Radar in Action: The Success Story Continues
In 2021, the restrictions of the Corona pandemic continued to have an impact on interaction and networking with customers and partners. Trade shows, conferences, our annual Wachtberg-Forum – Corona meant that many opportunities for personal contact continued to be put on hold. Shortly after the pandemic began, Fraunhofer FHR, with the active support of many researchers, developed the online lecture series »Radar in Action«: an innovative, digital format to vividly present our research work to our target groups. The first broadcast started on June 23, 2020. The series was a complete success: over 900 people attended on 20 dates in 2020. So it was clear: We will continue! And so, in 2021 also, the motto was always on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.: From Wachtberg to the world!
A wide range of topics
On 19 dates in 2021, our researchers presented the latest results of radar research to experts and interested laypersons from industry, politics, science and society. Practice-oriented and compact, current projects were presented from the broadcast studio at the Villip site for 30 minutes each, often with live presentations of the experimental systems, always with an opportunity for questions and discussion. The top 3 presentations last year reflect the wide range of topics: In 1st place with 198 participants was »Machine Learning for Radar applications – Classification of Targets using Neural Networks« by Simon Wagner. Second place went to »High-resolution imaging with a 240-Ghz radar with SiGe chip« by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nils Pohl and Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Herschel with 153 spectators. Close behind in third place was the presentation »Danger from drones: Monitoring airports with millimeter wave radar« by Winfried Johannes with 148 participants.
Internationality is emphasized
Radar in Action is held in German or English. The many English-language events attract participants from all over the world. From Belgium to Thailand: in 2021 there were spectators from 60 countries.
Missed a lecture? No problem! Now also on Youtube!
The live character with the possibility to ask questions directly make Radar in Action stand out. Nevertheless, many participants would like to watch the lecture again or could not keep an appointment. Since 2021, a large part of the lectures is therefore posted on Youtube - always 14 days after the event. The presentations can be found at: https://www.fhr.fraunhofer.de/de/veranstaltungen/online-vortragsreihe--radar-in-aktion.html.
Top marks from content participants
The feedback we regularly receive from participants speaks for itself: In 2021, 93% rated the presentations as very good or good overall. This great result makes us very happy and motivates us even more to continue presenting exciting projects in the future. Be there: All information on Radar in Action with topics, dates and registration options can be found at www.fhr.fraunhofer.de/RadarinAktion. Participation is free of charge.