Director of the Microwaves and Radar Institute
Alberto Moreira was born in São José dos Campos, Brazil, 1962. He received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA), São José dos Campos, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the Eng. Dr. degree (with honors) from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 1993. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Chief Scientist and Engineer with the SAR Technology Department, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Under his leadership, the DLR airborne SAR system has been upgraded to operate in innovative imaging modes like polarimetric SAR interferometry and SAR tomography. Since 2001, he has been the Director of the Microwaves and Radar Institute at DLR and a full Professor with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in the field of microwave remote sensing. The Institute contributes to several scientific programs and space projects for actual and future airborne and spaceborne SAR missions like TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X, SAR-Lupe and SAR-Lupe follow-on as well as Sentinel-1, BIOMASS and Tandem-L. The mission TanDEM-X, led by his Institute, has generated a global, high-resolution digital elevation model (DEM) of the Earth with unprecedented accuracy. Prof. Moreira is the initiator and Principal Investigator for this mission as well as for the mission proposal Tandem-L. He and his co-workers have also led the development of digital beamforming for imaging radar systems, a technology that is now being adopted for the next generation of spaceborne SAR systems for global mapping of the Earth environment and its dynamics.
Prof. Moreira is author or co‐author of more than 350 publications in international conferences and journals, 8 book chapters and is holder of 18 patents in the radar and antenna field. Several innovations and patented algorithms of Prof. Moreira are being used for formation flight of the TanDEM-X mission as well as for the data processing of all ScanSAR and spotlight SAR images of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X data. His professional interests and research areas encompass radar end-to-end system design and analysis, innovative microwave techniques and system concepts, signal processing, and remote sensing applications. He has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 PhD students and has been lecturing at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on spaceborne SAR remote sensing since 2003. He has regularly served as a lecturer in international courses and summer schools on Synthetic Aperture Radar since 1992.
Prof. Moreira is an IEEE fellow and has served as President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) in 2010. He has been a member of the IEEE GRSS Administrative Committee (1999 – 2001, 2004 – 2013), was the Founder and Chair of the GRSS German Chapter (2003 – 2008) and Associate Editor for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (2003 – 2007) and for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (since 2005). He and his colleagues received the IEEE GRSS Transactions Prize Paper Awards in 1997, 2001, and 2007, the IEEE GRSS Letters Prize Paper Award in 2015 and 2017, the Certificate of Recognition of TanDEM-X Achievements and Impact presented at the European SAR conference in 2012, and the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award from the IEEE Board of Directors in 2012. He is also the recipient of the DLR Science Award (1995), IEEE Nathanson Award for the Young Radar Engineer of the Year (1999), the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Field Award (2007), and the IEEE GRSS Distinguished Achievement Award (2014). He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Society of the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (2003 – 2008), as chair of the Scientific and Technical Council of DLR (2009 – 2011), Spokesman of the Leadership Circle of DLR at Oberpfaffenhofen (2009 – 2011) and as chair of the DLR’s Center of Excellence on Synthetic Aperture Radar (2000 – 2015). He has participated as a member of the technical program committee of more than 50 conferences and has contributed to the successful series of the European SAR conferences (EUSAR) since 1996 as a member of the Technical Program Committee, Technical Chairman (2000), Awards Chairman (2002–2004), General Chairman (2006), and Co-Chairman (2008) and has served as Co-Chair of the European Radar Conference (EuRAD’07) and as General Co-Chair for the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS’12) in Munich. Since 2012 he is serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Helmholtz-Alliance “Remote Sensing for Earth System Dynamics”, comprising of 18 international research institutes and 30 associated partners.
 - Moreira, A., Krieger, G., Hajnsek, I., Papathanassiou, K., Younis, M., Lopez-Dekker, F., Huber, S., Villano, M., Pardini, M., Eineder, M., De Zan, F., Parizzi, A.: Tandem-L: a Highly Innovative Bistatic SAR Mission for Global Observation of Dynamic Processes on the Earth’s Surface. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, vol. 3, 2015, pp. 8-23.
 - Moreira, A., Prats-Iraola, P., Younis, M., Krieger, G., Hajnsek, Irena and Papathanassiou, K.: A Tutorial on Synthetic Aperture Radar. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, 1(1), 2013, pp. 6-43.
 - Huber, S. and Younis, M., Krieger, G., Patyuchenko, A. and Moreira, A.: Spaceborne Reflector SAR Systems with Digital Beamforming. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 48 (4), 2012, pp. 3473-3493.
 - Krieger, G., Gebert, N. and Moreira, A.: Multidimensional Waveform Encoding: A new Digital Beamforming Technique for Synthetic Aperture Radar Remote Sensing. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 46 (1), pp. 31-46
 - Krieger, Gerhard, Moreira, A., Fiedler, H., Hajnsek, I., Werner, M., Younis, M. and Zink, M.: TanDEM-X: A Satellite Formation for High Resolution SAR Interferometry. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 45 (11), 2007, pp. 3317-3341.
 - Reigber, A. and Moreira, A.: First Demonstration of SAR Tomography using Polarimetric Airborne SAR Data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 38 (5), 2000, pp. 2142-2152.
 - Moreira, A. and Mittermayer, J. and Scheiber, R.: Extended Chirp Scaling Algorithm for Air- and Spaceborne SAR Data Processing in Stripmap and ScanSAR Imaging Modes. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 34(5), 1996, pp. 1123-1136.
 - Scheiber, R. and Moreira, A.: Coregistration of Interferometric SAR Images using Spectral Diversity. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 38 (5), pp. 2179-2191.
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