David L. Hall, 1946-2015

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In Memoriam, Professor David L. Hall, 1946-2015

Professor David Lee Hall, Ph. D, 69, of State College, Pennsylvania, USA, died quite unexpectedly on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College as the result of a ruptured aorta.  Known in the ISIF community for his various edited texts and papers, David was most recently the Dean of the College of Information Science and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States.  Previous positions at the College included Professor and Associate Dean for Research.   He was also Founder and Director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF) at Penn State that carried out many research programs focused on the balances between human and cognitive factors and algorithmic factors on fusion process design and performance.  He was the author of over 200 technical papers, reports, book chapters, and books.  Dr. Hall was a member of the U.S. Joint Directors of Laboratories (JDL) Data Fusion Working Group that formulated the well-known JDL Fusion Process Model.  He served on the advisory board of the Center for Multisource Information Fusion (CMIF) based at the State University of New York at Buffalo in collaboration with Prof. James Llinas.   In 2001, Dr. Hall was awarded the Joe Mignona award to honor his contributions as a national leader in the United States Data Fusion Community.   Dr. Hall was named as an IEEE Fellow in 2003 for his research in data fusion.  Dr. Hall was author of the text, Mathematical Techniques in Multisensor Data Fusion (2004), co-editor (with J. Llinas and M. Liggins) of the Handbook for Multisensor Data Fusion (2008), co-author (with J. Jordan) of the text Human-centered Information Fusion (2010), and co-editor (with C. Chong, J. Llinas, and M. Liggins) of the book on Distributed Data Fusion for Network-centric Operations (2012).

Born June 15, 1946, in the state of Iowa in the U.S., he grew up in a rural community  to parents who valued education and learning. As a boy, he ground his own lenses for telescopes to view the stars and imagine worlds beyond our own. His acumen for math and science led him to learn more about astronomy and turn his love of the stars into a successful career in both industry and higher education. As a leader he served others as teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. He was "the people's Dean" of the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The real essence of Dave, though, was his huge heart. Many words that describe Dave are: kind, loving, generous, and gentle. 

Submitted by James Llinas