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Last Update: 2003.05.23

Michael Welser

VIVA Affiliation

Research Assistant
2001 - 2003


M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Minor in Economics, University of Virginia

Biographical Sketch

Michael Welser received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in May 2003 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Welser also graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with an Economics minor from the University of Virginia. Welser was recognized as a UVa Rodman Scholar as an undergraduate and was awarded the Electrical Engineering Department's William L. Everitt Award for Student Excellence in the Spring of 2002. His master's thesis topic was "Projection Model Snakes for Tracking Using a Monte Carlo Approach" and his undergraduate thesis topic was "Reducing the Effects of Clutter and Scale in Target Recognition and Tracking". He completed the AFROTC program at UVA and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in May 2003. Welser also worked as a developmental engineer for the Air Force at the Air Force Research Lab Sensors Directorate at Hanscom AFB, MA.

Research Interests

Michael Welser's areas of research included developing and using affine and projective snakes for military target tracking. Welser's master's research delved into sequential Monte Carlo methods and their use in tracking. Welser was funded and worked with data provided by the Army Research Office. Welser also researched the use of morphological filtering methods to improve tracking in both military and biomedical arenas. Welser's primary course load emphasized digital system design, communications, and image and signal processing. Welser is an Aries and enjoys soccer, racquetball, golfing and sipping on Kansas City Ice Waters.

Selected Publications

  • A.P. Goobic, M.E. Welser, S.T. Acton, and K. Ley, "Biomedical Application of Target Tracking in Clutter," Conference Record of the Thirty-Fifth Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, vol. 1, pp. 88-92, 2001.
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