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. 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. He is currently on leave from the University of Michigan as a Program Director in the CISE Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
He was founding Co-Director of the University’s Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) (2015-2018). From 2008-2013 he held the Digiteo Chaire d’Excellence at the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Several of his research articles have received best paper awards. 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 received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2014), the Society Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2015) and the Fourier Award from the IEEE (2020). Alfred Hero was President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2008) and was on the IEEE Board of Directors (2009-2011) where he served as Director of Division IX (Signals and Applications). From 2011 to 2020 he was a member and Chair (2017-2020) of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) of the US National Academies of Science.
Alfred Hero’s recent research interests are in high dimensional spatio-temporal data analysis, multimodal data integration, statistical signal processing, and machine learning. Of particular interest are predictive mathematical models for the biological and physical sciences, social networks, network security and forensics, and personalized health and disease.