2018 Joseph Mignogna Data Fusion Award - Dr. Christopher Bowman

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National Symposium on Sensor and Data Fusion (NSSDF) Joe Mignogna Data Fusion Award

Award Ceremony for Dr. Christopher Bowman, 2018 Awardee

Presented by Dr. Mark Luettgen, Conference Chair

The Joe Mignogna Data Fusion Award is awarded annually to a person who is a leader in the Data Fusion Community.  Joe Mignogna served as Executive Director for the first six Data Fusion Symposia that preceded the formation of the National Symposia on Sensor and Data Fusion.  Prior to that, Joe served in World War II, where he flew 67 combat missions in B-25 bombers, and in the Korean War, where he served as a Wing Electronics Officer for the Strategic Air Command.  After the Korean War, Joe spent over 25 years at the Naval Air Development Center, where he distinguished himself developing missile control systems and non-cooperative target recognition technology.  He was a true leader in the community, and the Department of Defense Data Fusion Group (DFG) instituted the Joe Mignogna Data Fusion Award in 1994 to honor his memory.   

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Christopher Bowman is the recipient of the 2018 Joseph Mignogna Data Fusion Award. Dr. Bowman is one of the major pioneers in data fusion, having been the first to define the fundamental functional and architectural concepts that underlie the discipline and to extend these concepts to resource management processes, enabling the cost-efficient development and operation of responsive information exploitation systems.  He has applied these theoretical and engineering principles in designing and developing innovative, advanced data fusion and resource management systems for integrated avionics, cooperative tactical operations, missile defense and space situation awareness, and diverse other applications. He is known internationally for his development of the widely-used Data Fusion and Resource Management Dual Node Network technical architecture that supports affordable system design, development and comparative analyses and most recently for development of turn-key intelligent systems that automatically adapt their architecture to evolving environments.

Dr. Bowman has over 40 years’ experience in data fusion and neural networks.  From 1975-78 he developed Minuteman 3 and MX MARV guidance & control. Between 1978 and 1991 he managed the data fusion and neural networks programs at VERAC, where his team delivered software for multispectral integration, weapon/sensor management, image processing, and non-linear adaptive control with applications in tactical avionics, missile defense, and tactical surveillance.  Then, from 1992 to 1995, Dr. Bowman supported Ball Aerospace in Strategic Defense Initiative efforts developing EO/IR resolution enhancement and antennae adaptive control.  In 1995, Dr. Bowman founded Data Fusion and Neural Networks, LLC (DF&NN) and continues to lead as President to this day.  At DF&NN, Dr. Bowman has taken the lead on several important projects. Prominent among these is the patented development of operational machine learning software for automated detection of unknown unexpected satellite, space catalog, space weather, and C-130 engine abnormal operations.  He led the Information Fusion Working Group that developed a data fusion and resource management roadmap for the Air Force Research Laboratory, participated on the SIGINT Science and Technology Advisory Board to oversee development a large data fusion system, and he was on the Hercules Blue Technology Team in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.  Dr. Bowman has given several Multi-INT Fusion Short Courses in the US, Europe, and Australia, and has published over 100 articles in data fusion, resource management, and neural networks.  Dr. Bowman’s contributions to the Data Fusion community date back across forty years and have benefitted our community and the nation.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Chris Bowman!