Keynote Speakers-IWPR 2024

Prof. Witold Pedrycz

Life Fellow of IEEE
Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada

Speech Title:  Credibility and Interpretability/Explainability in Applications of Machine Learning: An Environment of Granular Computing (Abstract)

Mauro Barni graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Florence in 1991. He received the PhD in Informatics and Telecommunications in October 1995. He has carried out his research activity for more than 20 years, first at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication of the University of Florence, then at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Siena where he works as full Professor. His activity focuses on digital image processing and information security, with particular reference to the application of image processing techniques to copyright protection (digital watermarking) and authentication of multimedia (multimedia forensics). He has been studying the possibility of processing signals that has been previously encrypted without decrypting them (signal processing in the encrypted domain – s.p.e.d.). Lately he has been working on theoretical and practical aspects of adversarial signal processing, adversarial machine learning and protection of IPR in AI by means of neural network watermarking.
From 2010 to 2011, Prof. Barni has been the chairman of the IEEE Information Forensic and Security Technical Committee (IFS-TC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He has been a member of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee and of the conference board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Mauro Barni is a fellow member of the IEEE, fellow member of AAIA (Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association) and senior member of EURASIP. He was appointed distinguished lecturer by the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the years 2013-2014. He has been the chairman of the Italian chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2018 to 2021.

Prof. Xudong Jiang

Fellow of IEEE
Prof. Xudong Jiang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Xudong Jiang received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), and the Ph.D. degree from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany. From 1986 to 1993, he was a Lecturer with UESTC, where he received two Science and Technology Awards from the Ministry for Electronic Industry of China. From 1998 to 2004, he was with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A-Star, Singapore, as a Lead Scientist and the Head of the Biometrics Laboratory, where he developed a system that achieved the most efficiency and the second most accuracy at the International Fingerprint Verification Competition in 2000. He joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, as a Faculty Member, in 2004, and served as the Director of the Centre for Information Security from 2005 to 2011. Currently, he is a professor in NTU. Dr Jiang holds 7 patents and has authored over 200 papers with 2 papers in Nature Communications, 20 papers in Pattern Recognition and over 40+ papers in the IEEE journals, including 6 papers in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and 14 papers in IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. Four of his papers have been listed as the top 1% highly cited papers in the academic field of Engineering by Essential Science Indicators. He served as IFS TC Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2015 to 2017, Associate Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Letter from 2014 to 2018, Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 2016 to 2020 and the founding editorial board member for IET Biometrics form 2012 to 2019. Dr Jiang is currently an IEEE Fellow and serves as Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and Editor-in-Chief for IET Biometrics. His current research interests include image processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, and biometrics.

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