Martti T. Hallikainen

GRSS President 1996-1997

Martti T. Hallikainen (M’83–SM’83–F’93) received a Doctor of Technology degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), Espoo, Finland, in 1980.

He was a Professor of space technology with TKK (Aalto University starting in 2010) from 1987-2014. He was a Visiting Scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, Baltimore, in 2007– 2008 and with the European Union’s Joint Research Centre, Institute for Remote Sensing Applications, Italy, in 1993–1994, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1981–1983, and he was awarded an ASLA Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin in 1974-1975. His research interests include the development of microwave sensors for air- and space-borne remote sensing, the development of methods to retrieve the characteristics of geophysical targets from satellite and airborne measurements, and cryospheric applications of remote sensing.

Dr. Hallikainen was a member of the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Administrative Committee in 1988–2006, the General Chair of the IGARSS’91 Symposium held in Espoo, and the General Chair of IEEE GRSS MicroRad 2016 Symposium, also held in Espoo. He was the President of IEEE GRSS in 1996–1997, and he served as Chair of the IEEE GRSS Nominations Committee in 1999-2001 and in 2003-2006 and as Chair of the IEEE GRSS Awards Committee in 2007-2018. He was the Chair of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission F in 2002–2005 and was the Vice President of URSI in 2005-2011. He was the General Chair of URSI Commission F 2013 Microwave Signatures Symposium, held in Espoo. He was the Chair of the URSI Finnish National Committee in 1997–2005 and has been the national official member of URSI Commission F since 1988. He was also a member of the European Space Agency’s Earth Science Advisory Committee in 1998–2001. He was the Vice Chair of the Finnish National Committee for Space Research in 2000-2010. He was the Secretary General of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) from 1989 to 1993 and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the EARSeL 1989 General Assembly and Symposium held in Espoo. He was a member of the EARSeL Council in 1985-2014. He has also been an honorary life member of IEEE GRSS since 2007. He was a recipient of four IEEE GRSS Awards: the 2015 Education Award, the 1999 Distinguished Achievement Award, the IGARSS’96 Interactive Paper Award, and the 1994 Outstanding Service Award. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, the CeTeM / IEEE GRSS Golden Florin Award in 2010 and the Microwave Prize for the best paper at the 1992 European Microwave Conference. (Date: Jan. 2024)

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