People of the Sigmedia Group

Sigmedia Staff

Anil Kokaram

Anil Kokaram received the Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University, U.K., in 1993. Then, he was a Research Fellow with the Cambridge University Engineering Department and Churchill College Cambridge. In 1998, he established the Sigmedia Group ( at Trinity College Dublin. In 2011 a company he founded, Green Parrot Pictures, operating in the consumer image processing space, was acquired by Google. He is currently working as a Tech. Lead in the Chrome Media Group at Google, Mountain View CA. He continues to hold his Professorship with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the College. He is the author of over 100 refereed papers in various conferences and journals over the years. His research interests include the general area of digital video processing and algorithms for stereoscopic quality improvement and video processing in the life sciences. He is best known for his work in automated motion picture restoration.

Prof. Kokaram was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions in Image Processing from 2002 to 2007. He was a recipient of an Academy Award alongside colleagues at The Foundry (a visual effects software manufacturer in London) for his contribution to a range of visual algorithms in 2007. These are now widely used in the industry for motion-based effects and quality improvement (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, etc.).

You can email him: anil.kokaram[a]

Dr. Naomi Harte

Dr. Naomi Harte is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and a Fellow of Trinity College. She was appointed as an SFI Engineering Initiative Lecturer in Digital Media in 2008. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Harte worked in high-tech start-ups in the field of DSP Systems Development, including her own company founded in 2002. She also previously worked in McMaster University in Canada. Dr. Harte’s specialist area is Human Speech Communication. Her industrial background brings a real-world approach to her research. Her work involves the design and application of mathematical algorithms to enhance or augment speech communication between humans and technology. Current projects focus on speech quality, audio-visual speech recognition, emotion in speech, speaker verification and bird species analysis. She is a Co-PI at the SFI ADAPT Research Centre.

For more information, e-mail her: nharte[a]

Dr. Francois Pitie

Dr. François Pitié is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Media Signal Processing in the School of Engineering and part of the ADAPT Research Centre. His research is concerned with media signal processing applications related to film postproduction and film restoration. The aim of his research is to develop tools that can enhance the cinematic experience of immersion.

For more information see his web page and you can contact me by e-mail: fpitie[a]

Postdocs/Research Fellows


João Cabral was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh, funded by a European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship. His main research is on speech processing for improving natural interaction with computer systems but his work extends to the area of multimodal signal analysis for inference of affect and human behaviour. He is enthusiastic about applying his research to technology such as spoken dialogue systems, monitoring human behavior in speech communication, Text-To-Speech synthesis for audiobooks and evaluation of pronunciation in the language learning scenario.

For more information, e-mail him: cabralj[a]


Christian Saam is a Research Fellow based in Trinity working on speech recognition and processing in the context of multimodal interaction and translation technology. Before joining ADAPT he worked as a research assistant at Interactive Systems Lab at KIT, Germany, and on an SFI TIDA to bring Trinity translation efficiency research to industry.

For more information, e-mail him: saamc[a]

Wissam A. Jassim

Wissam A. Jassim is a Research Fellow with the Sigmedia research center. He received his PhD degree in signals and systems from University of Malaya, Malaysia, in 2012. He was a postdoc fellow at University of Malaya from 2013 to 2016. His research interests focus on employing the neural responses of the human auditory periphery for speech processing applications such as speech quality/intelligibility assessment, emotion speech, speech/speaker identification, and speech enhancement.

For more information, e-mail him: wissam.jassim[a]

PhD Students


Marco Forte received his/her degree in Electronic & Computer Engineering from TCD in 20XX. He is currently pursuing a PhD in atomic force microscopy (AFM) image restoration under Prof. Whoever.

For more information, e-mail him: person[a]

George Sterpu

George Sterpu received his Master's degree in Electronics, Automation and Signal Processing from Université Grenoble Alpes in 2015 and his Bachelor's degree from University Politehnica of Bucharest in 2013.
He is currently pursuing a PhD in Audio-Visual Speech Recognition under the supervision of Dr. Naomi Harte.

For more information, check out his neat web page or e-mail him: sterpug[a]


Matthew Roddy received his/her degree in Electronic & Computer Engineering from TCD in 20XX. He is currently pursuing a PhD in atomic force microscopy (AFM) image restoration under Prof. Whoever.

For more information, e-mail him: person[a]

Sigmedia on Tour

A list of people that were once in sigmedia but that still are connected to the lab.

David Corrigan

Dr. David Corrigan completed his PhD under Dr. Anil Kokaram in 2008. The thesis was concerned with the effect of motion estimation failure on the robustness of image processing applications, especially with regard to digital film restoration applications. His other research interests include video object segmentation and image texture synthesis. He has also completed a 9 months Marie-Curie post-doc at The Foundry. He was a research fellow with sigmedia adn an Assistnat Professor in EE for a numer of years. He now works for Huawei.

For more information, please e-mail him: corrigad[a]

Andrew Hines

Dr. Andrew Hines joined the lab in 2008. His PhD research focused on speech and hearing technology where he developed a metric for predicting speech intelligibility. He was involved in our collaboration with Google investigating realtime speech quality monitoring and streaming audio codec quality. He is now a lecturer in DIT.

For more information see his web page or e-mail him: hinesa[a]

Gary Baugh

Gary Baugh is here to play Cricket, that's it.

Rumour has it that he's now working for PixelPuffin:

For more information, e-mail him: baughg[a]

Finnian Kelly

Finnian Kelly received his degree in Electronic & Computer Engineering from TCD in 2009. He completed a PhD in Robust Speaker Verification for Biometrics under Dr Naomi Harte. He is currently a Research Associate at UT Dallas web page

For more information, e-mail him: kellyfp[a]


Dr. Damien Kelly graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 with a degree in Computer and Electronic Engineering. He complete his PhD thesis entitled "Active Speaker Localisation and Tracking using Audio and Video" in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Frank Boland, and is now working for Google.

For more information e-mail him at

Dr. Dan Ring

Dr. Dan Ring graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 with a degree in Computer Engineering. Following that, he was awarded a Ph.D in Content-Based Analysis of Video Through Sparse Features under Prof. Anil Kokaram.

Dan is currently working at The Foundry in London. For more information, e-mail him: dan[a]

Former Members of Sigmedia

The complete list of former members can be found here.

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