Organizing committee

Honorary Chair

Alfonso Farina

Consultant to Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Italy

Alfonso Farina (IEEE Member since 1986), LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, Fellow of EURASIP, received the degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome (IT) in 1973. In 1974, he joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO. He retired in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of “Radar Techniques” at the University of Naples (IT). He is the author of more than 800 peer-reviewed technical publications and of books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated in to Russian and Chinese. Some of the most significant awards he’s received include: (2004) Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Award for Innovation Technology, out of more than 330 submitted projects by the Companies of Finmeccanica Group; (2005) International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the fellowship was presented to him by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; (2010) IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for “Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques”; (2012) Oscar Masi award for the AULOS® “green” radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI); (2014) IET Achievement Medal for “Outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion”. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS.
(2017) IEEE SPS Industrial Leader Award for contributions to radar array processing and industrial leadership.
(since 2017) Chair of Italy Section Chapter, IEEE AESS-10.
(Jan 2018-Dec2019) IEEE Signal Processing Society 2018, Distinguished Industry Lecturer.
(Jan 2019-Dec 2021) Member of the IEEE AESS BoG.
Main received best paper awards: B. Carlton of IEEE – Trans. on AES (2001, 2003, and 2013), IET – Proc. on Radar Sonar and Nav. (2009-2010) and Int. Conf. on Fusion (2004, 2009).
(2018): Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.
(2018-2019): Visiting professor at Cranfield University, UK.
He is consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. “Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division”, Rome (I).
The 26 October 2018 he was interviewed, among few top managers of the Company, at RAI Storia for the “70° anniversario di Leonardo Company” (“70th anniversary of Leonardo Company”). A 3 minute trailer is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYarcsoiyC8
Please, see also:
“A CONVERSATION WITH FRIEND: ALFONSO FARINA”, interviewer: Fulvio GINI, IEEE AES SYSTEMS MAGAZINE, June 2016, pp. 41-49. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

General co-Chairs

Fulvio Gini

University of Pisa, Italy

Fulvio Gini (Fellow IEEE) received the Doctor Engineer (cum laude) and the Research Doctor degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1990 and 1995 respectively. In 1993 he joined the Department of Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the University of Pisa, where he become Associate Professor in 2000 and he is Full Professor since 2006. Prof. Gini is the Deputy Head of the Department since November 2016. From July 1996 through January 1997, he was a visiting researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems since Jan. 2007 and for the Elsevier Signal Processing journal since Dec. 2006. He has been AE for the Transactions on Signal Processing (2000–06) and is a Senior AE of the same Transaction since February 2016. He was a Member of the EURASIP JASP Editorial Board. He was co-founder and 1st co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hindawi International Journal on Navigation and Observation (2007-2011). He was the Area Editor for the Special issues of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2012-14). He was co-recipient of the 2001 and 2012 IEEE AES Society’s Barry Carlton Award for Best Paper published in the IEEE Transactions on AES. He was recipient of the 2003 IEE Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in signal processing and of the 2003 IEEE AES Society Nathanson Award to the Young Engineer of the Year. He is Member of the Radar System Panel (2008-present) and of the Board of Governors (BoG) (2017-19) of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS). He is a member of the IEEE SPS Awards Board. He has been a Member of the Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee (TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and of the Sensor Array and Multichannel (SAM) TC for many years. He is a Member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the EURASIP Society, the Award Chair (2006-2012) and the EURASIP President for the years 2013-2016. He was the Technical co-Chair of the 2006 EURASIP Signal and Image Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2006), Florence (Italy), of the 2008 Radar Conference, Rome (Italy), and of the 2015 IEEE CAMSAP workshop, Cancun (Mexico). He was the General co-Chair of the 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP2010), of the IEEE ICASSP 2014, held in Florence (Italy), and of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of the workshop on Compressive Sensing in Radar (CoSeRa). He was the guest co-editor of two special sections of the Journal of the IEEE SP Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing, one on “Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication” (2007) and the other on “Advanced Signal Processing for Time/Frequency Modulated Arrays” (2017), guest editor of the special section of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine on “Knowledge Based Systems for Adaptive Radar Detection, Tracking and Classification” (2006), guest co-editor of the two special issues of the EURASIP Signal Processing journal on “New trends and findings in antenna array processing for radar” (2004) and on “Advances in Sensor Array Processing (in memory of Alex Gershman)” (2013). He is co-editor and author of the book “Knowledge Based Radar Detection, Tracking and Classification” (2008) and of the book “Waveform Diversity and Design” (2012). He authored or co-authored 10 book chapters, about 125 journal papers and more than 155 conference papers.

Maria Sabrina Greco

University of Pisa, Italy

Maria Sabrina Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998, from University of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar where she carried on research activity in the field of radar detection in non-Gaussian background. In 1993 she joined the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, where she is Full Professor since Dec. 2016. She’s IEEE fellow since Jan. 2011 and she was co-recipient of the 2001 and 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society’s Barry Carlton Awards for Best Paper and recipient of the 2008 Fred Nathanson Young Engineer of the Year award for contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory. In May and June 2015 she visited as invited Professor the Université Paris-Sud, CentraleSupélec, Paris, France. She has been general-chair, technical program chair and organizing committee member of many international conferences over the last 10 years. She has been lead guest editor of the special issue on “Advanced Signal Processing for Radar Applications” of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing, December 2015, guest co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of the IEEE Signal Processing Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing on “Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication,” published in June 2007 and lead guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Navigation and Observation on” Modelling and Processing of Radar Signals for Earth Observation published in August 2008. She’s Associate Editor of IET Proceedings – Sonar, Radar and Navigation, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (JASP), and Senior Editorial board member of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics of Signal Processing (J-STSP). She’s also member of the IEEE AES and IEEE SP Board of Governors and Past Chair of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel. She has been as well SP Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2014-2015, and now she’s AESS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2015-2017 and member of the IEEE Fellow Committee.
Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include clutter models, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter, CFAR techniques, radar waveform diversity and bistatic/mustistatic active and passive radars, cognitive radars. She co-authored many book chapters and more than 190 journal and conference papers.

Technical co-Chairs

Antonio De Maio

University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Antonio De Maio was born in Sorrento, Italy, on June 20, 1974. He received the Dr.Eng. degree (with honors) and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering, both from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. From October to December 2004, he was a Visiting Researcher with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY. From November to December 2007, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Currently, he is a Professor with the University of Naples Federico II. His research interest lies in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on radar detection, optimization theory applied to radar signal processing, and multiple-access communications. Dr. De Maio is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Award as the young (less than 40 years of age) AESS Radar Engineer 2010 whose performance is particularly noteworthy as evidenced by contributions to the radar art over a period of several years, with the following citation for “robust CFAR detection, knowledge-based radar signal processing, and waveform design and diversity”. Dr. De Maio also is a Fellow member of IEEE.

Pierfrancesco Lombardo

University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy

Pierfrancesco Lombardo graduated in 1991 at Sapienza University of Rome. After serving at the Italian Air Force Official Test Center, he was associate at Birmingham University (UK) and at Defense Research Agency. In 1995 he received his Ph.D and was research associate at Syracuse University (NY-USA). In 1996 he joined Sapienza University, where he is presently Full Professor. Dr. Lombardo’s research has been reported in over 250 publications in international technical journals and conferences. He received the 2001 Barry Carlton award of IEEE Trans. on AES and the 2003 best paper award for IEEE Trans. on GRS. He was Technical Co-Chairman of the IEEE Radar Conference 2008. Dr. Lombardo is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on AES since 2001 and Technical Editor for Radar System since 2016. He is member of the IEEE AES Radar System Panel and the Editorial board of IET Proceedings Radar Sonar and Navigation.

Finance Chair

Luca Sanguinetti

University of Pisa, Italy

Luca Sanguinetti (SM’15) received the Laurea Telecommunications Engineer degree (cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Since 2005 he has been with the ‘Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the University of Pisa. In 2004, he was a visiting Ph.D. student at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. During the period June 2007 – June 2008, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Dept. Electrical Engineering at Princeton. During the period June 2010 – Sept. 2010, he was selected for a research assistantship at the Technische Universitat Munchen. From July 2013 to October 2017 he was with Large Systems and Networks Group (LANEAS), CentraleSupelec, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He is currently an Associate Professor in the ‘Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione’ of the University of Pisa, Italy.
Dr. Sanguinetti has co-authored the textbook Massive MIMO Networks: Spectral, Energy, and Hardware Efficiency (2017). He served as Exhibit Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) and as the general co-chair of the 2016 Tyrrhenian Workshop on 5G&Beyond. He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless communications, and as Lead Guest Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications Special Issue on “Game Theory for Networks” and as an Associate Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications (series on Green Communications and Networking). Dr. Sanguinetti is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and is a member of the Executive Editorial Committee of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.
His expertise and general interests span the areas of communications and signal processing. He received the 2018 Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications and also co-authored a journal paper that received the “Young Author Best Paper Award 2018” from the IEEE ComSoc/VT Joint Chapter ITALY Section. He was also the co-recipient of two best conference paper awards: IEEE WCNC 2013 and IEEE WCNC 2014. He was also the recipient of the FP7 Marie Curie IEF 2013 “Dense deployments for green cellular networks”.

Plenary Sessions co-Chairs

Moeness Amin

Villanova University, USA

Moeness Amin is the Director of the Center for Advanced Communications, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a Fellow of the IEEE; Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering; Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET); and Fellow of the European Association for Signal Processing. Dr. Amin is a Recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Defense Science and Technology, Recipient of 2016 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Recipient of 2016 IET Achievement Medal, Recipient of 2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award; Recipient of the 2009 Individual Technical Achievement Award from the European Association for Signal Processing; Recipient of the IEEE Warren D White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering; Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal; Recipient of the 2010 NATO Scientific Achievement Award; Recipient of the 2010 Chief of Naval Research Challenge Award; Recipient of Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 1997; and the Recipient of the IEEE Philadelphia Section Award, 1997. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2003-2004, and he is currently the Chair of the Electrical Cluster of the Franklin Institute Committee on Science and the Arts. Dr. Amin has over 700 journal and conference publications in signal processing theory and applications. He co-authored 22 book chapters and is the Editor of the three books, “Through the Wall Radar Imaging” , “Compressive Sensing for Urban Radar,” and ” Radar for Indoor Monitoring,” published by CRC Press in 2011, 2014, and 2017, respectively.

Vito Pascazio

University of Naples “Parthenope”, Italy

Vito Pascazio graduated summa cum laude in electronic engineering from the Università di Bari, Italy, in 1986. In 1990, he received the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Università di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy. In 1990, he was at the Research Institute on Electromagnetics and Electronic Devices (IRECE), Italian National Council of Research (CNR), Napoli, Italy. Currently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Engineering at the Università di Napoli Parthenope, Napoli, Italy. From 1994 to 1995, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systemes of the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite (Supelec), Gif sur Yvette, France, and from 1998 to 1999, with the Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France. He is also Director of National Laboratory of Multi-Media Communications of the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), Napoli, Italy. His main scientific interests are in the fields of Remote Sensing and Linear and Non-linear Statistical Estimation, with particular emphasis to Image Computing, Processing, and Coding, and to Reconstruction of Tomographic Images. Vito Pascazio served as referee IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and other international journals. Vito Pascazio published about 200 technical papers, and he is Senior Member of IEEE. Vito Pascazio was awarded the Philip Morris Prize for Scientific and Technological Research, in 1990. He was the General Co-Chair of IEEE IGARSS-2015 conference.

Special Sessions co-Chairs

Marco Lops

University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Marco Lops got his laurea degree and his Ph. D. degree from Federico II, Naples. He was assistant and associate professor with Federico II and, since 2000, he has been a professor with University of Cassino and Southern Latium. He spent several periods abroad as visiting scholar (UConn, Rice University) and Visiting Professor (University of Minnesota, Columbia University). In 2009-2012 he was with the ENSEEIHT (University of Toulouse), first as full professor, then as invited professor. His research interest are in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on radar signal processing and the physical layer of communication system. Marco Lops has authore or co-authored more than 80 journal papers. He was Associate Editor for Detection and Estimation for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2009-2012), and he has been associate editor for Transactions on Signal Processing and Signal Processing Letters since 2015 and 2013, respectively. He has also served two terms in the SAM committee and has undertaken several organization tasks in a number of conferences, including Radar 2008, Information Theory Workshops, Asilomar 2016, to name a few.

Fabiola Colone

University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy

Fabiola Colone received the laurea degree (B.S.+M.S.) in Telecommunications Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. She joined the DIET Dept. (formerly INFOCOM) of Sapienza University of Rome as a Research Associate in January 2006. From December 2006 to June 2007, she was a Visiting Scientist at the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Dept. of the University College London, London, U.K. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Informatics, and Statistics of Sapienza University of Rome.
The majority of Dr. Colone’s research activity is devoted to radar systems and signal processing. She has been involved, with scientific responsibility roles, in research projects funded by the European Commission, the European Defence Agency, the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Research, and the radar industry. Her research has been reported in over 120 publications in international technical journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Dr. Colone has been co-recipient of the 2018 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation.
Since 2017 she is member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic System Society (AESS) in which she is currently serving as Vice-President for Member Services, Chair of the AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program, and Editor in Chief for the IEEE AESS QEB Newsletters. She is IEEE Senior Member from 2017 and member of the IEEE AESS Radar System Panel from 2019. Dr. Colone is Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and member of the Editorial Board of the Int. Journal of Electronics and Communications (Elsevier). She was in the organizing committee, as the Student Forum Co-Chair, of the IEEE 2008 Radar Conference (Rome, Italy), and she is currently in the organizing committee, as Special Sessions Co-Chair, of the IEEE 2020 Radar Conference (Florence, Italy). She served in the technical committee of many international conferences and she is frequently reviewer for a number of international technical journals.

Daniel W. O’Hagan

Fraunhofer FHR, Germany

Daniel W. O’Hagan is an Associate Professor in Radar at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has occupied his current post since mid-2014. He is the Convener of the UCT Radar Masters Course, which attracts some of the world’s top radar talent as guest lecturers on the UCT programme. Dr. O’Hagan is the TPC co-chair of the 2015 IEEE Radar Conference. Since 2009, Dr. O’Hagan has been employed as a Radar Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (FHR) in Wachtberg, Germany. He has been extensively engaged in passive radar/commensal radar research. Additional research interests have included VHF radar, antenna array design and beamforming, LPI techniques, low-observable platform design considerations, and bistatic clutter. Dr. O’Hagan is the Chairman of the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology group, “Advanced situation-specific modeling and vulnerability mitigation using passive radar technology SET-207”. He chairs a multinational team of distinguished scientists from throughout NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. O’Hagan served as the German representative to, and chairman of, the NATO “Advanced Modelling and Systems Applications for Passive Sensors group SET-164”. He has led research programmes concerning bistatic clutter analysis and studies to determine the suitability of passive radar for particular surveillance roles. He has obtained a Ph.D. in radar from University College London.

Tutorials co-Chairs

Giuseppe Ricci

University of Salento, Italy

Giuseppe Ricci was born in Naples, Italy, on February 15, 1964. He received the Dr. degree and the Ph.D. degree, both in Electronic Engineering, from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Since 1995 he has been with the University of Salento (formerly University of Lecce) first as an Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and, since 2002, as a Professor. His research interests are in the field of statistical signal processing with emphasis on radar processing, localization algorithms, and CDMA systems. More precisely, he has focused on high-resolution radar clutter modeling, detection of radar signals in Gaussian and non-Gaussian disturbance, oil spill detection from SAR data, track-before-detect algorithms fed by space-time radar data, localization in wireless sensor networks, multiuser detection in overlay CDMA systems, and blind multiuser detection. He has held visiting positions at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CO, USA) in 1997-1998 and in April/May 2001, at the Colorado State University (CO, USA) in July/September 2003, March 2005, September 2009, and March 2011, at Ensica (Toulouse, France) in March 2006, and at the University of Connecticut (Storrs CT, USA) in September 2008.

Frédéric Pascal

L2S/CentraleSupélec, France

Frédéric Pascal (S’04, M’06, SM’14) received the Master’s degree (“Probabilities, Statistics and Applications: Signal, Image et Networks”) with merit, in Applied Statistics from University Paris VII – Jussieu, Paris, France, in 2003. Then, he received the Ph.D. degree of Signal Processing, from University Paris X – Nanterre in 2006. From November 2006 to February 2008, he made a post-doctoral position in the Signal Processing and Information team of the laboratory SATIE, CNRS, ENS Cachan, France. Between March 2008 and December 2011 (resp. Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2013), he was an Assistant Professor (resp. Associate Professor) in SONDRA at CentraleSupelec. In 2012, he obtained a Research Directorship Habilitation (HDR) thesis in Signal Processing from the University of Paris-Sud. Between Aug. 2013 and Aug. 2014, he was a Visiting Associate Professor in the ECE department at the National University of Singapore. From January 2014, Frederic Pascal is a full Professor in the L2S laboratory at CentraleSupelec. Since Jan. 2017, he is the head of the “Signals and Statistics” group of L2S. Since Sept. 2015, Frederic Pascal is the Chair of the EURASIP SAT in Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing (TMTSP) and he is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SAM technical committee (Jan. 2015-present). Frederic Pascal serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2015-present) and for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (2015-present). His research interests contain estimation, detection and classification for statistical signal processing and applications in radar and image processing.

Luca Timmoneri

Leonardo, Italy

Luca Timmoneri is a Vice President of Leonardo where he is currently Chief Technical Officer of the Naval and Air Defence Line of Business. His working interests span from the area of synthetic aperture radar, to radar STAP, to detection and estimation with application to tri-dimensional and multifunctional phased array radar. Dr. Timmoneri is the coauthor of more than 100 peer reviewed papers (also invited). He is also the coauthor of three tutorials presented at the International IEEE radar conferences. He received the 2002, 2004, 2006 AMS (now Leonardo) CEO Award for Innovation Technology, the 2003 AMS (now leonardo) Managing Director Award for Innovation Technology, the 2004 Finmeccanica Innovation Award, the 2013 Oscar Masi Award for the industrial Innovation of the Italian Association for Industrial Research, the 2017 and 2018 Divisional Special Mention for Incremental Innovation.

Student Contest co-Chairs

Mónica F. Bugallo

Stony Brook University, USA

Mónica F. Bugallo is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Faculty Director of the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program at Stony Brook University. She received her B.S., M.S, and Ph. D. degrees in computer science and engineering from University of A Coruña, Spain. She joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University in 2002 where she is currently an Associate Professor. Her research interests are in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on the theory of Monte Carlo methods and its application to different disciplines including biomedicine, sensor networks, and finance. In addition, she has focused on STEM education and has initiated several successful programs with the purpose of engaging students at all academic stages in the excitement of engineering and research, with particular focus on underrepresented groups. She has authored and coauthored two book chapters and more than 150 journal papers and refereed conference articles. Bugallo is a senior member of the IEEE, serves on several of its technical committees and is the current chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Committee. She has been part of the technical committee and has organized various professional conferences and workshops. She has received several prestigious research and education awards including the award for Best Paper in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 2007 as coauthor of a paper entitled Particle Filtering, the IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2009), for development and application of computational methods for sequential signal processing, the IEEE Athanasios Papoulis Award (2011), for innovative educational outreach that has inspired high school students and college level women to study engineering, the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Clare Boothe Luce(CBL) Scholarship Award (2017), and the Chair of Excellence by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid-Banco de Santander (Spain) (2012).

Augusto Aubry

University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Augusto Aubry was born in Naples, Italy, on March 12, 1983. He received the Dr. Eng. degree (with honors) and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering, both from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. From February to April 2012, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Information Technology Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II”. Dr. Aubry is Senior member of the IEEE and he serves in quality of Associate Editor the IEEE Signal Processing Letters journal. His research interests are in statistical signal processing and optimization theory, with emphasis on MIMO communications and radar signal processing.

Stefano Fortunati

University of Pisa, Italy

Stefano Fortunati graduated (cum laude) in telecommunication engineering and received the PhD at the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008 and 2012 respectively. In 2012, he joined the Department of “Ingegneria dell’Informazione” of the University of Pisa, where he is currently working as researcher with a Post-Doc position. From Sept. 2012 to Nov. 2012 and from Sept. 2013 to Nov. 2013, he was a visiting researcher at the CMRE NATO Research Center in La Spezia, Italy. From May 2017 to April 2018, he spent a period of one year as visiting researcher with the Signal Processing Group, at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He was in the organizing committee of the 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP2010), of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP2014) and he was the Publication Chair of the 3rd International Workshop on Compressed Sensing Theory and its Applications to Radar, Sonar and Remote Sensing (CoSeRa 2015). Dr. Fortunati’s professional expertise encompasses different areas of the statistical signal processing: estimation and detection theory, misspecification and semiparametric theory, robust statistics and performance bounds.

Demo Sessions co-Chairs

Michael Picciolo

ENSCO Washington DC, USA

Dr. Mike Picciolo is the Chief Technology Officer, NSS Division at ENSCO. Previously he was the Associate Chief Technologist for Dynetics and Chief Engineer of the Advanced Missions Solutions Group in Chantilly, VA. He has in-depth expertise in Radar, ISR systems, Space Time Adaptive Processing and conducts research in advanced technology development programs. Has deep domain expertise in SAR/GMTI radar, communications theory, waveform diversity, wireless communications, hyperspectral imagery, IMINT, SIGINT, and MASINT intelligence disciplines. He served as a member of the IEEE Radar Systems Panel, received the 2018 IEEE AESS Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award and the 2007 IEEE Fred Nathanson Radar Engineer of the Year Award.

Alessio Balleri

Cranfield University, UK

Dr. Alessio Balleri Dr Alessio Balleri is a Senior Lecturer with Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham. From February 2010 until March 2012, he was a Research Associate in Radar Systems with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL and, from June 2004 to December 2004, he was a visiting Research Scholar with the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
He obtained a PhD degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University College London in 2010 and a Laurea Degree (5 legal years, summa cum laude) from University of Pisa in 2004.
Dr Balleri has guest co-edited a special issue in “Biologically Inspired Radar and Sonar Systems” for the IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation in 2012 and a special Issue in “Emerging Radar Techniques” for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing in 2013. He was the technical programme committee co-chair for the IET International Radar Conference 2017.
His research interests include radar and sonar system design, biologically inspired radar and sonar systems, adaptive radar, radar and sonar target classification, target feature extraction and modelling of radar clutter.

3MT co-Chairs

Abdelhak M. Zoubir

University of Darmstadt, Germany

Abdelhak M. Zoubir is a Fellow of the IEEE and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (Class 2010- 2011). He received his Dr.-Ing. from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany in 1992. He was with Queensland University of Technology, Australia from 1992-1998 where he was Associate Professor. In 1999, he joined Curtin University of Technology, Australia as a Professor of Telecommunications. In 2003, he moved to Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany as Professor of Signal Processing and Head of the Signal Processing Group. His research interest lies in statistical methods for signal processing with emphasis on bootstrap techniques, robust detection and estimation and array processing applied to telecommunications, radar, sonar, automotive monitoring and safety, and biomedicine. He published over 400 journal and conference papers on the above areas. Dr. Zoubir served as General Chair and Technical Chair of numerous international IEEE conferences and workshops; more recently he was the Technical Co-Chair of ICASSP-14 held in Florence, Italy. He also served on publication boards of various journals, notably as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2012-2014). Dr. Zoubir was the Chair (2010-2011) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Technical Committee Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) and served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE SPS as a Member-at-Large (2015-2017). He is the president of the European Association of Signal Processing (EURASIP) until December 2018.

Debora Pastina

University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy

Debora Pastina (M’01) received the Laurea degree in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and telecommunications engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in 1996 and 2000, respectively.
From July 1998 to March 1999, she carried on research activity with the SAR Processing Team, Defence Evaluation Research Agency (DERA), Malvern, U.K. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications (DIET), Sapienza University of Rome, where she teaches different courses in remote sensing and telecommunication. She is involved and is responsible of scientific research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Research, by the Italian Space Agency, by the European Commission and by the national radar industry. The results of her research activity have been reported in a number of journal and conference papers. Her main research interests include SAR/ISAR signal processing, ground moving target indication techniques, GNSS-based passive radar systems, FSR systems, clutter models, coherent and incoherent radar detection in non-Gaussian clutter and CFAR radar techniques.
Dr. Pastina was the Chairman of the Local Committee of the IEEE/ISPRS Joint Workshop on Remote Sensing and Data Fusion over Urban Areas (Rome, November 2001). She was the Publication Chair of the 2008 IEEE Radar Conference held in Rome in May 2008. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Electronics and Communications (AEÜ, Elsevier) acting as Area Editor for radar systems and techniques. She serves as Associate Editor for Radar Systems for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. She has served in the technical review committee of many international conferences on radar systems and remote sensing and she is frequently reviewer for a number of international technical journals.

Radar Challenge co-Chairs

Frank Robey

MIT Lincoln Laboratory, USA

Frank Robey received Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), Summa Cum Laude, and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degrees from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering (D.Sc.EE) in adaptive detection and beamforming from Washington University in St. Louis. He has been with MIT Lincoln Laboratory for 25 years. At MIT-LL, he has been the lead for multiple fundamental and applied research initiatives including advanced sensor technology, coherent Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) radar, electronic intelligence and next generation over-the-horizon radar. He and his family lived for six years on the island of Kwajalein, Rep. of the Marshall Islands where he was scientific advisor and developer for the U.S. Government. Later, he worked for IARPA in the ODNI. Prior to MIT-LL, he was a precision instrument designer at Hewlett Packard and then at Emerson Electric Co. Dr. Robey is a member of the IEEE AES Radar Systems Panel and is an IEEE Fellow for leadership in the development of advanced radar systems.

Alexander Charlish

Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany

Alexander Charlish obtained his M.Eng. degree from the University of Nottingham and received his Ph.D. degree from University College London on the topic of multifunction radar resources management. In 2011 he joined the Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SDF) Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE), where he now leads the “Sensor and Resources Management” group. Additionally, he is a visiting lecturer at RWTH Aachen University, where he teaches the course “Estimation, Information Fusion and Machine Learning”. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Radar Systems for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems and as Subject Editor for Radar, Sonar and Navigation for IET Electronic Letters. He is an elected member of IEEE AESS Radar Systems Panel, where he currently chairs the Education Committee. He is also active in the NATO community, currently co-chairing SET-227 on “Cognitive Radar” and was a lecturer for the SET-216 lecture series on “Cognitive and Radar Sensing”.

Local Arrangements

Luca Facheris

University of Florence, Italy

Luca Facheris received the Laurea degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information engineering from the University of Florence, Florence, Italy, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. From 1993 to 2002 he was Assistant Professor and since 2002 he is Associate Professor at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Florence, teaching courses in the telecommunications area (remote sensing, radar systems, signal theory, signal processing, electrical communications and information theory). His main research activity is in the field of atmospheric remote sensing at microwaves and infrared. He has always been involved with the analysis of active systems, be they radars (polarimetric radars and weather radars, both ground-based and spaceborne) or point-to-point transmit/receive systems, and to the related signal processing and data integration issues. He has constantly devoted his attention to original topics in such a framework. For instance, he studied tomographic reconstruction problems applied to rainfall fields at ground and to the distribution of atmospheric gaseous components through attenuation measurements at microwaves and infrared and extended such theoretical research to the infrared field for new systems able to measure the concentration of gaseous components and the flux from their emission sources. Other examples of innovation in research are his co-operation with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the development of a new concept of spaceborne weather radars with Doppler capabilities, or his analysis of the potential of airborne polarimetric Doppler weather radars, by developing SW packages implementing an advanced weather radar post-processor and quasi-artificial intelligence agent algorithms for green trajectory optimization. One of the most original themes of atmospheric remote sensing he dealt with, is the exploitation of differential attenuation measurements at microwaves for the estimation of integral water vapor along radio links between LEO satellites. His activity has been stimulated by a large number of national and international projects where he was involved both as PI and local coordinator, financed by MURST (Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research), CNR (National Council for Research), ASI (Italian Space Agency), Tuscany Region, EU (European Union, including JU Cleansky) and ESA (European Space Agency).

Publications co-Chairs

Vincenzo Carotenuto

University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Vincenzo Carotenuto received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in in 2010 and 2015, respectively. His research interest lies in the field of statistical signal processing, with an emphasis on radar signal processing.

Luca Pallotta

University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

Luca Pallotta (S’12, M’15, SM’18) received the Laurea Specialistica degree (cum laude) in telecommunication engineering in 2009 from the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering in 2014 from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. His research interest lies in the field of statistical signal processing, with emphasis on radar signal processing and radar targets classification. He won the Student Paper Competition at the 2013 IEEE Radar Conference.

Publicity co-Chairs

Emanuele Grossi

Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy

Emanuele Grossi (M’08-SM’17) was born in Sora, Italy, on May 10, 1978. He received the Dr. Eng. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006, both from the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy. In 2005 he was visiting Scholar with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of British Columbia, Canada, and in 2009 he had a visiting appointment in the Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota, MN, USA. Since February 2006, he is assistant professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio. Since 2017, he serves as an associate editor for EURASIP Signal Processing, Elsevier. His research interests concern wireless communication systems, radar detection and tracking, and statistical decision problems with emphasis on sequential analysis.

Pietro Stinco

CMRE, Italy

Pietro Stinco graduated (cum laude) in Telecommunication Engineering in 2007 and received the Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing in 2010 from University of Pisa, Italy. From 2010 to 2016 he was a research associate at the Department of Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the University of Pisa.
In 2016 he joined the NATO Science & Technology Organization Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) as Scientist at the Research Department. He is a member of NATO SET 207 on Passive Radars and of NATO SET 227 on Cognitive Radars. He was in the organizing committee of the 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP2010), of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP2014) and of the 3rd International Workshop on Compressed Sensing Theory and its Applications to Radar, Sonar and Remote Sensing (CoSeRa 2015). He co-authored the Chapter “Optimal channel selection in a multistatic radar system” of the book “Waveform Design and Diversity for Advanced Radar Systems” IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation Series 22, 2012. He co-authored more than 40 journal and conference papers. His general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory.

WIE Activity Chair

Silvia Ullo

University of Sannio, Italy

Silvia Liberata Ullo, IEEE Senior member, graduated cum laude in Electronic Engineering in 1989 at Federico II University, Naples. Awarded with an Italtel scholarship, accomplished a Microeconomics Program at Harvard University, in August 1990, and the Master of Science in Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1992 (Cambridge, Massachusetts-USA). She worked with Italtel s.p.a. for 8 years as Research Engineer and Production Manager, and for 4 years with the Benevento Municipality, as Officer at the Data Elaboration Center (CED). Member of the Board of Directors for the Municipal Transport Society (AMTU) of Benevento for 3 years (1994-1997). Since 2004 Silvia Ullo is researcher with University of Sannio, Benevento (Italy), with interests in Data analysis through satellite remote rensing for Earth observation, communication networks with particular reference to the sensors networks and smart grids, radar detection in non-Gaussian environment, non-Gaussian models for the backscatter signal from natural surfaces. Author of several scientific papers. Full list at:https://www.unisannio.it/it/user/622/biblio
She has been promoter of the Agreement with the MAPSAT, the CSEO (Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation), and with the Italian Atlantic Committee e ATA (Atlantic Treaty Association) and many other institutions and companies to work on research projects of joint interest that can involve Unisannio students for their bachelor and master program thesis. She has been as well promoter of the Agreement, signed in November 2017, between Unisannio and the MIT MISTI-Italy to involve MIT students in research projects at Unisannio and Coordinator of the Program.
Silvia Ullo has been co-organizer of many national and international conferences as the MetroAeroSpace Workshop, since 2014, and the first Workshop on Networks and Cyber Security, in Benevento, 2017. She has organized also several conference special sessions as, recently, “Wireless Sensor Networks and Remote Sensing for Environmental Applications” within the first IEEE International Environmental Engineering Conference held in Milan, March 2018.
Silvia Ullo has been Committee Member for the organization of the MIT Sloan Global Women’s Conference, held in New York, 2017, and for the next one that will be held in New York, Fall 2019.
She’s an expert evaluator for MIUR, MISE, Italian Regions and European Commission of technical and strategic proposals, projects and programs of research and innovation, since 2013.

European Liaisons

Alberto Moreira

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Peter Knott

Fraunhofer FHR, Germany

Francois Le Chevalier

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

US Liaisons

Braham Himed

AFRL, USA

Muralidhar Rangaswamy

AFRL, USA

Asian Pacific Liaisons

Xiaopeng Yang

BIT,  China

Wen-Qin Wang

UESTEC, China

Guolong Cui

UESTEC, China

Luke Rosenberg

DSTG, Australia

Robin Evans

University of Melbourne, Australia

Conference Secretariat

Laura Bernardini

FirstClass, Italy

Marco Gazzarrini

FirstClass, Italy