Pr.  Moncef Gabbouj
Big Multimedia Data Analytics using Machine Learning and Optimization Tools

Moncef GabboujAffiliation: Department of Signal Processing, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland
Short Biography:
Dr. MONCEF GABBOUJ received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1985 from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. [read more= »Read more » less= »Read less »]
Dr. Gabbouj is a Professor of Signal Processing at the Department of Signal Processing at Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. Dr. Gabbouj was Academy of Finland Professor during 2011-2015. He was a visiting professor at the Departments of Electronic and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. Dr. Gabbouj was on sabbatical leave as a visiting scholar at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, during spring 2012, a visiting professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana during fall 2011, and a visiting professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE in 2007-2008. He was Head of the Department during 2002-2007. Dr. Gabbouj was Senior Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland during 2007-2008 and 1997-1998. He is the co-founder and past CEO of SuviSoft Oy Ltd. From 1995 to 1998 he was a Professor with the Department of Information Technology of Pori School of Technology and Economics. From 1994 to 1995 he was an Associate Professor with the Signal Processing Laboratory of Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland. From 1990 to 1993 he was a senior research scientist with the Research Institute for Information Technology, Tampere, Finland. His research interests include machine learning, analytics for Big Data, multimedia content-based analysis, indexing and retrieval; nonlinear signal and image processing and analysis; and video processing, coding and communications.
Dr. Gabbouj is an IEEE Fellow. He is a member of the IEEE Fourier Award Committee. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2004-2005, and Past-Chairman of the IEEE-EURASIP NSIP (Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing) Board. He was chairman of the Algorithm Group of the EC COST 211quat. He served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and was guest editor of Multimedia Tools and Applications, the European journal Applied Signal Processing. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Finland Section, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing, and the IEEE SP/CAS Finland Chapter. He was also Chairman of EUVIP 2014, CBMI 2005, WIAMIS 2001 and the TPC Chair of ISCCSP 2006 and 2004, CBMI 2003, EUSIPCO 2000, NORSIG 1996 and the DSP track chair of the 1996, 2012, 2013 and 2014 IEEE ISCAS. He is also member of EURASIP Advisory Board and past member of AdCom. He also served as Publication Chair and Publicity Chair of IEEE ICIP 2005 and IEEE ICASSP 2006, respectively. Dr. Gabbouj was Honorary Guest Professor at Jilin University, China (2005-2010).
Dr. Gabbouj was the Director of the International University Programs in Information Technology (1991-2007) and vice member of the Council of the Department of Information Technology at Tampere University of Technology. He is also the Vice-Director of the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence SPAG, Secretary of the International Advisory Board of Tampere International Center of Signal Processing, TICSP, and member of the Board of the Digital Media Institute. He served as Tutoring Professor for Nokia Mobile Phones Leading Science Program (2005-2007 and 1998-2001). He is a member of IEEE SP and CAS societies.
Dr. Gabbouj was recipient of the 2015 TUT Foundation Grand Recognition Award, the 2012 Nokia Foundation Visiting Professor Award, the 2005 Nokia Foundation Recognition Award, and co-recipient of the Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award from the 32nd Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems and the NORSIG Best Paper Award from the 1994 Nordic Signal Processing Symposium. He was also the supervisor of the main author receiving the Best Student Paper Award from IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, ISM 2011 and the IBM Best Paper Award at ICPR 2014. He supervised 40 doctoral students, co-authored of two books and over 650 publications.
Dr. Gabbouj has been involved in several past and current EU Research and education projects and programs, including ESPRIT, HCM, IST, COST, Tempus and Erasmus. He also served as Evaluator of IST proposals, and Auditor of a number of ACTS and IST projects on multimedia security, augmented and virtual reality, image and video signal processing. [/read]

Dr.  Josiane ZERUBIA
Marked Point Processes For Object Detection and Tracking in High Resolution Images: Applications to Remote Sensing and Biology.


  Josiane Zerubia is IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer for 2016-2017. Her attendance  and  Plenary talk are financially supported by IEEE Signal Processing Society

Affiliation: Director of research at Institut de Recherche en Informatique (INRIA), Sophia-Antipolis, France
Short biography:
Josiane Zerubia has been a permanent research scientist at INRIA since 1989 and director of research since July 1995. She was head of the PASTIS remote sensing laboratory (INRIA Sophia-Antipolis) from mid-1995 to 1997 and of the Ariana research group (INRIA/CNRS/University of Nice), which worked on inverse problems in remote sensing and biological imaging, from 1998 to 2011. [read more= »Read more » less= »Read less »] Since January 2012, she has been head of Ayin research group (INRIA-SAM) dedicated to models of spatio-temporal structure for high resolution image processing with a focus on remote sensing and skincare imaging. She has been professor at SUPAERO (ISAE) in Toulouse since 1999. Before that, she was with the Signal and Image Processing Institute of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los-Angeles as a postdoc. She also worked as a researcher for the LASSY (University of Nice/CNRS) from 1984 to 1988 and in the Research Laboratory of Hewlett Packard in France and in Palo-Alto (CA) from 1982 to 1984. She received the MSc degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering at ENSIEG, Grenoble, France in 1981, the Doctor of Engineering degree, her PhD and her ‘Habilitation’, in 1986, 1988, and 1994 respectively, all from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France. She is a Fellow of the IEEE (2003- ) and IEEE SP Society Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2017). She was a member of the IEEE IDMSP TC (SP Society) from 1997 till 2003, of the IEEE BISP TC (SP Society) from 2004 till 2012 and of the IVMSP TC (SP Society) from 2008 till 2013. She was associate editor of IEEE Trans. on IP from 1998 to 2002, area editor of IEEE Trans. on IP from 2003 to 2006, guest co-editor of a special issue of IEEE Trans. on PAMI in 2003, member of the editorial board of IJCV from 2004 till March 2013 and member-at-large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE SP Society from 2002 to 2004. She has also been a member of the editorial board of the French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SFPT) since 1998, of the Foundation and Trends in Signal Processing since 2007 and member-at-large of the Board of Governors of the SFPT since September 2014. She has been associate editor of the on-line resource « Earthzine » (IEEE CEO and GEOSS) since 2006. She was co-chair of two workshops on Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (EMMCVPR’01, Sophia Antipolis, France, and EMMCVPR’03, Lisbon, Portugal), co-chair of a workshop on Image Processing and Related Mathematical Fields (IPRM’02, Moscow, Russia), technical program chair of a workshop on Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for Urban Areas (Marne La Vallée, France, 2003), co-chair of the special sessions at IEEE ICASSP 2006 (Toulouse, France) and IEEE ISBI 2008 (Paris, France), publicity chair of IEEE ICIP 2011 (Brussels, Belgium), tutorial co-chair of IEEE ICIP 2014 (Paris, France), general co-chair of the workshop Earthvision at IEEE CVPR 2015 (Boston, USA) and a member of the organizing committee and plenary talk co-chair of IEEE-EURASIP EUSIPCO 2015 (Nice, France). She also organized and chaired an international workshop on Stochastic Geometry and Big Data at Sophia Antipolis, France, in November 2015. Her main research interest is in image processing using probabilistic models. She also works on parameter estimation, statistical learning and optimization techniques. Currenly, she is IEEE distinguished lecturer for the years 2016-2017.[/read]

Pr. Tho Le-Ngoc
Full-Duplex Wireless Communications


Affiliation:  Professor in the engineering department at McGill University, Montreal, QC.
Short biography:
Tho Le-Ngoc obtained his B.Eng. (with Distinction) in Electrical Engineering in 1976, his M.Eng. in Microprocessor Applications in 1978 from McGill University, Montreal, and his Ph.D. in Digital Communications 1983 from the University of Ottawa, Canada.  [read more= »Read more » less= »Read less »] During 1977-1982, he was with Spar Aerospace Limited as a Design Engineer and then a Senior Design Engineer, involved in the development and design of the microprocessor-based controller of Canadarm (of the Space Shuttle), and SCPC/FM, SCPC/PSK, TDMA satellite communications systems.
During 1982-1985, he was an Engineering Manager of the Radio Group in the Department of Development Engineering of SRTelecom Inc., developed the new point-to-multipoint DA-TDMA/TDM Subscriber Radio System SR500. He was the System Architect of this first digital point-to-multipoint wireless TDMA system.
During 1985-2000, he was a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Concordia University.
Since 2000, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of McGill University.
His research interest is in the area of broadband access communications.
Since 2004, he has been Scientific Director of the Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies in Communications (SYTACom), including 5 universities in Quebec.
He is a Senior Member of the Ordre des Ingénieur du Quebec, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
He is a recipient of the 2004 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research, the IEEE Canada Fessenden Award 2005, the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the 2014 Award for Best Collaboration with Huawei Wireless.
He holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) on Broadband Access Communications.
He is a theme leader and/or project leader in three interdisciplinary NSERC Strategic Research Networks: Healthcare Support through Information Technology Enhancement (hSITE), NSERC Smart Microgrid Network (NSMG-Net), and Smart Applications on Virtual Infrastructure (SAVI).
Since 1985, he has been a consultant, Technical Advisor, Chief Architect, Chief Scientist to several companies in communications.[/read]