Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Ben Gurion University

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Ben Gurion University is one of the three Electrical Engineering schools in Israel, with approximately 1400 graduate and undergraduate students. The Information and Signal Processing group at the Ben-Gurion University is an active research group working on various areas including parametric modeling and estimation of audio, speech, and biological signals; parametric modeling, and estimation of homogeneous and non-homogeneous random fields; and signal processing for communications. Among the projects undertaken by the group the following are relevant to the current project:

  • Parametric Methods for Image Data Indexing and Retrieval in Multimedia Applications on the Information Highway, International Scientific Cooperation France-Israel, Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France, and the Israeli Ministry of Science.
  • Unified Methods and Algorithms for Joint Storage,Organization and Labeling of Image, Voice and Text Data in Multimedia Applications on the Information Highway, Israeli Ministry of Science.
  • Intelligent Processing, Labeling, Coding and Reconstruction of Multimedia Informationfor Tele-Consulting on a Wide Band Net, Israeli Ministry of Science.

BGU plays a crucial role in the network by providing guidance in formulating the multi-layer parametric model for multimedia records. The wide experience of Prof. Cohen in audio processing and his links with industry (see below) shows clearly why BGU is the audio center in the network. BGU's role therefore pervades the entire network and it is therefore a core team.

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).