ENSTA Bretagne : radar, capteur, systèmes d'observation
Quentin Kemmel

The PIM team – Multiscale propagation and interactions

This team from the Lab-STICC laboratory focuses on the development and improvement of modeling and optimization tools to help with representing and understanding phenomena resulting from the interaction of electromagnetic waves with the environment. These phenomena are observed at different scales, from the material to the system.

In particular, this research work focuses on “smartening up” the systems designed to acquire and use the observations provided by radar systems (airborne or satellite) or geolocation systems such as GPS.


Radar; electronic warfare; geolocation and navigation; marine pollution; monitoring, maritime safety and security; microwave remote sensing; target recognition (based on radar signals/images).

Topics and expertise

  • Multiscale and multiphysics electromagnetic simulation and modeling
  • Wave propagation and interaction with the environment (sea, atmosphere, land).
  • Microwave frequency system modeling and simulation (link budget, microwave remote sensing, experimentation, etc.).
ENSTA Bretagne is involved in the following research programs
THE “E-PANEMA” PROJECT: e-Positioning and navigational aid in the marine environment

Purpose: studying and developing innovative technological building blocks for safer and more efficient navigation for commercial vessels.

  • Partners: ENSTA Bretagne/Lab-STICC, SAFRAN, Diades Marine, ENSM
  • Funding partner: ADEME (“Ships of the future” roadmap, Investments for the Future program).

This project focuses on signature estimation for complex naval targets at sea (use of Gaussian beam summation and tracing).

  • Funding partner: The French Government defense procurement and technology agency (DGA).

CEPAMOCS project focuses on parameter characterization and extraction from a heterogeneous sea surface observed by various satellite sensors.

  • Funding partner: DGA.
THE “SYMOC” PROJECT: Mobile observation and acquisition system

ENSTA Bretagne has purchased new equipment for the SYMOC project (CPER1 SOPHIE: ICST & waves, and photonics). This equipment consists of:

  • UP/DOWN converter modules for frequency translation of the transmitted and received signals;
  • Broadband antennas to cover the full range of frequencies used.


Ali Khenchaf
Associate Professor, IT Departement
Head of the PIM team, Lab-STICC laboratory (UMR CNRS 6285) 
Deputy Director, SPIN Doctoral School
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