Dr. Paolo Braca was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1982. He received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in Electronic Engineering in 2006, and the Ph.D. (highest rank) in Information Engineering in 2010, from the University of Salerno, Italy, working with Prof. Stefano Marano and Prof. Vincenzo Matta.
In 2009 he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the University of Connecticut, USA, working with Prof. Peter K. Willett.
In 2010 he has been a Senior Engineer at the Surveillance and Monitoring Systems Group of D'Appolonia S.p.A., Rome, Italy. In 2010-2011 he has been a Postdoctoral Associate at the Statistical Information Processing Group of the University of Salerno, Italy.
In October 2011 he joined the NATO Science & Technology Organization Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE, formerly known as SACLANTCEN and NURC) as Scientist at the Research Department. He is involved in several scientific and operational projects in the field of Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). His activity is mostly related to the mathematical modelling of signal processing, data fusion and target tracking techniques applied to distributed/autonomous multi-sensor systems, e.g. Automatic Identification System (AIS), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), surveillance maritime radar (HFSW, X-band, etc.), multistatic sonar with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. The developed methodologies are validated using real-world data collected during experimental sea-trials and military exercises.
Paolo Braca has been involved as scientific personnel in the following NATO exercises and experiments: Exercise PROUD MANTA 13 (ExPOMA 13), Co-operative LittoraL ASW Behaviour 2013 (COLLAB13) experiment, Talon13, Recognized Environmental Picture -Atlantic 2014 (REP14).
Dr. Braca was co-chair (with Prof. Peter K. Willett) of the special session Multi-Sensor Multi-Target Tracking at the 21th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2013).
He is currently serving as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2016 - present), IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (2015 - present), ISIF Journal of Advances in Information Fusion (2014 - present) and EURASIP Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (2015 - present). He was a lecturer of the EURASIP Radar Signal Processing PhD School (2014), the Roboacademy (2016), and Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine e-Newsletter (2014-2016).
In April 2017 a qualification committee of professors, selected by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) , has awarded Dr. Paolo Braca with National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) to function as associate professor in Italian Universities.
He acts as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Journal of Advances in Information Fusion, Signal Processing (Elsevier), Electronics Letters, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, ACTA Astronautica (Elsevier), IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, Journal of Network and Computer Applications (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing.
His main research interests include statistical signal processing with emphasis on detection and estimation theory, wireless sensor networks, multi-agent algorithms, target tracking and data fusion.
Dr. Braca received the Best Student Paper Award (first runner-up) with M.Guerriero, V.Matta, S.Marano and P.Willett at the 12th Conference on Information Fusion in 2009.