Felix Govaers received his Diploma in Mathematics and did his PhD with the title “Advanced data fusion in distributed sensor applications” in Computer Science, both at the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2009 he works at Fraunhofer FKIE in the department for Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SDF) where he was leading the research group “Distributed Systems” from 2014 to 2017. Currently he is the deputy head of the department, where he manages research proposals with industry partners and public calls, he does the scientific foresight for strategic decisions and basic research projects. He also represents the institute in technical discussions and presentations for the Bundeswehr, NATO, and public events. He regularly delivers lectures on data fusion and object tracking in distributed systems at the University of Bonn since 2011. As a technical supervisor of numerous theses for Bachelor, Master, and PhD, he is collaborating with younger researchers and spreading ideas and methodologies.
The research of Felix Govaers (h-index 10) is focused on data fusion for state estimation in non- linear scenarios and in sensor networks. This includes track-extraction, processing of delayed measurements as well as the Distributed Kalman filter and track-to-track fusion. Current research projects develop innovative algorithms based on tensor decompositions for discrete density representations in multi target tracking. He is also interested in advances in state estimation such as particle flow and homotopy filters, extended target tracking, and the random finite set theory approaches.
Felix Govaers regularly provides a tutorial on distributed data fusion at the international FUSION conference since many years. He serves as the treasurer for the Germany Section of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society since 2015 and as an Associate Editor for the Transactions of the AES since 2014. He organizes the symposium “Sensor Data Fusion: Trends, Solutions, Applications” as the Technical Program Chair on a yearly basis and has served as a Program Chair for the FUSION conference.