Singapore /August 4-6

Keynote Speakers

2017 2nd International Conference on Signal and Image Processing (ICSIP 2017)



Keynote Speaker I


Fellow of IEEE ,Dean, Prof. M J T Smith, Purdue University, USA

Speech Title: Voice Conversion and Modification


Abstract: Digital speech technology continues to have an increasing presence in society, impacting hundreds of millions of people. Common examples include text-to-speech systems, GPS devices, cell phones, automated response systems, and many more.  This talk presents some high performance approaches to speech modification and voice conversation that expand application functionality by enabling speaker identity to be modified. In particular, a voice conversion algorithm based on a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) is employed. Instead of employing the Expectation Maximization (EM) algorithm to determine the parameters of the GMM, we us a neural network, which helps improve the accuracy of the estimation and in turn reduces distortion in the converted speech. Flexibility to control pitch, cadence, and time scale are achieved using a sinusoidal model for synthesis.


Bio: Mark J. T. Smith received his B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. He joined the electrical engineering faculty at Georgia Tech in 1984 and later served as the executive assistant to the president of the institute from 1997-2001. In January 2003, he joined the faculty at Purdue University as head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Presently, he serves as Dean of the Graduate School and holds the Michael & Katherine Birck endowed professorship.

Dr. Smith is a fellow of the IEEE and a former IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Signal Processing.  He has authored many papers in the areas of speech and image processing, filter banks, and wavelets and is the co-author of two introductory books titled, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing and Digital Filtering. He is also co-editor of the book, Wavelets and Subband Transforms: Design and Applications, and the co-author of the textbook, A Study Guide for Digital Image Processing.

In addition to professional service, teaching, and research, Dr. Smith's past includes athletic training and competition in the sport of fencing. He was National Champion of the United States in 1981 and 1983 and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980 and 1984.



Keynote Speaker II



Prof. Maode Ma, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Speech Title: Network Selection and Resource Allocation for Multicast Service in HetNets


Abstract: In a heterogeneous wireless system, the member stations of a multicast stream may be distributed in different wireless networks within the system. Meanwhile, each member station may have multiple network interfaces available simultaneously. Therefore, the selection of networks for serving the stream and the allocation of radio resources in the selected networks play significant roles in improving the utilization of system resource, especially for the stream with a large group size. In this talk, a novel joint network selection and resource allocation scheme is introduced aiming to minimize the overall resources consumed by the multicast stream in the heterogeneous wireless system. The fundamental idea is to gather the member stations locating in the same network region and to transmit the stream with possibly high modulation and coding rates. The problem is formulated as a binary integer programming problem, and then a computationally efficient Lagrangian-based heuristic algorithm is derived to solve the problem, where the architecture of interworking system is taken into account. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme will cost the minimum system bandwidth compared to other reference schemes.


Bio: Dr. Maode Ma received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999. Now, Dr. Ma is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has extensive research interests including wireless networking and network security. He has led and/or participated in 18 research projects funded by government, industry, military and universities in various countries. He has been a general chair, technical symposium chair, tutorial chair, publication chair, publicity chair and session chair for more than 70 international conferences. He has been a member of the technical program committees for more than 180 international conferences. Dr. Ma has about 300 international academic publications including more than 130 journal papers and over 160 conference papers. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computer and Communication Engineering and International Journal of Electronic Transport. He also serves as a Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and an Associate Editor for International Journal of Network and Computer Applications, International Journal of Security and Communication Networks, International Journal of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing and International Journal of Communication Systems. He had been an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Letters from 2003 to 2011. Dr. Ma is the Fellow of IET and a senior member of IEEE Communication Society and IEEE Education Society. He is the Chair of the IEEE Education Society, Singapore Chapter. He is serving as an IEEE Communication Society Distinguished Lecturer from 2013 to 2016.


Keynote Speaker III



Prof. Jimmy Liu, Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology, Chinese Academic of Science, China

Principle Scientist (Adj), Singapore National Eye Research Institute, Singapore


Speech Title: Digital Ocular Imaging Research


Abstract: In the talk, Jimmy will update the ocular imaging research work conducted with ophthalmologists from many counties in the past 10 years. He will share his intelligent image processing work on various ocular imaging modalities such as fundus, OCT (optical Coherence Tomography), OCT Angiogram on the following 4 areas: ocular disease screening, robot assisted eye micro-surgery, ocular biometrics, as well as ocular medical informatics using genome study. He will introduce the current issues, technologies and approaches in this inter-disciplinary research area. Jimmy will also share how ocular imaging research efforts are noticed by the cardiologists and dermatologists, which results in the expansion of the research to other medical imaging research area such as coronary vessel and skin medical image analysis using the technologies developed from the ocular imaging research. 


Bio: Prof. Jimmy Liu Jiang joined Chinese Academy of Sciences in March 2016 through the China “Thousand Talent Program”. He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a computer engineering bachelor degree, and obtained his Master and Ph.D degrees from the National University of Singapore majoring in Computer Science. Jimmy is currently holding the position of an Honorary Professor in Dundee University and is an adjunct principle research scientist in the Singapore National Eye Research Institute. Jimmy has served many years in IEEE EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) society, and was the 2014 chairman of the IEEE EMBS society of Singapore.


Jimmy has spent 27 years in Singapore before 2016. He worked for 14 years in Multi-National Corporations and Government linked enterprises as well as in a start-up. His experiences included working as programmer, assistant engineer, engineer, product manager, R&D head and company director. To fulfill his interest in medical imaging, he left industries and joined academy in 2004. Jimmy established the Intelligent Medical Imaging Program (iMED), which is the largest ocular imaging research team in the world, in A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) Singapore. He was also the PIs and Co-PIs of 18 National academic research competitive grants, totaling 22Million Singapore Dollar (about 17Million US dollars).


He had published more than 200 international peer reviewed academic papers including those in JAMIA, IEEE TMI, CVPR, MICCAI, etc. Jimmy had more than 40 patents and some of them had been licensed to international and Singapore enterprises. To ensure long-term collaboration and technology licensing, in 2013, Jimmy established an industrial oriented joint laboratory ATLANTIA (Advanced Technology Laboratory for A*STAR and TOPCON Innovative Alliance) with world leading ophthalmological equipment manufacture TOPCON Inc. Jimmy paid close attention to the collaboration with clinicians. He established another joint laboratory AVATA (Advanced Vision and Technology Alliance) between A*STAR and the Singapore National Healthcare Group (NHG) in 2013.


Ever since joining the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he put in much time and effort helping to establish a new institute focusing on biomedical Engineering in Ningbo with support from government and Chinese Academy of Sciences.  In June 2016, he established an international joint lab “Sino-US Eye-Brain joint research lab” with North Carolina University United States to conduct eye and brain diseases diagnosis research; in August 2016, he established a joint lab with Electronics University of China to conduct big medical image data analytics. In Feb 2017, he signed a MOU with Singapore Eye Research Institute to jointly conduct ocular imaging research, and in April 2017, he signed an agreement with Singapore National Health Group in Ningbo with Dr. Lim Tock Han (Deputy Group CEO of National Health Group) to jointly conduct medical technology research as well as explore translational and clinical research in China and Singapore. Recently, in May 2017, Jimmy established a new joint laboratory with world leading ophthalmological equipment manufacture TOPCON Inc. in China focusing on new areas such as advanced ocular medical equipment manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence based Chinese “big” medical image and data research.



Plenary Speaker I


Prof. Yasuhiro Matsuda, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan


Speech Title: Emotional Recognition Systems in Tactual Communication

 Various positive emotions can be expressed between people familiar to each other by tactual communication. In this speech, we introduce emotional expressions in tactual communication and also explain their emotion recognition systems.
Finger Braille is one of the tactual communication methods utilized by deafblind individuals. We developed an emotion recognition system using piezoelectric accelerometers worn by non-disabled person. The emotion recognition system recognized four emotions (joy, sadness, anger and neutral) expressed by the deafblind person. The emotion recognition system calculated the means probabilities of four emotions by duration of dotting and amplitude of acceleration and recognized the expressed emotion.
We have been developing a tactual communication tool which conveys emotions during face-to-face oral conversation. Two users each hold one ball during an oral conversation. When one ball is gripped, air is pumped out of that ball and into the other. We developed an emotion recognition algorithm to recognize six emotions (surprise, joy, anger, sadness, disgust and fear). Using four parameters (number of grips, maximum air pressure change, release time of one-time grip and mean of release and grip time of multiple grips), the expressed emotion was estimated to one of the six emotions.


Bio: Prof. Yasuhiro Matsuda obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo in 2007. He joined the Department of Welfare Systems Engineering at Kanagawa Institute of Technology in 2000, and later joined the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics. Now, he is a professor and department chair of the Department of Clinical Engineering. Prof. Matsuda’s expertise is in the field of assistive technology for deaf and/or blind persons and measurement engineering. Currently, his main research interest is in the development of the communication support system using Finger Braille for deafblind person and tactual communication tool for elderly person.



Invited Speaker I

Dr. Manoj Gupta, University of Rajasthan, India


Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Image Fusion Using DTCWT Technique



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