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In memoriam: David Hall, data fusion pioneer

12 May 2016

David L. Hall
David L. Hall (Image: Penn State)
Barbara Broome, Sonya McMullen, James Llinas
Barbara Broome (at left) and Timothy
Hanratty (at right), both of the U.S.
Army Research Lab, and daughter
Sonya (Hall) McMullen were among
colleagues and family
David Hall during a tribute 
session at
SPIE Defense + Commercial 
Sensing 2016.

Information fusion technology leader David L. Hall, professor and former dean of the College of Information Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, died unexpectedly on 26 December. He was 69.

Well-known in the international information fusion community as an author of books and technical articles, Dr. Hall was a founder and chair of the SPIE conference Next-Generation Analyst, part of the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing symposium. Participants in a tribute session at the conference last month in Baltimore remembered Hall warmly, as a friend, colleague, and mentor.

At Penn State, Hall previously had been a professor and Associate Dean for Research. He was a founder and director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion, which carried out many research programs focused on the balance between human and cognitive factors, and algorithmic factors on fusion process design and performance.

He was a member of the U.S. Joint Directors of Laboratories Data Fusion Working Group that formulated the JDL Fusion Process Model, and served on the advisory board of the Center for Multisource Information Fusion based at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York ) in collaboration with James Llinas.

The recipient of awards honoring his contributions as a national leader in the data fusion community and an IEEE Fellow, Hall wrote more than 200 technical papers, reports, book chapters, and books.

He was an active participant in SPIE, contributing more than 22 papers since 1991 and serving on numerous conference program committees including as conference chair.

Also see the Penn State News notice.