Dr. Ir Virginie KUBICA

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Research projects


In preparation for the SAOCOM-CS satellite, which is a receive-only satellite ajoined to the SAOCOM SAR imaging satellite, an airborne measurement campaign is conducted in order to assess the relevance of different bistatic geometries and the associated issues.

In particular, the role of the Royal Military Academy is to develop requirements for the synchronisation between the transmitter and the receiver, as they will be located on different platforms. The effect of mis-synchronisation will also be modeled and evaluated.

Road Radar

In collaboration with industry and the ULB, the goal is to develop a multichannel radar able to detect trafic.

RMA is more specifically involved in the array processing, the detection algorithms and the tests.


The Scatterometer Instrument Competence Centre's (SCIRoCCo) objective is to become a reference center for the international meteorological agencies, meteorological operations centers, and the research and educational community worldwide for the exploitation of the ERS Scatterometer mission data set and of the present and future C-band scatterometer missions data sets. RMA's tasks are to carry out research and development activities in the area of C-band scatterometer inter and cross sensors calibration, processing algorithms for the computation of the radar backscattering, data validation and data quality control, education and outreach.

In addition, the provision of travel grants is foreseen.



The goal of the study is to assess the feasibility of radar interferometry using radar images produced using transmitters of opportunity.


The aim of the project is the development of a “proof of concept” passive SAR imaging system with a static receiver. The research activities are naturally divided in two parallel branches with strong interaction between them: the development of the synthesis algorithms and the development of the required hardware.


The scope of this procurement of the ESA is to guarantee the maintenance and the evolution of the Scatterometer data processor prototype and the Scatterometer calibration tool (TOSCA). More notably it involves a study of the cross-calibration of the scatterometer on-board ERS-2 with the scatterometer on-board METOP.


  1. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and H. D. Griffiths. Improved cross-range resolution in SAR imaging using a bistatic configuration. In URSI 2017 Benelux Forum, Brussels, BE, February 2017.
  2. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and H. D. Griffiths. Validation of the increased image resolution obtained using TOPSAR Sentinel-1 data in a bistatic setup. In PIERS proceedings, Singapore, November 2017.
  3. V. Kubica. Opportunistic radar imaging using a multichannel receiver. PhD thesis, University College London, 2016.
  4. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and H. D. Griffiths. Along-track resolution enhancement for bistatic SAR imaging in burst-mode operation. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 52(4):1568-1575, August 2016.
  5. V. Kubica, H. D. Griffiths, and X. Neyt. High cross-range resolution bistatic SAR imaging in wide-swath illumination modes. In URSI 2015 Benelux Forum, Enschede, NL, December 2015.
  6. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and H. D. Griffiths. Improved cross-range resolution in TOPSAR imaging using Sentinel-1A in bistatic operation. In IEEE International Radar Conference, pages 117-122, Arlington, VA, May 2015.
  7. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and H. D. Griffiths. Opportunistic high cross-range resolution imaging using TOPSAR illuminations of Sentinel-1. In URSI 2014 Benelux Forum, Louvain-la-Neuve, BE, December 2014.
  8. V. Kubica and X. Neyt. Feasibility of resolution-enhanced burst-mode interferometry in bistatic SAR. In Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Radar, Adelaide, South Australia, September 2013.
  9. K. Kulpa, P. Samczynski, M. Malanowski, L. Maslikowski, and V. Kubica. The use of CLEAN processing for passive SAR image creation. In Proceedings of IEEE Radar Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 2013.
  10. V. Kubica and X. Neyt. Cross-range resolution enhancement in burst-mode SAR in bistatic operation. In URSI 2012 Benelux Forum, page 32, Brussels, BE, September 2012.
  11. V. Kubica and X. Neyt. Passive SAR imaging using the ASAR instrument of ENVISAT as transmitter of opportunity.. In Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, pages 275-278, Nuremberg, Germany, April 2012.
  12. V. Kubica and X. Neyt. ScanSAR resolution enhancement in bistatic operation. In IET International Radar Conference, pages 1-6, Glasgow, UK, October 2012.
  13. D. W. O'Hagan, A. Capria, D. Petri, V. Kubica, M. Greco, F. Berizzi, and A. G. Stove. Passive Bistatic Radar (PBR) for harbour protection applications. In 2012 IEEE Radar Conference, pages 0446-0450. IEEE, May 2012.
  14. A. Tailliez, X. Neyt, and V. Kubica. Removal of direct path interference with CLEAN Algorithm in passive SAR imaging. In URSI 2012 Benelux Forum, page 43, Brussels, BE, September 2012.
  15. E Cristofani, V Kubica, and X Neyt. A multibeam opportunistic SAR system. In Proc. of the IEEE SP Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing, Brussels, BE, 2011.
  16. E Cristofani, V Kubica, and X Neyt. A multibeam opportunistic SAR system. In Proc. of the IEEE Radar conference, Kansas City, MO, May 2011.
  17. V. Kubica, E. Cristofani, and X. Neyt. Strategies for mitigating the strong direct path signal in passive bistatic SAR imaging. In Proceedings of the IEEE SP Symposium on Information Theory and Signal Processing, Brussels, BE, May 2011.
  18. V Kubica, R Hock, E Cristofani, and X Neyt. Strategies for the calibration of an array of patch antennas in passive bistatic {SAR} imaging. In Proc. of the IEEE Radar conference, Kansas City, MI, May 2011.
  19. V. Kubica, X. Neyt, and C. Barbier. A first approach to opportunistic bistatic SAR using a phased-array. In Proceedings of the URSI 2010 Benelux forum, Brussels, BE, September 2010.
  20. M. Kubica, V. Kubica, X. Neyt, J. Raout, S. Roques, and M. Acheroy. Optimum Target Detection using Illuminators of Opportunity. In 2006 IEEE Conference on Radar, pages 417-424. IEEE, 2006.
  21. X Neyt, J Raout, M Kubica, V Kubica, S Roques, M Acheroy, and J G Verly. Feasibility of STAP for Passive GSM-Based Radar. In IEEE Conference on Radar, pages 546-551. IEEE, 2006.