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Dr. Anibal FEREIRA

Anibal FEREIRA

Affiliation: Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal.
Tentative Title: Whispered speech-to-voiced speech conversion using frequency-domain parametric modeling of source and filter-related information.
Short biography:
Aníbal Ferreira received his Ph.D degree in ECE from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1998. In 1990/91 and in 1993, he was a consultant at AT&T Bell Laboratories Murray Hill, New Jersey, in the area of perceptual audio coding. This work led to significant contributions to the specification of the MPEG-Audio Advanced Audio Coder (AAC) standard. Dr. Ferreira has participated in several European research projects and has been the coordinator of six Portuguese research projects in the areas of real-time audio analysis, synthesis, compression, modification, transcription and singing voice analysis. Dr. Ferreira is a founder of a spin-off company in Portugal in the areas of acoustic voice quality assessment and real-time audio processing. He is also CTA at ATC Labs, a New Jersey start-up devoted to audio and video processing and communication. Currently, Dr. Ferreira is associate professor at the ECE Department of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto where he lectures in the areas of signal theory, physiological signal processing, multimedia and telecommunications. His research interests include psychoacoustics, audio analysis, synthesis and coding, multirate filter banks, acoustic analysis of the voice and dysphonic voice reconstruction. Dr. Aníbal Ferreira is a member of the AES, IEEE and ASA societies.

Dr.  Julie CARREAU

Julie CARREAU
Affiliation: Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Montpellier, France
Tentative Title: Characterization of homogeneous regions for regional peaks-over-threshold modeling of heavy precipitation.
Short biography:
Carreau obtained a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Montreal, Canada in the field of machine learning. Her dissertation thesis is at the junction of  non-parametric modeling to exploit abundant data in the central part of the distribution and extreme value modeling for extrapolation to the upper tail of the distribution where data is scarce. She held a post-doc position at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement near Paris (France) with Philippe Naveau for two years. This position enabled a transition to research activities still focussing on extremes but with applications in climate and hydrology. Julie held another post-doc position at the Inria, near Grenoble (France) but had to quit prematurely as she obtained a permanent position at the HydroSciences Lab in Montpellier (France). Since then, Julie is involved in research activities to bridge the gap between theoretical statistical developments in extreme value modelling and environmental applications. She developped collaborations in the field of statistics and in hydrology as well. In addition, Julie is involved in teaching activities.

Dr. Mehrez ZRIBI

Mehrez ZRIBI

Affiliation: Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Toulouse, France.
Tentative Title: microwave technologies for land surface states monitoring.
Short Biography:
Mehrez ZRIBI is a Research Director with Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).  He received the B.E. degree in signal processing from the Institut Superieur de la aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France, and the Ph.D. degree from the Université  Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. In 1995, he joined the Centre d’Etude des Environnements Terrestre et Planétaires Laboratory/Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Vélizy, France. In 2001, he joined CNRS organism. Since October 2008, he has been with the Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère (CESBIO), Toulouse. He is responsable of “Observation systems” team in CESBIO. His research interests include microwave remote sensing applied to hydrology, microwave modelling for land surface parameters estimations and finally airborne microwave instrumentation. He has acted as project manager of many projects supported by the French Space Agency (CNES), French National Program of Remote Sensing, the European Space Agency (ESA), French National Research Agency (ANR)…. He has published more than 90 articles in refereed journals and more than 170 conference proceedings. He is member of different national and international scientific Comities (EUFAR, CSTA, ORACLE, ARSCO …). He is expert for different national and international programs (ANR, regional programs, ARSCO, European parliament …).

Prof. Riadh EL FARAH

Riadh EL FARAH
Affiliation:  Higher Institute of Multimedia Art of Manouba (ISAMM), Tunisia.
Tentative Title: A semantic scene interpretation overview for remotely sensed images: methods and applications.
Short Biography:
Imed Riadh Farah is currently full Professor at the Higher Institute of Multimedia Art of Manouba (ISAMM), University of Manouba, Tunisia.  He received the Engineer degree in 1991 from ENIG School Engineering, MD degree in 1995 from ISG Institute, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from National School of Computer Science (ENSI), Tunis, Tunisia in 2003. Since November 2009, he has been Associate Professor and then Professor of computer science. He is an Associate Researcher in the Department ITI-Telecom Bretagne, Brest, France, since January 2009. Since 2011, he is head of ISAMM. His research interests are artificial intelligence, data mining, image processing, recognition and interpretation, especially for remote sensing applications, and earth observation.

Prof. Ahmed BEN HAMIDA

Ahmed BEN HAMIDAAffiliation:  Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax (ENIS), Sfax Tunisia.
Tentative Title: Advanced Clinical Aided tool for Tumors Characterisation and Exploration.
Short Biography:
Ahmed BEN HAMIDA was born in 1963 in Sfax (Tunisia). He was graduated in Electrical Engineering 1988 from the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Tunis (ENIT). Then, he obtained his Master degree in Telecommunications from ENIT in 1993, his PhD  in 1998 and, his Habilitation Universitaire in 2003 from the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax (ENIS). Currently, he is full Professor at ENIS. His research activity covers the topics of speech and image processing for medical applications. It is performed in collaboration with international laboratories as well as with medical centers. He is also the head of the research laboratory Advanced Technologies Medicine & Signals (ATMS) and the founding general chair of the conference International Conference on Advanced Technologies for Signal and Image Processing (ATSIP). He was  Invited Professor at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) and at LASL Laboratory Calais France and GRIF Telecom Lille1 France.

Prof. Benoit GELLER

Benoit GELLER
Affiliation: Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées, ParisTech, France.
Tentative Title: Advanced Synchronization Techniques for the IoT.
Short Biography:
Benoît GELLER received the Master Sc. in Telecommunications from ENSEIRB in 1988, the PhD in telecommunications from INPG in 1992, and the Accreditation to Supervise Research HDR in Information Sciences from the University of Paris in 2004.  He was the head of the Multisensor and Information Team (17 researchers) at SATIE lab Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan  until he joined ENSTA ParisTech in 2007-08, where he is a Full Professor.
He presently works on the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor networks, and more generally on wireless communications.  He also has a strong experience of Digital Communications Systems with emphasis on Mobile and Broadband (OFDM, CDMA,…) systems, Information theory and Channel Coding (Turbo codes, algebraic codes, MIMO,…), Iterative methods and Signal Processing methods both applied to telecommunications.
He has been involved in several European projects (Mast AIDA, Medea+ INCA, Medea+ MIDAS, Newcom++,Horizon 2020 Bridges) and has also been in charge of many industrial projects. He has published about 100 international papers and has pended 4 international patents.

Prof. Fethi BREKSI REGUIG

Fethi BREKSI REGUIG

Affiliation: Département de Génie Biomédical, Faculté de Technologie, Université de Tlemcen, Algérie.
Tentative Title: Photoplethysmogram PPG signal Analysis for detecting vital physiological parameters: An evaluating study
Short Biography:
Pr. BEREKSI REGUIG Fethi: graduated with the engineering degree in Electronics from the university of Science and technology, Oran, Algeria in 1983 and then with the M.sc degree in modern electronics from Nottingham University England in 1985. [read more= »Read more » less= »Read less »] On 1989 he gets his PhD degree from the same University and then joined Tlemcen University as a lecturer in electronics on December 1989. Since then, he fully contributed for promoting different areas of electrical engineering and electronics as a faculty member. He was leading the group who sets the Biomedical Engineering degree at Tlemcen University. Since 2000, he is Professor and Director of the research Laboratory in Biomedical Engineering. His area of research interests includes Biomedical signal Processing and microcomputer‐based medical instrumentation. He is author of more than 120 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Prof. Besma SmidaBasmaSmidaAffiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Tentative title: Full-duplex Communication by mean of Reflected Power
Short Biography:
Besma Smida is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. After completing her appointment as a Postdoc and later a Lecturer at Harvard University, she became an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University Calumet. [read more= »Read more » less= »Read less »]Additionally, she was a Research Engineer in the Technology Evolution and Standards group of Microcell, Inc. (now Rogers Wireless), Montreal, Canada. Dr. Smida took part in wireless normalization committees (3GPP, T1P1). She obtained the Ph. D. and M. Sc. from the University of Quebec (INRS), Montreal, Canada, and the Diplome d’Ingenieur Principal degree in telecommunications from the Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis (SUPCOM), Tunisia.
Her research focuses on wireless communication theory, and is published in varied IEEE transactions journals and conferences. She received the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and the NSF CAREER award in 2015.
Dr. Smida was a member of the Research Board at Purdue. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a reviewer of most IEEE communication society journals. She also served as a technical program committee (TPC) member and chair for many IEEE communication society conferences. Moreover, she was chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Chicago section, where she co-organized Engineers Week (E- Week) expositions. This event was designed to expand interest in engineering and technology careers among high school students, and attracted approximately 1000 participants. Dr. Smida also built a partnership between IEEE WIE and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.