Keynote Speakers for ICEMT 2020
Prof. Douglas O’Shaughnessy
Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS-EMT), Quebec, Canada
Adjunct Professor at McGill University, Canada
Fellow of IEEE
received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in 1972 and the Ph.D.
degree in 1976 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA. I have been a professor at INRS-EMT
(University of Quebec) in Montreal, Canada, since 1977. For
this same period, I also taught every year as Adjunct
Professor at McGill University in the Department of
Electrical Engineering. I have worked as a teacher and
researcher in the speech communication field for more than
40 years in the areas of automatic speech synthesis,
analysis, coding and recognition.
Speech Title: Automatic speech recognition (ASR): History, Progress, and Future
multimedia applications, speech is often one of the major
means of communication. Since the advent of artificial
intelligence (AI), machine recognition of speech has been
viewed as a major challenge and application area. In recent
years, ASR has been regularly found in many interactions
between people and machines. However, its performance is
still far from the level of how humans perceive speech,
especially in adverse conditions. This talk will review how
ASR works, how it developed, where its weaknesses still lie,
and what we can expect in the future.
Prof. Akihiko Sugiyama
Yahoo! JAPAN Research
Fellow of IEEE and IEICE
Akihiko Sugiyama (a.k.a. Ken Sugiyama), affiliated with Yahoo! JAPAN Research, has been engaged in a wide variety of research projects in signal processing such as audio coding and interference/noise control. Prior to Yahoo Japan, he had a long career at NEC Corporation as a research engineer. His team at NEC developed the world's first Silicon Audio in 1994, a precursor of iPod. He served as the Chair of Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) [2011-2012], as associate editors for several journals such as IEEE Trans. Signal Processing [1994-1996], as the Secretary and a Member at Large to the Conference Board of SPS [2010-2011], as a member of the Awards Board of SPS [2015-2017], as the Chair of Japan Chapter of SPS [2010-2011], and a member of IEEE Fellow Committee. He was a Technical Program Chair for ICASSP2012. He has contributed to 17 chapters of books and is the inventor of 217 registered patents with more pending applications in the field of signal processing in Japan and overseas. He received 19 awards such as the 2002 IEICE Best Paper Award, the 2006 and 2018 IEICE Achievement Award, and the 2013 Ichimura Industry Award. He has delivered 145 invited talks in 75 cities of 27 countries. He is Fellow of IEEE and IEICE, and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE SPS [2014-2015] and for IEEE CE (Consumer Electronics Society) [2017-2018], and a Distinguished Industry Speaker for IEEE SPS [2020-2021].
Speech Title: History of Personal Media Terminals: From Walkman to Apple Watch
Abstract: A brief history of personal media terminals, highlighting the development of the Silicon Audio, the world’s first all solid-state audio player. The background of its development, its concept, and details of early versions are explained. The family of personal media terminals are presented followed by the impact on the following products such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and smart watches.
Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Kuan-Chou Chen is the Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Research, Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Endowed Chair, Professor in Economic Development, Professor of Management Information Systems. He was the Department Head of Information Systems, Finance, and Business Analytics (2005-2016), as well as Interim Department Head of Department of Graduate Studies in Education (2013-2014) at Purdue University Northwest. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and his MBA from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He specialized in computer programming, system simulation, project management, decision support systems, data mining, system analysis and design, e-business strategy and application, supply chain management, network design and security, knowledge management, and information economy. Professor Chen has more than 90 scholarly publications, most in peer-reviewed journals. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on three paper reviewer boards. Currently he is an Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning. His productivity and scholarship have been recognized by his colleagues, being nominated three years in a row for an “Outstanding Scholar Award.” He also the recipient of Teacher of the Year Award (Purdue University Northwest, 2005).
Speech Title: Current Challenges and Issues of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Absrtact: Today all
kinds of challenge and issues teaching and learning in
higher education are big topics of discussion, both in the
news media and among the general public. The current higher
education system is beset by a wide range of challenges,
from declines in enrolments, demographics, technology trends
to changes in disciplinary areas—and much more. In the
meantime, for the future of universities and colleges around
the world, there are also external, global factors that can
change the trajectory of the industry. The educators in
higher education system are all too aware it's not just
domestic trends that can impact the way they operate their
Prof. Yiu-Wing Leung
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Yiu-Wing Leung received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Now he is Professor of Computer Science in the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong. On the teaching side, he has rich university teaching experience. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching in 2011. He also has rich experience in curriculum design and development. He has been the Programme Director of an MSc in IT Management programme for fifteen years, leading its development and expansion. This programme is now the largest postgraduate programme in his university. At the same time, he has been serving as external examiners for local and overseas universities as well as accreditation organizations. On the research side, his research interests include computer communication, Internet computing and cloud computing. He has published more than 100 research papers and some of these papers are highly cited.
Speech Title: Teaching Pedagogy for Handling Diversity in Large University Classes
Abstract: Large university classes typically involve two diversity problems: (1) some students have good learning motivation but some students may not, and (2) some students have good learning capability but some students may not. It is important to properly tackle these diversity problems in order to achieve good learning outcomes. In this presentation, I will share some teaching methods for tackling these diversity problems. To tackle the diversity in learning motivation, daily life analogies could be used to illustrate the “dull” academic contents. A daily life analogy is a daily life example which has the same principle as the academic principle to be taught and it can easily be understood based on daily life experience. Using suitable daily life analogies, it would be easier to attract students’ attention, arouse their learning interests, and give a deep impression to them. To handle the diversity in learning capability, it would be very helpful to progressively explain from simple to complex, from concrete to abstract, and from high-level ideas to low-level details. In this manner, all students could progressively realize their reachable learning outcomes. I will present examples to illustrate how these teaching methods could be applied in practice to handle the diversity problems.
Prof. Mido Chang
Florida International University, USA
Dr. Mido Chang's research deals with statistical issues of Hierarchical Linear Models, Survival Analysis, Structural Equation Models, and Longitudinal Growth Models. She also applies the statistical models to a wide range of issues associated with the provision of equitable access to educational resources for all students, including linguistic and racial minority students. Her research findings support efforts to improve educational practice and policies for school programs, teacher instructional practices, and parent involvement. Dr. Chang's research projects have been funded from the Discovery Research K-12 Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has served on review panels for national and international funding agencies and professional journals.
Speech Title: Collaborative Learning
in Remote Classrooms