Peter Willett received his BASc (Engineering Science) from the University of Toronto in 1982, and his PhD degree from Princeton University in 1986. He has avoided hard work by having been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut ever since. He became a full professor in 1998, and an IEEE Fellow in 2003. His primary areas of research are statistical signal processing, detection, data fusion and tracking. He has interests in and has published in the areas of change/abnormality detection, machine learning, optical pattern recognition, communications and industrial/security condition monitoring.
He is editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and until recently was associate editor for three active journals – IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (for Data Fusion and Target Tracking) and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, parts A and B. He is also associate editor for the IEEE AES Magazine, associate editor for ISIF’s electronic Journal of Advances in Information Fusion, is a member of the editorial board of IEEE’s Signal Processing Magazine, and founded the AES Magazine’s periodic Tutorial issues. He has been a member of the IEEE AESS Board of Governors since 2003. He was General Co-Chair (with Stefano Coraluppi) for the 2006 ISIF/IEEE Fusion Conference in Florence, Italy, and will repeat in that role (with Wolfgang Koch) for the IEEE/ISIF Fusion Conference in Cologne in 2008. He was Program Co-Chair (with Eugene Santos) for the 2003 IEEE SMC Conference in Washington DC, and Program Co-Chair (with Pramod Varshney) for the 1999 Fusion Conference in Sunnyvale. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Sensor-Array & Multichannel (SAM) technical committee.