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Bustamante named to program committe for international conference

Donald Bustamante, project manager at New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory, has been appointed to the Scientific Program Committee for the International Fusion of Earth Data Conference to be held in France in January.

The conference brings researchers from around the world together for an interdisciplinary forum on the use of data obtained by satellite and space missions. The technology is used for improved mapping, weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, military applications and other purposes.

"The idea behind data fusion is to enhance the information you can extract from multiple sources of data," Bustamante said. "You're analyzing and fusing data from different frequencies -- such as infrared, microwave and visible light -- to come up with a result that is better than any of the individual components."

The Scientific Program Committee will decide the topics to be discussed at the conference, review all the scientific papers that are submitted and select the papers to be presented at the conference. Bustamante is the only U.S. representative on the committee. He is joined by 22 other internationally known researchers, including researchers from the defense ministries of the United Kingdom, Australia and France, and academic researchers from France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Japan and Sweden.

The conference will be held Jan. 26-28, 2000, in Sophia Antipolis - Cote d'Azur, France. The conference serves to establish methods, rules and principles that may help practitioners in selecting sensors, data, levels of processing and methods when performing data fusion.

Bustamante has chaired various scientific conferences and is a member of the American Meteorological Society's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on Artificial Intelligence. He recently was selected by Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering for inclusion in the Year 2000 edition.