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ICSIPA - Conference Program


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1. "From Pixels to Medical Imaging"
     Prof. Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil M. Hani (Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia).


Pixels represent picture elements and it is the smallest unit of picture information that is stored as bits to form a digital image.  In general, more bits stored per pixel will result in clearer image due to higher greyscale or colour resolution in the image, and the more pixels used to represent an image, the closer the image resembles the original.  In imaging science, the analysis, manipulation, storage, and display of pixel information from sources as photographs, drawings, and video refers to image processing.  Output of the image processing is an image or a set of characteristics or parameters related to the image.  Studies at the Centre for Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR) focus on these characteristics and parameters in the area of surface imaging, optical imaging and functional imaging for early detection and monitoring of various medical health problems.  Subjective assessment is replaced with objective assessment based on engineering measurements with given accuracy and precision.  For example, Diabetic Retinopathy monitoring and grading using measurements of 2D surface imaging, Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) monitoring system using data points of 3D surface imaging techniques, Pigmentation disorder (PD) such as vitiligo and melasma assessment, and skin modelling using optical imaging.  Outcomes from such translational research have already been tested at hospitals in Malaysia to help clinicians in diagnosis and monitoring several diseases that can lead to betterment the treatment process in early stages of such disease. 

Speaker's Biodata:

Professor Fadzil is an expert in the area of image processing and computer vision.  His research activities range from fundamental pattern recognition to developing vision applications in the biomedical imaging area such as in retinal vasculature imaging for grading severity of diabetic retinopathy and digital analysis leading to objective assessment for treatment efficacy of ulcer wounds and psoriasis lesions.  His current research challenges are developing new analysis techniques for early osteoarthritis and drug addiction using MRI techniques and bio-optics for skin pigmentation analysis.  He has authored over 180 research articles in journals and conferences proceedings, granted several patents and won several awards for his work.  He currently heads the Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR), a university centre of excellence under the Mission-Oriented in Biomedical Engineering at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.

He was the Dean of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia (1992-1996), and later joined Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS as Dean of Engineering Studies (1997-1999), Director of Academic Studies (1999-2003) and Director of Postgraduate Studies (2003-2005).  Between 2007-2009, he served as the General Manager in Frontier Technology at the PETRONAS Research and led the R&D on renewable technologies.  Currently he is also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and a member of the University Senate and the University Management Committee. Professor Fadzil is a Fellow and a Council Member of the Academy of Sciences, Malaysia and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers Malaysia.  He is a registered Professional Engineer with Board of Engineers Malaysia and a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers Inc.  In industry, he sits in the Board of Directors of ViTrox Corporation Bhd., an R&D and public-listed company that develops and manufactures automated vision inspection systems.   



2. "Multi-object Systems and Their Applications"
    Prof. Ba-Ngu Vo (Curtin University, Australia)


A multi-object system is a generalisation of the standard state space system to one with a randomly varying set of states. An example of such a system is the collection of  mobile sensors monitoring an unknown and time varying number of targets in a surveillance region. A biological example is a swarm of insects moving about performing a certain set of tasks. Indeed most systems in nature are multi-object systems. Traditionally driven by applications in radar and sonar, today, multi-object system has found applications in many diverse disciplines, including oceanography, autonomous vehicles, and biomedical research. This talk provides an introduction to the theory of  multi-object system and describes of some of the recent developments in the field together with applications.

Speaker's Biodata: 

Ba-Ngu Vo received his Bachelor degrees jointly in Science and Electrical Engineering with first class honors in 1994, and PhD in 1997. He had held various research positions before joining the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2000. In 2010, he joined the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Australia as Winthrop Professor and Chair of Signal Processing. Currently he is Professor and Chair of Signals and Systems in  the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin University.  Prof. Vo is a recipient of the Australian Research Council’s inaugural Future Fellowship and the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in support of Defense or National Security. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transaction on Aerospace and Electronic System. He is best known as a pioneer in the random set approach to multi-object filtering. His research interests are signal processing, systems theory and stochastic geometry with emphasis on target tracking, space situational awareness, robotics and computer vision.




3. "Information Embedding: From Theory to Practice."

Prof. Dr. Pierre Moulin (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA).


Watermarking, fingerprinting, and steganography applications require the secure embedding of information bits into a cover signal (such as audio, video, still images, etc.) This talk will  present the fundamental concepts and outline practical approaches to such problems. First an overview of applications is given, ranging from Digital rights management to content authentication, transaction tracking, and database annotation. Then the fundamental notions pertaining to information embedding into cover signals are presented, namely signal fidelity, robustness against an adversary, and payload. An information-theoretic model is presented for a generic data hiding problem. Analysis of this model yields the notion of data-hiding capacity and sheds light into what is the structure of good data-hiding codes. Spread-spectrum and binning codes are discussed in this context. The final part of the talk shows an application of the theory to a problem of hiding data in an image.

Speaker's Biodata: 

Pierre Moulin received his doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990, after which he joined at Bell Communications Research in Morristown, New Jersey, as a Research Scientist. In 1996, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor at the Beckman Institute and the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and affiliate professor in the Department of Statistics.His fields of professional interest include image and video processing, compression, statistical signal processing and modeling,  media security, decision theory, and information theory.Dr. Moulin has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of IEEE and of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing. He was co-founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2005-2008), member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors (2005-2007), and has served IEEE in various other capacities.He received a 1997 Career award from the National Science Foundation and an IEEE Signal Processing Society 1997 Senior Best Paper award. He is also co-author (with Juan Liu) of a paper that received an IEEE Signal Processing Society 2002 Young Author Best Paper award.In 2003 he became IEEE Fellow and Beckman Associate of UIUC's Center for Advanced Study. In 2007-2009 he was Sony Faculty scholar at UIUC. He was plenary speaker for ICASSP 2006, ICIP 2011, and several other conferences. He is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2012-2013.