ChinaSIP 2013 Signal and Information Processing Conference

IEEE Signal Processing Society is pleased to introduce ChinaSIP 2013, the first IEEE China Summit & International Conference on Signal and Information Processing, 6-10 July 2013 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC), Beijing, China.

Sponsored by the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS), ChinaSIP is a new annual summit and international conference held in China for domestic and international scientists, researchers, and practitioners to network and discuss the latest progress in theoretical, technological, and educational aspects of signal and information processing. ChinaSIP is a unique platform developed by IEEE SPS to help colleagues in China engage with the global community, and offer global colleagues opportunities to network and develop international collaborations.

As the inaugural summit and conference, ChinaSIP 2013’s features include:

● Technical tracks and industry forum. Papers and presentations along the regular technical tracks as listed below focus on novel and significant research contributions. An industry forum provides a platform for exchange and networking among SIP industries as well as between academia and industry.

● Invited papers and open-call papers. Special invitations will be extended to major research groups in China to submit their latest contributions. Invited papers will be peer reviewed, and only papers with sufficient quality and significance will be accepted. In parallel, papers are also accepted through an open call from the community at large on a competitive basis.

● Journal poster sessions. Journal poster sessions provide a venue for overview and showcase of recent publications accepted by SPS journals.

● Professional development program. Several professional development activities will be organized, such as townhall meetings with the SPS leadership, trends/ overview sessions, publication (EIC/ AE) panels, and Fellow development sessions.

● Summer schools. The conference will set up summer schools before the regular sessions begin for students, researchers and practitioners to learn state-of-the-art technologies and tools.

The regular technical program tracks and topics include (but are not limited to):

● Signal/ Information Processing Theory and Methods
● Speech, Language, and Audio
● Image, Video, and Multimedia
● Signal Processing for Communications and Networking
● Signal Sensing, Radar, Sonar, and Sensor Networks
● SIP Hardware/ Software Designs and Systems
● Information Forensics and Security
● Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
● Signal/ Info Processing for Bioinformatics & Bio/ Medicine.

Submission of Papers

The official language of the conference is English. Prospective authors are invited to submit up to 4 pages in length (with an optional 5th page containing only references). The conference proceedings will be published at IEEE Xplore, and will be indexed by both IEEE Xplore and EI Compendex. The IEEE Signal Processing Society enforces a “no-show” policy. Any accepted paper included in the final program is expected to have at least one author or qualified proxy attend and present the paper at the conference. Authors of the accepted papers included in the final program who do not attend and present at the conference will be added to a "No-Show List", compiled by the Society. The "no-show" papers will not be published by IEEE on IEEE Xplore or other public access forums, but these papers will be distributed as part of the on-site electronic proceedings and the copyright of these papers will belong to the IEEE.

Important Dates

Submission of regular full papers: January 10, 2013
Submission of special sessions and invited papers: February 1, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: April 10, 2013
Authors registration deadline: May 10, 2013
Attendees advanced registration deadline: June 1, 2013
Summer school dates: July 6-7, 2013
Summit and conference dates: July 8-10, 2013

View ChinaSIP conference website.

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Print a New Nose!

3D printing is a way of manufacturing physical objects directly from 3D computer models. 3D printers work in additive fashion, building an object layer upon layer, typically from resin or photopolymer, which may be pigmented for production of coloured objects. Even intricate forms can be produced quickly by this technology, making it ideal for one-off or short-run production.

3D printing is widely employed in product design, for rapid prototyping of such things as hand-held devices, car parts, jewellery or footwear designs, architectural or engineering components. In future it looks likely to extend into the manufacture of complex multi-part objects.

Amongst the most useful applications of this rapidly developing technology are in medicine, in the production of individually shaped items such as dental crowns and bridges, synthetic bones and joints, or artificial limbs and other prostheses.

Conventionally, prosthetic ears, eyes and noses have had to be individually hand-modelled and painted, a time-consuming process whose results have often been variable and unsatisfactory. For that reason Sheffield-based company Fripp Design and Research, who have extensive experience in 3D printing for industrial design, were keen to try and adapt the technology for prosthetic production. They identified a number of specific challenges:

"Creating fleshlike prostheses, as opposed to porcelain teeth or crowns, posed a unique set of challenges. The material used would have to be strong, flexible and biocompatible (unlikely to trigger a toxic or allergic reaction when inserted into human skin). The colour would have to match the patient's specific skin tone exactly, and the whole prosthesis would need to blend as invisibly as possible into the surrounding face."

In collaboration with researchers at Sheffield University and supported by The Wellcome Trust, Fripp have developed new ways of speeding production and improving the quality of soft-tissue prostheses. Key to the project has been the development of printable materials that are biologically inert, that can be safely worn in contact with human tissue and comply with relevant safety standards. After testing several materials, the research team found a starch powder that fit the bill and which can be combined with water-based resin and inks to produce a suitable printing medium.

The production process begins with 3D scanning of the part of the patient's face/ head to be augmented, along with 2D photos of skin tone and colour. Special CAD software is used to combine these datasets with a model of the new body part and to match the model's contours, tone and texture to the patient's face.

The resulting 3D file is output to the printer to make the prosthesis which, being quite brittle at first, has to be cured with a medical-grade silicone fluid to give it strength and pliability. Curing has a beneficial side effect: as the silicone drains off it forms a fine feathered edge that bonds seamlessly to the face.

The printed prosthesis is lighter in weight than a conventional hand-made one, and much more easily replaced when it wears out or gets damaged, as the stored product file can simply be reprinted.

This method of manufacture reduces the cost to the healthcare provider and delivers higher quality and consistency to the patient. The Sheffield researchers believe that the technology could be easily and inexpensively installed in centres across the developing world, making high-quality soft-tissue protheses widely available there.

(See also project report on Fripp Design website.)

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EMC2 is Sponsoring WIA2MIS 2013

EMC2 is supporting its partner project 3DLife in organizing this year's edition of the International Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS). As a major event in the multimedia community, WIAMIS enables researchers and developers to exchange knowledge and ideas on issues to do with interactive services.

For this 14th workshop, the main emphasis will be on audio analysis and audio-driven multimedia analysis research. The International Workshop on Image and Audio Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIA2MIS 2013) will be held at Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th July 2013.

Important Dates | Workshop Website | Call for Papers

  • Proposal for Special Sessions: 4th January 2013
  • Notification of Special Sessions acceptance: 11th January 2013
  • Paper submission: 8th March 2013
  • Notification of papers acceptance: 3rd May 2013
  • Camera-ready papers: 24th May 2013
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Research to Entrepreneurship: Workshop Report

Research to Entrepreneurship: Report of One-Day Workshop for Technology Researchers

On Friday 7th September 2012, 19 researchers from the UK, Ireland, Greece, Lithuania and elsewhere – all of them working in fields of media computing and communications – met with top-flight entrepreneurs for a first-of-a-kind event in Tech City, London’s thriving hub of technology innovation.

Lazaros Gymnopoulos (EMC2 and Informatics and Telematics Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Workshop Aim

Organised by George Whale and Lazaros Gymnopoulos of EMC2 and Paul Massey of mentorwell.com, and hosted by UK Trade and Investment at Hackney House (UKTI’s ‘pop-up’ showcase venue on Shoreditch High Street), the goal of the “Research to Entrepreneurship” workshop was to inspire technology researchers (both doctoral and post-doc) to develop commercially viable products or services alongside their research.

Paul Massey of mentorwell.com explains how mentoring works

Providing the inspiration, the ‘Tech City Mentors’ – a dozen entrepreneurs, investors and professionals with extensive collective experience of technology business, and exceptionally well placed to help workshop participants navigate paths to entrepreneurship via commercialisation of research.

Participants brought with them a range of commercialisation proposals in various stages of formation – some quite detailed, some still sketchy. They included proposals for:

• data summarization services for wearable-camera-based market research;

• anti-counterfeiting technology for online shopping;

• shape analysis products for medical diagnosis;

• holistic solutions for photo trading;

• indoor digital antenna systems;

• gesture mapping engines for mobile devices;

• novel technologies for image classification and search.

Lean Startup Methodology

Conceptually the workshop was built around Lean Startup Methodology, a methodology that encourages product development and business success by working smarter but not harder. The methodology sees every startup* as an experiment that attempts to answer a question. The question is not "Can this product be built?" Instead, the questions are "Should this product be built?" and "Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?" This is achieved with a rapid product development, testing, measurement and iteration cycle aimed at reaching a minimum viable product (MVP) which people will use and buy. It is important for the entrepreneur to identify flaws in a product and change them, or accept a business failure quickly (for example, due to lack of demand) and then pivot towards a new product.

A core element of Lean Startup Methodology is the ‘build-measure-learn’ feedback loop. The first step is figuring out the problem that needs to be solved and then developing a MVP to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible. Once the MVP is established, a startup identifies quantitative and qualitative metrics to determine the viability of the product, for example the number of users. A cause and effect loop is established, allowing products to be refined towards customer needs. Failure should not be feared but – as in Silicon Valley – an ethos of Failing Often, but Failing Early should be respected as part of the entrepreneur’s learning cycle.

(*Mark Babbitt, YouTern Founder and CEO defined a startup as “an entrepreneurial-driven organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model".)

Parallels Between Research and Entrepreneurship

Starting off the workshop with a presentation entitled “Researcher as Entrepreneur”, Dr Kevin Byron of Queen Mary, University of London explored parallels between research and enterprise, and compellingly demonstrated them by mapping the ‘Enquiry Wheel’ onto ‘The Enterprise Cycle’.

“Researcher as Entrepreneur”: Dr Kevin Byron (Queen Mary, University of London) shows parallels between research and entrepreneurship

Kevin enumerated the skills needed by entrepreneurs, and showed that many of the researchers’ existing core skills are directly transferable to the business domain. He spoke of demographics, lifestyle and new scientific knowledge as drivers of innovation, and finally pointed to important sources of expert knowledge for would-be technology entrepreneurs, including university business units. (Download Kevin Byron: (151).)

“I founded a technology company – so can you!” Dr Victor Henning, mendeley.com

An interesting presentation...

Next, in a talk entitled “I founded a technology company – so can you!” Victor Henning of mendeley.com spoke about his personal journey from PhD research to successfully running a company. (Victor’s product Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network for researchers that supports organisation of sources, online collaboration, and discovery of new research.) He showed the many obstacles facing technology startups and spoke of the huge sense of achievement that is gained in overcoming them.

Workshop Sessions

In the first workshop session – "Tomorrow’s Products From Today’s Research" – Tech City Mentors guided participants through the first stages of generating a business model from their initial concepts using the The Business Model Canvas.

The Business Model Canvas, described as a ‘visual brainstorming tool’, includes nine interrelated business building blocks. In face-to-face sessions with mentors, researchers worked individually or in small groups to evolve startup ideas and populate the Canvas by identifying Customer Segments, Revenue Streams, Key Activities and other building blocks, and then reshaping the initial startup proposition in light of these discoveries.

As became apparent to participants during this iterative process, no element of the Canvas works in isolation and the initial business idea is not implemented in a vacuum.

Mentor Peter Rosen (left) helps researchers develop a viable business model using The Business Model Canvas

Mentor Jacqui Taylor (centre) guides another group of researchers

The Canvas helped participants to understand whether their business proposition derived from their own research activities or was driven by customer demand. The process helped them to uncover the Value Proposition to be provided to customers, i.e. the problem solved or the need satisfied.

In the second workshop session – "Presentation Masterclass" – Annette Kramer showed participants how to make a ‘killer’ pitch to potential backers and investors by communicating the business concept quickly, clearly and assuredly. Three brave participants were put through their paces, rapidly improving their pitching techniques under Annette’s skilled guidance.

Workshop session 2: Presentation Masterclass led by Annette Kramer (right)

Elements of the pitch

Steven Bourke of Dublin City University makes his pitch

Next up: Sheffield University’s Dr Deepayan Bhowmik

In the third and final workshop session – "Speed Mentoring" – each participant faced Tech City mentors one after another in a fun, frenetic mentoring session designed to promote rapid pitching, critical questioning and goal-defining feedback.

Speed mentoring encourages concise presentation, critical questioning and goal-defining feedback

Conclusion

Rounding off the day, Ricardo Parro inspired participants with his personal account of entrepreneurial success – the establishment of printi.com.br, a startup that set out to ‘disrupt‘ the online printing industry in Brazil. Ricardo elaborated his ‘Top Ten Findings’ on the path from research to entrepreneurship, which included:

#1 Fail. Learn. Improve. Fail again.

#3 Stay Positive.

#5 Always look for problems to solve.

#6 Find your business partners.

#10 It is not only about a startup. It is about what you become when you are in a startup!

(Download Ricardo Parro: (109).)

Final presentation of the day: “From Research to Entrepreneurship” by Ricardo Parro, CTO of printi.com.br

There followed a group feedback session in which researcher-participants shared their main lessons of the day.

Finally, Paul Massey invited participants to follow up the day’s work via continued contact with mentors using the online collaboration tools at mentorwell.com.

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EMC2 may organise further workshops of this kind. If you are interested in attending one of them, please contact us.

Presentations

Research to Entrepreneurship Programme (136)
Kevin Byron: (151)
Victor Henning: I founded a technology company – so can you! [To follow]
Ricardo Parro: (109)

Videos

[To follow]

Further Information

Hackney House: www.hackneyhouse.org
Mentorwell: mentorwell.com
UK Trade and Investment: www.ukti.gov.uk
The Lean Startup: theleanstartup.com

Contacts

George Whale at EMC2: george.whale@emc-square.org
Paul Massey at mentorwell: paul.massey@mentorwell.com

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Royal Academy of Eng. Entrepreneurs Award 2013

For early career researchers and academics -- £40,000 prize for the winner!

As the UK's national academy for engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most successful and talented practitioners from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

The ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award has been established to identify entrepreneurial researchers, working in UK universities in the field of electrotechnology, who are at an early stage in their career. The award will be presented to an individual or team demonstrating considerable entrepreneurial promise and the potential to benefit the UK's future prosperity.

The winner will receive a personal prize of £10,000 together with a further £30,000 to invest in the development of the winning idea. In addition to the first prize, two additional cash prizes of £2,000 will be presented to runners-up.

For further information please visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website or view the ERAF Award Leaflet 2013 (62).

There is no limit to the number of applications a university or institution may submit.

Applications must be received by Monday 22 October 2012.

If you have any questions please contact Sylvia Hampartumian at the Academy.

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‘From Research to Entrepreneurship’, One-Day Workshop

Eventbrite - "From Research to Entrepreneurship", One-Day Mentoring Workshop

• Are you a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher working in the field of media computing and communication?

• Have you thought about going into business?

• Would you like to receive mentoring from top entrepreneurs in London's Tech City?

• Do you want to learn how to commercialize your research?

EMC2 in collaboration with MentorWell and UK Trade and Investment, is organising a one-day workshop, “From Research to Entrepreneurship”, on Friday 7th September 2012 at the Hackney House in London. It’s specially designed for technology researchers like you, who’d like to know how to go about turning research into marketable products and services.

The FREE* workshop programme includes:

• Pathways from research to entrepreneurship
• Pitching ideas to potential backers
• ‘Speed mentoring’ with Tech City entrepreneurs
• Introduction to essential skills for technology business
• Inspirational talk from a successful entrepreneur
• Follow-up support, including access to online mentoring.

If you’d like to participate in the workshop, please email George Whale of EMC2 (george.whale@emc-square.org) attaching a half-page résumé and a half-page proposal outlining your initial ideas for commercialising a specific piece of technology research. This could be your own research or some other current research in your own field. The proposal should include: a brief description of the research, the product/ service that could emerge from it and the likely market for the product/ service (who will buy it and why?). All we're looking for at this stage is a brief outline of your ideas.

Applicants will be selected on the quality of their proposal.

Download the Research to Entrepreneurship Programme (136).

Apply now – only ten places available!

*Workshop includes free tea/coffee and lunch, but participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

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New Glasses-free 3D TV From MIT

From MIT News

As striking as it is, the illusion of depth now routinely offered by 3-D movies is a paltry facsimile of a true three-dimensional visual experience. In the real world, as you move around an object, your perspective on it changes. But in a movie theater showing a 3-D movie, everyone in the audience has the same, fixed perspective — and has to wear cumbersome glasses, to boot.

Despite impressive recent advances, holographic television, which would present images that vary with varying perspectives, probably remains some distance in the future. But in a new paper featured as a research highlight at this summer’s Siggraph computer-graphics conference, the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group offers a new approach to multiple-perspective, glasses-free 3-D that could prove much more practical in the short term.

Instead of the complex hardware required to produce holograms, the Media Lab system, dubbed a Tensor Display, uses several layers of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), the technology currently found in most flat-panel TVs. To produce a convincing 3-D illusion, the LCDs would need to refresh at a rate of about 360 times a second, or 360 hertz. Such displays may not be far off: LCD TVs that boast 240-hertz refresh rates have already appeared on the market, just a few years after 120-hertz TVs made their debut.

Read the full article at MIT News.

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24th Global Software Contest

Are you looking to take the next leap for your ideas and passion in the footsteps of global software stars like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs?

Global Software Contest is a developer audition open to students, individuals and companies in Korea and worldwide, aiming to discover and foster the software stars of the future.

Marking its 24th year in 2012, the Global Software Contest is the oldest and most prestigious software competition in Korea, and includes prizes from the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Knowledge Economy. The contest attracts outstanding entries each year, leading the development of Korean software and boosting the country's position as a global IT powerhouse.

Are you the global software star who will change the world?

For details download the Global Software Contest leaflet (129).

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PhD Fellowship at York Funded by DSTL

A fully-funded PhD fellowship for four years starting in October 2012 is available in the area of

Identifying Human Activities from Video Sequences

under the supervision of Dr. Adrian G. Bors of the Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK.

The successful applicant will be part of a research group in a top-rated department in the UK, which is well known internationally.

The PhD fellowship is funded by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and will provide a salary for up to four years while covering university fees.

The PhD candidate will be expected to develop and implement new methodologies for processing and analysing video sequences showing various human activities. He/ she will be required to develop computational methods for extracting characteristic features, and to detect and track human motion. At the higher processing level, the PhD candidate will develop methods for classifying and detecting human activities from image sequences. The PhD project will require writing research reports and scientific papers as well as communicating and presenting research results to DSTL and to the scientific community at large.

This PhD fellowship is available only to citizens of EU countries. You will be expected to have an MSc or a good first degree in one of the fields Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics or Physics and have a strong interest in scientific research. You should have knowledge or a strong willingness to quickly acquire the following:

  • Programming skills in Matlab and C
  • Good knowledge and understanding of algorithms and of the mathematics behind them
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Ability to write scientific papers and reports as well as to present and demonstrate research results.

It would be expected that your MSc or final year BSc project was in an area related to Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing or Computational Intelligence.

Knowledge and experience with the following would be highly desirable:

  • Processing and analysing images and image sequences
  • Applied statistics and mathematics
  • Graph representation of data
  • Numerical assessment and analysis of experimental results.

If you are an EU citizen and consider yourself a suitable candidate for this DSTL-funded PhD fellowship you should send the following by email to adrian.bors@york.ac.uk:

  1. Your CV
  2. Short statement of your interest and how you would approach this research topic
  3. Short description of your final year or MSc project
  4. Transcripts with marks achieved during your previous study
  5. List of scientific papers published or submitted, if any
  6. Other relevant major achievements
  7. Names of two academic persons who can provide references for you if requested.

 

PhD funding available: 4 years
Start date: October 2012
Location: Dept. of Computer Science, University of York, York, UK
Contact: Dr. Adrian G. Bors (e-mail, web page)

All candidates will be considered for a preliminary selection and those with the strongest profiles will be contacted.

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New Funding Opportunities from the European Union

On 10 July 2012 the European Union issued a new set of calls for research funding. These are the last calls under the FP7 programme. For the next 18 months there will be no more calls as this will be the transition phase to the new framework programme called Horizon 2020.

If you're a researcher or company working in the media computing and communication field, these calls may be of special interest.

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking support and advice in applying for any of these (especially the last one) are invited to contact us.

FP7 Cooperation programme including "Smart Cities and Communities", "Factories of the Future", "ICT for Green Cars" and "Future Internet".

FP7 Ideas programme including Starting Grants, Advanced Grants and Proof of Concept Grants.

FP7 People programme including Marie Curie schemes for researcher career development and international exchange.

FP7 Capacities programme featuring research for the benefit of SMEs.

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