19th European Signal Processing Conference
August 29–September 2, 2011
Report by Ana I. Pérez-Neira
This report summarizes the main aspects that can be concluded after the conference. It is not an exhaustive description of EUSIPCO’11, which can be found both in EUSIPCO booklet and website. The conference ran smoothly and in a very satisfactory way with respect to the organization and the technical content.
First we explain the reviewing system and schedule of the technical programme. Next some paper statistics are shown, the best student paper awards and the organizing committee. Finally some conclusions come.
2. REVIEWING SYSTEM
The 3 technical chairs belong to each of the three main topics: communications (Xavier Mestre), image (Montse Pardàs) and speech (Javier Hernando). They organized the review based on 9 areas and 34 crea chairs: These zrea chairs count on a Technical Programme Committee (TPC) of 365 researchers.
The objective was to come up with 3 reviews per paper. For that purpose, the area chairs assigned a paper to 2 TPC reviewers. Each TPC reviewer was in charge of providing two reviews (at least one of them by an external reviewer). As a result, most papers ended up with 3 reviews or more. Special cases were dealt with individually (in most of the cases, the area chair provided his/her own assessment of the paper).
3. TECHNICAL PROGRAMME
The first day was fully devoted to 7 tutorials:
1. SIGNAL PROCESSING FOR SYNTHESIS APERTURE RADIO TELESCOPES - AMIR LESHEM
2. BIO-INSPIRED SIGNAL PROCESSING - SERGIO BARBAROSSA
3. VARIATIONAL METHODS FOR COMPUTER VISION - DANIEL CREMERS
4. SEMIDEFINITE RELAXATION OF NONCONVEX QUADRATIC OPTIMIZATION: A KEY TECHNIQUE IN SIGNAL PROCESSING AND COMMUNICATIONS - KEN MA, ANTHONY SO
5. APPLICATIONS OF LARGE RANDOM MATRICES TO DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS AND STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING - PHILIPPE LOUBATON, WALID HACHEM AND JAMAL NAJIM
6. QUATERNION SIGNAL PROCESSING: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS - JAVIER VÍA, NICOLAS LE BIHAN, DANILO MANDIC, STEVE SANGWINE
7. ELECTRONIC TRADING AND PORTFOLIO OPTIMIZATION: A SIGNAL PROCESSING PERSPECTIVE – ALI AKANSU, ILYA POLLAK, FRANCISCO RUBIO
The average number of attendees per tutorial was 100.
During the rest of the conference there were 7 parallel sessions: 4 sessions of 5 oral presentations and 3 sessions with 6 posters each. There were 9 invited lectures (2 per day), including two EURASIP Fellow Inaugural Lectures:
1. Mateo Valero (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya-Spain): Inaugural Talk, Towards Exaflop Supercomputers
2. Sergio Verdú (Princeton University-USA): What is Information Theory?
3. Arun Ross (West Virginia University-USA): Biometrics: Past, Present and Future
4. Sergios Theodoridis (University of Athens-Greece): Adaptive Learning in a World of Projections (EURASIP Fellow Inaugural Lecture)
5. Walter Kellermann (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg – Germany): Acoustic Signal Processing for Natural Interactive and Immersive Human/Machine Interfaces
6. Nuria Oliver (Telefonica Research-Spain): Urban Computing and Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges
7. Riccardo De Gaudenzi (European Space Agency-Netherlands): The evolution of satellite communications - a signal processing perspective
8. Helmut Bölcskei (ETH-Zurich-Switzerland): Uncertainty relations and recovery of sparsely corrupted signals (EURASIP Fellow Inaugural Lecture)
9. Aljoscha Smolic (ETH-Zurich-Switzerland): Content Creation for Stereoscopic 3D and Beyond
Concerning special sessions, there were 21 submitted, after 1 rejection and 2 were cancelled after evaluation:
SS-01 "Acoustic scene reconstruction and environment-aware space-time processing"
SS-02 "Spectrum and infrastructure sharing b/w operators in wireless interf. networks"
SS-03 "Adaptive waveform design and diversity"
SS-04 "Advances and future trends in Bayesian filtering"
SS-05 "Multimodal (audio-visual) speech separation"
SS-06 "Energy efficient communications for future networks"
SS-07 "Signal processing for disaster management and prevention"
SS-08 "Interference alignment"
SS-09 "2D and 3D image analysis of paintings”
SS-10 "Recent advances in adaptive filtering for audio and acoustics”
SS-11 "Historical document analysis"
SS-12 "Processing and recovery using analysis and synthesis sparse models"
SS-13 "Dependent component analysis"
SS-14 "Image and signal processing for 3DTV"
SS-15 "Sparsity aware processing: theory and applications"
SS-16 "Joint source-channel encoding and decoding"
SS-17 "Secure biometrics"
SS-18 "Technical enablers and platforms for cognitive radio"
4. PAPER STATISTICS
Figures 1, 2 and 3 give different statistics about the submitted papers.
The acceptance ratio is shown in the next table:
5. BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD
Based on the review marks, two awards were unanomously given:
Paolo Di Lorenzo ,``Bio-Inspired Swarming for Dynamic Radio Access Based on Diffusion Adaptation’’, Paolo Di Lorenzo; Sergio Barbarossa; Ali H. Sayed
Marcus Björk, "Signal Processing Algorithms for Removing Banding Artifacts in MRI", Marcus Björk; Erik Gudmundson; Joëlle Barral; Petre Stoica
6. ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Honorary Chair: Miguel A. Lagunas (CTTC)
General Chair: Ana I. Pérez-Neira (UPC)
General Vice-Chair: Carles Antón-Haro (CTTC)
Technical Program Chair: Xavier Mestre (CTTC)
Technical Program Co-Chairs: Javier Hernando (UPC), Montserrat Pardàs (UPC)
Plenary Talks: Ferran Marqués (UPC), Yonina Eldar (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
Special Sessions: Ignacio Santamaria (Universidad de Cantabria), Mats Bengtsson (KTH)
Finances Chair: Montserrat Nájar (UPC)
Finances Co-Chair: Josep Salavedra (UPC)
Tutorials: Daniel P. Palomar (Hong Kong UST), Beatrice Pesquet-Popescu (ENST)
Publicity: Stephan Pfletschinger (CTTC), Mònica Navarro (CTTC)
Publications: Antonio Pascual (UPC), Carles Fernández (CTTC)
Industrial Liason & Exhibits: Angeliki Alexiou (University of Piraeus), Albert Sitjà (CTTC)
International Liaison: Ju Liu (Shandong University, China), Jinhong Yuan (UNSW, Australia), Tamas Sziranyi (SZTAKI, Hungary), Rich Stern (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Ricardo L. de Queiroz (UNV-Brazil)
Local Comittee: Joan Bas, Nikolaos Bartzoudis, Laura Casaus, Pau Closas, Bertrand Devillers, Xavier Giró-i-Nieto, Jesús Gómez, Margarida Hesselbach, Javier Matamoros, Miquel Payaró, Francesc Rey, Francisco Rubio
It has been really a pleasure and an experience to organize EUSIPCO’11. It has been a teams work and we have enjoyed it. Eurasip Board of Directors has always helped when needed and this has helped in many situations, mainly at the beginning. There were 460 delegate registrations, 35 free delegate registrations, 112 student registrations and 15 free student registrations. Altogether sum up 622 attendees.