Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Inspiring keynote speakers will shape ACOSIS 2019.

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Behnaam Aazhang

Rice University, USA

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Behnaam Aazhang

Rice University, USA

Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor and Director of Rice’s Neuroengineering Initiative.

From 2006 till 2014, he held an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. Dr. Aazhang is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communication Society. He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Oulu, Finland (the highest honor that the university can bestow) in 2017. He is also the recipient of the IEEE ComSoc CTTC Outstanding Service Award "For innovative leadership that elevated the success of the Communication Theory Workshop” in 2016 and Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “For consistent, fundamental contributions to multiuser communication theory for wireless networks” in 2017. He is a recipient of 2004 IEEE Communication Society’s Stephen O. Rice best paper award for a paper with A. Sendonaris and E. Erkip. In addition, Sendonaris, Erkip, and Aazhang received IEEE Communication Society’s 2013 Advances in Communication Award for the same paper. He has been listed in the Thomson-ISI Highly Cited Researchers and has been keynote and plenary speaker of several conferences.

His research interests are signal processing, information theory, and their applications to - engineering with focus areas in (i) understanding neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connectivity (ii) developing minimally invasive and non-invasive real-time closed-loop stimulation of neuronal systems to mitigate disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson, depression, and obesity, (iii) building microelectronics with data analysis techniques to develop a fine-grained recording and modulation system to remediate language disorders, (iv) developing a patient-specific multisite wireless monitoring and pacing system with temporal and spatial precision to restore the healthy function of a diseased heart.

Title : Can data analytics predict and prevent the onset of seizures in epileptic patients?

Abstract :

A fundamental research objective in neuro-engineering is to understand the ways in which functionalities of the brain emerge from the organization of neurons into highly connected circuits. This goal is one of the most critical scientific challenges in medicine of our generation. It is also critical in our understanding of how these functionalities are disrupted because of trauma and diseases like depression, Alzheimer’s, or Epilepsy.

In this presentation, I will discuss how signal processing techniques and graph- and information-theoretic tools can unravel brain's circuit connection that underlie the onset of a seizure in epileptic patients. These tools can also provide features to predict the onset and possibly prevent seizures.

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Erol Gelenbe

Imperial College London UK

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Erol Gelenbe

Imperial College London UK

Sami Erol Gelenbe (born 22 August 1945) is a Turkish-French computer scientist, electronic engineer and applied mathematician who is professor in Computer-Communications at Imperial College.

Known for pioneering the field of modelling and performance evaluation of computer systems and networks throughout Europe, he invented the random neural network and the eponymous G-networks. His many awards include the ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, and the in Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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Aria Nosratinia

Texas University at Dallas, USA

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Aria Nosratinia

Texas University at Dallas, USA

Aria Nosratinia is Erik Jonsson distinguished professor and associate head of the electrical engineering department at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton University, Rice University, and UCLA.

His interests lie in information theory and signal processing, with application in wireless communications. Dr. Nosratinia is a fellow of IEEE for contributions to multimedia and wireless communications. He has served as editor and area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and as editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing,, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Wireless Communications (Magazine), and Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers.

He has received the National Science Foundation career award, and the outstanding service award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Dallas Chapter. He has served in the organizing and technical program committees of a number of conferences, most recently as general co- chair of IEEE Information Theory Workshop 2018. Dr. Nosratinia was named a highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

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A. Murat Tekalp

Koc University, Turkey

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A. Murat Tekalp

Koc University, Turkey

A. Murat Tekalp received BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Bogazici University in 1980 with high honors, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York, in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He has been with Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York, from December 1984 to June 1987, and with the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, from July 1987 to June 2005, where he was promoted to Distinguished University Professor. Since June 2001, he is a Professor at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has been the Dean of Engineering at Koç University between 2010-2013. His research interests are in the area of digital image and video processing, including video compression and streaming, motion-compensated filtering, super-resolution, video segmentation, object tracking, content-based video analysis and summarization, 3D video processing, deep learning for image and video pocessing, video streaming and real-time video communications services, and software- defined networking.

He has chaired the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing  (Jan. 1996 - Dec. 1997).  He served as the Editor-in- Chief of Elsevier journal Signal Processing: Image Communication (2000-2010). He was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing (1990-1992), IEEE Trans. on Image Processing (1994-1996), and the Kluwer Journal Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing (1994-2002). He was an area editor for the Academic Press Journal Graphical Models and Image Processing (1995-1998). He was also on the editorial board of the Academic Press Journal Visual Communication and Image Representation (1995-2002) and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2007-2010). He is currently in the IEEE Press Board (2018- ) and the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE (2014-).

He is the founder and first Chairman of the Rochester Chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was elected as the Chair of the Rochester Section of IEEE in 1994-1995. He was appointed as the Technical Program Chair for the 1991 IEEE Signal Processing Society Workshop on Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing, the Special Sessions Chair for the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, the Technical Program Co-Chair for IEEE ICASSP 2000 in Istanbul, Turkey, the General Chair of IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) at Rochester, NY in 2002, and Technical Program Co-Chair of EUSIPCO 2005 in Antalya, Turkey.

The new edition of his Prentice Hall book Digital Video Processing (1995) is published in June 2015. Dr. Tekalp holds eight US patents. His group contributed technology to the ISO/IEC MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 standards. He participates in several European Framework projects, and is also a project evaluator for the European Commission and panel member for European Research Council.

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Jitendra K. Tugnait

Auburn University, USA

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Jitendra K. Tugnait

Auburn University, USA

Jitendra K. Tugnait received the B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in electronics and electrical communication engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India in 1971, the M.S. and the E.E. degrees from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1973, 1974, and 1978, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

From 1978 to 1982 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and was with the Long Range Research Division of the Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, TX, from June 1982 to Sept. 1989. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, in September 1989 as a Professor, where he is now James B. Davis Professor. His current research interests are in statistical signal processing and wireless physical and secure communications.

He is a fellow of IEEE (class of 1994). He has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and IEEE Signal Processing letters, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Associate Editor and Senior Area Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and Senior Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications letters.

Marrakesh, MOROCCO

November 20 - 22, 2019

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM