Frank Ehlers obtained his Diploma degree in physics (1995) and his Dr.rer.nat. degree in theoretical physics (1998) from the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany. He wrote his Ph.D. degree thesis on nonlinear blind source separation. Since 1998, he has been working at the Federal Armed Forces Underwater Acoustics and Geophysics Research Institute (FWG) in Kiel, Germany, where he focused on signal processing for detection, tracking, classification, sensor control, and fusion. Since April 2006, he has been working as a Program Manager for "multisensor systems and methods" at the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), La Spezia, Italy. He has been actively conducting both application-oriented research as well as more fundamental research in the broader fields of data fusion and collaborative signal processing. Continuing working on multisensor systems at NURC, in 2009 he focused as a Principal Scientist on research on autonomic behaviors for robots in maritime surveillance scenarios. He has served and serves as a member of a number of different international programming committees for conferences. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of "Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics" and of the "International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks." He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the "EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing" for which he has initiated several special issues and participated in their guest editor teams. The topics of these special issues are as follows: Blind Source Separation (publication 2007), Track before Detect Algorithms (publication 2008), Robots and Autonomy (publication 2009), Signal Processing for Maritime Applications (publication 2010), and Cooperative Signal Processing Networks (publication 2011).
Biography Updated on 7 June 2011