Paolo Braca (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree (Hons.) in information engineering from the University of Salerno, Italy, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. In 2009, he was a Visiting Scholar with the ECE Department, University of Connecticut. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Postdoctoral Associate with the University of Salerno. In 2011, he joined the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), where he is currently a Senior Scientist and a Project Manager. Furthermore, he led a number of research projects funded by the European Commission, by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), and other national and international institutions.
He conducts research in the general area of machine learning and statistical signal processing with emphasis on detection and estimation theory, wireless sensor network, multi-agent algorithms, target tracking and data fusion, adaptation and learning over graphs, radar (sonar) signal processing, and machine learning. He has co-authored more than 200 publications in international scientific journals, conference proceedings, and NATO technical reports.
He was awarded with the National Scientific Qualification to function as Associate and Full Professor in Italian Universities, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In 2019, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor with the University of Cassino, Italy. He is in the technical committee of the major international conferences in the field of signal processing and data fusion.
He was a recipient of the Best Student Paper Award (first runner-up) at FUSION conference in 2009, and the NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Scientific Achievement Award (SAA) 2017 for its contribution to the ‘‘Development and Demonstration of Networked Autonomous ASW’’. He co-authored the paper received the Best Paper Award (first runner-up) at the SSPD conference in 2019. He received the IET 2019 Premium Award for Best Paper published on the IET Radar Sonar & Navigation. He was also a recipient of the NATO STO SAA, in 2020, as a Team Leader for the ‘‘Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Information Fusion for Maritime Situational Awareness.’’ He co-authored the article receiving the Young Scientist Contest Award at the Signal Processing Symposium 2021.
He serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, ISIF Journal of Advances in Information Fusion, and IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation. In 2017, he was a Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue ‘‘Sonar Multi-Sensor Applications and Techniques’’ in IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation. He served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and EURASIP Journal Advances on Signal Processing.