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Prof Dr Eric Pottier
Université de Rennes, Professor in Electrical Engineering
Tel: +33 (0)2 23 23 57 63
Fax: +33 (0)2 23 23 69 63


Eric Pottier (IEEE M’95, SM’06, SEE SM’07) received the MSc (87) and Ph.D. (90) in « signal processing and telecommunication » from the University of Rennes 1 and defended his Habilitation from the University of Nantes in 1998 on the topic « Contribution to Radar Polarimetry : From Theoretical Approach to Applications ».

Since 1999, he is full professor at the University of Rennes 1, France, where he is presently the Deputy Director of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (I.E.T.R – CNRS UMR 6164) – a staff of 300 Professors, Associate-Professors, Assistant-Professors, Researchers and PhD Students. He is also the Head of the SAPHIR team (SAr Polarimetry Holography Interferometry Radargrammetry) of the Image Processing and Remote Sensing Group.

His current activities of research and education are centered in the topics of analog electronics, microwave theory and radar imaging with emphasis in radar polarimetry.

His research covers a wide spectrum of areas in connection with a number of different applications of Radar and SAR data. His experience is within a number of disciplines related to processing and analysis of Radar data (ISAR Target Imaging, RCS analysis and reduction, scatterer fluctuating modelisation, scatterer time-frequency analysis, SAR system modelling and simulation) and POLSAR data (polarimetric speckle analysis and reduction, polarimetric segmentation, and classification, polarimetric theorem decomposition) to fundamentals and basic theory of polarimetry.

He is the Project Manager of the ESA-ESRIN project Development of a Polarimetric SAR Image Analysis Tool: PolSARpro in collaboration with DLR-HR and AELc.

Activities in education

He has presented advances courses on Radar Polarimetry in the frame of the European TMR Project Radar Polarimetry : Theory and Applications and seminars to a wide range of organization (DLR, NASDA, JRC, RESTEC).

He was invited as a Keynote Speaker or gave Tutorials during the following symposiums: SPIE-1992, ISAP-2000, IGARSS-03, EUSAR-04, NATO RTA-04, POLINSAR-05, IGARSS-05, DRAGON Advanced Training Course 2005, NATO RTA-06, EUSAR-06, POLINSAR-07, ESA Advanced Training Course 2007, IGARSS-07, IGARSS-08, DRAGON-2 Advanced Training Course 2008, ESA Advanced Training Course 2009, IGARSS-09, EUSAR-10 and IGARSS-10.

Since 1989, he has supervised more than 70 research students to graduation (MSc and Ph.D) in Radar Polarimetry covering areas from theory to remote sensing applications.

He has chaired and organized 35 sessions in International Conferences. He has been invited to present 46 presentations in International Conferences or Seminars and 17 in National Conferences.

He has 7 publications in book chapters, more than 45 papers in refereed journals and more than 310 papers during International Conferences, Symposiums and Workshops.

He published a book co-authored with Dr. J.S. Lee entitled “Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From basics to applications”, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis editor, 397 pages, (2009), ISBN: 978-1-4200-5497-2.

Activities in Scientific Manifestations

He was member of the Organizing Committee of the two first International Workshop of Radar Polarimetry (1990, 1992) the Scientific co-Organizer with Dr; S.R Cloude of the 3th edition (1995) and the Scientific Chairman of the 4th edition (1998). He was member of the National Local Organizing Committee of PIERS-98 (Progress In Electromagnetic Symposium), of the Technical and Scientific Committees of EUSAR (European SAR) in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, of the CEOS – SAR Workshop (Committee on Earth Observation Satellite SAR) in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008, of the Commission-F Triennium Open Symposium on Radiowave Propagation and Remote Sensing in 2002 and 2004, of the ESA-POLINSAR Workshop 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 (Workshop on Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry), of the International Radar Conference in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He was member of the National Local Organizing Committee of IGARSS-03 (International Geosciences and Remote Sensing Symposium) as the Session Chair Coordinator.

He was member of the Editorial Committee of the Special Issue on New Technologies in Signal Processing for Electromagnetic-wave Sensing and Imaging, IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers) Transactions, published in December 2001.

Distinctions / Memberships

He received the Award for a Very Significant Contribution in the Field of Synthetic Aperture Radar during EUSAR-2000 for his research activities, co-authored with J.S. Lee (US Navy/NRL), in the topic of PolSAR unsupervised segmentation.

He received the Certificate Of Appreciation For Serving as Lecturer for NATO-RTO Lecture Series SET-081 in 2004.

He was nominated as Associate Professor of Capital Normal University of Beijing (October 2005), as Invited Professor at I.N.R.S – ETE of Québec (2006 to 2012) and as Guest Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, University of Wuhan, Wuhan – PR China (2008).

He received the 2007 IEEE GRS-S Letters Prize Paper Award co-authored with S. Guillaso, L. Ferro-Famil and A. Reigber.

He is a recipient of the 2007 IEEE GRS-S Education Award “In recognition of his significant educational contributions to Geoscience and Remote Sensing”.

5 Major Scientific Publications

1-Jong-Sen Lee, Eric Pottier, “Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From basics to applications”, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis editor, 397 pages, Jan. 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4200-5497-2.

2-Shane Cloude, Eric Pottier, “A review of Target Decomposition in Radar Polarimetry”, IEEE TGRS 34(2) 498-518, March 1996 (546 citations on Google Scholar – 22/02/2010).

3-Shane Cloude, Eric Pottier, “An Entropy Based Classification Scheme for Land Applications of Polarimetric SAR”, IEEE TGRS 35(1), 68-78, Jan. 1997 (460 citations on Google Scholar – 22/02/2010).

4-L. Ferro-Famil, E. Pottier, J.S. Lee, “Unsupervised Classification of Multi-Frequency and Fully Polarimetric SAR based on the H/A/alpha Wishart Classifier”, IEEE TGRS 39(11), 2332 – 2342, Nov. 2001. (94 citations on Google Scholar – 22/02/2010).

5-I. Hajnsek, E. Pottier, S.R. Cloude, “Inversion of Surface Parameters from Polarimetric SAR”, IEEE TGRS 41(4), 727-744, April 2003. (91 citations on Google Scholar – 22/02/2010)