Professor Mike Cherniakov PhD DSc

Professor Mike Cherniakov

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Chair in Aerospace and Electronic Systems

Contact details

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Mikhail Cherniakov, PhD, DSc, has been working in various radar and remote sensing related areas since 1974. He has about 100 full journal publications, 200 conference papers and has authored and edited a number of books and book chapters.

Over the last decade he has been working specifically in the field of selected problems of signal processing. He founded and is Head of the Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory (MISL), currently the biggest radar research group in UK universities.

In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Christian Hülsmeyer award for achievements in radar research and education. He is also the Chair of the Electromagnetic Systems Interest Group (EMSIG) – the UK radar and EW society.


Professor in Aerospace and Electronic Systems

  • Doctor of Science – 1992
  • Honourable  Senior Research Fellow - 1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy – 1980
  • Master of Engineering - 1974


Professor Mike Cherniakov joined the School of EESE, University of Birmingham in March 2000. He graduated from Moscow Technical University (MTEE) in 1974, with a first-class MEng in Electronics. His academic career continued at MTEE with the awarding of a PhD in 1980, becoming Honorary Senior Research Fellow in 1985, Doctor of Science in 1992 and Professor in 1993. In 1994 he was a visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge (St. John’s College) and in 1995 he moved to the University of Queensland, Australia.

Professor Cherniakov's main research areas are radar technology, microwave sensors and networks, and mobile communications. In particular, Professor Cherniakov is one of the leading scientists in bistatic radar remote sensing. During his employment at the University of Birmingham he has secured grants and contracts for more than £3m.

Professor Cherniakov has nearly 40 years teaching experience in world-leading universities where had trained 30 PhD students.

Professor Cherniakov has significant management experience. For 12 years he was the founding head of a Microwave Systems Laboratory with more than 50 full time staff. At the University of Birmingham, he established the Microwave Integrated System Laboratory (MISL) with about 20 people (RF, PhD students and visiting scholars) involved in the laboratory research. Managing MISL requires Mike to draw on his extensive experience and skills in research. Mike is a member of the School Management Committee and a head of Wireless Communication and Remote Sensing Group.

Professor Cherniakov is heavily involved in external academic and research activity.  In 2012 he was selected by the IEEE and IET as the Chairman of the international 2012 IEEE Radar Conference. This conference is the primary annual event amongst the worldwide remote sensing community. In addition, he is involved in the organization and related activities of a numbers of conferences. In 2012 the 12-volume Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering has been published where Professor Cherniakov is the editor of the Radar volume. Mike is a member of two NATO task groups SET-195 and SET-196. He is the author/co-author/editor of 4 books, 90 papers in high impact factor international journals and 170 international peer reviewed conference papers.


Teaching Programmes


  • Statistical Signal Processing as a part of Introduction to Communication (MSc and MEng) 
  • RF Sensors and sensors network (MSc and MEng)

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising and co-supervising 10 PhD students.



  • Low THz radar systems
  • Bi-static Passive SAR
  • Forward Scatter Radar and Networks
  • Automotive radars and sensors