Contact Dr Alessio Balleri

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Sensors


Alessio obtained his 5 year Laurea Degree with distinction (summa cum laude) from the University of Pisa in 2004 and a PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University College London (UCL) in 2010. 

Alessio was a Research Associate in Radar Systems with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL from February 2010 until March 2012. From June 2004 to December 2004 he was a visiting Research Scholar with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago.


  • Special Issue Editor for the IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation
  • Co-Technical Chair of the "2020 IEEE International Radar Conference", Washington, DC, USA, 27 April -1 May, 2020. 

  • New Book - A. Balleri, H. Griffiths, and C. Baker (ed.), "Biologically-Inspired Radar and Sonar: Lessons from nature", IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation Series, 2017. 
  • Technical Program Committee co-chair of the IET International Radar Conference 2017, Belfast, 23-26 October 2017.
  • Guest co-editor for the special issue on Biologically Inspired Radar and Sonar Systems for the Institute of Engineering and Technology's Journal of Radar, Sonar and Navigation (published in vol. 6, no. 6, July 2012).
  • Guest co-editor for the special issue on Radar Emerging Techniques for the European Association for Signal Processing's Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (published Feb 2013).

Current activities

Current PhD Students

  • B. Griffin, "Target Detection and Classification with Staring Radars", from Oct 2018.
Graduated PhD Students

  • S. Zulkifli, "Development of K-Band FMCW Flexible Radar for Detection and Classification of Nano-Drones ", Oct 2016 - Aug 2021.
  • G. Frazer, "Deception Jamming Against Anti-Ship Missiles which Use Doppler Beam Sharpening Modes", Feb 2016 - July 2020.
  • L. Kocjancic, "Multibeam Radar System based on Waveform Diversity for RF Seeker Applications", Feb 2016 - Feb 2020.
  • N. Ghazalli, "Passive Bistatic Radar Based on Staring Radar Illuminators of Opportunity", Feb 2015 - Feb 2019.
  • L. Fourtinon, "3D Conformal Antenna Arrays for Radar Applications", Oct 2014 - Jan 2018.
  • K. Georgiev, "Biologically Inspired Radar and Sonar Signal Processing", Feb 2014 - Aug 2017.

His research interests include:

  • radar signal processing
  • biologically inspired radar and sonar systems
  • echolocating natural systems
  • radar and sonar target classification (High-Resolution Range Profile and micro-Doppler signatures)
  • target feature identification and extraction
  • radar sea and wind farm clutter
  • multi-static radar systems


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • (2017) Biologically-Inspired Radar and Sonar: Lessons from Nature.
  • Balleri A & Mehmood A (2014) Sonar Micro-Doppler Signatures: Principles and Applications. In: Radar Micro-Doppler Signatures: Processing and Applications, IET, p. 329-344, ed. 2014.
  • Griffiths HD, Balleri A & Baker CJ (2013) Biologically inspired and multi-perspective target recognition. In: Radar Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and Non-Cooperative Target Recognition (NCTR). Blacknell D, Griffiths HD (ed.), London, UK: IET, p. 177-211, ed. 1.
  • Baker CJ , Griffiths HD & Balleri A (2012) Biologically inspired waveform diversity. In: Waveform Design and Diversity for Advanced Radar Systems. F. Gini, A. De Maio and L. Patton (ed.), London: IET, p. 149-172.