IEEE SA CAES Seminar - Next Generation RF Systems

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Dear IEEE members and invited guests

The next IEEE Control, Aerospace and Electronic Systems (CAES) seminar will be on Monday September 7th, 2020 at 7:30pm (Adelaide time).

The speaker is Mr Brian Reid from the a Principal Consultant for Southtome Pty Ltd. and they will be presenting a seminar on:

Next Generation RF Systems

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Event number (access code): 130 798 0452

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Waddah Al-Ashwal

IEEE SA CAES Chapter Vice Chair



Next Generation RF Systems

Every major advance in platform or weapons technology over the last 10-20 years has been underpinned by an increasing dependence of these systems on using the EM spectrum for situational awareness, targeting, communicating/networking and navigation. Our ability to deny the use of the spectrum to our potential adversaries while at the same time optimally exploiting the spectrum for our own purposes will have a major influence on the outcome of future conflicts.

This presentation will explore recent advances in system technologies (such as the RF System on a Chip) that will have a major impact on the way that we build and deploy future RF systems and describes what future land vehicle, missile seeker and ISREW systems should and will be capable of. It will also discuss the potential for and the challenges associated with the development of these future systems within Australia to support the ADF. 



Mr Reid graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1983. From 1982 to 1993 he worked in DSTO in the area of Microwave Radar developing signal processing hardware and software and was the System Architect and Project Leader for the Australian project which successfully designed, built and demonstrated a high-resolution airborne imaging radar known as the AuSAR radar. This was followed by an 18-month period working with the Canadian Defence R&D Center in Ottawa researching the radar characteristics of sea clutter and, after returning to Australia, he established a group developing models for predicting the detection performance of maritime surveillance radars operating in various sea clutter states. In 1999 he was promoted to the position of Head, ES Systems Group within the Electronic Warfare Division of DST Group where he led a group responsible for performing R&D into Electronic Support Systems technology including the hardware, software, algorithms and control of Radar Warning Receivers, ES systems and ELINT systems. 

In 2005, after a 2 posting to the US in the role of Mission Systems S&T Advisor for the Australian JSF project office, he was promoted into the position of Research Leader, EW Systems Integration where he led a branch of between 40-50 researchers performing R&D into radar and communication EW systems and Electromagnetic Battle Management. Key areas of technology being progressed within this branch include distributed EW, single and multi-ship emitter geolocation techniques, DRFM based Electronic Attack technology development, high fidelity and force level modelling and simulation tool development and Position, Navigation & Timing R&D including Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) countermeasure and EP development. In July 2014 he transferred into the position of Program Leader, Combined Arms Fighting Systems Integration where he developed a DSTO wide program of work supporting the modernisation of the Australian Army with a focus on systems of systems integration. Focus areas in this role included vehicle and force level architectures, active self-protection systems and land based Electronic Warfare. In this role he was also responsible for managing a number of international engagements including the CLASP program with the UK and the TORVICE program with the US. In late 2017 he took on the role of Program Leader High Speed Weapons responsible for establishing a long S&T program covering a range of high-speed weapon related technologies. 

After leaving DST in early 2019, he has worked in Industry providing subject matter expertise in the areas of EW, M&S and software defined radio technology and is currently a Principal Consultant for Southtome Pty Ltd.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 07 Sep 2020
  • Time: 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC+09:30) Adelaide
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  • Adelaide, South Australia
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