Dr Marina Gashinova PhD

Dr Marina Gashinova

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Senior Lecturer in Radar and Remote Sensing

Contact details

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering (EESE)
Dept. of Electronic Electrical and Systems Engineering
Microwave integrated system laboratory (MISL)
University of Birmingham


Marina is interested in all areas of radar, signal processing and remote sensing with the current focus on;

  • active and passive terahertz (THz) sensing,
  • multistatic radar,
  • radio-holography,
  • passive coherent location systems,
  • deep neural networks for classification,
  • electromagnetic modelling of large scale problems,
  • 3D  image reconstruction  with applications ranging from automotive sensing for future autonomous vehicles to detection, tracking and classification of stealth targets.

For the last 6 years Marina established herself as one of the leaders in the emerging field of THz sensing for short-medium sensing, in particularly for automotive sensing for autonomous cars. As such she is the Terahertz Research Lead for the Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory (MISL).

Marina is a Principal Investigator and lead coordinator of the consortium of three Universities (University of Birmingham, University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University) and JaguarLandRover on a major grant (£2.5 m) from EPSRC/Jaguar Land Rover on development of Pervasive low-TeraHz and Video Sensing for Car Autonomy and Driver Assistance (PATH CAD). This grant is part of the £11M Towards Autonomy Smart and Connected Control (TASCC) programme involving five consortia for research to develop fully autonomous cars.

Currently she is expanding her research, actively liaising with international leading academic group and industries such as

  • UK Universities of St Andrews, Manchester, UCL, Cranfield and Surrey and overseas universities Universities of Rome (La Sapienza), Pisa and Warsaw Technical University. .
  • DSTL, Leonardo ES, Thales (UK and France), MBDA (UK and France), VivaTech (France), ELVA-1 (Sweden and Russia) and Fraunhofer Institute (FHR Germany).

Marina has a large portfolio of other research grants (See Research) funded from diverse sources (EPSRC, industry, DSTL). 


  • Certificate of  Learning and teaching foundation programme, UoB, 2012
  • Certificate of Medici entrepreneurship training programme, UoB, 2011
  • PhD in Physics and Mathematics, St.-Petersburg Electrotechnical University, 2003
  • MMath (First class with Honours) in mathematics, St.-Petersburg State University, 1991


Marina Gashinova received the MMath in mathematics and mechanics from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia, in 1991 and was awarded a PhD in radiophysics in 2003 from St-Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia. She carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Birmingham initially on a 1 year NATO/RS honorary research fellowship position  for research in microwave near field microscopy (2004-2005) and then, 2006-2011 as a research fellow in radar and signal processing in a renowned Microwave Integrated System Laboratory.

Since 2011, she holds an academic position and currently she is a Senior Lecturer in Radar, leading research in following research domains: automotive radar, THz radar sensing and imaging, forward scatter radar and passive and active bistatic radar.  


MSc courses

  • Introduction into Communications;
  • Satellite Communication within Satellite, Mobile and Optical Communication module
  • RF remote sensing
  • Random Processes and Signal Processing


Undergraduate courses

  • Electromagnetism (2nd year)

Marina is a Coordinator of Group studies pilot project for Physics students (cohort of 16-19 students) in 2015/2016.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Kalin Kabakchiev, "Maritime Forward Scatter Radar", PhD completed
  • Nor Ayu, "Surface clutter characterization in Forward Scatter radar", PhD completed
  • Mohammad Abbas, "Surface identification by polarimetric multi-feature sensors", completing Viva.
  • Donya Jasteh, "THz imaging for automotive applications", PhD, awating Viva
  • Stanislav Hristov, "Radio-Holographic Object Imaging – Target Shadow Profile Reconstruction in inverse problem of Forward Scatter on a moving target" , PhD – writing up stage
  • Alessandro de Luca, "Multistatic active and passive FSR from a moving platform", PhD, 3-rd year
  • Ben Willets, " THz reflectivities from complex environments", PhD, 3-rd year
  • Emidio Marchetti, " Automatic Image Interpretation for Vehicle Control at Low Terahertz Frequencies "  - 2-st year
  • Dominic Phippen, "3D Terahertz Imaging for Automotive Applications ", PhD, started in 2016

Current PhD Opportunities:

  • Low Terahertz Radar for Pedestrian Identification and Tracking – ICASE EPSRC/JLR – 4 years fully sponsored PhD scholarship
  • Passive Radar for maritime surveillance based on utilization of satellite signals -  3.5-years fully funded PhD scholarship


Current projects:

Principal Investigator (PI):

  • TASCC (£2.4M total budget): Pervasive low-TeraHz and Video Sensing for Car Autonomy and Driver Assistance (PATH CAD) (EP/N012372/1). 
  • THz imaging (£700K), Jaguar LandRover
  •  Surface Identification Software Development (£0.5M),.
  • These two projects are part of long-term industrial strategic partnership between EESE and JLR  “Terahertz (THz) sensing”.
  • Passive Radar for maritime surveillance based on utilization of satellite signals (PAMIR II), CDE  DSTL (£120K).
  • Low Terahertz Radar for Pedestrian Identification and Tracking – JLR (£93K).
  • Low Terahertz Reflectivities from Complex Environments – ICASE EPSRC/Thales (£82K).
  • Automatic Image Interpretation for Vehicle Control at Low Terahertz Frequencies – ICASE (JLR) (£70K).
  • 3D Terahertz Imaging for Automotive Applications – ICASE EPSRC/JLR (£127K).

Co-Investigator (CoI):

  • Surface Identification Hardware Development on automotive sensing (part of "TeraSEn" programme with JLR funding)
  • “Terahertz Technology for Future Road Vehicles-TRAVEL” , EPSRC
  • Passive Microsatellite Based SAR for Persistent Large area Monitoring (PASSAT II) , DSTL
  • Micromachined Circuits For Terahertz Communications, EPSRC

Past projects:


  • Radio-Holographic Object Imaging Technology Based on Forward Scattering Phenomena for Security Sensor Networks, EPSRC



Other activities

Keynote Speaker:

1. "Development of novel sensing suite based on 150/300/670 GHz high resolution imaging
radar" at the "Advanced Sensor Systems for Automated Driving" conference (Berlin, 28 Nov. – 1 December 2016, Berlin).

2. "From ranging to imaging - future automotive radar sensors for autonomous cars" IET  Colloquium on Antennas, Propagation and RF Technology for Transport and Autonomous Platforms, 2 Febr. 2017,  Austin Court, UK. 


Marina is actively involved in the organization of IET/IEEE Radar conferences and International Radar Symposium and dissemination of research results through the most representative research events and conferences: TPC member of International Radar symposium (IRS) 2011-2017, IET RadarCon 2012, 2015, 2017, EuRAD and International Signal Processing Symposium, 2015-2016. She serves as session chair, organizes focused sessions and workshops and gives invited talks.  


Selected publications for the last 4 years

  • M.Gashinova, L. Daniel, S. Hristov, X. Lyu, A. G. Stove , M. Cherniakov, "Design and Validation of a Passive Radar Concept for Ship Detection using Communication Satellite Signals" submitted to IEEE Trans. on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • X. Lyu, A. Stove, M. Gashinova and M. Cherniakov, "Ambiguity function of Inmarsat BGAN signal for radar application," in Electronics Letters, vol. 52, no. 18, pp. 1557-1559, 9 2 2016.
  • X. Lyu, A. Stove, M. Gashinova and M. Cherniakov, "Ambiguity function of Iridium signal for radar application," in Electronics Letters, vol. 52, no. 19, pp. 1631-1633, 9 15 2016.
  • Jasteh D., Hoare E. G., Cherniakov M., Gashinova M., " Experimental Low-THz radar image analysis for automotive terrain sensing" in IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, vol. 13, no.  4, pp. 490-494, April 2016
  • D. PastinaM. ContuP. LombardoM. GashinovaA. De LucaL. DanielM. Cherniakov, "Target motion estimation via multi-node forward scatter radar system," in IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 3-14, 1 2016
  • Kabakchiev, H.; Behar, V.; Garvanov, I.; Kabakchieva, D.; Daniel, L.; Kabakchiev, K.; Gashinova, M.; Cherniakov, M., "Experimental verification of maritime target parameter evaluation in forward scatter maritime radar," Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IET, vol.9, no.4, pp.355,363, 2015
  • Kun-Yi Guo; Hoare, E.G.; Jasteh, D.; Xin-Qing Sheng; Gashinova, M., "Road Edge Recognition Using the Stripe Hough Transform From Millimeter-Wave Radar Images," Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on , vol.16, no.2, pp.825-833, April 2015
  • Gashinova, M.; Kabakchiev, K.; Daniel, L.; Hoare, E.; Sizov, V.; Cherniakov, M., "Measured forward-scatter sea clutter at near-zero grazing angle: analysis of spectral and statistical properties," Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IET , vol.8, no.2, pp.132-141, 2014 (Febr.)
  • Gashinova, M.; Daniel, L.; Sizov, V.; Hoare, E.; Cherniakov, M., "Phenomenology of Doppler forward scatter radar for surface targets observation," Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IET , vol.7, no.4, pp.422-432, 2013 (April)
  • Gashinova M. , Daniel. L., Hoare E., Sizov, V. Kabakchiev K., Cherniakov M., ‘Signal characterisation and processing in the forward scatter mode of bistatic passive coherent location systems’, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing 2013: Emerging Radar Technologies, 36 pp 
  • Kun-Yi Guo, Qi-Feng Li, Xin-Qing Sheng, and Marina Gashinova, “Sliding Scattering Center Model For Extended Streamlined Targets”, Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 139, 499-516, 2013
  • Cheng Hu, M. Antoniou, V. Sizov, M. Gashinova, M. Cherniakov,"Optimal Signal processing in ground-based forward scatter micro radars" - Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on , vol.48, no.4, pp.3006,3026, October 2012