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Radar Imaging Lab (RIL)

The Radar Imaging Lab (RIL) was established in January 2005 by a grant from DARPA made to the Center for Advanced Communications (CAC). The main objective of this well equipped Lab is to support research, analysis, and development efforts related to radar imaging. The RIL provides the capabilities for examining and providing proof-of-concept of existing and newly-devised imaging techniques using real data. The goal is to create a state-of-the-art indoor radar imaging facility that is unique in the nation.

The RIL is capable of providing fully automated Doppler and scattered field measurements in fully controlled, semi-controlled, and uncontrolled indoor environments over a wide frequency range. It is equipped with a coherent pulse-Doppler ultrawideband imaging radar system and a powerful two-dimensional RF scanning system that allows large aperture, large bandwidth full-polarization imaging of stationary, rotating, and moving objects behind both exterior and interior grade walls. The Lab houses two linear positioners, each 6m long, that can emulate accelerating, vibrating, and constant velocity motion profiles. The RIL also has resources to perform measurement of the electrical properties (dielectric constant and loss tangent) of materials using a network analyzer.

The lab is currently supporting research on urban sensing, through-the-wall radar imaging, and compressive sensing radar.

Area of Expertise

  • Through-the-Wall Imaging and Urban Sensing
  • High-Resolution Imaging Systems
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Array signal processing
  • Indoor Source Localization
  • Compressive Radar Sensing
  • Over-the-Horizon Radar


  • Agilent ENA 5071B Vector Network Analyzers
  • Agilent ESG E4438C Vector Signal Generator
  • Agilent 33220A Arbitrary Waveform Generator
  • Agilent Infiniium 54855A Digital Oscilloscope
  • Damaskos Inc. Field Probe 2D Scanner, Model 7X7Y
  • UWB Pulse-Doppler Radar System with 8-element Vivaldi Array, 1.5-4.5GHz operational frequency range
  • BAE Systems H-1479 Wideband Horn Antennas
  • ETS-Lindgren 3164-04 Dual-Polarized Wideband Quad-Ridge Antennas
  • 20' Long Computer Controlled Linear Positioners by Exonics Systems
  • Variety of Reflectors (Dihedrals, Trihedrals, Spheres)
  • Antenna Mounts and Tripods
  • Agilent 85071E Materials Measurement Software
  • Dual-Processor Dell Workstations
  • Matlab/Simulink

Research Video

Exploring the use of radar imaging for monitoring the elderly living alone.

Contact Us

Dr. Moeness Amin
Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610-519-4263

Janice J. Moughan
Center Coordinator
Center for Advanced Communications
Phone: 610-519-4599

Address: 800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

Research Activities

Research emphases of the Center for Advanced Communications encompass several aspects of advances in broadband wireless communications and RF acoustic sensing, and imaging. Some research activities include: