IMVIP 2015

Keynote Speakers

IMVIP 2015 will have a number of renowned keynote speakers. So far, are confirmed:

Professor Takeo Kanade is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974. After holding a faculty position there, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He was the Director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. He also founded and directed the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo from 2001 to 2010, and the Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, medical robotics and sensors, producing more than 400 technical papers and more than 20 patents. Dr. Kanade has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Awards he received include the Franklin Institute Medal and Bower Prize, ACM/AAAI Newell Award, Okawa Award, NEC Computer and Communication Award, Joseph Engelberger Award, , IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award, and IEEE PAMI Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Accomplishment Award.

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Dr. Aljoscha Smolic joined Disney Research Zurich, Switzerland in 2009, where he is employed as Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Video of the Future group. He has been involved in several national and international research projects, where he conducted research in various fields of video processing, video coding, computer vision and computer graphics and published more than 90 referred papers in these fields. In current projects he is responsible for research in 2D video, 3D video and free viewpoint video processing and coding.

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Prof. Anil Kokaram is a Tech Lead in the Transcoding Group at YouTube/Google. He leads a small team responsible for video quality and develops video processing algorithms for quality improvement in various pipelines. He is also a Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and continues to supervise a small number of students at www.sigmedia.tv in the EE Dept there. His main expertise is in the broad areas of DSP for Video Processing. Bayesian Inference and motion estimation. He has published over 100 refereed papers in these areas. In 2007 he was awarded a Science and Engineering Academy Award for his work in video processing for post-production applications. He was founder of a company (GreenParrotPictures) producing video enhancement software that was acquired by Google in 2011. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on CCts and Systems for Video Technology.

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Dr. John McDonald has been a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, NUI Maynooth since 1997 where he leads the Computer Vision Group. His primary research interest is computer vision, working in areas including visual simultaneous localisation and mapping (vSLAM), intelligent vehicle systems, vision based geotechnologies, face and gesture analysis, and digital holography. He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Connecticut, the National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG) at NUI Maynooth, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Callan Institute at NUI Maynooth.

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Prof. Oscar Deniz Suarez is an Associate Professor at University of Castilla-La Mancha. He is the author of more than 50 refereed papers in journals and conferences. He has 2 patents and has also contributed to OpenCV, the well-known open source computer vision library. He is the author of 3 books on OpenCV and OpenCV programming for mobile devices. Oscar has also served as visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Imperial College London (UK) and Leica Biosystems (Ireland). He is a Senior Member of IEEE and is affiliated with the AAAI, IAPR and The Computer Vision Foundation. He serves as an Academic Editor of Journal PLoS ONE and Associate Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics. Currently, he is the Coordinator of EU Horizon 2020 "Eyes of Things" project and partner in FP7 AIDPATH Marie Curie Action. He serves as a reviewer/expert for EU programs such as Eurostars.

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