Laboratoire SONDRA
Plateau de Moulon
3 rue Joliot-Curie
192 Gif-sur-Yvette Cédex

Tel.: +33 1 69 85 18 01

Fax.: +33 1 69 85 18 09


Professionnal Positions

    2008 – current
    ONERA - Deputy Director of EM&Radar Department (>120 technical staffs)
    CentraleSupelec, Director of SONDRA Lab

    2005 – 2014
    Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore - Adjunct Principal Scientist (TL@NTU)

    SUPELEC -  Head of  the EM Department

    2000 – 2007
    ONERA Senior Assistant (radar)
    New partnerships in Radar, with Thales andSingapore universities. Launching of SONDRA lab(2004), the first Franco-Singaporean lab established in France.

    1996 – 1999 
    ONERA, Head of  “Advanced Concept of Radars” unit (12 research staffs)
    Various projects with experimental validation or demonstration. The team also includes staffs in charge of developing the GRAVES radar, the first active radar in Europe dedicated to very long range space surveillance.

    1989 – 1996
    ONERA, Head of  “Future Radars” team (7 research staffs)
    Radar projects in low frequency radar, multistatic passive radar..

    1987 – 1988  ONERA,  Research Scientist (low frequency radar)
    RIAS, HFSWR studies and passive radar studies.


  • Baccalaureate C (1980, Rouen)
  • School of preparing to Institute of high education (1981-1982), Lycée Corneille, Rouen
  • Engineering Degree from Institute of higher Education in Aerospace Engineering (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) Toulouse, (1985)
  • DEA (Master) Degree in  Microwaves systems from University Paul Sabatier -  Toulouse (1986)
  • Research Directorship thesis Habilitation from University - Paris VI (2005); « L’évolution des techniques de radar « basse fréquence » des années 80 à nos jours Ou De la maîtrise des phénomènes physiques à des solutions nouvelles d’insertion dans le spectre des radiocommunications »

Research interests

    Modern Radar Systems
    o Passive / bistatic Radar 
    o High Frequency Surface Wave Radar (HFSWR)
    o Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO)
    o Non-conventional radar Imaging (FoPen,TTW..)
    New concept of antennas
    o Sparse array antenna
    o Conformal antennas concepts
    o Phased array design
    o Phase conjugation/ time reversal
    Signal Processing
    o Digital beamforming
    o MIMO signal processing
    o Space time adaptive processing
    o High resolution techniques
    o Waveform design
    Propagation and scattering
    o Ground and surface waves
    o Forward scattering
    o Diffraction from rough surface
    o Foliage Penetration Radar


  • IEEE senior member since 2010

  • SEE member since 1999, Emeritus (2004)

  • Chairman of SEE Committee 23 (Radio-navigation and Radar) from 2000 to 2006
  • Vice-Chairman of the SEE committee "2SR" from 2007 to 2014


  • SEE Awards : Ampere Medal (2005), Thevenin Prize (2007)
  • Defence Technology Award (from DSTA Singapore) for FOPEN works (in 2001) and HFSWR works (in 2004) in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University
  • Awarded a Distinguished Visiting Scientist by MinDef Singapore, September 2011

Editorial or reviewing boards

  • IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation , member of the Editorial Board (since 2007)
  • Editorial board of IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation
  • Reviewer for IET, EURASIP
  • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management (under DCTA, Brazil), 2012

Organisation of international conferences

  • International Radar conference Radar 2004-Toulouse – Technical Chair
  • International Radar conference Radar 2009-Bordeaux – Technical Chair
  • International Radar conference Radar 2014-Lille – General Chair


  • Radar systems (20 hours), Master level University Paris VI (1989 – 2003)
  • New radar concepts (6 hours), Master level, University Paris X (since 2011)
  • New radar concepts (6 hours), Master level, University Montpellier 2 (since 2011)
  • Fundamentals of Antenna radiation and design (20 hours) Eng. Level, SUPELEC (since 2007)
  • Radar systems (20 hours), Master Eng. Level, SUPELEC (since 2011)
  • MIMO and new concepts of radar (Master level, 20 hours) University of Cape Town, june 2013

Tutorials and training courses

MIMO Radar

  • Radar Conference,  2011  CIE International Conference on Radar (Radar 2011), Chengdu, China, 24-27 Oct 2011.
  • Radar Conference,  2012  IET International Radar Conference (Radar 2012), Glasgow, UK, 22 - 25 October 2012Radar Conference,  2013 
  • IEEE International Radar Conference (Radar 2013), Ottawa, Canada, 29 April – 3 May 2013
  • Radar Conference,  2014  IEEE  Radar Conference , Cincinnati, Canada, 19 – 23 May 2014
  • Xidian  University(Chine, july 2013)

Low Frequency Radars

  • CIE Radar international conference 2006,

  • IET Radar international conference 2007

Advanced Training courses

New concepts of radar systems LIT/INPE, Brazil (October 2010, 3 day

Breakthroughs and New concepts in Radar at NICTA, Adelaïde, Australia (Sept. 2008, 2 days)

HF radar and Bistatic/Passive radar

NTU Singapore (Sept. 2003, 3 days)

Important breakthroughs in Radar Architecture and Signal Processing 

Part of a distinguished IEEE-CIE Lecture exchange in China, 7-14 October 2006) at Tinghua University (Pékin), Xidan University (Xian), UEST  University (Chengdu), ECRIEE (Hefei)


  • [Pat-1] Patent ONERA 9213990, FR2698448, 1992  - M. LESTURGIE – Process for long range bistatic detection using over the horizon emitters and a local passive receiving unit
  • [Pat-2] Patent ONERA 9110759 - FR 259461, 1991 - J. APPEL, M. LESTURGIE, J. DOREY – Retro-directive system for radar based on phase conjugation and temporal decoupling
  • [Pat-3] Patent ONERA 91.05421 - FR2747789, 1991 - J.APPEL, M. LESTURGIE, J. DOREY, D. MEDYNSKI – Retro-directive system for radar based on time reversal and frequency decoupling
  • [Pat-4] Patent 96 5452,  FR 2776438, 1999 - P. FUERXER, M. LESTURGIE, D. POULLIN – Detection system using signals from digital broadcast emitters
  • [Pat-5] Patent US 6,677,900, 2004 -  G. THOUVENEL, M LESTURGIE, D. POULLIN - System for detecting mobile receivers, using digital tele broadcasts transmissions of a ground transmitter network
  • [Pat-6] Patent ONERA 99 14415, FR2801109, 1999 - M. LESTURGIE – Multistatic radar process for localisation of rotary wings targets
  • [Pat-7] Patent ONERA  US Patent 8,654,002, 2014] – M. LESTURGIE -  Multistatic radar system for airport monitoring


Journal papers (Recent)

  • A Farina, M Lesturgie Guest Editorial: “Special issue on bistatic and MIMO radars and their applications in surveillance and remote sensing”, Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IET, 2014 - ieeexplore.ieee.org
  • D.K.P Tan., M Lesturgie, Hongbo Sun , Yilong Lu , “Space–time interference anal
  • suppression for airborne passive radar using transmissions of opportunity”, Radar, Sonar & Navigation, IET , Volume:8 Issue:2, 2014
  • J. Pisane, S. Azarian, M. Lesturgie, J Verly “Automatic Target Recognition for Passive Radar Aerospace and Electronic Systems”, Volume:50, Issue:1, 2014
  • C.Y. Chong, F. Pascal, J.P. Ovarlez, M. Lesturgie, "MIMO Radar Detection in non-Gaussian and Heterogeneous Clutter." In IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Vol.4(1)
  • Hongbo Sun , D.K.P Tan.  Yilong Lu, M Lesturgie, "Applications of passive surveillance radar system using cellphone base station illuminators," IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, vol.25, no.3, pp.10-18, Mar. 2010.
  • H.B. Sun, X. Guo, Y.L. Lu, and M. Lesturgie, "Estimation of the ocean clutter rank for HF/VHF radar space-time adaptive processing," IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, vol.4, Dec. 2010.
  • M. Lesturgie, “Improvement of high-frequency surface waves radar performances by use of multiple-input multiple-output configurations” IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, 2009, Volume: 3 , Issue: 1
  • R. Kassab, M. Lesturgie,  J. Fiorina,  “Performance analysis of interrupted sparse HFSWR waveform coded with successive fast Fourier transforms“, IET Electronics Letters, 2009, Volume: 45 , Issue: 10
  • P. Ries, F.F. Lapierre, M. Lesturgie, J.  Verly, ‘Handling partially calibrated conformal antenna arrays in range dependence compensation for airborne bistatic spacetime adaptive processing radar’, IET, Radar, Sonar & Navigation, 2009, Volume: 3 , Issue: 4
  • Y. Ziade, H. Roussel, M. Lesturgie, W. Tabbara ‘A Coherent Model of Forest Propagation; Application to Detection and Localization of Targets Using the DORT Method’, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 2008, Volume: 56 , Issue: 4
  • R. Kassab, M. Lesturgie and J. Fiorina, ‘Quasi-continuous waveform design for dynamic range reduction’, IET Electronic Letters, Vol.44, Issue 10, May 2008
  • R. Guinvarc'h, M. Lesturgie, R. Durand and A. Cheraly, ‘On the Use of HF Surface Wave Radar in Congested Waters: Influence of Masking Effect on Detection of Small Ships’, IEEE Journal Of Oceanic Engineering, Vol. 31, No. 4, Oct. 2006
  • W.X Liu, M.Lesturgie, Y.L Lu, ‘Real-time sparse frequency waveform design for HFSWR system’, Electronics Letters Volume 43,  Issue 24,  Nov. 2007
  • V. Bazin, J.P. Molinie, J. Munoz, P. Dorey, S.  Saillant, G. Auffray, V. Rannou, M. Lesturgie ‘Nostradamus: An OTH Radar, Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine’, IEEE Volume 21,  Issue 10,  Oct. 2006

Conference papers (recent, with international reviewing committee)

  • A. Combernoux, F. Pascal, G. Ginolhac, M. Lesturgie, "Random Matrix Theory applied to Low Rank Stap Detection." In Proceedings of EUSIPCO 2013 (EUSIPCO 2013), Marrakech (Maroc) : 1-5 (2013-09-09) (2013-09-09).
  • A. Combernoux, F. Pascal, G. Ginolhac, M. Lesturgie, "Théorie des Matrices Aléatoires Appliquée à la Détection STAP Rang Faible." In Proceedings de la conférence GRETSI 2013 (GRETSI 2013), Brest (France) : 1-4 (2013-09-03) (2013-09-03).
  • S Azarian, J Pisane, M Lesturgie, “Experimental RCS acquisition system: Using software defined radio to build a classification dataset”, IEEE radar conference, Radar  2013
  • 2013 S. S. Azarian, J. Pisane, M Lesturgie “Experimental RCS acquisition system » International Conference on Radar 2013, Adelaide - Australia
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H. Sun, Y. Lu, "Random Range Sidelobes analysis and Suppression in Airborne Passive Radar." In Proceedings of the International Conference on Radar Systems (Radar 2012), Glasgow (UK)
  • J. Pisane, S. Azarian, M. Lesturgie, J. Verly, "Automatic real-time collection of RCS of airplanes in a real bistatic low-frequency configuration using a software defined passive radar based on illuminators of opportunity." In Proceedings of the IEEE International Radar Conference (IEEE RADAR 2012), Atlanta
  • M. Lesturgie, ‘Some applications of MIMO to radar.’ In Proceedings of the International Radar Symposium 2011 (IRS 2011), Leipzig
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H. Sun, Y. Lu, ‘Signal Analysis of Airborne Passive Radar using Transmissions of Opportunity’ In Proceedings of the International Radar Conference 2011, Chengdu
  • J. Pisane, M. Lesturgie, J. Verly, ‘Target classification system based on the characterization of targets by subspaces’ in Proceedings of the International Radar Conference 2011, Chengdu
  • C.Y. Chong, F. Pascal, M. Lesturgie, ‘Estimation Performance of Coherent MIMO-STAP using Cramér-Rao Bounds’ In Proceedings of the IEEE Radar Conference 2011, Kansas city
  • H.B. Sun, Y.L. Lu, and M. Lesturgie, ‘Experimental investigation of iterative adaptive approach for ground moving target indication’, Proc. 2011 IEEE CIE International Conference on Radar, Chengdu,
  • X. Guo, H.B. Su, Y.L. Lu, and M. Lesturgie, ‘Robust covariance matrix estimation in radar array processing’, Proc. 2011 IEEE CIE International Conference on Radar, Chengdu
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H.B. Sun and Y.L. Lu, ‘Target Detection Performance Analysis for Airborne Passive Bistatic Radar’, Proc. 2010 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Publication (IGARSS 2010), Honolulu HI, USA, 25-30 Jul. 2010
  • J. Pisane, M. Lesturgie, J. Verly, ‘Passive target classification based on low-frequency bistatic backscattering coefficients’, In Proceedings of Passive 2010 (Passive 2010), Brest
  • C.Y. Chong, F. Pascal, J.P. Ovarlez, M. Lesturgie, ‘Properties of Robust MIMO Detector’ In Proceedings of EUSIPCO 2010 (EUSIPCO 2010), Aalborg
  • C.Y. Chong, F. Pascal, J.P. Ovarlez, M. Lesturgie, ‘Robust MIMO Radar Detection for Correlated Subarrays’  In Proceedings of IEEE-ICASSP 2010 (ICASSP 2010), Dallas
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H.B. Sun, and Y.L. Lu, ‘Moving Target Localization Using Dual-Frequency Continuous Wave Radar for Urban Sensing Applications’, Proc. 2009 International Conference on Radar (Radar 2009), Bordeaux, France, 12-16 Oct. 2009, pp.1-6. 
  • R. Kassab,; M. Lesturgie, J Fiorina, ‘Alternate projections technique for radar waveform design’, Proc. 2009 International Conference on Radar (Radar 2009), Bordeaux, France, 12-16 Oct. 2009
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H.B. Sun, and Y.L. Lu; ‘Moving target localization using dual-frequency continuous wave radar for urban sensing applications’ Proc. 2009 International Conference on Radar (Radar 2009), Bordeaux, France, 12-16 Oct. 2009
  • C.Y. Chong.; F. Pascal, M. Lesturgie, ‘MIMO radar detection under non-Gaussian clutter’,Proc. 2009 International Conference on Radar, Bordeaux, France, 12-16 Oct. 2009
  • D.K.P. Tan, M. Lesturgie, H.B. Sun, W. Li, Y.L. Lu, ‘GSM based through-the-wall passive radar demonstrator for motion sensing’, Proc. IEEE Workshop on New Trends for Environmental Monitoring using Passive Systems (PASSIVE'08), Hyeres, France, 14-17 Oct. 2008
  • W.X. Liu, Y.L. Lu, and M. Lesturgie, ‘Optimal sparse waveform design for HFSWR system,’ Proc. 3rd International Waveform Diversity & Design Conference (WDD2007), Pisa, Italy, 2007
  • Y. Demarty, L. Thirion-Lefevre and M. Lesturgie, ‘Simulated HF Doppler spectra obtained with an exact modelling of the EM backscattering by 3D time-evolving sea surfaces”, IEEE Radar Conference, Adelaïde, Australia, September 2008
  • R. Kassab, M. Lesturgie and J. Fiorina,’The duty cycle and contrast ratio trade-off in the design of interrupted HFSWR waveform’, European Radar Conference (EuRad 08), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2008.
  • Y. Demarty, V. Gobin, L. Thirion-Lefevre, R. Guinvarc’h, M. Lesturgie, ‘Exact modelling of the scattering of realistic sea surfaces for HFSWR applications’, IGARSS 2007, Barcelona, Spain
  • P. Ries, S. Tey, J.G. Verly, M. Lesturgie, ‘New methodology for generating realistic data for evaluation of performance of radar STAP algorithms’, International Radar Symposium (IRS 2007), Cologne, Germany, September 2007
  • P. Ries, M. Lesturgie, F.D. Lapierre, J.G. Verly, ‘Knowledge-aided Array Calibration for Registration-based Range-dependence Compensation in Airborne STAP Radar with Conformal Antenna Arrays’, European Radar Conference (EURAD  2007), Munich, Germany
  • V.Bazin, J.P.Molinié, J.Munoz, P.Dorey, S.Saillant, G.Auffray, V.Rannou, M.Lesturgie, ‘A general presentation about the OTH-Radar NOSTRADAMUS’. IEEE - Radar conference 2006. Verone, USA
  • Barbaresco, F.; Germond, C.; Allano, L.; Lesturgie, M.; Self-Phased & Retrodirective Array: Radar Applications for Ultra-fast Cueing & Re-acquisition, Waveform Diversity and Design in Communications, Radar and Sonar, 2006. The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 22-22 Nov. 2006

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