INVITED SPEAKERS

Roy Streit

Dr. Streit is a Senior Research Scientist at Metron in Reston, Virginia, and Professor (Adjunct) of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Society (2016-18). He was President of the International Society for Information Fusion (ISIF) in 2012 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the ISIF Perspectives Magazine. Dr. Streit’s research interests include multi-target tracking, multi-sensor data fusion, medical imaging, signal processing, quantum computing, business analytics, and pharmacovigilance. He is the author of the book Poisson Point Processes, Springer, 2010 (Chinese translation, 2013) and co-author of Bayesian Multiple Target Tracking, 2nd Edition, Artech, 2014. He has published numerous technical papers and invited papers at international conferences, and holds nine U.S. patents. Before 2005, Dr. Streit was in the Senior Executive Service at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI. He was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Achievement Award and the American Society of Naval Engineers Solberg Award. He was an Exchange Scientist, DSTO, Adelaide, Australia, 1987–89; Visiting Scientist, Yale University, 1982–84; and Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 1981–82. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island.

Eric Fournier

Eric began his career with Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) as a Defence Scientist in the Flight Mechanics Group of the Precision Weapons Section at the Valcartier laboratory in August 1992. He spent most of his scientific career in that establishment, where he held a number of positions in the Weapons field of study. He also spent one year at the United Kingdom DERA Fort Halstead laboratory as an exchange scientist in the late ninety’s. In May 2006, he was appointed Director, Science & Technology Air, in Ottawa, where he managed the Air Force S&T Program portfolio. As part of his duties, he also served as National Representative on the Aerospace Systems group (AER) in The Technical Cooperation Program. From September 2008 to July 2009, he moved to the Canadian Forces College in Toronto where he completed the National Security Program 1 (NSP-1). Upon his return to Ottawa, he was appointed Director of Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (CORA), and was responsible for the delivery of a Science and Technology program in the areas of operational research, strategic analysis, and scientific and technical intelligence. In 2014, Mr. Fournier took up the position of Defence R&D Counsellor at CDLS (London) where he was responsible for liaison in defence Science and Technology between Canada and the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Upon returning to Canada in July 2017, he was appointed Director General (Science & Technology) for Strategic Decision Support, and also selected to develop and lead the implementation of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) initiative. He is a Scientific Advisor to the Department of National Defence and to the Canadian Armed Forces. His role is to provide analysis support on policy and strategy, and enterprise resource management to the department.

James Llinas

Doctor James Llinas is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and dual-appointed in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, USA. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Multisource Information Fusion, the only systems-oriented academic research center for Information Fusion in the United States; the Center has been in existence for some 20+ years and has conducted extensive and distinctive research for a wide variety of governmental and civilian clients. Dr. Llinas brings over 35 years of experience in multisource information processing and data fusion technology to his research, teaching, and business development activities. He is an internationally-recognized expert in sensor, data, and information fusion, co-authored the first integrated book on Multisensor Data Fusion, and has lectured internationally for over 30 years on this topic. He is a recipient of the Joe Mignona Award given to one person annually by the US Data Fusion Group for lifetime achievements in Data Fusion. In 1998, as the International Society for Information Fusion was being developed, he was voted as the First President of the Society. He has been a consultant and advisor to U.S., Canadian, Australian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Spanish Ministries of Defense. In addition to the original book, Dr. Llinas is also the co-editor of the “Handbook of Multisensor Data Fusion” published in 2001, a second edition in 2009, and of a new Handbook of Distributed Multisensor Data Fusion published in 2012, as well as a recent text on Context-enhanced Information Fusion published in 2016.