Heather Filippini is a Senior Research Scientist at the Illinois Applied Research Institute. Dr. Filippini has years of industry experience developing algorithms for remote sensor systems. Her professional career has principally been with Northrop Grumman in the XonTech Systems unit, where she worked in a research and development group to design and improve algorithms for automated processing of data from sensors such as radar and optical systems.
Dr. Filippini’s work has focused on data-to-decision algorithms. She leverages knowledge of sensor and data phenomenology and mathematical modeling to automatically identify complex signals in real-world environments to reduce the analysis burden on the end-users. Her research interests include image processing, computer vision problems, and navigation and tracking algorithms. She has also worked on algorithm design for high-performance computing applications.
She earned her Ph.D in 2008 in the joint program in Bioengineering offered by the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco. Her academic work developed and tested mathematical models of human depth perception. She earned her A.B. magna cum laude in Physics with a concentration in Biophysics from Harvard University in 2002.