The Digital Media Industry & Academic Forum

Presented by TELUS

Conference Suite I - Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (M.A.I.C.C.)

The Digital Media Industry & Academic Forum is a forum that brings together researchers from academia and industry, and industry executives with diverse experience and activity in distinct, yet complementary areas, to discuss the development of emerging and next-generation Digital Media technologies, applications, and services.

The program will include keynote addresses by industry executives and industry-led panels on Digital Delivery of Media Services and Media Digitization and Quality of Experience. The forum will be held in Athens, Greece, on October 7, 2018 in conjunction with IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP).


The DMIAF 2018 at a Glance

Keynote 1

Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon,
CTO, TELUS Communications, Canada

    Short bio:
    Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry's eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.
    Within industry Ibrahim has held leadership roles and chaired many events in the IEEE and received the IEEE Canada's Outstanding Canadian Engineer Award in 2001. He serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Master's in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, Ibrahim received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of engineering. He has been named five times to the Global Telecoms Business magazine's GTB Power 100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry.

Keynote 2

Dr. Anthony Vetro Dr. Anthony Vetro
Vice President and Director, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Cambridge, MA
Title: Scene Understanding for Natural Human-Robot Interaction

    Short bio:
    Dr. Anthony Vetro is a Vice President and Director at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for AI related research in the areas of computer vision, speech/audio processing, and data analytics. He has contributed to the transfer and development of several technologies to Mitsubishi products, including digital television receivers and displays, surveillance and camera monitoring systems, automotive equipment, as well as satellite imaging systems.
    Anthony has published more than 200 papers and has been an active member of the MPEG and ITU-T video coding standardization committees for a number of years. From 2011-2014, he served as Head of the US Delegation to MPEG, and from 2015 - 2018, he served as the Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29. He is also active in various IEEE conferences, technical committees and editorial boards. He currently serves on the Conference Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Past roles include Senior Editorial Board of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing and IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and IEEE Multimedia, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Chair of TC on Multimedia Signal Processing of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and Steering Committee of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He was a General Co-Chair of ICIP 2017 and ICME 2015 , and also served as a Technical Program Co-Chair for ICME 2016.
    Anthony received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, in Brooklyn, NY (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). He has received several awards for his work on transcoding and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Panel on Digital Delivery of Media Services

Broadband wireless and wireline networks have made it possible to deliver a rich set of services incorporating digital media to consumers. The panelists will discuss the salient features of current and future digital media services such as IPTV, mobile TV, virtual and augmented reality services, digital cinemas, museums, libraries, classrooms, online games, surveillance services, and enrichment of e-health, e-commerce, smart homes, smart buildings, smart factories, Internet-of-things, etc., by digital media. The panelists will also discuss the requirements of advanced networking capabilities needed to enable efficient and cost-effective delivery of these services, and emerging network technologies that address these requirements.


Dr. Zahra Moussavi Dr. Zahra Moussavi

    Short bio:
    Dr. Zahra Moussavi is a professor, a Canada-Research-Chair and the founder and director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at University of Manitoba. She has received several awards including the "Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award". With over 240 peer-reviewed publications, one of her research focuses is Alzheimer's onset detection and treatment.

Dr. Kendall Ho Dr. Kendall Ho

    Short bio:
    Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and the lead at Digital Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ho was a past Associate Dean in Continuing Professional Development from 1998 to 2008, and was the founding director of the Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office from 2008 to 2015. Kendall was a past member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Professional Development Committee and the eHealth Committee of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. He is a collaborator with the World Health Organization eHealth Observatory and Pan American Health Organization Knowledge Management branch. He is the Vice President of the International Association of Humanitarian Medicine.

Abdulmotaleb El Saddik Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

    Short bio:
    Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik (M01 SM04 F09), is Distinguished Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Dipl-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. from the Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt, Germany. He is the director of the Multimedia Communications research Laboratory and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute. Dr. El Saddik is an internationally-recognized scholar who has made strong contributions to the knowledge and understanding of multimedia computing, communications and applications. He is a leading haptics expert, with global recognition for his development of new technologies for real-time multisensory-based identification of humans (biometrics), synchronization of haptics, audio and visual data, Quality of Experience models for multisensory environments, and methods that dynamically compute the confidence levels of sensory data in a collaborative environment. His work looks toward the establishment of Digital Twins using AI, AR/VR and Tactile Internet that allow people to interact in real-time with one another as well as with their digital representation. He has been extremely productive of high-quality research and impact. He is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and five patents. He is the author of the book Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia. Dr. El Saddik is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He received several awards, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the German Humboldt Foundation and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Achievement Award. He also received IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal and A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science.

Franco Davoli Dr. Franco Davoli

    Short bio:
    Dr. Franco Davoli is Full Professor of Telecommunication Networks at the University of Genoa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, and Naval Architecture (DITEN). His current research interests are in dynamic resource allocation in multiservice networks and in the Future Internet, wireless mobile and satellite networks, multimedia communications and services, and in flexible, programmable and energy-efficient networking. He has co-authored over 350 scientific publications in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. In 2004 and 2011 he was Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been Principal Investigator in a large number of projects and has served in several positions in the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), an independent organization joining 37 universities all over Italy. He was co-founder and Head, for the term 2003 - 2004, of the CNIT National Laboratory for Multimedia Communications, Naples, Italy, and Vice-President of the CNIT Management Board for the term 2005 - 2007. He is currently Head of the federated CNIT National Laboratory of Smart, Sustainable and Secure Internet Technologies and Infrastructures (S3ITI), based in Genoa, Italy. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Panel on Media Digitization and Human Experience

The panelists will discuss the effect media digitization has on human experience and give their vision of future disruptive media related technologies. Topics will include emerging video capturing and displaying technologies, virtual and augmented reality, integration of digital video and artificial intelligence and applications ranging from autonomous driving to health and wellness, end-user's quality of experience and subsequent implications for education and training, entertainment, social networking, advertising, and related sectors.


Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi  Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi

    Short bio:
    Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. In 1993, he was a Research Engineer with the Corporate Research Laboratories, Sony Corporation, Tokyo, where he conducted research on advanced video compression techniques for storage applications. In 1994, he served as a Research Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories working on very low bit rate video coding. He is currently a Professor with EPFL heading its Multimedia Signal Processing Group. He was also an Adjunct Professor with the Center of Quantifiable Quality of Service, Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 2008 to 2012. He is also the Head of the Swiss delegation to MPEG, JPEG, and SC29, and acts as the Chairman of Advisory Group on Management in SC29. He is a Co-Founder of Genista SA, a high-tech start-up company in the field of multimedia quality metrics. His research interests include still, moving, and 3- D image processing and coding, visual information security (rights protection, watermarking, authentication, data integrity, and steganography), new media, and human computer interfaces (smart vision and brain computer interface). He is a member of International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), ACM, and IS&T. He became a fellow of the SPIE in 2003.

Dr. Frederic Dufaux Dr. Frederic Dufaux

    Short bio:
    Dr. Frederic Dufaux received the M.Sc. in physics and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1990 and 1994 respectively.
    He is presently a Director at the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systemes - CentraleSupelec - Universite Paris-Sud, and head of the Telecom and Networking division. Frederic has over 20 years of experience in research. He is an elected member of the IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee and the Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee and the Chair of the EURASIP Special Area Team on Visual Information Processing. Since 2010, Frederic is also Editor-in-Chief of Signal Processing: Image Communication.
    Frederic has been involved in the standardization of digital video and imaging technologies for more than 15 years, participating both in the MPEG and JPEG committees. He was co-chairman of JPEG 2000 over wireless (JPWL) and co-chairman of JPSearch. Frederic is a Fellow of IEEE.

Dr. Athanassios (Thanos) Skodras Dr. Athanassios (Thanos) Skodras

    Short bio:
    Dr. Athanassios (Thanos) Skodras is the Professor of Digital Systems of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras, Greece. He holds a Physics degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1980), a Computer Engineering & Informatics degree and a PhD degree in Electronics, both from the University of Patras, Greece. From 1986 to 2002 he has been holding teaching and research positions at the Departments of Physics and Computer Engineering & Informatics of the University of Patras, and the Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Patras, Greece. From Oct 2002 to Feb 2013 he has been Professor of Digital Systems and Head of Computer Science, School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece. He has been Deputy Dean (2004 - 2006) and Dean (2010 - 2013) of the School of Science and Technology, and member of the Research Committee (2004 - 2012) of the Hellenic Open University, Greece.
    His current research interests include image and video coding, digital watermarking for IPR protection, fast transform algorithms, real-time digital signal processing and multimedia applications.
    Professor Skodras serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, the Pattern Recognition and the Springer Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, and as a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. He also serves as Chair of the IEEE Greece Section, Chair of the IAPR Greek Association of Image Processing and Digital Media. He is on the Steering Committee of the International Conferences of Digital Signal Processing. Professor Skodras is a Chartered Engineer, Senior Member of the IEEE, and member of the EURASIP and the Technical Chamber of Greece.