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Peter K. Willett

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BoG (2018-2020) (2021-2023); Past AESS Magazine Editor-in-Chief (Area of Specialty: Multi-Sensor Systems); Chair of Harry Rowe Mimno Award; AESS Distinguished Lecturer (2020-2022); IEEE Fellow
University of Connecticut

Peter Willett received his BASc (Engineering Science) from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his PhD degree from Princeton University in 1986. He has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut ever since, and since 1998 has been a Professor. He has published 168 journal articles (14 more under review), 355 conference papers, and 10 book chapters and a book on target tracking and data association. He was awarded IEEE Fellow status in 2003. His primary areas of research have been statistical signal processing, detection, machine learning, data fusion and tracking. He has interests in and has published in the areas of change/abnormality detection, optical pattern recognition, communications and industrial/security condition

He was editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems from 2006-2011, and served as the AESS Vice President for Publications from 2012-2014. He now serves as Associate EiC of the AES Systems Magazine. Until recently he was associate editor for three active journals – IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (for Data Fusion and Target Tracking) and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, parts A and B. He is also associate editor for the IEEE AES Magazine, associate editor for ISIF’s electronic Journal of Advances in Information Fusion and is Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Signal Processing Letters. He was founder of editor of the AES Magazine’s periodic Tutorial issues, and was a member of the editorial board of IEEE’s Signal Processing Magazine. He was General Co-Chair (with Stefano Coraluppi) for the 2006 ISIF/IEEE Fusion Conference in Florence, Italy, Executive Chair (with Wolfgang Koch) for the 2008 ISIF/VDE Fusion Conference in Cologne and Emeritus Chair for the 2011 IEEE/ISIF Fusion Conference in Chicago. He will be Program Co-Chair (with Antonio De Maio) for the 2012 IEEE SPS SAM Conference in Hoboken, and was Program Co-Chair (with Eugene Santos) for the 2003 IEEE Conference on Systems, Man & Cybernetics in Washington DC, and Program Co-Chair (with Pramod Varshney) for the 1999 Fusion Conference in Sunnyvale. He was co-organizer
of the tracking sub-session at the 1999 IEEE Aerospace Conference, and has been Organizer of the Remote Sensing Track of that conference 2000-2003. Jointly with T. Kirubarajan he co-organized the SPIE “System Diagnosis and Prognosis: Security and Condition Monitoring Issues” Conference in Orlando, 2001-2003. He has been a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Sensor-Array & Multichannel (SAM) technical committee since 1997, and is its Vice President. He is also a member and officer of the IEEE AESS Board of
Governors (2003-2009 & 2011-2016).

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Target Tracking, statistical signal processing, machine learning, data fusion
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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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