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The third annual
IEEE BENELUX/DSP Valley Signal Processing Symposium

March 21-22, 2007

Metropolis, Antwerp, Belgium



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Benelux Signal
Processing Chapter

SPS-DARTS 2007 Invited Speakers' Biographies

Hamid Aghajan

Hamid Aghajan is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering (consulting) at Stanford University, where he has helped establish and now supervises the Wireless Sensor Networks Laboratory (Wireless Sensor Networks Laboratory) in collaboration with Professor Andrea Goldsmith. The research of Hamid's group is focused on distributed vision networks. Prior to coming to Stanford, Hamid had 9 years of technical and managerial experience across application domains in wireless communications, image processing, and semiconductor manufacturing industries including a startup company. Hamid has also served on the Board of Advisors of high technology companies active in various wireless networks applications.

Recent work in Hamid's research group consists of vision-based algorithms for smart home care, human gesture analysis, face and body model reconstruction, surveillance, and network localization - all based on distributed vision processing in multi-camera networks. He has organized and taught new courses on wireless sensor networks and vision networks at Stanford.

Hamid is organizer of a special session on distributed processing in image sensor networks at ICASSP 2007, co-organizer of a short course on distributed vision networks at CVPR 2007, and co-organizer of the 1st International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC 2007). Hamid has published numerous journal and conference papers and holds 5 US patents. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1995.

Helmut Bölcskei

Helmut Bölcskei has been Full Professor of Communication Theory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland since October 1, 2006. He was born in Mödling/Austria on May 29, 1970, and received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. techn. degrees in electrical engineering/ communication theory from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

From 1994 to 1998 he was with Vienna University of Technology. From 1999 to 2001 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. He was in the founding team of Iospan Wireless Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup company (acquired by Intel Corporation in 2002) specialized in multiple-input multiple- output (MIMO) wireless systems for high-speed Internet access. From 2001 to 2002 he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2002 to 2006 he was an Assistant Professor of Communication Theory at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He was a visiting researcher at Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, The Netherlands, ENST Paris, France, and the Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin, Germany. His research interests include communication and information theory with special emphasis on wireless communications, signal processing and quantum information processing.

He received the 2001 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2006 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Best Paper Award, the ETH \u201cGolden Owl\u201d Teaching Award, and was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow (1999-2001) of the Austrian National Science Foundation (FWF). He was a plenary speaker at several IEEE conferences and served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing. He is currently on the editorial board of "Foundations and Trends in Networking".

Walter Kellermann

Walter Kellermann is a professor for communications at the Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He received the Dipl.-Ing. (univ.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1983, and the Dr.-Ing. degree ('with distinction') from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, in 1988.

From 1989 to 1990, he was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. In 1990, he joined Philips Kommunikations Industrie, Nuremberg, Germany.

From 1993 to 1999 he was a professor at the Fachhochschule Regensburg before he joined the University Erlangen-Nuremberg as a professor and head of the audio research laboratory in 1999 (for more see www.LNT.de/audio). In 1999 he co-founded the consulting firm DSP Solutions.

Dr. Kellermann authored or co-authored eight book chapters and more than 100 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings. He served as a guest editor to various journals, as an associate editor and guest editor to IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing from 2000 to 2004, and presently serves as associate editor to the EURASIP Journals on Signal Processing and on Advances in Signal Processing. He was the general chair of the 5th International Workshop on Microphone Arrays in 2003 and the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics in 2005. For 2007 and 2008 he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

His current research interests include speech signal processing, array signal processing, adaptive filtering, and its applications to acoustic human/machine interfaces.

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