Alberto Moreira

GRSS President 2010

Alberto Moreira (M’92, S’96, F’04) received the Bachelor and Master degrees in electrical engineering from the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA), São José dos Campos, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the PhD degree (with honors) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1993.  From 1996 to 2001, he was the head of the SAR Technology Department, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Under his leadership, the DLR airborne SAR system has been upgraded to operate in innovative imaging modes like polarimetric SAR interferometry, tomography and holography. Since 2001, Prof. Moreira is the Director of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at DLR and a Full Professor with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in the field of microwave remote sensing. His DLR’s Institute contributes to several scientific programs and projects for spaceborne SAR missions like TerraSAR‐X, TanDEM‐X, Tandem-L, HRWS, SAR‐Lupe and SARah as well as Kompsat-6, PAZ, Sentinel‐1, BIOMASS, ROSE‐L, Harmony, Sentinel-1NG, Envision and VERITAS. The mission TanDEM‐X, led by his Institute, has generated a global, high-resolution digital elevation model of the Earth with unprecedented accuracy. Prof. Moreira is the initiator and principal investigator (PI) for this mission. From 2012 to 2018 he has served as principal investigator for the Helmholtz Alliance “Remote Sensing and Earth System Dynamics” in support of Tandem-L. He has served as a member for the ESA Mission Advisory Groups of ENVISAT/ASAR, Sentinel-1, and Hydroterra, and is currently serving as a member of the Science Study Team for the ESA’s mission EnVision.

Prof. Moreira is author or co‐author of more than 500 publications in international conferences and journals, 8 book chapters and is holder of more than 40 patents in the radar and antenna field. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 50 PhD students and has regularly served as a lecturer in international courses and summer schools on Synthetic Aperture Radar. His 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.

Prof. Moreira is an IEEE Fellow, has served as President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) in 2010 and has been a member of the IEEE GRSS Administrative Committee (1999 – 2001, 2004 – 2013). He was the founder and chair of the GRSS German Chapter (2003-2008), served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (2003-2007) and for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (since 2005), and he has been serving as chair of the Major Awards of the GRS society, since 2017. He and his colleagues received the IEEE GRSS Transactions Prize Paper Awards in 1997, 2001, and 2007, the IEEE GRSS Letters Prize Paper Award in 2015 and 2017. Prof. Moreira is also recipient of several international awards including the IEEE AESS Nathanson Award (1999) for the Young Engineer of the Year, the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Field Award (2007), IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award from the IEEE Board of Directors (2012), the IEEE GRSS Distinguished Achievement Award (2014) and most recently, the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal (2023) for “leadership and innovative concepts in the design, deployment, and utilization of airborne and space-based radar systems”.

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