W. Dale Blair

W. Dale Blair

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Dr. Dale Blair is a native of Jamestown, Tennessee, and received the BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Currently, he is a Principal Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and GTRI Fellow. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1998. Prior to joining GTRI, he was with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Dahlgren, Virginia. At NSWCDD, he conducted research in the area of target tracking and supported upgrades and new developments for the Aegis weapons system. While at NSWCDD, Dr. Blair originated two benchmark problems for target tracking and radar resource allocation. He also led a project that demonstrated through a real-time tracking experiment that modern tracking algorithms can be utilized to reduce the radar time and energy required by a phased array radar to support surveillance tracking by as much as 60%. From 1998 until 2010, he led multiorganizational teams in the development of multiplatform-multisensor-multitarget tracking benchmarks for both air defense and ballistic missile defense. In 2001, he was selected for the IEEE Fred Nathanson Award for Outstanding Young Radar Engineer for the advancement of multitarget-multisensor tracking and radar resource allocation. In 2002, he was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow for technical leadership and contributions to developing multitarget-multisensor tracking technology and applications. Dr. Blair’s publications include coeditor and coauthor of Multitarget-Multisensor Tracking: Applications and Advances III (ARTECH House, 2000); two chapters in Principles of Modern Radar: Vol I (SciTech Publishing, 2010); a chapter in Modeling and Simulation Support for System of Systems Engineering Applications (Wiley, 2015); 34 refereed journal articles, more than 50 refereed conference papers; and more than 150 other technical papers and reports. His editorial accomplishments include Editor for Radar Systems of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES), 1996-1999; Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of the T-AES, 1999-2005; and founding EIC for the Journal for Advances in Information Fusion, 2005-2013. Dr. Blair has been a technical expert in panel discussions related to target tracking and information fusion at various conferences, guest speaker at numerous universities and professional events, and technical consultant to more than seven organizations that include research laboratories and small and large businesses.