Keynote Speakers

Prof. Jenq-Neng Hwang, IEEE Fellow
 University of Washington, USA


Dr. Jenq-Neng Hwang received the BS and MS degrees, both in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in 1981 and 1983 separately. He then received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California. In the summer of 1989, Dr. Hwang joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Washington in Seattle, where he has been promoted to Full Professor since 1999. He served as the Associate Chair for Research from 2003 to 2005, and from 2011-2015. He is currently the Associate Chair for Global Affairs and International Development in the EE Department. He has written more than 330 journal, conference papers and book chapters in the areas of machine learning, multimedia signal processing, and multimedia system integration and networking, including an authored textbook on "Multimedia Networking: from Theory to Practice," published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Hwang has close working relationship with the industry on multimedia signal processing and multimedia networking.
Dr. Hwang received the 1995 IEEE Signal Processing Society's Best Journal Paper Award. He is a founding member of Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee of IEEE Signal Processing Society and was the Society's representative to IEEE Neural Network Council from 1996 to 2000. He is currently a member of Multimedia Technical Committee (MMTC) of IEEE Communication Society and also a member of Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (MMSP TC) of IEEE Signal Processing Society. He served as associate editors for IEEE T-SP, T-NN and T-CSVT, T-IP and Signal Processing Magazine (SPM). He is currently on the editorial board of ZTE Communications, ETRI, IJDMB and JSPS journals. He served as the Program Co-Chair of IEEE ICME 2016 and was the Program Co-Chairs of ICASSP 1998 and ISCAS 2009. Dr. Hwang is a fellow of IEEE since 2001.

Prof. Xudong Jiang
 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Prof. Xudong Jiang received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, in 1983 and 1986, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree from Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany in 1997, all in electrical and electronic engineering. From 1986 to 1993, he worked as Lecturer at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China where he received two Science and Technology Awards from the Ministry for Electronic Industry of China. He was a recipient of the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation young scientist scholarship. From 1993 to 1997, he was with Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany as scientific assistant. From 1998 to 2004, He worked with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore, as Senior Research Fellow, Lead Scientist and appointed as the Head of Biometrics Laboratory where he developed a fingerprint verification algorithm that achieved the fastest and the second most accurate fingerprint verification in the International Fingerprint Verification Competition (FVC2000). He joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as a faculty member in 2004 and served as the Director of the Centre for Information Security from 2005 to 2011. Currently, Dr Jiang is a tenured Associate Professor in School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. Dr Jiang has published over hundred research papers in international refereed journals and conferences, some of which are well cited on Web of Science. He is also an inventor of 7 patents (3 US patents), some of which were commercialized. Dr Jiang is a senior member of IEEE and has been serving as Editorial Board Member,Guest Editor and Reviewer of multiple international journals, and serving as Program Committee Chair, Keynote Speaker and Session Chair of multiple international conferences. His research interest includes pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, image analysis, signal/image processing, machine learning and biometrics.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Yuri Rzhanov
 University of New Hampshire, United States


Yuri Rzhanov, with a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the Russian Academy of Sciences, is a Research Professor in the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. He completed his thesis on nonlinear phenomena in solid state semiconductors in 1983. Since joining the center in 2000, he has worked on a number of signal processing problems, including construction of large-scale mosaics from underwater imagery, automatic segmentation of acoustic backscatter mosaics, accurate measurements of underwater objects from stereo imagery.
His research interests include development of algorithms and their implementation in software for 3D reconstruction of underwater scenes, automatic detection and abundance estimation of various marine species from imagery acquired from ROVs, AUVs, towed and handheld cameras.

Prof. Christine Fernandez-Maloigne
University of Poitiers, France


Christine Fernandez-Maloigne is currently Vice-Rector of Poitiers University, in charge of International Relations and director of a CNRS research federation (MIRES), which gathers 560 researchers in the south west of France, in the area of mathematics, image processing, computer graphic, computer science and communication systems. Her research activities are focused on colour imaging, including fundamental researches about introduction of human visual system models in multiscale colour image processes as well as practical applications for biomedical, patrimonial and audio-visual digital contents. Christine Fernandez-Maloigne is now appointed member of the National Council of the French Universities (CNU), secretary of division 8, Image technologies, of the CIE (International commission of Lighting) and deputy Editor-in-chief of JOSA A.

Assoc. Prof. Krzysztof Koszela
Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland


Krzysztof Koszela is Associate Professor at the Institute of Biosystems Engineering, Department of Applied Informatics, Poznan University of Life Sciences. He is also Head of the Department of Applied Informatics, President of the Polish Society for ICT in Agriculture, Forestry and Food production, Board Member of The Food Cluster of Southern Wielkopolska Region.

His research fields and methods are Agri-food processing and storage (cereal grains, oil seeds, fruit and vegetables), Theory and applications of computational intelligence, including neural networks, similarity-based systems, relations with fuzzy systems, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, selection of relevant information, visualization of multidimensional data and relations, meta-learning techniques. Software engineering tools and methods, object-oriented programming. Business management, management process, trends in management, leadership and management. Major approaches to management. Basic manager roles and skills.

He involved in several research projects as a project leader and author of numerous publications in the area of agri-food processing.
He is the originator of many initiatives connecting the areas of science and business. He is a participant of numerous conferences, symposia and industry meetings related to the food sector in Poland.
His scientific achievements include over 95 publications, including 85 scientific articles and more than 78 scientific papers in international journals (he is also the review of several international journals).