Professor Marina Gashinova, centre of group of five academics
Prof. Krzysztof Kulpa, Prof. Thomas Dallmann (Conference Co-Chairs), Prof. Marina Gashinova (winner of the Christian Hülsmeyer Award), Galina Lange (DGON), Prof. Peter Knott, Conference Chair. Credit: Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR

Professor Gashinova received the award at a ceremony with more than 180 attendees. Hosted by the German Institute of Navigation, the ceremony formed part of the International Radar Symposium (IRS) 2023.

The German Institute of Navigation recognised Professor Gashinova for her outstanding contributions in radar system design and development as well as educational achievements and IRS conference evolution.

The second Young Scientist Award, “150 GHz radar imagery using Doppler Beam Sharpening for marine sensing”, was also presented to Professor Gashinova and her team members (Dillon Kumar, Marina Gashinova, Anum Pirkani, Andrew Stove, Liam Daniel, Samuel Harris, Edward Hoare and Mikhail Cherniakov.)

Professor Marina Gashinova is Head of Pervasive Sensing Group (PASS), within the Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory (MISL) at the University of Birmingham. Marina is an internationally recognised leader in the field of THz sensing for mobile platforms. She has led many collaborative EPSRC, IUK and DASA projects on multi-technology sensing for autonomy, including development of multi-modal imagery, signal processing and classification, cognitive system design and physics-based holistic simulator with total portfolio of more than £7m.

Introduced in 2017, the Christian Hülsmeyer Award is an annual award recognising internationally leading work in the three areas of radar, research, teaching and experimentation. Professor Mikhail Cherniakov, Head of the Microwave Integrated Research Laboratory (MISL), was the recipient of the first award.

The award is named after Christian Hülsmeyer, who patented and demonstrated the first radar system in 1904 as an anti-collision device for ships. Hülsmeyer’s work built on the fundamental theoretical work of the great mathematicians Carl Friedrich Gauss and James Clarke Maxwell, as well as the first practical demonstration of the transmission of radio waves by Heinrich Hertz.