Alfred Hero named Fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Hero was elected "for contributions to the mathematical foundations of signal processing and data science."

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Alfred Hero. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Alfred O. Hero, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, has been elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) “for contributions to the mathematical foundations of signal processing and data science.”

Elected for his exemplary research and outstanding service to the community, his membership as a SIAM Fellow comes with the expectation that he will help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. (SIAM press release)

Hero is an internationally renowned leader in the signal processing community. His research focuses on data science and developing theory and algorithms for data collection, analysis and visualization that use statistical machine learning and distributed optimization. These are being applied to network data analysis, personalized health, multi-modality information fusion, data-driven physical simulation, materials science, dynamic social media, and database indexing and retrieval.

A renowned leader in the field, Hero chairs the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Theoretical and Applied Statistics (CATS), the advisory board of the NSF Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). He served as General Co-Chair for the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, and has served as President of the Signal Processing Society, and as Director of IEEE Division IX, Signals and Applications.

His numerous awards include the IEEE Signal Processing Society Award, Technical Achievement Award, and Meritorious Service Award, and he was a 2002-2003 Distinguished Lecturer. He received the 2020 IEEE Fourier Award.

Hero co-authored the textbook, Foundations and Applications of Sensor Management and co-edited Big Data Over Networks. He has published more than 600 journal and conference papers and has 4 patents.

Hero is one of 28 members of the international class of 2020 Fellows from both academia and industry. He is one of two new members from the University of Michigan, along with Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering emeritus faculty member John P. Boyd.