John Malas

Contact Information

John Malas

  • Adjunct

Selected Publications

  • Pasala, K. and J. Malas. 2011. HRR radar signature database validation for ATR; An information theoretic approach. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems  47, no. 2 (April).
  • Malas, J., and J. Cortese. 2010. The radar information channel and system uncertainty. Proceedings of 2010 IEEE Radar Conference, in Washington D.C.
  • Malas, J., and J. Cortese. 2010. The radar system and information flow. Proceedings of 2010 IEEE Cognitive Information Processing Conference, in Italy. 
  • Malas, J., and K. Pasala. 2007. Information theory based signature analysis. Proceedings of 2007 IEEE Aerospace Conference, March.
  • Malas, J., and K. Pasala. 2006. Signature exploitation and sensor capability. Proceedings of 2006 SPIE Conference, March.
  • Malas, J., and K. Pasala. 2003. Automatic target classification of slow moving targets in clutter. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems 39, no. 4, (October).
  • Malas, J., and K. Pasala. 2002. Wideband radar signal modeling of ground moving targets in clutter. Proceedings of 2002 SPIE Conference.
  • Malas, J. 1997. F-22 radar development. Proceedings of 1997 IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference.

Selected Patents

  • J. Malas, and K. Pasala, U.S. Patent 8350749, Radar Signature Database Validation for ATR, Issued January 2013.

Selected Research and Work

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant 10RY08COR, Uncertainty Propagation and the Fano Based Information Theoretic Method, 2010-2012.
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: Automatic Target Classification of Slow Moving Ground Targets Using Space-Time Adaptive Processing, 2002.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • AFRL Sensors Directorate Dr. Samuel M. Burka Scientific/Technical Memorial Award 2011
  • AFRL Sensors Directorate Sustained Community Service Award, 2006
  • AFRL Sensors Directorate Chief Scientists Award Finalist, 2005
  • Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) Engineer of the Year, 2001
  • Air force Letter of Commendation, 2001
  • Air Force Material Command General James Ferguson Engineering Award, 1995
  • Navy Achievement Medal, 1994

Courses Taught

  • Statistical Signal Processing (ECE-661) 
  • Information Theory (ECE-535)  


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2002 
  • M.S., Electrical Systems Engineering, Wright State University, 1991 
  • B.S., Electrical Systems Engineering, Wright State University, 1983

Professional Activities

  • IEEE Senior Member 
  • IEEE Dayton Section Scholarship Chair, 2009-2013 
  • Professional Engineering License: State of Ohio

Research Interests

  • Radar signature phenomenology studies related to improvement to information sensing systems
  • Information theory based applications to radar target scattering and signature processes
  • Parametric and non-parametric estimation
  • Airborne sensor architecture systems trade study techniques and associated modeling
  • Target RF signature and scattering characterization and modeling
  • Uncertainty propagation in inference systems 
  • Systems theory modeling and component decomposition methods