Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers: Edward Jones

Title: Safety First: Image Processing for Driver Assistance in Cars

Abstract: In recent years, there is increasing interest in the development of automotive technology to enhance the safety of drivers and other road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles. Much of this development is driven by broad societal demand for greater safety on our roads, coupled with new legislative requirements. Cameras (sometimes multiple cameras) are increasingly becoming a standard feature on many new cars and provide a rich source of information about a vehicle's environment. This can be exploited to assist the driver in gaining greater awareness of the environment, and reacting more quickly to external events. Signal processing, machine vision, and related techniques play a key role in achieving this. This talk will examine some of the drivers behind new technology development in this area, and will cover a number of examples of systems currently being deployed or in development, with a particular emphasis on the underlying signal processing. This will include pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and issues relating to image quality in the automotive environment.

Bio: Dr. Edward Jones holds the BE and PhD degrees, both in Electronic Engineering, from the National University of Ireland Galway. He is currently a member of academic staff in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway, and also serves as Vice-Dean of the College of Engineering & Informatics. He has a number of years of industrial experience in senior positions in both start-up and multinational companies, including Toucan Technology Ltd., PMC-Sierra Inc., Innovada Ltd. and Duolog Technologies Ltd. His current research interests are in DSP algorithm development and embedded implementation for applications in speech and image processing, and biomedical engineering. From 2009 to 2010 he was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, USA, and he has also been appointed a Visiting Fellow in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Plenary Speakers: Jonathon Blackledge

Title: Understanding the Basic Models used to Describe Signals and Images

Abstract: The terms Finite Impulse Response Function, Point Spread Function, Stationary System, Convolution, and so on, are well known in the fields of signal processing and optics. This is because these terms relate to concepts that are fundamental to the models we use to describe signals and images. However, it is often not appreciated by practitioners in the field that these models have an underlying physical basis which can be fully quantified in terms of the underlying equations of physics (e.g. Maxwell's equations and the Navier-Stokes equations) used to describe the propagation and diffusion of wavefields. This lecture focuses on showing how the underlying equations used to model a signal and image can be derived from the field equations of physics. The key to this is an understanding of an elusive but fundamental function in physics called the Green's function.

Bio: Jonathan Blackledge is the Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Professor at Dublin Institute of Technology and Distinguished Professor at Warsaw University of Technology. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from London University and a PhD in Mathematical Information Technology from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. His current responsibilities include development of the research portfolio of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at Dublin Institute of Technology which has the broadest spectrum for the provision of electrical engineering education in Ireland. His work focuses on the applications of Digital Signal Processing in Information and Communications Technology, from fundamental research through to product development and commercial realization. Current interests include biomedical signal analysis, audio signal processing, computational finance and Cryptology. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Plenary Speakers: Colin Lyden

Title: to be confirmed

Abstract: to be confirmed

Bio: Colin Lyden received his Ph.D. in 1984 from University College, Cork, Ireland. He was the Director for Computer-Aided Design at the National Microelectronics Research Centre, Cork. He joined Analog Devices in 1999 as an engineering director with leadership responsibility for the Limerick CAD group and the Cork Design Centre, and more recently as Director of Technology for converters. His creative ideas and work, blurring the traditional distinctions between sigma-delta, successive-approximation, and pipelined converter architectures, have resulted in performance improvements in a range of ADI products, including the AD7982 and the AD7767 successive-approximation analog-to-digital converters. Colin holds 21 U.S. patents, and was appointed as an ADI Fellow in 2007. In 2010 Colin Lyden was awarded the Journal of Solid State Circuits best paper award for the co-authored paper "An 18b 12.5 MS/s ADC With 93 dB SNR", JSSC, December 2010.