel efforts at national and private level?
What has worked ?
What's next?  Has Copernicus already reached maturity?
Are we witnessing the final configuration of the system?
Are we the victims of our success?
What can happen next?
What shall happen?
How to achieve the next development step?
Can the lesson from the past guide our next steps towards a greater success?



Biography: Born in Rome, Italy in 1956, G. Levrini graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1983.
He spent his first 12 professional years working in industry on projects such as ERS-1, X-SAR, Rosetta, Artemis, Envisat.
He has also worked at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and at the University of Perugia.
Since 1995 is with the European Space Agency, first in the Envisat project, responsible for the development of the microwave instruments and for the instruments ground processing chains.
He works in the Copernicus programme (formerly GMES) since its beginning, first as Sentinel-1 project manager, then as Copernicus space segment programme manager (current position). As such, he coordinates the development of all Sentinels at ESA.


10:10 – 10:40
The German X-Band SAR Roadmap

Thomas Galinski, Ph.D. German Aerospace Center (DLR)   




Abstract: The year 2016 stands for nearly 40 years of civil Radar Programs and development worldwide and in Germany. Several successful SAR missions in the last 20 years, mainly ENVISAT, Radarsat and TerraSAR-X/Tandem-X, stimulated new customers like the European Commission to invest into long term SAR programs. New institutional SAR programs in Argentine, USA/India and South Korea started in parallel with new commercial initiatives like Novasar, UrtheCast, XpressSAR and IceEye. In this competitive environment innovative concepts are necessary to enable new sustainable programs.
In order to benefit from the great success of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and to satisfy the growing demand for SAR data by scientific users, governments and commercial customers also in the future, new programs are essential in Germany. Therefore the next major milestone in the German X-Band SAR roadmap is planned with the High Resolution Wide Swath (HRWS) Mission. HRWS will provide continuity and a considerable advancement in X-band data by provision of widely improved image sensitivity and resolution as well as doubled access range. Digital Beam Forming (DBF) technique and quad polarization implementation will allow new applications.



Biography: Thomas Galinski has been working in the space sector for more than 25 years. He studied astrophysics at the University of Bochum where he received a PhD in 1988. His career with DLR started in 1989 in the Technology department, which he headed from 1991 to 1993. Since 1993 Thomas Galinski took over management roles in the Navigation and Communications departments, before he became Head of the Space Science department in 2002. In October 2015 he was appointed as acting Project Director of the German Space Programme.


10:40 – 10:50
Introduction to EUSAR 2016

T. Fügen, G. Adamiuk, Technical Chairs, Airbus DS 


On behalf of the EUSAR 2016 Organisation Committee we would like to welcome you to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg - the second largest city of Germany - worldwide known for its important industry as well as rich history and culture.

This year’s edition of EUSAR enjoys a very good response from the academia, industry and institutions from all over the world. The submitted papers cover all important SAR related topics: from systems and missions to technology, processing to data evaluation and modeling, as well as advanced applications. A total number of over 300 papers divided into 15 invited sessions, 35 regular oral sessions and one poster session with nearly 70 posters will be presented. Over 30 countries are represented by the authors in total. The oral sessions are organized in 5 parallel sessions with minimal interference between the session topics. On Tuesday evening, after the traditional piano recital, you will have the possibility to discuss the poster presentations with the authors.

On Monday, prior to the opening of EUSAR 2016, a set of tutorials is given where the interested attendees can get a deep dive into selected technical or application aspects of SAR technology.

The higher level perspectives and future trends in SAR technology will be given by the Keynote Speakers during the opening plenary session on Tuesday. In addition, special invited guests will present on Tuesday afternoon in a Special Session on Space Programs and Roadmaps current activities and future trends in SAR

During the conference an Award Committee under the lead of Prof. Wiesbeck will review the EUSAR contributions and identify the winners of the contest. The awards will be given in three well-established categories: best paper, best poster and best student paper.

The conference dinner will take place on Wednesday evening in a restaurant with a beautiful view of the panorama of Hamburg. Before the dinner there is the opportunity to attend a guided bus tour through the city of Hamburg. The dinner location is also reachable by a 15 min walk from the conference venue.

After the conference, the EUSAR-authors will profit from the visibility of their contributions in ISI and SCOPUS databases, whereas the publications will be made accessible in the conference proceedings and in IEEEXplore.

We would like to express our thanks to the Program Board and to the Technical Program Committee for assuring the highest technical quality of the conference and for support in creation of a very interesting program. Furthermore, we thank the Invited Session organizers for their careful preparation of the invited sessions and the Session Chairs for leading the regular sessions. Last but not least we would like to thank all authors and participants for providing the whole content of this year’s edition of EUSAR 2016. Have fruitful discussions and let the conference be once again a successful forum for creation of new ideas and networks.

See you in Hamburg!

Grzegorz Adamiuk / Thomas Fügen
EUSAR 2016 Technical Chairmans
Airbus DS GmbH, Germany



16:10 - 17:50
Special Invited Session on Space Programs and Roadmaps


  • "The Role of Radar in NASA's Earth and Planetary Exploration Programs"
    Scott Hensley (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA) 
  • "Polish Satellite Programs"
    Marek Banaszkiewicz (Polish Space Agency, Poland)
  • "From X-SAR to HRWS. Status and Evolution of Spaceborne Radar at Airbus DS Germany"
    Sebastian Riegger (Airbus DS, Germany)

  • "PAZ and TerraSAR-X constellation, innovation through international cooperation"
    Fernando Cerezo (Hisdesat, Spain)

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