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The IRS 2017 invited the radar community the first time to Prague Czech Republic. In an excellent cooperation and partnership between DGON and the University of Defence in Brno as well as ERA a.s. company in Pardubice (Czech Republic) the radar conference was organised.

The chairman of this radar conference was Prof. Dr. Hermann Rohling from the Hamburg University of Technology supported by the conference co-chair Dr. Jiri Vesely from the University of Defence. The IRS radar conference has a 19-year historical development. The successful start was in Munich, Germany, in 1998, which leaded to a series of conferences in Berlin (2000), Bonn (2002), and Dresden (2003). The joint cooperation with the polish universities and organizations developed an idea to expand the IRS venue to Poland, hence the conference should have a real international background. Since that time the IRS was held every two years in Poland (Warsaw 2004 and 2012, Krakow 2006 and 2016, Wroclaw 2008, Gdansk 2014) as well as in Lithuania (Vilnius 2010) and in Germany (Berlin 2005, Cologne 2007, Hamburg 2009, Leipzig 2011, Dresden 2013 and 2015).

In 2017 the IRS event goes the first time to Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic. The city of Prague is located at the river Vltava and it is the historical capital of Bohemia kingdom. The city was founded in the 9th century and its name is of Slavic origin. It has been developed during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. It was an important city of the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city of Prague played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation. Prague has regained importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic centres of Czech Republic and Europe.

The series of successfully organised international conferences shows already the results of a very fruitful co-operation with our European partners, friends and radar experts. Radar technique is still an expanding technical and economical segment with practical applications in the civilian as well as the military area. Due to the rapid development of analogue and digital technologies there is a continuous progress in the system performance. The world-wide family of radar researchers and experts is quite small and it is always a pleasure to meet scientists, engineers and international experts to discuss new ideas, latest research results, future developments and new applications.

In response to our call for papers, we received in total 240 papers from 34 different countries. The programme committee selected 190 submitted papers for both oral and poster presentations to develop a very professional and interesting Symposium programme. This fantastic response shows the worldwide large interest in radar techniques and radar systems for many different applications. Thus, it is the general objective of this international radar conference, to meet radar scientists and radar engineers for fruitful discussions and exchange of information.

In total 330 radar experts from 35 different countries attended this symposium in Prague to present their work and 15 exhibitors showed their excellent products. There were strong delegations from Poland, Czech Republic, China, France, Italy, UK, Bulgaria, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Turkey, Sweden, USA, etc. Many of the participants travelled quite a long way to attend the IRS 2017 in Prague.

The Symposium Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hermann Rohling, the Co-chair Dr. Jiri Vesely and the Technical Programme Chair, Dr. Anna Dzvonkovskaya, opened the conference and welcomed all the participants. The welcome speech was followed by very interesting plenary presentations about radar state-of-the-art technology and historical development provided by Prof. Dr. D. Heberling from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) in Germany, Mr. R. Bil from HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH, Prof. A. Moreira from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Dr. V. Stejskal from ERA a.s. company in Pardubice, Czech Republic.