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. 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 and Tandem-L. The mission TanDEM-X, led by his Institute, has successfully started the operational phase in December 2010. Prof. Moreira is the initiator and Principal Investigator for this mission. 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.
Since 2003, he is a Full Professor with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in the field of microwave remote sensing. He has more than 300 publications in international conferences and journals and is the holder of 15 patents in the radar and antenna field. 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. 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.
He is a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Administrative Committee (1999 – 2001, 2004 – 2013, 2010 as President, 2011-2013 as Past-President), 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 GRSS Transactions Prize Paper Awards in 1997, 2001, and 2007 and the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award 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 Certificate of Recognition of TanDEM-X Achievements and Impact presented at the European SAR conference in 2012. 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 – 2012). 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.