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 a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and, by courtesy, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Statistics. He has held visiting positions at Boston University (2006-2007), LIDS at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (2006), I3S at the University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, France (2001), Ecole Normale Sup'erieure de Lyon (1999), Ecole Nationale Sup'erieure des T'el'ecommunications, Paris (1999), Scientific Research Labs of the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan (1993), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Techniques Avanc’ees (ENSTA), LSS at the Ecole Superieure d'Electricit'e, Paris (1990), and M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory (1987 - 1989). His recent research interests have been in areas including: inference for sensor networks, adaptive sensing, inverse problems, bioinformatics, and statistical signal and image processing.
He has served on the editorial boards of the 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 Chaired the 2002 NSF Workshop on Challenges in Pattern Recognition and the 2007 ARO Workshop on Signal and Information Processing. He co-chaired the First Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics (GENSIPS) in 2002. 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 a member of the IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee (2006-2007). He is currently President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2006-2007).
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). He has been plenary and keynote speaker at several major conferences. He received a IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award (1998), a IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (1998), a IEEE Third Millenium Medal (2000) and a 2002 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturership.