Dr. Hao Ling received his B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in September 1986 and is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the L. B. Meaders Professorship in Engineering.
Dr. Ling's principal areas of research are in radar signature prediction and radar feature extraction. He has actively contributed to the development and validation of numerical and asymptotic methods for characterizing the radar signatures from complex targets. In 1986, he and his collaborators pioneered the shooting and bouncing ray (SBR) technique for predicting the radar returns from realistic aerospace vehicles. He was a co-developer of the SBR-based code Xpatch, which has been distributed to over 450 government and industrial organizations in the United States. Xpatch was an enabling technology in several radar target identification programs, including the US Air Force Non-Cooperative Target Identification Program and DARPA's Moving and Stationary Target Acquisition and Recognition Program. Dr. Ling's recent research interests also include radar signal processing, radar sensing of humans, miniaturized and broadband antenna design, and propagation channel modeling in non-line-of-sight environments. His research activities have been funded by NSF, ONR, AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, DOE, and NASA, as well as aerospace companies including Lockheed, Boeing, and Northrop. He has published 200 journal papers and 220 conference papers to date and co-authored a book on radar imaging (Artech House 2002).
Dr. Ling is an IEEE Fellow. He received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1987, the NASA Certificate of Appreciation in 1991, the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, and several teaching awards from the University of Texas. He served on a number of US and NATO panels on high-resolution SAR and ISAR imaging, including the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology Panel and the Naval International Cooperative Opportunities in Science and Technology program. He was a guest editor of a 2003 special issue on time-frequency analysis for synthetic aperture radar and feature extraction for the IEE Proceedings on Radar, Sonar and Navigation. He chaired the technical program committee in the 2009 iWAT workshop on small antennas and novel metamaterials and served on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society from 2009-2011. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.