Edward Y. Chang currently serves as the President of Research and Healthcare (DeepQ) at HTC. Ed's most notable work is co-leading the DeepQ project (with Prof. CK Peng at Harvard), working with a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers to design and develop mobile wireless diagnostic instruments that can help consumers make their own reliable health diagnoses anywhere at anytime. The project entered the Tricorder XPRIZE competition in 2013 with 310 other entrants and was awarded second place in April 2017 with US$1M prize. DeepQ is powered by deep architecture to quest for cure. Similar deep architecture is also used to power Vivepaper, an AR product Ed's team launched in 2016 to support immersive augmented reality experience (for education, training, and entertainment).
Prior to his HTC post, Ed was a director of Google Research for 6.5 years, leading research and development in several areas including scalable machine learning, indoor localization, social networking and search integration, and Web search (spam fighting). His contributions in parallel machine learning algorithms and data-driven deep learning (US patents 8798375 and 9547914) are recognized through several keynote invitations and the developed open-source codes have been collectively downloaded over 30,000 times. His work on IMU calibration/fusion (US patents 8362949, 9135802, 9295027, 9383202, and 9625290) with project X was first deployed via Google Maps (see XINX paper and ASIST/ACM SIGIR/ICADL keynotes) and now widely used on mobile phones and VR/AR devices. Ed's team also developed the Google Q&A system (codename Confucius), which was launched in over 60 countries.
Prior to Google, Ed was a full professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He joined UCSB in 1999 after receiving his PhD from Stanford University, and was tenured in 2003 and promoted to full professor in 2006. Ed has served on ACM (SIGMOD, KDD, MM, CIKM), VLDB, IEEE, WWW, and SIAM conference program committees, and co-chaired several conferences including MMM, ACM MM, ICDE, and WWW. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, and Google Innovation Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to scalable machine learning.
Chang Wen Chen is an Empire Innovation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York since 2008. He has been Allen Henry Endow Chair Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology from July 2003 to December 2007. He was on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester from 1992 to 1996 and on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1996 to 2003.
He has been the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Multimedia since January 2014. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology from 2006 to 2009. He has been an Editor for several other major IEEE Transactions and Journals, including the Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, and IEEE Journal of Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. He has served as Conference Chair for several major IEEE, ACM and SPIE conferences related to multimedia video communications and signal processing. His research is supported by NSF, DARPA, Air Force, NASA, Whitaker Foundation, Microsoft, Intel, Kodak, Huawei, and Technicolor.
He received his BS from University of Science and Technology of China in 1983, MSEE from University of Southern California in 1986, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He and his students have received eight (8) Best Paper Awards or Best Student Paper Awards over the past two decades. He has also received several research and professional achievement awards, including the Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award in 2003, Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2009, and the University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar - Sustained Achievement Award in 2012, and the State University of New York System Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow since 2004 and an SPIE Fellow since 2007.
Wen Gao now is a Boya Chair Professor at Peking university. He also serves as the vice president of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) from 2013, and the president of China Computer Federation (CCF) from 2016.
He received his Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1991. He joined with Harbin Institute of Technology from 1991 to 1995, and Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 1996 to 2005. He joined the Peking University in 2006.
Prof. Gao works in the areas of multimedia and computer vision, topics including video coding, video analysis, multimedia retrieval, face recognition, multimodal interfaces, and virtual reality. His most cited contributions are model-based video coding and face recognition. He published seven books, over 220 papers in refereed journals, and over 600 papers in selected international conferences. He earned many awards including six State Awards in Science and Technology Achievements. He has been featured by IEEE Spectrum in June 2005 as one of the "Ten-To-Watch" among China's leading technologists. He is a fellow of IEEE, a fellow of ACM, and a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator.
He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine where he is doing research in Event Web and experiential computing. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The university of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. His current research interests are in processing massive number of geo-spatial heterogeneous data streams for building Smart Social System, particularly systems for Future Health of people. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010.
Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. These companies include PRAJA, Virage, and ImageWare. Currently he is working with Krumbs, a situation aware computing company. He has also been advisor to several other companies including some of the largest companies in media and search space.
Klara Nahrstedt is a full professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science Department. She is the recipient of the Early NSF Career Award, the Junior Xerox Award, the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, the University Scholar Award and the Humboldt Research Award. She was the editor-in-chief of the ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal (2000-2007), associate editor of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (2005-now), associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, general co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, general chair of ACM NOSSDAV 2007, general chair of IEEE PerCom 2009, and Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor (2002-2011). She was elected to serve as the chair of the ACM SIG Multimedia (2007-2013).
Klara Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1984, and M.Sc. degree in numerical analysis from the same university in 1985. She was a research scientist in the Institute for Informatik in Berlin until 1990. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is the member of ACM and IEEE Fellow.