Alfred O. Hero III received the B.S. (summa cum laude) from Boston University (1980) and the Ph.D from Princeton University (1984), both in Electrical Engineering. Since 1984 he has been with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is the John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering. At the University of Michigan his primary appointment is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and he also has appointments, by courtesy, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Statistics. Alfred Hero serves Chair of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) of the US National Academies of Science. He is a Section Editor of the SIAM Journal on Mathematics of Data Science and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing . He serves as moderator for the Electrical Engineering and Systems Science category of the arXiv . He is co-General Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT).
He was founding Co-Director of the University’s Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) (2015-2018). From 2008 to 2013 he held the Digiteo Chaire d’Excellence, sponsored by Digiteo Research Park in Paris, located at the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He has held other visiting positions at LIDS Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006), Boston University (2006), I3S University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, France (2001), Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (1999), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Paris (1999), Lucent Bell Laboratories (1999), Scientific Research Labs of the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan (1993), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avancees (ENSTA), Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Paris (1990), and M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory (1987 – 1989).
Past service on editorial boards include: IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (1995-1998, 1999), the IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (2004-2006), and the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2002, 2004). He was Chairman of the Statistical Signal and Array Processing (SSAP) Technical Committee (1997-1998) and Treasurer of the Conference Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was Chairman for Publicity of the 1986 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (Ann Arbor, MI) and General Chairman of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (Detroit, MI). He was co-chair of the 1999 IEEE Information Theory Workshop on Detection, Estimation, Classification and Filtering (Santa Fe, NM) and the 1999 IEEE Workshop on Higher Order Statistics (Caesaria, Israel). He was general chair of the 2012 IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing (Ann Arbor, MI). He co-chaired the 2002 Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS). He was Vice President (Finance) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (1999-2002). He was Chair of Commission C (Signals and Systems) of the US National Commission of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (1999-2002). He was member of the Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (1999-2004). He was President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2007) and during his term he served on the TAB Periodicals Committee (2006) and the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). He was a member of the IEEE TAB Society Review Committee (2009), the IEEE Awards Committee (2010-2011), and served on the Board of Directors of the IEEE (2009-2011) as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). He served on the IEEE TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee (2012-2014). Alfred Hero is currently a member of the Big Data Special Interest Group (SIG) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) of the US National Academies of Science.
Alfred Hero is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of Tau Beta Pi, the American Statistical Association (ASA) , the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the US National Commission (Commission C) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). Alfred Hero was awarded the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2011), the Stephen S. Attwood Excellence in Engineering Award (2017), and the H. Scott Fogler Award for Professional Leadership and Service (2018). He has been plenary and keynote speaker at several workshops and conferences. He has received several best paper awards including: an IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (1998), a Best Original Paper Award from the Journal of Flow Cytometry (2008), a Best Magazine Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2010), a SPIE Best Student Paper Award (2011), an IEEE ICASSP Best Student Paper Award (2011), an AISTATS Notable Paper Award (2013), and an IEEE ICIP Best Paper Award (2013). He received an IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), an IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000), an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturership (2002), and an IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2014). In 2015 he received the Society Award, which is the highest career award bestowed by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
Alfred Hero’s recent research interests are in high dimensional spatio-temporal data, multi-modal data integration, statistical signal processing, and machine learning. Of particular interest are applications to social networks, network security and forensics, computer vision, and personalized health.