Michal Shimoni is a researcher and project officer since 1999 in the Hyperspectral Unit of the Department of Communications, Information, Systems, and Sensors (CISS). Her research topics of interest include hyperspectral imaging, target, anomaly and change detection, spectroscopy in the very near till the thermal infra-red domains, unmixing models and the fusion of hyperspectral imaging with other state-of-the-art sensors data, such as LIDAR, SAR and thermal images. Michal is engaged in the CISS as researcher and project officer in several national and international projects under the frame of the Belgian Defence, Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), EC-H2020 and EDA as DAP-19-05, GEPATAR, EOXPOSURE and DUCAS, respectively. The European Commission recognized her valuable expertise and nominated her in 2013 a ‘member’ of the Service Advisory Group (SAG) of the European H2020 Space programme.
In the past five years, Michal gathered operational experience in automatic detection and identification of Chemical warfare and ballistic missiles using imaging spectroscopy. In the frame of the former, she obtained two NATO awards: the 2016 ‘Set Panel Excellent Award’ and the 2017 ‘Scientific Achievement Award’.
Michal is also a highly involved member in the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She is engaged as an Associated Editor of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (GRSL) and a referee of several of their journals. In 2014 and 2015 she coordinated the Data Fusion Contest of IEEE GRSS and currently, she is the technical chair of IGARSS2021 that will take place in Brussels in the summer of 2021.
In the frame of IEEE, she obtained in December 2019 a ‘Senior Member’ Grade for her scientific achievements.