Keynote Speakers





Prof. Kot Chichung, Alex

IEEE Fellow
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Kot has been with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore since 1991. He headed the Division of Information Engineering at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) for eight years. He was the Vice Dean Research and Associate Chair (Research) for the School of EEE for three years, overseeing the research activities for the School with over 200 faculty members. He was the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) for the College of Engineering (COE) for eight years. He is currently the Director of ROSE Lab [Rapid(Rich) Object SEearch Lab) and the Director of NTU-PKU Joint Research Institue . He has published extensively with over 300 technical papers in the areas of signal processing for communication, biometrics recognition, authentication, image forensics, machine learning and AI. He has two USA and one Singapore patents granted.

Dr. Kot served as Associate Editor for a number of IEEE transactions, including IEEE TSP, IMM, TCSVT, TCAS-I, TCAS-II, TIP, SPM, SPL, JSTSP, JASP, TIFS, etc. He was a TC member for several IEEE Technical Committee in SPS and CASS. He has served the IEEE in various capacities such as the General Co-Chair for the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) and area/track chairs for several IEEE flagship conferences. He also served as the IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer Program Coordinator and the Chapters Chair for IEEE Signal Processing Chapters worldwide. He received the Best Teacher of The Year Award at NTU, the Microsoft MSRA Award and as a co-author for several award papers. He was elected as the IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer in 2005. He was a Vice President in the Signal Processing Society and IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer. He is now a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering, Singapore, a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IES.

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Prof. Karen Ann Panetta

IEEE Fellow
Tufts University, USA

Dr. Karen A. Panetta is the Dean for Graduate Education in the Tufts University School of Engineering, a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tessera Intelligence, which specializes in visual and sensing technology solutions for detection and recognition systems. Dr. Panetta was the 2019 President of IEEE HKN (Eta-Kappa, Nu) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning IEEE Women in Engineering Magazine. She was a NASA JOVE Fellow and Vice-President of IEEE-USA. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Dr. Panetta was a Principal Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation. Karen is the recipient of the Norm Augustine Award. Previous recipients of this prestigious award included Astronaut Neil Armstrong. She is also the recipient of the Anita Borg, "Women of Vision" award and the IEEE Education Society, William Sayle Award for achievement in Engineering Education. Karen is known as a pioneer for championing engineering education to diverse and inclusive audiences. She co-authored the book "Count Girls In: Empowering Girls to Combine Any Interests with STEM to Open Up a World of Opportunity." She created the internationally acclaimed Nerd Girls Program, which promotes Science and Engineering education for young girls. has personally conducted outreach activities to over 85,000 young students, parents and community leaders around the world. She is now the co-host and creator of the web series "Nerd Girl Nation," a show that celebrates female role models using their engineering and science skills to benefit humanity. In 2011, Karen was recognized at the White House in Washington, DC by U.S. President Barack Obama and awarded the NSF Presidential (PAESMEM) Award, the nation's highest award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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Prof. Hiroshi Fujita

Gifu University, Japan

Prof. Hiroshi Fujita received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Gifu University, Japan, in 1976 and 1978, respectively, and Ph.D. degree from Nagoya University in 1983. He became a research associate in 1978 and an associate professor in 1986 at Gifu National College of Technology. He was a visiting researcher at the K.Rossmann Radiologic Image Laboratory, University of Chicago, in 1983-1986. He became an associate professor in 1991 and a professor in 1995 in the Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University. He has been a professor and chair of intelligent image information since 2002 at the Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu University. He is now a Research Professor of Gifu University. He is a member of the Society for Medical Image Information (Honorary President), the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (Fellow), its Technical Groups on Medical Image (Adviser), the Japan Society for Medical Image Engineering (Director), and some other societies such as SPIE. He has been also served as scientific committee or program committee members, such as in International Workshop on Digital Mammography (Breast Imaging), SPIE Medical Imaging, and Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS). He was worked as a General co-chair of Asian Forum on Medical Imaging 2007 held in Cheju National University, Korea, and as a General Chair of International Workshop for Breast Imaging (IWDM2014, Gifu). He has also worked as a Guest Editor-in-Chief in Special Section Editorial Committee for Medical Imaging, issued in April, 2013, from IEICE Society in Japan, and also as a Guest Editor-in-Chief in the Special Issue on Advanced Image Technologies in Diagnostic Imaging in 2018 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics. His research interests include computer-aided diagnosis system, image analysis and processing, and image evaluation in medicine. He has published over 1000 papers in Journals, Proceedings, Book chapters and Scientific Magazines.

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