ISIF Yaakov Bar-Shalom Award for a Lifetime of Excellence in Information Fusion

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This award is sponsored by the International Society for Information Fusion (ISIF) to recognize a researcher or engineer for outstanding contributions to the field of information fusion throughout their career.    Contributions include technical advances, technical vision and leadership, education and mentoring, novel applications of information fusion and the associated engineering achievements, and service to ISIF.  This award may be given annually, if outstanding candidates are nominated, but it is expected to be given at least once every 3 years because individuals with the anticipated level of contributions to information fusion throughout a career will be rare. The award will be presented at the annual International Conference on Information Fusion.


The nominee shall have made a series of major contributions to the state of the art of information fusion throughout their career.  These contributions shall be evidenced to the ISIF community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, magazine articles, engineered products, educational courses, service, and leadership roles in ISIF and it technical activities.  It is expected that this individual and their contributions shall be well known to the information fusion community at large and to the members of the ISIF.


Nominations will be solicited from the ISIF membership. Periodic notices will be placed in ISIF Perspectives on Information Fusion magazine soliciting deserving individuals.  Nominees must have been a member of ISIF for the past 10 years.  Anyone qualified to appraise the candidate’s contribution[s] may formally nominate the candidate.  A one page letter of intent to nominate is required by the first day of December in the year prior to the award.  This letter must include sufficient details and/or other evidence describing the candidate’s contribution to the state of the art of information fusion so that the ISIF Award committee can issue an endorsement or rejection of the candidate’s eligibility. The endorsement or rejection of a candidate’s eligibility will be issued to the nominator within 15 days of the submission of the letter of intent to nominate. The candidate should not be involved in this part of the nomination process.

A full nomination package that includes an exhaustive curriculum vita is required by 31st day of January in the year of the award.  Additionally, at least three, and no more than five, additional letters of endorsement should be forwarded to the award committee to indicate credible recognition by others, such as peers, managers, and customers. This information will be reviewed by the ISIF Awards Committee in order to select a recipient. Guidelines for developing a nomination package are available on the ISIF web site at

Nomination Form


  • December 1, Prior Year: Letters stating one’s intention to nominate a candidate to ISIF Awards Committee
  • December 15, Prior Year:  ISIF Awards Committee issues an endorsement or rejection of the candidate
  • January 31, Year of Award: All supporting letters and nomination must be received by the ISIF Awards committee. 
  • March 1, Year of Award: Winner and successful nominator notified
  • July, Year of Award: Presentation of award at International Conference on Information Fusion.


Candidates will be selected for a career-long series of contributions to the state of the art of information fusion as evidenced to the research community through technical papers, presentations, inventions, products and service to field of information fusion.  Judgment will be based on the nominator’s write-up, the endorsement letters, and personal knowledge of the experts in the evaluation committee.  Voting will be under the leadership of the chair and the outcome will be based on the majority consensus.


The recipient of the ISIF Award for Excellence in Information Fusion will receive a plaque of value of approximately $250, $2000 honorarium and complementary conference registration. 

E-mail all nomination information to:

William Dale Blair
Chairman, ISIF Awards Committee
Tel: 404-407-7934
E-mail: [email protected]