GRSS President 2010

Alberto Moreira (M’92, SM’96, F’04) was born in São José dos Campos, Brazil, in 1962. He received the B.S.E.E. and the M.S.E.E. degrees, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, from the Aeronautical Technological Institute ITA, Brazil and the Eng. Dr. degree (Honors) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, 1993. In 2003, he received a full professorship from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in the field of Microwave Remote Sensing.

As its chief scientist and engineer, Prof. Moreira managed from 1996 to 2001 the SAR Technology Department of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Under his leadership, the DLR airborne SAR system, E-SAR, has been upgraded to operate in innovative imaging modes like polarimetric SAR interferometry and SAR tomography. Since 2001, he is the director of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at DLR. The Institute contributes to several scientific programs and space projects for actual and future air- and space-borne SAR missions like TerraSAR-X and Sentinel-1. In 2006, the mission proposal TanDEM-X lead by his Institute has been approved for the realization phase. Prof. Moreira is the Principal Investigator for this mission.

Prof. Moreira is serving as a member of the IEEE GRS-S Administrative Committee (1999-2001, 2004-2007, 2008-2009 as Executive Vice-President and 2010 as President), was the founder and chair of the German Chapter of the GRS-S (2003-2008), was an Associate Editor for the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (2003-2007) and is serving since 2005 as Associate and Guest Editor for the Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS). From 2003 until 2008 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the ITG (Information Technology Society) of VDE (German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies). In 1995, he was the recipient of the DLR Science Award. He and his colleagues received the GRS-S Transactions Prize Paper Awards in 1997, 2001 and 2007. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Nathanson Award for the Young Radar Engineer of the Year (1999) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Field Award (2007). He has contributed to the successful series of the European SAR conferences (EUSAR) since 1996 as member of the Technical Program Committee, Technical Chairman (2000), Awards Chairman (2002-2004), General Chairman (2006) and Co-Chairman (2008). He has participated in 19 IGARSS conferences, is the General CoChair for IGARSS 2012, has more than 280 publications in international conferences and journals and holds 15 patents in the radar and antenna field.

Prof. Moreira’s professional interests and research areas encompass radar end-to-end system design and analysis, innovative microwave techniques and system concepts, signal processing and remote sensing applications. (Date: Jan. 2011)

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