Yaakov Bar-Shalom Earns IEEE Pioneer Award

By Claire Galvin, UConn School of Engineering Manager of Communications and Digital Strategy

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Professor Yaakov Bar-Shalom has been selected for the 2022 IEEE AESS Pioneer Award. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions to the field of aerospace and electronic systems engineering. Bar-Shalom has won this award with Henk Blom of the Delft University of Technology, and their award stems from the development of the Interacting Multiple Model (IMM) approach to multi-model estimation and maneuvering target tracking.

Yaakov Bar-Shalom on May 13, 2021. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)“I am glad I can contribute to the increasingly high reputation of our ECE department and our school,” Bar-Shalom said. “It has been a great pleasure to serve UConn and continue cutting-edge research in electrical engineering.”

Bar-Shalom received a B.S. and M.S. from the Technicon in 1963 and 1967 before he received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1970, all in electrical engineering. He is a UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and M.E. Klewin Professor. He is an IEEE Fellow, served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and Automatica, General Chairman of 1985 ACC and FUSION 2000, and served as ISIF President (2000, 2002) and VP Publications (2004-13).

He has published over 650 papers and book chapters on his research. Current interests include estimation theory, target tracking and data fusion.

Bar-Shalom has graduated 42 Ph.D.s at UConn.

Other awards include: a corecipient of the M. Barry Carlton Award for the best paper in the IEEE TAES in 1995 and 2000, the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies in 2008, and the Connecticut Medal of Technology in 2012.  He also received the ISIF Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Information Fusion in 2015, which was then renamed in 2016 to the “ISIF Yaakov Bar-Shalom Award for Lifetime of Excellence in Information Fusion.”

The IEEE AESS has invited Yaakov to be recognized at the 2023 International Information Fusion Conference in Charleston, SC in June 2023.

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