Keynote Speakers

The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology

ISSPIT 2015



December 7-10, 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Prof. Ahmed H. Tewfik

Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Texas

Prof. Ahmed H Tewfik received his B.Sc. degree from Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, in 1982 and his M.Sc., E.E. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, in 1984, 1985 and 1987 respectively. He is the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and the Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. He was the E. F. Johnson professor of Electronic Communications with the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota until September 2010. Dr. Tewfik worked at Alphatech, Inc. and served as a consultant to several companies. From August 1997 to August 2001, he was the President and CEO of Cognicity, Inc., an entertainment marketing software tools publisher that he co-founded, on partial leave of absence from the University of Minnesota. His current research interests are in cognitive augmentation through man-machine symbiosis and mobile computing, medical imaging and brain computing interfaces. Prof. Tewfik is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1997 - 1999. He received the IEEE third Millennium award in 2000. He was elected to the position of VP Technical Directions of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2009 and served on the board of governors of that Society from 2006 to 2008. He has given several plenary and keynote lectures at IEEE conferences.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Kellermann

University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Prof. Dr. Walter Kellermann received the Dipl.-Ing. (univ.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany, in 1983, and the Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1988, with a thesis on acoustic echo cancellation in frequency subbands. From 1989 to 1990, he was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at the Center for Information Principles Research of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, where he built one of the first digital microphone arrays. In 1990, he joined Philips Kommunikations Industrie, Nuremberg, Germany, to work on hands-free communication in cars. From 1993 to 1999, he was a Professor at the Fachhochschule Regensburg, where he also became Director of the Institute of Applied Research in 1997. In 1999, he cofounded DSP Solutions, a consulting firm in digital signal processing, and he joined the University Erlangen-Nuremberg as a Professor and Head of the Audio Research Laboratory. He authored or coauthored 16 book chapters and more than 250 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings, as well as 50+ patents, and is a co-recipient of nine best paper awards. His current research interests include speech signal processing, array signal processing, adaptive filtering, and its applications to acoustic human–machine interfaces. Dr. Kellermann served as an Associate Editor and Guest Editor to various journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing from 2000 to 2004, the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine in 2015, and presently serves as Associate Editor to the EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing. He was the General Chair of the Fifth International Workshop on Microphone Arrays in 2003, the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA) in 2005, the General Co-Chair of the International Workshop on Handsfree Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays (HSCMA) in 2008 and 2011, and the International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC) 2012, and the General Chair of the ITG Conference on Speech Communications in 2014. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) from 2007 to 2008. He was the Chair of the IEEE SPS Technical Committee for Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing from 2008 to 2010, a Member of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Award Committee from 2011 to 2014, is currently a Member of the SPS Board of Governors (2013-2015) and is the Vice President-Elect Technical Directions of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2016 to 2018. He was awarded the Julius von Haast Fellowship by the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2012 and the Group Technical Achievement Award of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) in 2015. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Invited Speakers


Prof. Esam Abdel-Raheem

University of Windsor

Prof. Esam Abdel-Raheem received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1984 and 1989, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Victoria, Canada in 1995, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined Ain Shams University in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and since 2003; he has been with the ECE Dept. at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada where he has been a full professor since 2014. He was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada from 2003 to 2009. From 1999 to 2001, he was a Senior Design Engineer at AMD in Sunnyvale, California. Dr. Abdel-Raheem’s research fields of interests are in digital signal/image/video processing, signal processing for communications, and VLSI signal processing. He has authored and co-authored more than 80 articles in refereed journal and conference publications, and one published U.S./EU/world patent. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He has served as the technical program co-chair for IEEE ISSPIT 2004, 2005 and EIT 2009. He was the general co-chair for IEEE ISSPIT 2007. He served as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2006-2010) and for The Journal of Circuits Systems and Signal Processing (2007-2015). He is currently serving as an editorial board member of IET signal processing, and as an Associate Editor for the international journal of computing and digital systems. Dr. Esam Abdel-Raheem is the founder and chair of IEEE Windsor Section.


Prof. Saif alZahir

University of British Columbia

Prof. Dr. Saif alZahir received his PhD and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin-M respectively. Dr. alZahir is involved in research in the areas of image processing, digital forensic, data security, VLSI, and Corporate Governance. In 2003, The Innovation Council of British Columbia, Canada named him British Columbia Research Fellow. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal and conference papers, two books, and 5 book chapters He is the first editor-in-chief of the Signal Processing: International Journal, KL, Malaysia (2009 - present) and founder and editor-in-chief of International Journal of Corporate Governance, London England, (2008 - present), editor in several journal boards, and member in several International Program Committees for conferences. Dr. alZahir taught at universities in the USA (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Alaska), Canada (UBC, SFU, UNBC), Saudi Arabia (KFUPM), and the UAE. Dr. alZahir was the general chair of three international conferences including the IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC) September 2015.

IMPORTANT DATES (2015)
September 4 Proposals for Tutorials and Special Sessions
October 1 Regular paper submission
October 30 Notification of acceptance
November 15 Final Version of paper and registration