Alfred O. Hero, III, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, B.S.E.E., 1980, Electrical Engineering

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, M.S., 1982, Electrical Engineering

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, Ph.D., 1984, Electrical Engineering


Positions and Employment

1984-1990          Assist. Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

1987, 1988, 1989  Visiting Scientist, M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA.

1990-1996          Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

1991-1992          Research Scientist, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA).

1993                   William Clay Ford Fellow, Scientific Research Laboratory, Ford Motor Co.

1996-present      Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, and Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

1999                   Visiting Researcher, CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Lyon, France

1999                   Visiting Researcher, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ

1999                   Visiting Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France

2001                   Visiting Professor, University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis,  France


Other Experience and Professional memberships

1999-2002          Chair, US National Commission C, International Union of Radio Sciences

2006-2007          President, IEEE Signal Processing Society

2009-2011          Director, Division IX IEEE



Fellow of IEEE

1995 Research Excellence Award, Dept. EECS, University of Michigan

1998 Meritorious Service Award; IEEE Signal Processing Society

1998 Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society

2000 IEEE Third Millenium Medal IEEE Signal Processing Society

2000-2002 Distinguished Lecturer Award

2003 Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

2009 R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan


Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

1)      Minimax emission computed tomography using high-resolution anatomical side information and B-spline models, A. O. Hero, R. Piramuthu, J. A. Fessler and S R Titus, IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, Vol 45, No 3, 920-938, Apr 1999.

2)      Asymptotic theory of greedy approximations to minimal {K}-point random graphs, A. O. Hero and O. Michel, IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, Vol. IT-45, pp. 1921-1939, Sept. 1999.

3)      Word spotting in bitmapped fax documents, W.J. Williams, E.  Zalubas and A.O.  Hero, Information Retrieval,  vol 2, pp. 207-226, May 2000.

4)      Cut-off rate and signal design for the quasi-static Rayleigh fading space-time channel, A. O. Hero and T. L. Marzetta,  IEEE Trans. on Inform. Theory, Vol IT-47, No 6, pp. 2400-2416, July 2001

5)      Comparison of GLR and invariance detectors under structured clutter covariance, H.S. Kim and A. O. Hero,  IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, Vol. IP-10, No. 10, pp. 1509-1520, Oct. 2001.

6)      Internet Tomography, Mark Coates, Alfred Hero, Robert Nowak, Bin Yu, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 47-65, May 2002.

7)      Applications of entropic spanning graphs, A. O. Hero, B. Ma, O. Michel and J. Gorman, in IEEE Signal Proc. Magazine, Vol 19, No. 5, pp 85-95, Sept. 2002

8)      High Rate Vector Quantization for Detection, R. Gupta and A.O. Hero, IEEE Trans. on Info Theory , vol. 49, No. 8, pp. 1951-1969, Aug. 2003. 

9)      Secure Space-Time Communications, A. O. Hero, IEEE Trans. on Info Theory, Vol. 49, No. 12, pp. 1-16, Dec. 2003.

10)  Pareto-optimal methods for gene analysis, A. Hero and G. Fleury, Special Issue on Genomic Signal Processing, Journ. of VLSI Signal Processing, 2004.

11)  Multicriteria Gene Screening for Analysis of Differential Expression with DNA Microarrays, A. Hero, G. Fleury, A. Mears and A. Swaroop, Special Issue on Genomics, EURASIP Journ. of Applied Signal Processing, vol. 2004, No. 1, pp. 43-52, Jan. 2004.

12)  Image matching using alpha-entropy measures and entropic graphs, H. Neemuchwala, A. O. Hero, and P.L. Carson, European Journal of Signal Processing (Special Issue on Content-based Visual Information Retrieval), vol 85, pp. 277-296, 2005.

13)  Expression profiling of the developing and mature Nrl-/- mouse retina: Identification of retinal disease candidates and transcriptional regulatory targets of Nrl, S. Yoshida, A. J. Mears, J. S. Friedman, T. Carter, S. He, E. Oh, Y. Jing, R. Farjo, G. Fleury, C. Barlow, A. O. Hero, A. Swaroop, Human Molecular Genetics, vol. 13, no. 14, pp. 1497-1503, 2004.

14)  Network constrained clustering for gene microarray data, D. Zhu, A.O. Hero, H. Cheng, R. Khanna and A. Swaroop, (On-line)  Bioinformatics, Sept. 2005. 

15)  High throughput screening of co-expressed gene pairs with controlled False Discovery Rate (FDR) and Minimum Acceptable Strength (MAS), D. Zhu, A.O. Hero, Z.S. Qin, A. Swaroop, Journal of Computational Biology, Vol. 12, No. 7, 1027-1043, Sept. 2005.

16)  Targeting of green fluorescent protein to new-born rods by Nrl promoter and temporal expression profiling of flow-sorted photoreceptors, M. Akimoto, H. Cheng, D. Zhu, J. A. Brzezinski, R Khanna, E. Filippova, E. C.T. Oh., Y. Jing, J-L Linares, S. Zareparsi, A. J. Mears, A. O. Hero, T. Glaser, and A.Swaroop,  Proceeedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Vol 103, No. 10, pp. 3890-3895, March 7 2006

17)  Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Large-Scale Covariance Matrix Estimation, D. Zhu and A.O. Hero,  Journal of Computational Biology (JCB), Vol. 14, No. 10: 1311-1326, Dec 2007

18)  W.G. Finn, K. Carter, R. Raich, L. Stoolman and A. O. Hero, "Analysis of Clinical Flow Cytometric Immunophenotyping Data by Clustering on Statistical Manifolds: Treating Flow Cytometry Data as High-Dimensional Objects," Cytometry: Part B - Clinical Cytometry, . DOI 10.1002/cyto.b.20435, July 18, 2008.

19)  Using Directed Information to Build Biologically Relevant Influence Networks, A. Rao, A. O. Hero III, D.J. States, and J.D. Engel,  in Journal on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, vol. 6, no.3, pp. 493-519, June 2008.