Army scientist receives top honors for signal processing research

By U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public AffairsJanuary 8, 2020

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- An Army scientist earned top honors for his signal processing research from IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Dr. Hamid Krim, a program manager in information processing and fusion at Army Research Office, and co-author Dr. Mats Viberg, vice-chancellor from the Bleking Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden, will receive the 2020 IEEE Signal Processing Society Sustained Impact Paper Award at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing this May in Barcelona, Spain.

The paper, "Two Decades of Array Signal Processing Research: The Parametric Approach," (see Related Links below) was published in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine in July 1996. At the time, Krim worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the research was conducted through the Center of Imaging Sciences, a multi-university center funded by ARO. The center then included Washington University, Brown University, Harvard University and MIT.

The research paper provides a critical review of the accomplishments of signal processing in high-dimensional statistical analysis of multi-channel data, and also looks to the future in the areas of multi-antenna and array data processing.

"While the signal processing research area has always been important in radar, sonar and other defense applications, it has further increased with the advent and huge success of wireless communication, the dramatic rise of the social tetherless devices and the information world we live in," Krim said. "That has kept the topic current and of continued interest. I have also seen new applications in biomedical applications, and devices that now have antenna arrays on a chip."

The Sustained Impact Paper Award honors authors of a journal article of broad interest that has had sustained impact over many years. In this case, the almost 23-year-old article has averaged nearly 190 citations per year.

At ARO, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, Krim leads efforts to fund disruptive research focusing on bio-inspired and multi-task machine learning and artificial intelligence that are applicable to the Army's top priorities.

His research interests lie in the broad area of data science with a focus on statistical signal analysis and machine learning. He is also pursuing applications in nuclear non-proliferation agreement enforcement, visual cortex modeling and image classification.

Krim is on leave from North Carolina State University where he is professor in electrical and computer engineering.

Krim earned a bachelor and master of science and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from University of Washington and Northeastern University. He is an IEEE fellow and recipient of the Japanese Fellowship for the Advancement of Science and Engineering at University of Tokyo. He has also received the National Science Foundation Career Award.


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