Society: Systems Council
John Blyler is a technology professional with expertise in multi-discipline Systems Engineering, technical program life-cycle management (PLM), content development and customer-facing projects. He is an experienced physicist, engineer, manager, journalist, text-book author and professor who continues to speak at major conferences and before the camera. John has many years of experience leading interdisciplinary (mechanical-electronic, hardware-software) engineering teams in both the commercial and Mil/Aero, semiconductor and electronics industries. Additionally, he has served as an editor-in-chief for technical trade journals and the IEEE professional engineering society publications. He was the founding advisor and affiliate professor for Portland State University’s online graduate program in systems engineering. Finally, John has co-authored several books on systems engineering, RF-Wireless design, automotive hardware-software integration for Wiley, Elsevier, IEEE and SAE. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Oregon State Univ. and an MS in EE from California State Univ., Northridge.
Society: Systems Council
Society: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Farid Melgani (M’04–SM’06–F’16) received the State Engineer degree in electronics from the
University of Batna, Algeria, in 1994, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the
University of Baghdad, Iraq, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and computer engineering
from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2003.
From 1999 to 2002, he cooperated with the Signal Processing and Telecommunications Group,
Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering, University of Genoa. Since 2002, he has
been an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor of telecommunications at the
University of Trento, Italy, where he has taught pattern recognition, machine learning, radar
remote-sensing systems, and digital transmission. He is the Head of the Signal Processing and
Recognition (SPR) Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science,
University of Trento. His research interests are in the areas of remote sensing, UAVs, signal/image
processing/analysis, pattern recognition, machine learning and computer vision. He is coauthor of
more than 200 scientific publications and is a referee for numerous international journals.
Dr. Melgani has served on the scientific committees of several international conferences and is
currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and
International Journal of Remote Sensing.
Society: Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
Peter Willett received his B.A.Sc. (engineering science) from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1986. He has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut ever since, and since 1998 has been a Professor. His primary areas of research have been statistical signal processing, detection, machine learning, data fusion and tracking. He also has interests in and has published in the areas of change/abnormality detection, optical pattern recognition, communications and industrial/security condition monitoring. He is an IEEE Fellow, and is presently Chief Editor of the AESS Magazine. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2014-2016), editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (2006-2011), and Vice President for Publications for AESS (2012-2014). He was Chair of IEEE SPS SAM-TC and is an AESS BoG member. He was General Co-Chair for the 2006 IEEE/ISIF Fusion Conference in Florence, 2008 in Cologne and 2011 in Chicago, and IEEE SPS SAM 2018 in Sheffield.
Society: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Lori Mann Bruce is a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tennessee Tech University. Dr.
Bruce is responsible for providing leadership and academic oversight of eight academic divisions
comprised of 41 bachelors and 32 graduate degree programs.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Bruce has served as Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University, Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies in the Bagley College of Engineering, Director of the Raspet Flight Research
Center, Associate Director of the Geosystems Research Institute, and Professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering. As Associate Dean for the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State
University, her responsibilities included providing leadership and administrative management of all
research activities, graduate programs, distance education programs, and industrial outreach and
economic development activities. During her time as Associate Dean, the research intensive
engineering college ranking by the U.S. National Science Foundation was raised to the top 10% of
engineering colleges in the U.S. in terms of its annual research expenditures.
As a faculty member, her graduate teaching and research endeavors have been focused on
hyperspectral remote sensing. She has served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than 20
funded research grants and contracts, totaling approximately $20 million from federal agencies. As a
faculty member, she has taught 45 sections of 17 different engineering courses and has successfully
advised, as major professor or thesis/dissertation committee member, 75 Ph.D. and Master’s students.
Her research has resulted in over 130 refereed publications. Her research in remote sensing for
agricultural and environmental applications has been presented to audiences across the US and in 15
Over the past 17 years, she has served the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)
on numerous conference and technical committees. She has served on the IGARSS Technical
Committee, serving as a paper reviewer, session organizer, and session chair. She has also served the
GRSS as Chair of the GRSS Technical Committee on Data Fusion, as Co-chair of the GRSS International
Data Fusion Contest, on the Organizing Committee of the IEEE Multi-Temp International Workshop,
and as a plenary speaker, technical reviewer, and session chair for WHISPERS. She currently serves on
the GRSS Administrative Committee (AdCom) as Chair of the Underrepresented Committee, as the lead
organizer for the 2017 GR4S (Summer School) and is serving as the Education and Outreach Chair for
the organizing team of IGRARSS 2017 to be held in Fort Worth, TX in July 2017.
Choon Ki Ahn, Ph.D
Choon Ki Ahn (M’06-SM’12) received the Ph.D. degree from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2006. He is currently a Crimson Professor of Excellence with the College of Engineering and a Full Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. In 2016, he was ranked #1 in Electrical/Electronic Engineering among Korean young professors. In 2017, he received the Presidential Young Scientist Award of Korea.
His research interests are intelligent control and estimation with applications to autonomous drones and vehicles based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Aerospace Science and Technology; IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems; IEEE Systems Journal; IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica; IEEE Access; Nonlinear Dynamics; Artificial Intelligence Review; Knowledge and Information Systems; Neurocomputing; Neural Computing and Applications; International Journal of Fuzzy Systems; and International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics.
Space Systems Engineer, Alessandro Golkar is Associate Professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), an international research university in Moscow, Russia, founded in 2011 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2017, Alessandro Golkar is on leave from Skoltech as Vice President Concurrent Engineering (Technology Planning and Roadmapping) at the Airbus Corporate Technology Office (CTO) in Toulouse, France. His research looks at new ways for looking at complex systems architecting problems, understanding the evolution of technology, and developing research and demonstrators of novel space mission concepts and spacecraft payload systems.