People

The EMC2 Executive Board

The Executive (Steering) board monitors project execution and the evolution of the project towards its coordination and dissemination objectives as set out in Work Packages. They make decisions on the project's strategic orientations, future activities and budget allocations. These decisions are informed by input from the External Advisory Board (see below) who meet with the Executive Board at least once per year.

The Board is composed of a senior representative of the Coordinator (QMUL) and other consortium partners. It is chaired by the Coordinator.

Professor Ebroul Izquierdo (Chair) (Ph.D., M.Sc., C.Eng., FIET, SMIEEE, MBMVA) is Chair of Multimedia and Computer Vision and head of the Multimedia and Vision Group in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

He has been a senior researcher at the Heinrich-Hertz Institute for Communication Technology (HHI), Berlin, Germany, and at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering of the University of Essex. For his thesis on the numerical approximation of algebraic-differential equations, he received the Dr. Rerum Naturalium (Ph.D.) from the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

Prof. Izquierdo is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow member of the the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the British Machine Vision Association, past chairman of the IET professional network on Information Engineering, member of the Visual Signal Processing and Communication Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and member of the Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee of the IEEE. He is or has been associate and guest editor of several journals in the field, including IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, the Elsevier journal Signal Processing: Image Communication, EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing, IEE Proceedings on Vision, Image & Signal Processing, Multimedia Tools and Applications and Journal of Multimedia.

He has been a member of the organizing committee of several conferences and workshops in the field and has chaired special sessions and workshops in ICIP, ICASSP and ISCAS. He has been the general chair of the European Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services, London 2003 and Seoul 2006, the European Workshop for the Integration of Knowledge, Semantics and Content, London 2004 and 2005, the Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference MobiMedia, Algero2006, the International Conference on Content Based Multimedia Indexing, London 2008 and the IET Conference on Visual Information Engineering, Xian 2008.

Prof. Izquierdo has been involved in many EU funded projects including Panorama, Cost211, SCHEMA, Sambits, aceMedia, MESH, Papyrus, RUSHES, PetaMedia, Sala+, SARACEN, NextMedia, Eternal and VideoSense. He has coordinated several other large cooperative projects including Cost292, BUSMAN, K-Space and 3DLife.

Prof. Izquierdo holds several patents in the area of multimedia signal processing and has published over 400 technical papers including book chapters.

Professor Gaël Richard (Member) received the State Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France, in 1990, a Ph.D. in speech synthesis from LIMSI-CNRS, University of Paris-XI, in 1994, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree from the University of Paris XI in September 2001. After his Ph.D. he spent 2 years at the CAIP Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, in the speech processing group of Prof. J. Flanagan, where he explored innovative approaches for speech production. Between 1997 and 2001, he worked for Matra Nortel Communications, Bois d'Arcy, France, and for Philips Consumer Communications, Montrouge, France.

He has been project manager of several large-scale European projects in the field of audio and multi-modal signal processing. In September 2001, he joined the Department of Signal and Image Processing at Télécom ParisTech (ENST), where he is now full Professor in audio signal processing and Head of the Audio, Acoustics and Waves research group. Co-author of over 100 papers and inventor in a number of patents, he is also one of the European Commission experts in the field of audio signal processing and man-machine interfaces. He is a member of EURASIP, a senior member of the IEEE and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing.

Professor Noel E. O’Connor (Member) graduated from Dublin City University (DCU) with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering (1992) and a Ph.D. (1998), after working for two years as a research assistant for Teltec Ireland at DCU. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU and a Principal Investigator (PI) in CLARITY, with responsibility for RP4: Contextual Content Analysis.

Prof. O’Connor’s early research was in the field of video compression, specifically object-based compression in the context of MPEG-4, which subsequently led to an interest in video object segmentation and tracking as well as other aspects of computer vision. With the advent of MPEG-7, he became interested in audio-visual (AV) analysis for content-based information retrieval as well as low-power configurable hardware for AV processing, a key-enabler for next generation context-aware multimedia sensors.

Prof. O'Connor has a long track record of contributing to international standardization. He was the Irish representative to the world-wide ISO/ IEC Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) standards body. He acted as integrator for the software implementation of MPEG-4 that now forms an informative annex to the standard, and was part of a small team whose technology proposal to MPEG-7 was selected as the starting point for the standard. The focus of his current research is multi-modal content analysis leveraging mutually complementary sensor data sources, for applications in sports, ambient assisted living, digital media, gaming and environmental monitoring.

Since 1999 Prof. O’Connor has published over 160 peer-reviewed publications, made 11 standards submissions, filed 5 patents and spun off a campus company, Aliope Ltd. (with Prof. Alan Smeaton). He has graduated 11 Ph.D. students and 3 Masters students. He has edited 6 journal special issues, including Signal Processing: Image Communication, Multimedia Tools and Applications, the Journal of Web Semantics and the Journal of Embedded Systems. He has acted as Programme Co-chair for 4 international conferences, CIVR 2009, SAMT 2006, WIAMIS 2007 and CIVR 2004. He was Content Track Chair for ICME 2008 and Tutorial/ Workshop Chair for SAMT 2009, CBMI 2009 and SAMT 2008. He is a member of the Academic Steering Committee of the Multimedia Grand Challenge series run in conjunction with ACM Multimedia. He has delivered keynote lectures at a number of  international Ph.D. summer schools including SSMS 2009, SSMS 2008, SSMS 2007 and ESSIR 2005. He has acted as an expert reviewer for the EU FP6 PROFI project (FET Open STREP) and the EU FP7 VITALAS Integrated Project, as well as acting as an expert evaluator for EU FP6 Calls 2 and 4 and FP7 Call 3. He is a member of IEEE, Engineers Ireland and the IET.

Professor Peter Eisert (Member) is a Professor for Visual Computing at the Humboldt University Berlin and the head of the Computer Vision & Graphics Group in the Image Processing Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin, Germany. He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering "with highest honors" from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1995 and the Dr.-Ing. degree "with highest honors" from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2000. In 2001, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, USA, on 3D image analysis and synthesis as well as facial animation and computer graphics.

In 2002, he joined the Image Processing Department at FhG-HHI, where he is involved in numerous national and international research projects. He has published more than 100 conference and journal papers on the subjects of 3D reconstruction, facial expression analysis and synthesis and image-based rendering. In 2002, he received the SPIE VCIP Young Investigator Award and in 2008 the best paper award of the CVPR Nordia Workshop. Since January 2006, he has been associate editor of the International Journal of Image and Video Processing. His research interests include 3D image analysis and synthesis, face processing, image-based rendering, computer vision, computer graphics, and image and video processing.

The EMC2 External Advisory Board (EAB)

The External Advisory Board is composed of representatives from industry and research who have been carefully selected on the basis of their interest and involvement in stimulating innovation within the media computing and communications sector and in particular in the field of research and technology development and exploitation. As opinion leaders in their respective fields they provide a valuable referral point at critical milestones along the project's development path.

The EAB meets at least once per year to evaluate project achievements and to provide recommendations on strategy and planning. Board members give direction and advice on the coordination of EMC2 and assist in dissemination of EMC2 project results to relevant policy makers.

Jan Bouwen (Alcatel-Lucent, http://www.alcatel-lucent.com) joined Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs in 1998. He has worked on VoIP architectures and standards, Internet media distribution, interactive TV applications, user generated content and online gaming network architectures. Between 2000 and 2003, he worked in the Network Strategy Group where he contributed to the definition of the company’s strategy in IPTV. In 2003 he returned to research to start up the Residential Networked Applications project, which created the interactive IPTV applications AmigoTV and MyOwnTV. Currently he leads the Visual Communication department, a multi-disciplinary team researching and designing immersive and engaging communication experiences at home and in the office. Real-time video communication and 3D virtual environments constitute the technology on which the team builds its research activities. Before joining Alcatel Lucent, Jan was responsible for procurement in an engineering company active in process automation and worked as a project manager in the aerospace industry. Jan holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Leuven.

Qing Zhang (Huawei, http://www.huawei.com) received his B.S. and M.S. from Peking University and Xi'an Jiaotong University, China in 1987 and 1996, respectively. Since 1996 he has been with Huawei, working on video conferencing, multimedia product development and research on audio coding and processing. He is currently Deputy Director of the Media Technology Lab, in charge of technology planning and requirements analysis and leader of the eMobile program. He has been involved in standardization activities of ITU-T, MPEG and 3GPP, has contributed to video telephony, multimedia conferencing and audio codec standards, and received a national award for science and technology achievement in 2009. He owns over 60 patents.

Eric Seulliet (La Fabrique du Futur, http://www.lafabriquedufutur.org) is President of La Fabrique du Futur (FDF), an independent think-tank specialising in foresight, innovation and co-creation. He is co-author of the book Fabriquer le futur, l'imaginaire au service de l'innovation (Pearson Education, 2005 and 2007). He founded 3D Living Innovation, a ‘living lab’ specialised for co-creation using 3D virtual and immersive environments, and in 2010 co-founded SmartSystem, a company devoted to co-creation and user-led innovation.

Paulo Villegas (Telefónica, http://www.telefonica.com) is a Technology Expert at Telefónica I+D, based in the Multimedia and Internet department. His main field of work is digital image and video processing, especially in the area of content representation and analysis for cataloguing and searching. He works also on information retrieval, user profiling, statistical learning, data mining and semantic technologies. He has participated in and led international research projects under the European Framework Programmes. He has been involved in international standardization activities, and for several years served as Head of Delegation at the MPEG Committee in ISO. He is author/ co-author of around 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Before his current position of Technology Expert, he worked as a Technical Consultant, Division Head, Project Leader and Research Engineer.

Theodore Zahariadis (Synelixis Solutions, http://www.synelixis.com) is Chief Technical Officer at Synelixis. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and a Dipl.‐Ing. degree in computer engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. Currently, he is technical coordinator of the EC ICT projects COAST, BeyWatch and VITRO. Dr Zahariadis is also heavily involved in EU Future Internet Assembly (FIA) activities; he coordinates the Future Internet Architecture Group (FIArch) and the Future Media Internet Architecture Think Tank (FMIA‐TT). He also participates in the Real World Internet/ "Internet of Things", Future Services Internet and Secure Future Internet subgroups. Dr Zahariadis has published more than 80 papers in magazines, journals and conferences and is author of two books and numerous book chapters. Since 2001, he has served as an EC evaluator of IST/ ICT proposals and as a reviewer/ rapporteur of many EC projects.

The EMC2 People

Dr Qianni Zhang received the M.Sc. degree in Internet signal processing in 2004 and the PhD degree in 2007, both from Queen Mary University of London. She is now a lecturer at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests include multimedia processing and medical imaging. She has published over 40 technical papers and book chapters. She has actively contributed to several past European projects including aceMedia, Busman, K-Space, RUSHES and COST292. Currently she participates in the 3DLife and Reverie projects funded by FP7 programme.

Dr Julie Wall received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computing and Intelligent Systems from the University of Ulster in 2006 and 2010, respectively. She was a Research Associate with the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, University of Ulster during 2010/2011. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include the study and development of biologically inspired computational models of auditory related neural circuits for sound localization, spiking neural networks, learning algorithms, and mobile robotics. She is currently contributing to the REVERIE FP7 project.

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