Jeffrey Uhlmann is an American research scientist who is probably best known for his mathematical generalizations of the Kalman filter. Most of his publications and patents have been in the field of data fusion. He is also known for being a cult filmmaker and former recording artist.
Uhlmann has degrees in philosophy, computer science, and a doctorate in robotics from the University of Oxford. He began work in 1987 at NRL's Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics in Washington, DC, and remained at NRL until 2000. Since 2000 he has been a professor of computer science at the University of Missouri.
He served for ten years as a co-founding member of the editorial board of the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics (1995–2006) before becoming co-editor of the Synthesis Lectures on Quantum Computing series for Morgan & Claypool.
Uhlmann published seminal papers on volumetric, spatial, and metric tree data structures and their applications for computer graphics, virtual reality, and multiple-target tracking. He originated the unscented transform (and its use in the unscented Kalman filter) and the data fusion techniques of covariance intersection and covariance union.
Uhlmann's results are widely-applied in tracking, navigation, and control systems, including for the NASA Mars rover program. His results relating to the constrained shortest path problem and simultaneous localization and mapping are also used in rover and autonomous vehicle applications.
Uhlmann has written, directed, produced, and/or acted in several prominent short and feature-length films. Notable examples include the animated short film Susan's Big Day and the feature films Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy, Academy of Doom, and Aztec Revenge. In recent years he has been a popular invited guest at international genre film festivals.
Uhlmann recorded and released a series of albums in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of his early experimental electronic albums have been reissued in their entirety on CD or digital download while his arguably better-known songs are only available on CD compilations.
- Liggins, Martin; Hall, David; Llinas, James, eds. (2008). "Chapters 14 and 15". Handbook of Multisensor Data Fusion (2 ed.). CRC Press.
- Hanan Samet (2006). Foundations of Multidimensional and Metric Data Structures. Morgan Kaufmann.
- Jeffrey Uhlmann (1991). "Satisfying General Proximity/Similarity Queries with Metric Trees". Information Processing Letters. 40 (4): 175–179. doi:10.1016/0020-0190(91)90074-r.
- Jeffrey Uhlmann (1992). "Algorithms for Multiple-Target Tracking". American Scientist. 80 (2).
- E.T. Baumgartner; et al. (2000). State Estimation and Vehicle Localization for the FIDO Rover (PDF) (Report). NASA-JPL.
- Jeffrey Uhlmann; et al. (1999). "NASA Mars Rover: A Testbed for Evaluating Applications of Covariance Intersection". Proceedings of the 1999 SPIE Conference on Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology. 3693.
- Ali Boroujerdi; Jeffrey Uhlmann (1998). "An Efficient Algorithm for Computing Least Cost Paths with Turn Constraints". Information Processing Letters. 67: 317–321. doi:10.1016/s0020-0190(98)00134-3.
- S. J. Julier; J. K. Uhlmann (2007). "Using Covariance Intersection for SLAM". Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 55 (1). doi:10.1016/j.robot.2006.06.011.
- "Susan's Big Day". Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- "Fantasia International Film Festival". Retrieved 12 April 2009.
- "Impulse (CD)". Tower Records. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
- "Circuit Theory". Vicmod Records. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
- "Performer (CD)". Tower Records. Retrieved 22 October 2011.