Dr. Wolfgang-Martin Boerner to speak Thursday, November 10

November 7, 2011



GI Seminar: Full-Polarimetric SAR and its applications in Agriculture, Forestry and the Detection of Natural Hazards.


Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang-Martin Boerner


Date: Thursday, November 10


Time: 2:00 p.m.


Place: Elvey Auditorium


Dr. Boerner is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Wolfgang-Martin Boerner (IEEE SM’75-F’84, LF’92) was born in Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea in 1937, spent his childhood in Oceania & Austral-Asia, received the B.S. (Abitur) degree from the August von Platen Gymnasium, Ansbach, Germany, the M.S. (Dipl.-Ing.) degree from the Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany, and the Ph.D. degree from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1958, 1963, and 1967, respectively.


From 1967 to 1968, he was a Research Assistant Engineer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Radiation Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 1968 to 1978, he was with the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. In 1978, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Illinois, Chicago as Professor and Director of its Communications, Sensing & Imaging and Navigation Laboratory, where he serves now a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Scientist. He is currently involved actively in international outreach programs in Europe, Oceania and Pacific Asia, where he was – for example - the Distinguished Senior Visiting Professor at the Tohoku University, Center for Northeast Asian Studies in Sendai, Japan during Spring 2003; he still holds the Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor (2004) position of the National Central University of Taiwan in Chung-Li, Taiwan; and for 2005 the Distinguished Visiting Chair Professor position of ‘The Electromagnetics Academy’ of Zhejiang University at Hangzhou in China – involved in the “advancement of extra-wideband polarimetric imaging radar & SAR theory and technology”. For his contributions toward linking international research centers of Oceania & East/Austral-Asia via the Americas with Eurasia & Europe, Prof. W-M. Boerner was honored most recently with the distinguished IEEE-GRSS Outstanding Services Award for 2005 and that of IECE-SANE for 2007.


Dr. Boerner is a Life Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of the OSA, SPIE, AAAS, CIE, EMA, and of IEICE. He has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Senior U.S. Scientist, and the U.S. Navy Distinguished Senior Professor awards, respectively. He is the University of Illinois Senior Scholar, member of the Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, the Akademie-Forum (Academy) of Science and Technology of Germany, and he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa of the Tomsk State University Cluster in Tomsk (2000); an Honorary Doctorate, Dr. h.c., from the University of Rennes 1 in Rennes, Brittany, France (2003); and another Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, Dr.-Ing. E-h., from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Erlangen, Franconia, Germany (2003) – and all for his contributions to the advancement of electromagnetic vector inverse scattering, radar electronics and polarimetric radar and SAR theory and technology.


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