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CIS Department Talk - October 20, 2004

The Department of Computer and Information Science & The Society of Computer Science Present

Speaker:Dr. Belur V. Dasarathy, Fellow IEEE Independent IT Consultant
Topic:Multi-Sensor, Multi-Source Information Fusion - A Panoramic Overview
Date:Wednesday, October 20, 2004; 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Place:John Mulcahy Hall, Room 403
Refreshments:John Mulcahy Hall, Room 312 at 12:15pm


This presentation offers, at an introductory level, a panoramic overview of the field of multi-sensor, and/or multi-source information fusion from three complementary perspectives, namely, architectures, algorithms, and applications. This overview is developed through addressing the questions of what, why, when, and how in this context.

The talk starts off with an introduction to the terminology, the motivation for the study of information fusion. This is followed by a delineation of the various taxonomies and information fusion models discernible in the field. In particular, information fusion, when viewed as an input/output process, can be construed in multiple fusion modes. These modes can be integrated to form a universal, flexible fusion system architecture that permits an exhaustive exploitation of the fusion potential in any given application environment. A sample of algorithms conceived for fusion in different modes is presented next. The narrative emphasizes fusion at feature and decision levels since these are less directly driven by sensor and application specific considerations and hence amenable to a discussion in a generic style that is not limited in applicability to any specific problem environment. The range and scope for applications of these developments are illustrated with examples drawn from real world experience.

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Dr. Belur V. Dasarathy, IEEE Fellow, is an independent consultant to commercial as well as federal clients in the design and development of automated intelligent decision systems arising in a variety of applications. His expertise includes guidance, teaching, research and development(R&D) and R&D management in the areas of intelligent decision systems, learning systems, multi-sensor multi-source information fusion, knowledge discovery through pattern recognition and data mining, image analysis and other related topics. His prior professional full-time affiliations have included Dynetics Inc., Intergraph Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Indian Institute of Science, Southern Methodist University, as well as adjunct positions at University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Dr. Dasarathy has over 180 open literature publications with him as primary author in majority of these publications. He is the author of three IEEE Computer Society Press books: Decision Fusion, Nearest Neighbor (NN) Norms: NN Pattern Classification Techniques, and Image Data Compression: Block Truncation Coding. He has also contributed chapters/sections to other books, latest of which is the handbook on Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Oxford University Press, 2002). His publications have been cited in the literature in over 400 studies.

He has been an invited speaker at many international conferences such as ICCC'04 Vienna, Austria, ICAR 2003 Coimbra, Portugal; Intl. Workshop on Information Fusion 2002, Beijing & Xian, China; SNRAFI 2001 - Benecassim, Spain; IEEE ICIT 2000, Goa, India; Workshop on Environmental Fusion 2000, Lesbos, Greece, ICAPR 1998, Plymouth, England.

He is the founding and current Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Information Fusion published by Elsevier Science, the very first journal dedicated to this evolving field. He has offered short courses in information fusion and related areas at events sponsored by SPIE, IEEE and other international conference organizers as well as under customized corporate and academic/ research organizations sponsored on-site programs.

Dr. Dasarathy was honored as the IEEE Huntsville Section Outstanding Engineer 1996, IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer for 1997 and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He was one of the founding members of the board of directors of the International Society on Information Fusion (ISIF) and served on it for three years. He was the guest editor of Optical Engineering for three special sections on Sensor Fusion. He has been the organizer and chairman of the annual SPIE Conferences on Sensor Fusion since 1997 and on data mining since 1999. He was the publicity chair for the International conferences on Information Fusion - Fusion 1998, Fusion 1999, Fusion 2001, a member of the executive committee of Fusion 2000, and is a member of the International Program committee for Fusion 2003. He has organized and chaired special sessions on Information Fusion and Data Mining at other conferences including IEEE Decision and Control 1998, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 1999, IGARSS 2000, IECON-2000. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee for the annual workshop on Multiple Classifier Systems since 2000 including the one to be held in 2003. Most recently, he was the technical vice-chair for Autotestcon 2002.

His biographical citations include: "WHO' WHO" in Computer Graphics," Marquis, "Personalities of the South," American Biographical Institute, Who's Who in Technology Today," Dick Publishing 5th Edition; "Who's Who in the South and Southwest,"; "The Official Registry of the Who' Who of American Business Leaders," and International Who's Who in Information Technology.


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