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ISP 2017

The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing

4 - 5 December 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

CPD 14 hours IET London: Savoy Place (logo)

Organising committee

Jonathon Chambers (photo)

Conference Chair – Jonathon Chambers, Professor of Signal and Information Processing, Newcastle University

Jonathon Chambers is an expert in adaptive and blind signal processing and their applications in biomedicine and communications. He has been working in these fields for more than 20 years and has co-authored two research monographs, one in nonlinear adaptive signal processing and a second in EEG signal processing, both of which appeared with the academic publisher Wiley, in 2001 and 2007 respectively.  He received a doctor of Science degree in Engineering from Imperial College in 2014.

Jonathon has held senior academic positions at Cardiff University, Imperial College, and King's College London and Loughborough University, where he remains a Visiting Professor, and he is now head of the Communications, Sensors, Signal and Information (ComS2IP) Group at Newcastle University.

Jonathon has served as an Associate and Senior Area Editor for IEEE journals, including IEEE Trans.  Signal Processing, for more than ten years and as an elected member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Signal Processing Theory and Methods and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Awards Board. He was the Technical Programme Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing, Cardiff, held for the first time in the U.K. in 2009.

He was also the Co-Technical Programme Chair for the IEEE flagship conference in Signal Processing, ICASSP, held in Prague, 2011, and is a member of the organising team for ICASSP 2019 which will beheld in Brighton, UK.

Jonathon was awarded the first QinetiQ Visiting Fellowship in 2007 "for his outstanding contributions to adaptive signal processing and his contributions to QinetiQ" as a result of his successful collaboration with the signal processing team at Malvern. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, IET, IMA and IEEE.

James Hopgood (photo)

Deputy Chair – James Hopgood, Editor-in-Chief of IET SPJ, Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

James Hopgood is a Lecturer in the Institute for Digital Communications, within the School of Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research specialisation include model-based Bayesian signal processing, speech and audio signal processing in adverse acoustic environments, including blind dereverberation and multi-target acoustic source localisation and tracking, single channel signal separation, distant speech recognition, audio-visual fusion, medical imaging, blind image deconvolution, and general statistical signal and image processing.

James received the M.A., M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Information Sciences in 1997 and a Ph.D. in July 2001 in Statistical Signal Processing, part of Information Engineering, both from the University of Cambridge, England.

He was then a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the year after his Ph.D within the same group, at which point he became a Research Fellow at Queens’ College continuing his research in the Signal Processing Laboratory in Cambridge.

James joined the University of Edinburgh in  April 2004. Since September 2011, he is Editor-in-Chief for the IET Journal of Signal Processing.

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Nick Easton, Technical Executive, BAE Systems

Malcolm Macleod (photo)

Malcolm Macleod, Qinetiq senior fellow, Solution Architect, Signal Processing, QinetiQ

Malcolm Macleod joined QinetiQ Malvern in November 2002 from the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, where he was first a lecturer and then the Director of Research. Before that, the first 11 years of his career were with Cambridge Consultants, working on a wide variety of research, development and consultancy projects. He has worked in digital signal processing, image processing and mathematical analysis for over 30 years.

He has 100 refereed journal and conference publications, two patents as sole inventor and five patents as joint inventor.  His work on signal detection and estimation and on the efficient implementation of DSP algorithms has been of significant practical value.

Recently he has made several contributions in communications signal processing and ESM, including novel modulation methods, a technique for direction finding using a single receiver, and ultra-high bandwidth RF channeliser design.  He continues to work on many other topics as well.  In January 2007 he was appointed a visiting Professor in DSP at the University of Strathclyde.  He is a QinetiQ Senior Fellow.

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George Matich, Chief Technologist (Communications & Network Systems), Selex ES Limited

George has worked in the Defence and Aerospace Industry for more than thirty years, during this time he has been involved in the research and development of numerous digital signal processing solutions for products and systems that are now in service with both military and civil airline customers.

Specific examples of some of signal processing applications George has been involved in during this time include; development of a tracker system for an airborne Doppler Velocity Sensor, development of ultra-sonic speed sensor algorithms to support automotive ABS applications, development of deepest descent perturbation algorithms for a low cost GPS null steering adaptive array, development of a correlation feedback algorithm for yet another GPS null steering array, development of echo cancellation - DTMF encoder/decoders - conference bridges and a voice synthesis system all for airborne passenger telephony, development of spread spectrum algorithms to support an airborne ranging application, development of a digital air to ground radio waveform for passenger telephony and the development of the next-generation integrated voice/data communication system including its waveform design for international ATC applications.

In this current role George works closely with the Academic and SME communities to ensure the company has the necessary under-pinning research in place to support the its future product and systems business aspirations.  George has also been named as inventor on four company patents and has presented numerous papers at international conferences over the past 15 years.

Des McLernon (photo)

Des McLernon, Reader in Signal Processing and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds

Des McLernon received his B.Sc in electronic and electrical engineering and his MSc in electronics, both from the Queen’s University of Belfast, N. Ireland. He then worked on radar systems research and development with Ferranti Ltd in Edinburgh, Scotland and later joined Imperial College, University of London, where he took his PhD in signal processing.

After first lecturing at South Bank University, London, UK, he then moved to the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, at the University of Leeds, UK, where he is a Reader in Signal Processing and Director of Graduate Studies. His research interests are broadly within the domain of signal processing for wireless communications (in which area he has published over 270 journal and conference papers).

He has is on the editorial board of IET journal Signal Processing, is engineering editor of the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (Springer Publishing) and has been a member of various international conference organisation cttees (e.g., IEEE SPAWC 2010 and EUSPICO 2013).

Paul Thomas (photo)

Paul Thomas, Principal Scientist – Sensor Concepts, DSTL

Paul Thomas obtained his first degree in Applied Chemistry in 1989 and MSc in Computer Science in 1994.  Since then Paul has been leading signal processing and data fusion for the Ministry of Defence, currently in Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Paul’s research areas have spanned from fusion of Chemical and Biological sensor data for military situational awareness to multi-sensor integration for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), and his published papers reflect this.

In 2008 Paul founded the University Defence Research Centre for Signal Processing (UDRC) whose aims include development of signal processing science and technology to address military challenges, and enabling the rapid exploitation of science & technology (S&T) in the signal processing domain to address military requirements.  Paul is the Co-Chair for the SSPD series of conferences and chairs Defence sessions in the ISIF Fusion conferences.

Paul currently holds the role of Lead Technical Reviewer for the UDRC and advises the MOD’s research programme office on technology concepts for ISTAR.

Wenwu Wang (photo)

Wenwu Wang, Reader, Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey Guildford

Wenwu Wang is a Reader in Signal Processing and Co-Director of the Machine Audition Lab at the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey, where he joined since May 2007. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King's College London (from May 2002 to December 2003) and Cardiff University (from January 2004 to April 2005).

He also worked in UK industry, first as a DSP Engineer at Tao Group Ltd (now Antix Labs Ltd) (from May 2005 to August 2006), then as an R&D engineer at Creative Labs (from September 2006 to April 2007). During spring 2008, he has been a visiting scholar at the Perception and Neurodynamics Lab and the Center for Cognitive Science, The Ohio State University.

He is currently a member of the MoD UDRC in Signal Processing and the BBC Audio Research Partnership, as well as an associate member of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security. He obtained the PhD degree in April 2002 from Harbin Engineering University, China.

His current research interests include blind signal processing, sparse signal processing, audio-visual signal processing, machine learning and perception, and machine audition (listening). He has over 150 publications in these areas.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and belongs to the IEEE Signal Processing, Computational Intelligence, and Circuits and Systems Societies. He was a Local Arrangement Co-Chair of the 2013 IEEE International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing, an Area Chair of the 2012 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), a Track Chair and Publicity Co-Chair of 2009 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop, Program Co-Chair of the 2009 IEEE Global Congress on Intelligent Systems.

He has been a Session Chair for numerous conferences including 2012 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) and the EUSIPCO 2012. He was a Tutorial Speaker on ICASSP 2013 in Vancouver, Canada, and of UDRC on Signal Processing summer school 2014 in Edinburgh, UK.

He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (since 2014).


Member - £475

Non-member - £550

Student / retired - £250