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Distinguished Industry Speakers

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The following is a list of Signal Processing Society's distinguished industry speakers.

2019 Distinguished Industry Speakers

Sergio Goma

Sergio Goma (SM) received the B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees from the “Univesitatea Politehnica Timisara” University, Timisoara, Romania, in 1994, 1995 and 1998 respectively, all in computer engineering. Since 2008, Dr. Goma is the Senior Director of Technology at Qualcomm Technologies where he leads the R&D and standardization group for imaging. Previously, Dr. Goma was the Principal Member of Technical Staff at AMD and prior to AMD, Dr. Goma was the Architect of the imaging processing solution present in the Imageon series of chips at ATI.

Dr. Goma was a technical subgroup chair of CPIQ (Camera Phone Image Quality) – currently IEEE P1858, building and standardizing image quality test metrics and methodologies across the industry to correlate objective test results with human perception, and combine this data into a meaningful consumer rating system.

Dr. Goma was the technical lead for the AMD and ATI contributions to the standardization of serial camera interface MIPI CSI-2SM which is the most widely used camera interface in the mobile industry. It has achieved widespread adoption for its ease of use and ability to support a broad range of high-performance applications, including 1080p, 4K, 8K and beyond video, and high-resolution photography. His technical solutions were accepted as the core technologies for both MIPI-CSI2 and MIPI-DSI (e.g. MIPI specific ECC code, system definition and example implementation of the MIPI-CSI2, etc) becoming the foundation of MIPI-CSI2. Also, he drove the interoperability implementations of MIPI-CSI2 across industry, being a co-author of the AMD/ATI CSI2 implementation.

Before ATI, Dr. Goma was designing high performance CCD and CMOS cameras and imaging systems used in metrology and industrial automation in companies like Photon Dynamics (currently Orbotech), Taymer Industries and others. Dr. Goma serves as Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2013-Present); IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging (2015-Present); and Springer Journal of Real-Time Image Processing (2009-Present); Committee Member, IS&T’s HVEI – Human Vision and Electronic Imaging Conference (2008-Present); and PMIIC - Photography, Mobile and Immersive Imaging Conference (2007-Present). He has served as Vice President of Society, Imaging Science and Technology (2014-2018); Committee Member, Computational Imaging Special Interest Group since its inception in 2015 until it became the Computational Imaging Technical Committee where he continues to serve as Associate Member.

Dr. Goma has received the 2014 Society for Imaging and Technology Service Award for serving as the 2014 Electronic Imaging Symposium Chair and for leading the efforts for IS&T sole management of the Symposium beginning in 2016.

Dr. Goma’s research interests include programmable hardware architectures and hardware accelerators for imaging, computational photography and integrated imaging sensors, image quality, image processing and computer vision.

Sergio Goma
E: sgoma@qti.qualcomm.com; sergiu_goma@ieee.org

Lecture Topics

  • Integrated Image Sensors with Compute Elements
  • Programmable Architectures for Image Processing

Neil Gordon

Neil Gordon (SM) received a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Nottingham in 1988 and a PhD in Statistics from Imperial College, University of London in 1993. He was with the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in the UK from 1988-2002 working on statistical signal processing for a range of Defence applications. In 2002, he moved to Defence Science and Technology, part of the Department of Defence in Australia where he currently leads the Intelligence Analytics branch. Dr. Gordon’s team of scientists and engineers conduct research and development to improve the situation awareness of intelligence analysts by extracting, fusing and disseminating meaningful content from a wide range of diverse data sources and types. He provides expert scientific and technical advice to the Department of Defence and other Commonwealth agencies. He led the DST team providing scientific advice to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau MH370 search.

Dr. Gordon is an IEEE Senior Member and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He was Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2015-2017) and has given invited plenary lectures at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2015) and the International Fusion Conference (2004 and 2018). He has co-authored 3 books, 4 book chapters and over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers

Dr. Gordon’s main areas of research are particle filters and Bayesian methods for nonlinear estimation, data and information fusion in distributed sensor networks.

Neil Gordon
E: neil.gordon@dst.defence.gov.au

Lecture Topics

  • Beyond the Kalman Filter : 25 Years of Particles and Other Random Points
  • Signal Processing and the Search for MH370

Pedro J. Moreno

Pedro J. Moreno (M) completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996, and his Telecommunications Engineering degree at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain in 1986. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Moreno held a research scientist position at HP Labs where he led research in audio mining and search.

Dr. Moreno leads a team of 50 engineers and scientist at the languages modeling group, part of the Speech team at Google. His team is in charge of deploying speech recognition services in all supported languages, and improving their quality. His team has pioneered the use of context signals in speech recognition systems. Dr. Moreno has been involved in building the google technology behind every voice-activated application that is used by billions of users in over 100 languages every day.

Dr. Moreno’s research interests include signal processing, machine learning, statistical modeling with applications to speech processing. He has published over 100 well-cited publications in several conferences and journals and holds several patents to his name.

Pedro Moreno
E: pedro@google.com; pmoreno@gmail.com

Lecture Topics

  • Speech Recognition
  • Language Modeling
  • Voice Assistants

Ashish Pandharipande

Ashish Pandharipande (SM) received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1998, the M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 2000, 2001 and 2002, respectively.

Dr. Pandharipande has since been a post-doctoral researcher at University of Florida, senior researcher at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and senior scientist at Philips Research. He has held visiting positions at AT&T Laboratories, NJ, and the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He is currently Lead R&D Engineer at Signify (new company name of Philips Lighting), in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Dr. Pandharipande has served as Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2012-2015); Associate Editor, IEEE Sensors Journal (2012-present), IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2016-present) and IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (2014-present); and Member, International Advisory Board, Lighting Research & Technology Journal (2010-present).

Dr. Pandharipande’s research interests are in sensing, wireless communications, controls, data analytics, and signal processing applications in domains like smart lighting, energy monitoring and control, and cognitive spectrum sharing. He has more than 160 scientific publications and about 90 patents/filings in these areas.

Ashish Pandharipande
E: ashish.p@signify.com; pashish@ieee.org

Lecture Topics

  • Sensing Technologies and Applications in Smart Lighting and Beyond
  • Sensor-Driven Smart Lighting Controls
  • Machine Learning in Connected Lighting: Applications and Opportunities
  • Sensing, Visible Light Communication and Illumination Control in LED Lighting Systems

Tao Zhang

Tao Zhang (SM) attended Nanjing University, Nanjing, China from 1982 to 1986 and received his B.S. degree in physics in 1986; attended Peking University, Beijing, China from 1986 to 1989 and received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1989; attended the Ohio-State University, Columbus, OH, USA from 1991 to 1995 and received his Ph.D. degree in speech and hearing science in 1995. He joined the Advanced Research Department at Starkey Laboratories, Inc. as a Sr. Research Scientist in 2001, managed the DSP department at Starkey Laboratories, Inc. from 2004 to 2008 and the Signal Processing Research Department at Starkey Laboratories, Inc. from 2008 to 2014. He has been Director of the Signal Processing Research department at Starkey Hearing Technologies since 2014.

Dr. Zhang is a Senior Member of IEEE and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He is a Member, IEEE Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing Technical Committee (2014-present); Member, IEEE Industrial Relationship Committee (2014-present); Member, IEEE ComSoc North America Region Board (2018-present) and the IEEE Industry Convoy for the Unites States, Region 1-6 (2017-present). He is the Chair of IEEE Twin-Cities Signal Processing and Communication Chapters (2013-present).

Since 2001, Dr. Zhang has been actively promoting education and research in the field of hearing research and technology in the global research community. He has hosted many IEEE distinguished lectures and organized many joint IEEE and Starkey research seminars in hearing research and technology. He has been a sponsor for best paper award and other student awards for ICASSP, EUSIPCO, WASPAA, HSCMA and EMBC. He is the organizer of global research reception for audio, acoustic and speech signal processing researchers for hearing instruments at ICASSP 2013, 2015 and 2016. Finally, Dr. Zhang has received many prestigious awards from Starkey Hearing Technologies including the Outstanding Technical Leadership Award (2003), the Engineering Service Award (2007), the Most Valuable Idea Award (2009), the Mount Rainier Best Research Team Award (2016) and Inventor of the Year Award (2018).

Dr. Zhang’s current research interests include audio, acoustic, speech and music signal processing, multimodal signal processing and machine learning for hearing enhancement and health and wellness monitoring, psychoacoustics, room and ear canal acoustics, ultra-low power embedded system design and real-time fixed-point DSP algorithm design. He has authored over 120 presentations and publications, received 20+ approved patents and had additional 30+ patents pending.

Tao Zhang
E: tzhang28@ieee.org

Lecture Topics

  • Tackling The Cocktail Party Problem For Hearing Devices
  • Intelligent Hearing Aids: The Next Revolution
  • Robust and Practical Acoustic Feedback Control For Hearing Devices
  • Practical Challenges, Current Solutions and Future Directions For Hearing Devices
  • Multimodal Signal Processing and Machine Learning For Multipurpose Ear-Level Devices


2018 Distinguished Industry Speakers

Alfonso Farina

Alfonso Farina (LF) received his doctor degree in Electronic Engineering, University of Rome (IT) (1967-1973). In 1974, Dr. Farina joined Selenia, then Selex ES, where he became Director of the Analysis of Integrated Systems Unit and subsequently Director of Engineering of the Large Business Systems Division. In 2012, he was Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the Company, reporting directly to the President. From 2013 to 2014, he was senior advisor to the CTO, retiring in October 2014. From 1979 to 1985, he was also professor of “Radar Techniques” at the University of Naples (IT). Today, Dr. Farina is a Visiting Professor at University College London (UCL), Dept. Electronic and Electrical Engineering, CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastructures) Industry Advisory Chair, and a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) of IEEE AESS. He is a consultant to Leonardo S.p.A. “Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division” (Rome), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_S.p.A.

Dr. Farina is LFIEEE, FIET, FREng, and Fellow of EURASIP. He has authored more than 600 peer-reviewed technical papers and books and monographs (published worldwide). He collaborates with several professional journals and conferences (mainly on radar and data fusion) as associate editor, reviewer, organizer of special issues, session chairman, plenary speaker, etc. Since 2017, he is Senior Editorial Board Member, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Dr. Farina was General Chair, IEEE RadarCon (2008), and Executive Conference Chair, International Conference on Fusion (2006).

Dr. Farina received the following most significant awards: Leader of the team that won the First Prize of the first edition of the Finmeccanica Award for Innovation Technology (2004); International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (2005); IEEE Honor Ceremony, Montreal, Canada; IEEE Dennis J. Picard Gold Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications “for Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques” (2010); Oscar Masi Award for the AULOS® “green” radar by the Italian Industrial Research Association (AIRI) (2012); IET Achievement Medal “for outstanding contributions to radar system design, signal, data and image processing, and data fusion (2014). The main best paper awards received are M. Barry Carlton Award, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (2001, 2003), IET – Proceedings on Radar Sonar and Navigation (2009-2010), and International Conference on Fusion (2004, 2009).

Alfonso Farina
E: alfonso.farina@outlook.it,

Lecture Topics

  • 40 Years of Tracking for Radar Systems: A Cross-Disciplinary Academic and Industry Point of View
  • Perspectives in Data Fusion. An Industrial Point of View
  • Adaptivity in Radar Signal Processing. An Industrial Point of View
  • General Guidelines for Innovation Management in a Modern Defence Company

Ton Kalker

Ton Kalker (F) received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Dr. Kalker is SVP Audio Engineering at DTS (subsidiary of XPERI). Prior to that Dr. Kalker was the VP of Security and DRM at DTS where he led the development of next generation immersive audio for cinema at DTS. These efforts have resulted in the introduction of DTS:X for cinema, available in theaters globally. In this role, Dr. Kalker was (and is) an active participant in the relevant standardization organizations (SMPTE, ITU), taking on chair and editor positions in SMPTE.

Prior to DTS, Dr. Kalker was Vice-President of Technology at the Huawei Innovation Center, Santa Clara, responsible for setting and driving strategies for new media technologies. Prior to Huawei, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, focusing on media security and content delivery ecosystems. Dr. Kalker was a technical co-chair of DECE (publicly known as Ultraviolet), building and standardizing an ecosystem for interoperable online video delivery. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, he was a principal researcher at Philips Electronics, working in the field of media security, in particular digital watermarking, robust content identification and interoperability of Digital Rights Managements systems. He was the technical lead for the Philips contribution to the standardization of video watermarking for DVD copy protection. His technical solution was accepted as the core technology for the proposed DVD copy protection standard. His work laid the foundation of the Content Identification business unit of Philips Electronics, successful in commercializing watermarking and other identification technologies, and now operating under the name Civolution as an independent company.

Dr. Kalker is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to Digital Watermarking (2001); Co-Founder, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics (2005); Co-Founder and Chair, Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (2006-2007); Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing Supplement on Secure Media; Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2005-Present); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2004-2005) (2011-Present); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2011-Present); Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2003-2004); Associate Member, Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee; Member, Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2000-2005); Member, Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2011-Present); Member, Signal Processing Fellow Evaluation Committee (2009-2011); Technical Program Chair, the first Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS-09 in London); Tutorial Co-Chair, ICME (2010); Tutorial Co-Chair, ICIP (2011); Technical Program Co-Chair, IEEE MMSP 2012; and was part-time faculty at the University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands (1998-2004).

Ton Kalker
Email: ton.kalker@ieee.org

Lecture Topics

  • Digital Watermarking
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Immersive Sound Rendering and Coding

Thomas Marzetta

Thomas Marzetta (LF) received the PhD and SB in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and 1972, and the MS in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1973. Currently he is Distinguished Industry Professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Prof. Marzetta had three industrial research careers prior to joining NYU: petroleum exploration at Schlumberger-Doll Research (1978 – 1987), defense at Nichols Research Corporation (1987 – 1995), and telecommunications at Bell Labs (1995 – 2017). At Bell Labs, he directed the Communications and Statistical Sciences Department within the former Mathematical Sciences Research Center, and he was elected a Bell Labs Fellow. He originated Massive MIMO, one of the cornerstones of fifth generation wireless technology. Prof. Marzetta is the lead author of the book "Fundamentals of Massive MIMO".

Prof. Marzetta was elected IEEE Fellow in 2003, and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Linköping University in 2015. He was on the Advisory Board of MAMMOET (Massive MIMO for Efficient Transmission), an EU-sponsored FP7 project, and was Coordinator of the GreenTouch Consortium’s Large Scale Antenna Systems Project. He has received awards including the IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize (2015), the IEEE W. R. G. Baker Award (2015), and the IEEE Guglielmo Marconi Prize Paper Award (2013).

Thomas L. Marzetta
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
E: tom.marzetta@nyu.edu

Lecture Topics

  • Massive MIMO: It Really Works!
  • From Armstrong, Through Shannon, to Massive MIMO: 100 Years of Wireless Technological Progress
  • A Network Optimization Problem in the Year 1879

Tao Mei

Tao Mei (SM) is a Senior Researcher with Microsoft Research Asia. He received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He was elected as a Fellow of IAPR and a Distinguished Scientist of ACM in 2016, for his contributions to large-scale video analysis and applications.

Dr. Mei was the recipient of a number of paper awards from prestigious multimedia journals and conferences, including the Best Paper Awards from ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (2017), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2014), IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2013), ACM International Conference on Multimedia (2009 and 2007), and so on. He is Editorial Board Member, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, and IEEE Multimedia Magazine. He is General Co-chair, IEEE ICME (2019) and ICIMCS (2013); Program Co-chair, ACM Multimedia (2018); IEEE ICME (2015); IEEE MMSP (2015); and MMM (2013); and Area Chair, for a dozen international conferences. Dr. Mei is Member, IEEE Signal Processing Society Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (2013-2019) and Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2017-2019). He is also in the Industry Subcommittee of IEEE Signal Processing Society Conference Board (2016).

Dr. Mei’s current research interests include multimedia analysis and computer vision. He is leading a team working on image and video analysis, vision and language, and multimedia search.

Tao Mei
JD AI Research, China
E: tmei@live.com

Lecture Topics

  • Deep Visual Understanding: Fine-Grained Image and Video Recognition
  • Video Analysis with Deep Learning
  • Vision and Language

Michael Picheny

Michael Picheny (F) is the Senior Manager of Speech Technologies at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center. He obtained his S.B (1975), S.M. (1978) and PhD (1981) all from MIT. He has worked in the Speech Recognition area since 1981, joining IBM immediately after finishing his doctorate. He has been heavily involved in the development of almost all of IBM's recognition systems, ranging from the world's first real-time large vocabulary discrete system through IBM's product lines for telephony and embedded systems.

Dr. Picheny is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has published numerous papers in both journals and conferences on almost all aspects of speech recognition. Dr. Picheny has received several awards from IBM for his work, including a corporate award, three outstanding Technical Achievement Awards and two Research Division Awards. He is the co-holder of over 50 patents and was named a Master Inventor by IBM in 1995 and again in 2000. Dr. Picheny served as Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (1986-1989); Chair, Speech Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2002-2004); Member, SPS Awards Board (2004-2007); and Editorial Board Member, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2007-2009). Dr. Picheny has served multiple times as Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of Columbia University, most recently in 2016, co-teaching a course in speech recognition. He was a Member of the board of ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) (2005-2013) and named an ISCA Fellow (2014). He was a Technical Program Co-chair, IEEE ASRU (2005 and 2015); Industrial Liaison Co-Chair, INTERSPEECH (2006 and 2016); and Co-General Chair, IEEE ASRU Workshop (2011).

Dr. Picheny currently leads a team of researchers at IBM that tries to push the envelope on speech recognition and speech synthesis performance, and also supplies advanced speech technologies to IBM’s Watson Group.

Michael Picheny
E: picheny@us.ibm.com

Lecture Topics

  • Spoken Term Detection for Low-Resource Languages
  • Reaching Levels of Human Performance in Conversational Speech Recognition
  • Speech Recognition: What's there left to do?

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