René GARELLO, professor at Télécom Bretagne, Fellow IEEE, head of the transverse program ICTO (ICT and OCEANS) within the CNRS research unit Lab-STICC.
His main research interests lie in Remote Sensing, 2D signal processing, statistical and spectral analysis applied to ocean surface features detection and characterization. For the last two decades, he has work in the development of signal and image processing tools for the interpretation of radar signals and the extraction of sea surface features, either natural (wind, waves, currents) or manmade (ships, pollution). These application fields were supported by several European projects and industrial contracts. Prof. Garello has authored or co-authored more than 40 papers, a hundred and thirty conference communications and three books. At Telecom Bretagne, Prof. Garello was the head of the research team TOMS (Traitement, Observation et Méthodes Statistiques – Processing, Observations and Statistical Methods) within the CNRS unit Lab-STICC before creating the ICTO program. For all his works, Prof. Garello was elevated to the grade of Fellow of the IEEE, class of 2006, “for contributions to signal processing applied to remote sensing of the ocean”.
Prof. Garello was an elected IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society AdCom member from 1999 to 2001, from 2003 to 2005 and in 2005 for a new three year term. In 2005, he was elected Vice-President Conference Operations and then re-elected in 2006 and 2008. In the beginning of 2001, he headed the Committee on Conference Policies (CoCoPo) which was in charge of defining a new set of Conference Policies and Procedures in order to insure continuity between the successive OCEANS conferences. This committee jointly held with MTS members defined several new approaches and came up with the concept of two Oceans-a-year (every year in Northern America, every other odd year in Europe and every other even year in Asia-Pacific). In order to implement this plan a new committee was formed: the Joint Oceans Administrative Board or JOAB, of which Prof. Garello was the co-chair until 2012. Prof. Garello was the General Chairman of the first OCEANS of the new Two-Oceans-a-year concept: OCEANS’05 held in Brest, France in June 2005. He received the OES Service Awards in 2006 for developing and implementing the two OCEANS conference policy. In 2012, Prof. René Garello was elected President of the IEEE OES for a two year term.