People involved in MOUMIR project

Ben-Gurion University, Israel:

Arnon Cohen received the Ph.D. degree from Carnegie-Mellon University , Pittsburgh, USA in 1969. He was with the department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Connecticut from 1970 to 1973. Since 1973 he is with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, where he is a full professor. He held several visiting positions at universities in the US and South-Africa, as well as consulting positions with signal processing companies in the US and Israel. He is currently the CTO of DSP Group, an Israeli company that produces DSP chips and signal processing systems. Prof. Cohen has about 100 papers in scientific journals and conferences. His current research interests are in speech recognition, speech and audio segmentation and bio-medical signal processing. He is currently an Associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Bio-Medical Engineering and chairman of the IEEE Bio-medical Eng. Chapter.

Joseph M. Francos received D.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1990, both from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. During 1993, he was with Signal Processing Technology, Palo Alto, CA. In 1993 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, where he is now a Senior Lecturer. He also held visiting positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, Cambridge, and at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of California, Davis. He has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and conferences. His current research interests are in parametric modeling and estimation of 2-D random fields, parametric modeling and estimation of non-stationary signals, image indexing, and texture analysis and synthesis. Dr. Francos is a Senior Member of the IEEE Signal Processing, and Information Theory Societies. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the Publicity Chair and a member of the technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Workshop on Higher-Order Statistics (HOS'99).

Bridgeman Art Library, UK:

Leigh Maynard is the IT manager at the Bridgeman Art Library. Over the last four years she has been instrumental in the transition from a traditional transparency archive to a digital based service. This included the development of Bridgeman's CD-ROM catalogues and the design of the website catalogue and image ordering service. As well as maintaining systems for the London office she provides support and development for Bridgeman offices in New York and Paris.

Sarah Rice

Cambridge University, UK:

William Fitzgerald graduated with BSc (Hons) Physics, MSc Physics of Solids, and PhD Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1974. Since 1990 he has been a University Lecturer in Engineering, and Director of Studies in Engineering and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He currently leads the Statistical Methods Group within the Signal Processing Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. He was Principal Organizer of a 6 month Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Program on 'Nonlinear and Non-stationary Signal Processing', from July to December 1998.

Simon Godsill received the PhD degree Electrical Engineering, from the University of Cambridge. Since 1996 he has been a University Lecturer at Cambridge. Prior to that he was a founding member of the ground-breaking audio processing company CEDAR Audio Ltd. (1988-90), He has worked extensively in the field of Bayesian signal processing. In recent years he has made a particular specialty of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods for the solution of complex Bayesian signal processing problems. He has recently published a book: S.J. Godsill and P.J.W. Rayner. Digital Audio Restoration. Berlin: Springer, ISBN 3 540 76222 -1, 1998.

Nick Kingsbury received the PhD degree in 1974 in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Cambridge. Since 1986 he has been a University Lecturer at Cambridge. He currently leads the Image Processing Group within the Signal Processing Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committee of a number of IEEE and EURASIP international conferences. His current research interests include image compression, error-robust source coding techniques, and image analysis techniques. He has published over 80 papers at international conferences and in leading international journals.

Manuel Davy is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. From 1993 to 2000 he was in Nantes as undergraduate, then as PhD, in the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France. In Sept 2000, he gained the PhD degree in signal processing. His research interest concern audio signal processing, classification, detection, using mainly Time-Frequency analysis and MCMC methods. Most of his publications concern signal classification.

Cian Shaffrey received the BAI, BA degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from Trinity College Dublin in 1999. Currently, he is in his second year of study for the PhD degree in the Signal Processing Research Group, Cambridge University. He has been working on Content Based Image Retrieval as the basis of his PhD, and has been a researcher on MOUMIR since April 2000. His supervisor is Dr Nick Kingsbury.

INESC Porto, Portugal:

Luis Corte Real received the MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa) in 1986. He obtained his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Universidade do Porto in 1994. Since 1994 he has been a Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has been involved in European projects e.g. ACTS SCALAR and other national projects. He currently runs two projects on MPEG4-Audio and METAMEDIA on metadata for multimedia information. His main research interests are Very Low Bitrate Video Coding, Image Vector Quantization, Model-based Video Coding, Video Analysis and Restoration.

Gabriel David graduated in Electrical Engineering (Universidade do Porto) in 1981. He received the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Universidade do Porto in 1987. In 1994 he obtained his Ph.D. in Informatics and Artificial Intelligence (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). Since 1994 he has been a Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is now the director of the Master of Science Course on Information Management at Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidade do Porto. His interests lie in Information Management, Semantic of Logic Programming, Data Bases, Object Oriented Programming, Information Systems. He has been involved in European projects e.g. ESPRIT BRA 3020 Integration on the integration of Logic Programming, Object Oriented Programming and Functional Programming paradigms and national projects.

Luis Teixeira received the MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering (Oporto University, Portugal) in 1995. Currently, he is in his last year of study for the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has been involved in European projects e.g. RACE COUGAR, ACTS ATLANTIC and other national projects. His main research interests are video coding, video analysis (features extraction), perceptual coding, cryptography and multimedia authoring.

Catalin Mihai Calistru graduated in Computer Science at Automation Control and Computer Engineering Faculty, from Iasi, Romania, in 2002. He has been working on Content Based Multimedia Retrieval, and has been a pre-doc researcher on MOUMIR since October 2002. His supervisor is Prof. Gabriel David. His research interest concerns image and video processing, indexing and retrieval systems, web applications.

Lucian Ciobanu graduated in Computer Science at the Automation Control and Computer Engineering Faculty, from Iasi, Romania, in 2002. He has been working on Content Based Multimedia Retrieval, and has been a pre-doc researcher on MOUMIR since December 2002. His supervisor is Prof Luis Corte-Real. His research interest concerns image and video processing, indexing and retrieval systems, multimedia processing applications.

INRIA, France:

Josiane Zerubia has been a permanent research scientist at INRIA since 1989 and director of research since July 1995. She was head of a remote sensing laboratory (PASTIS, INRIA Sophia Antipolis) from mid-1995 to 1997. Since January 1998, she has been in charge of a new research group working on remote sensing (Ariana). Before this, she was with the Signal and Image Processing Institute at USC, Los Angeles as a post-doctoral researcher. She also worked as a researcher for LASSY (University of Nice and CNRS) from 1984 to 1988 and in the Research Lab. of Hewlett Packard in France and in Palo Alto (CA) from 1982 to 1984. She took a Doctor of Engineering degree in 1986; a PhD in 1988 and an ``Habilitation'' in 1994. She has been part of the IEEE IMDSP Technical Committee (SP Society) since 1997 and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing since 1998. She has also been a member of the editorial board of the French Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SFPT) since 1998. Her current interests are image processing using probabilistic models and neural networks, parameter estimation and optimization techniques.

Ian Jermyn received the PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, U.K., in 1991. After working for a total of three years at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, he began study for a PhD in computer vision in the Computer Science department of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in New York, receiving the PhD in July 2000. He joined the MOUMIR project as a postdoc in the Ariana research group at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis in August 2000. Since September 2001, he has been a permanent researcher at INRIA.

Roberto Cossu received the "Laurea" (M.S.) degree in electronic engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1999, and the PhD in Image Processing and Recognition from the University of Trento, Italy, in 2003. During his PhD he was a member of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in the Department of Information and Communication Technology, University of Trento. In April 2003, he joined the EU project MOUMIR and since then has been working as a postdoc in the Ariana research group at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France. His main research contributions are in the area of remote-sensing image processing and recognition. In particular, his interests include: neural networks for classification purposes, partially unsupervised updating of land-cover maps, supervised and unsupervised change detection techniques, texture segmentation. In these subject areas, he has carried out research within the framework of several national and international projects.

Karen Brady received a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin in 1998 and a MSc in Operations Research from The George Washington University in 2000. She joined the Ariana team at INRIA in October 2000 as a MOUMIR researcher and will study toward a PhD degree in image processing.

RTP Archives, Portugal:

Mr. Joáo de Deus Frajado Sequeira graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon in 1976, and also graduated in Library Science in 1980 and Computer Science in 1994 from the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He is now Head of Documental Information Department of RTP Archives. Project leader of RTP in the R&D projects PRAXIS XXI VIDION Video Digital on-line, IMPACT SINATRA and ACTS AURORA. Mr. Sequeira is also currently an Assistant Professor in Knowledge Engineering and Expert Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.

Orlando Cardoso Goncalves graduated in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico at the technical University of Lisbon and in Psychology from Lisbon University. He has been Supervisor Documentalist at RTP since 1976 and is also the head of service of the audio-visual archive of RTP. Since 1988 he has coordinated the Preservation Program of RTP Audio-visual Archives, a program developed for film and old video material produced since 1957.

Maria Teresa Grades Balesteros graduated in Computer Science at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa in 1994. She has been a Documentalist at RTP since 1980 and is now the Head of the Documentation Service. Research activities include natural language processing and text based indexing systems.

Trinity College, Ireland:

Anil Kokaram has worked in the area of video processing since 1989. He gained the Ph.D. from the Engineering Department at Cambridge University, U.K., in 1993 and was a Research Associate in the Signal Processing group there until 1998. In 1998 he was appointed Lecturer at the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at TCD and is currently building a Video Processing group. He has published more than 30 papers in video processing and image sequence restoration. He has been involved with the ACTS project AURORA. His interests lie in the general area of video processing including motion estimation, motion picture restoration, video analysis and Bayesian techniques in video processing.

Padraig Cunningham

Simon Wilson gained the DSc from George Washington University in 1994. He is a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and has worked in the area of Bayesian solutions to image processing problems since 1996. He has worked since 1997 with Dr. Quinn on the application of these techniques in computer aided diagnosis from medical images. He also has a wide experience in the application of Bayesian methods to engineering problems and has published more than 20 papers in the area of Statistics in general.

Rozenn Dahyot received the diploma of the general engineering school ENSPS in France and the diploma of Advanced Studies in computer vision from the University of Strasbourg in 1998. She obtained her PhD in image processing from the University of Strasbourg, France in 2001. She is now working on Information Retrieval for the moumir project at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research interest concerns image and video processing, object detection and recognition, statistical learning.

Georgios A. Stefanou received the Diploma of Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Piraeus in Greece in 1999 and the MSc. degree in Applied Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Salford in England in 2000. He is currently a PhD. student at the Department of Statistics of Trinity College of Dublin. During his studies, he has been working in "Metrolife Emporiki" in the Department of Redemption of Insurance policy as file manager and also in "Public Power Corporation" in the Department of Hydraulic production as research assistant. He is Fellow in Royal Statistical Society and member of the Operational Research Society.

Marco Grimaldi received the MSc degree in Physics from Universita' degli Studi di Trento in 1999. Currently he is studying for a second MSc degree in the Machine Learning Group at Trinity College Dublin: in October 2001 he joined the Moumir project as post graduate student. His interests lie in signal analysis for classification and for information retrieval. His supervisor is Pàdraig Cunningham.

Former member :
Perrine Delacourt received the diploma of Computer Science engineering from the Université de Compiègne (UTC), France in 1994 and the diploma of Advanced Studies in computer vision from the Université de Nice-Sophia-Antipolis in 1995. She obtained her PhD in speaker-based speech indexing from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), France in 2000. She has been working as a research assistant in the Moumir project since September 2000. Her research interests are both speech and image processing using probabilistic models and also multimedia indexing systems.

University of Thessaloniki, Greece:

Ioannis Pitas received the Diploma of Electrical Engineering in 1980 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 both from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 1994, he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics, University of Thessaloniki. Dr. Pitas has been member of the European Community ESPRIT Parallel Action Committee. He has also been an invited speaker and/or member of the program committee of several scientific conferences and workshops. He was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems and co-editor of Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing and he is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. He was chair of the 1995 IEEE Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing (NSIP95). He was technical chair of the 1998 European Signal Processing Conference.He is the chair of the upcoming 2001 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing.

Dr. Costas Kotropoulos received the Diploma degree with honors in Electrical Engineering in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 1993, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From October 1997 to January 2002 he served as a Lecturer at the Department of Informatics. He currently is an Assistant Professor at the same department. Dr. Kotropoulos participated into 14 research projects financed by national or European funds. He authored 17 journal papers and 68 conference papers and contributed 5 chapters to edited books in his areas of expertise. More than 100 citations have been made by the scientific community to his published works. He is the co-editor of the book "Nonlinear Model-Based Image/Video Processing and Analysis" published by J. Wiley and Sons, 2001. His current research interests include multimedia signal processing, multimedia information retrieval, pattern recognition, statistical language engineering, virtual reality, and computer graphics.

Zuzana Cernekova received the Diploma of Master of Science in 1999 at Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia. She was a researcher and lecture assistant and she was studying toward a Ph.D. at the Department of Computer Graphics and Image Processing, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Comenius University. She is currently a pre-doc researcher at the Department of Informatics, University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests lie in the areas of video processing and pattern recognition. Ms. Cernekova is a member of the SCCG organizing committee.

Pawel Rotter has received the Diploma of Master of Science in Automatic Control at the University of Mining and Metallurgy (UMM), Krakow, Poland in 1999. Since 1999 he has been studying toward Ph.D. at the Institute of Automatic Control at the UMM. His research interests are related to still image analysis, especially image retrieval using model objects. He is currently a pre-doc researcher at the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Elena Sikudova received the Master of Science degree in the field of computer graphics at Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia. She was a lecture assistant and Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Graphics and Image Processing, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Comenius University. She has a Master of Arts degree in the field of economics from the Pittsburgh University, PA, USA. Currently she is a pre-doc researcher at the Department of Informatics, University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her research interests lie in the area of genetic algorithms. Ms. Sikudova is a member of the SCCG organizing committee.

Former member :
Christophoros Nikou was born in 1971 in Thessaloniki (Greece). He obtained the Electrical Engineering degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1994. He received the DEA (French Master) in Photonics and Image Processing in 1995 and the PhD in Image Processing and Computer Vision in 1999 both from Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg (France). He is currently a senior researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and Information Analysis Laboratory (AIIA). His research interests mainly include biomedical image processing and analysis, statistical image processing, deformable models, face detection and tracking and pattern recognition.