IEEE ISM Distinguished Speakers






















Klara Nahrstedt (GNAS Member, ACM/IEEE Fellow)

Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Distinguished Lecture Title: Challenges and Lessons Learned from 3D Tele-Immersive Environments for Everybody

Time: 10:00-12:00, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015



3D Teleimmersive environments went through multiple generations of 3D cameras, systems and networks evoluation, and the question is how far or close are we to real deployment of such environments. Based on the TEEVE (Tele-immersion for Everybody) efforts that started in 2004 and are still on-going, we will discuss the lessons learned we experienced when experimenting with TEEVE for teleimmersive dancing and challenges we are facing as we move to new applications of teleimmersive environments such as tele-physiotherapy. The lessons learned will cover aspects from TEEVE-networking and Quality of Service to TEEVE-users and Quality of Experience. Discussed challenges will range from software-defined architectures to compression and analytics in interactive and cloud-based teleimmersive systems.



Klara Nahrstedt is the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in the Computer Science Department, and Interim Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are directed toward 3D teleimmersive systems, mobile systems, Quality of Service (QoS) and resource management, Quality of Experience in multimedia systems, and real-time security in mission-critical systems. She is the co-author of widely used multimedia books `Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications' published by Prentice Hall, and ‘Multimedia Systems’ published by Springer Verlag. She is the recipient of the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, University Scholar, Humboldt Award, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award,  ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, and the former chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia. She was the general chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, general chair of ACM NOSSDAV 2007 and the general chair of IEEE Percom 2009.

Klara Nahrstedt received her Diploma in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in numerical analysis in 1985. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and Member of the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences.



Scott T. Acton (IEEE Fellow)

Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA


Distinguished Lecture Title: An encyclopedia via media: Image analysis for the Neurome

Time: 13:30-15:30, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015



This talk highlights image analysis work in neuroscience. The scientific community is attempting to map the structure and connectivity of neurons in organisms such as Drosophila – the fruit fly. To accomplish such a visual encyclopedia, automated image analysis is required and stands as a major roadblock to success. The talk addresses recent progress in the segmentation and tracing of individual neurons.  Graph theoretic and diffusion-based methods are discussed along with results. Also, the comparison and matching of neurons is described. This last portion of the research addresses the open question: can we quantify morphological change in neurons?



Scott T. Acton is Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.S. degree at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Professor Acton’s laboratory at UVA is called VIVA - Virginia Image and Video Analysis. They specialize in biomedical image analysis problems. The research emphasis of VIVA is video tracking and segmentation. Professor Acton has over 250 publications in the image analysis area including the books Biomedical Image Analysis: Tracking and Biomedical Image Analysis: Segmentation. Professor Acton has been at the University of Virginia since 2000. Before that time, he worked in the academic world for Oklahoma State University and in the engineering world for AT&T, Motorola and the Mitre Corporation. He is editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.



Deepa Kundur (IEEE Fellow)

Professor and Associate Chair, University of Toronto, Canada


Distinguished Lecture Title: Cyber-Physical Security: Perspectives for Smart Grid and Beyond

Time: 16:00-18:00, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015



The field of cyber-physical systems has opened up a number of opportunities and advancements in fields including energy, robotics and medicine. The scale and complexity of these systems along with their increased connectivity and automation makes the task of their cyber protection challenging. Recently researchers and standards bodies have begun to develop technological requirements and potential solutions for protecting cyber infrastructure. However, grid protection remains daunting to asset owners because of resources limitations. Important questions arise when identifying priorities for design and protection: Which cyber components, if compromised, can lead to significant physical-level disruption? What system topologies are inherently robust to classes of cyber attack? Is the additional information available through advanced information technology worth the increased security risk? We assert that a key research challenge in addressing these fundamental questions lies in the effective understanding of the cyber-physical synergy within these systems. This gives rise to the problem of cyber-physical system security. In this talk, we introduce this emerging problem in the context of the emerging smart grid and present analytical and empirical techniques for modeling cyber-physical interactions. We demonstrate how our approaches enable the identification of novel grid vulnerabilities and the evaluation of the relative impacts of cyber attacks on the flow of electricity. The overall framework facilitates more comprehensive risk analysis and guidelines for secure smart grid and more general cyber-physical systems development.



Deepa Kundur was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993, 1995, and 1999, respectively, from the University of Toronto, Canada. From September 1999 to December 2002 she was an Assistant Professor in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and returned in September 2012 to hold the title of Professor.  She currently serves as Associate Chair in the Division of Engineering Science. From January 2003 to December 2012 she was a faculty member in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Professor Kundur’s research interests lie at the interface of cyber security, signal processing and complex dynamical networks. She is a recognized authority on cyber security issues and has appeared as an expert in popular television, radio and print media. Professor Kundur has also participated on several editorial boards and currently is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. She serves as General Chair for the IEEE GlobalSIP’15 Symposium on Signal and Information Processing for Optimizing Future Energy Systems, General Chair for the 2015 International Conference on Smart Grids for Smart Cities and General Chair for the 2015 Smart Grid Resilience (SGR) Workshop at IEEE GLOBECOM 2015. Professor Kundur’s research has received best paper/poster recognitions at numerous venues and she has been the recipient of teaching awards at both the University of Toronto and Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dinesh Manocha (IEEE/ACM/AAAS Fellow)

Phi Delta Theta/Mason Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, USA


Distinguished Lecture Title: Interactive Sound Simulation and Rendering

Time: 10:00-12:00, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015



Extending the frontier of visual computing, sound rendering utilizes sound to communicate information to a user and offers an alternative means of visualization. By harnessing the sense of hearing, audio rendering can further enhance a user's experience in a multimodal virtual world and is required for immersive environments, computer games, engineering simulation, virtual training, and designing next generation human-computer interfaces.


In this talk, we will give an overview of our recent work on sound propagation, spatial sound, sound synthesis, and sound rendering. These include generating realistic physically-based sounds from rigid body dynamics simulations and liquid sounds based on bubble resonance and coupling with fluid simulators.  We also describe new and fast

algorithms for sound propagation based on improved wave-based techniques and  fast geometric sound propagation. Our algorithms improve the state of the art in sound propagation by almost 1-2 orders of magnitude and we demonstrate that it is possible to perform interactive propagation in complex, dynamic environments by utilizing the computational capabilities of multi-core CPUs and many-core GPUs. We describe new techniques to compute personalized HRTFs and have integrated our algorithms the Oculus VR Headset. We also demonstrate applications to design of next-generation musical instruments, computer gaming, room acoustics, and outdoor sound propagation.



Dinesh Manocha is currently the Phi Delta Theta/Mason Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has co-authored than 400 papers in the leading conferences and journals on computer graphics, robotics, and scientific computing. He has also served  program chair for many conferences and editorial boards of many leading journals. Some of the software systems related to collision detection, GPU-based algorithms and geometric computing developed by his group have been downloaded by more than 150,000 users and are widely used in the industry. Manocha has received awards including  Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, NSF Career Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and 12 best paper awards at the leading conferences. He is a Fellow of ACM, AAAS, and IEEE, and received Distinguished Alumni Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Mike Bove (SPIE Fellow)

Head of the Object-Based Media Group, MIT, USA


Distinguished Lecture Title: Reconstructing and Augmenting Reality with Holographic Displays

Time: 16:00-18:00, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015



From the popular press to possibly-questionable crowdfunding proposals, "holographic" displays seem to be everywhere this year.  But are any of these actually holographic?  And if not, what is a real holographic display? In this talk I explain why true holographic displays are not as far from deployment as one might think, despite their massive electro-optical and computational requirements, and describe how they will provide the ultimate in interactive visual user experience.



V. Michael Bove, Jr. holds an S.B.E.E., an S.M. in Visual Studies, and a Ph.D. in Media Technology, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is currently head of the Object-Based Media Group at the Media Lab. He is the author or co-author of over 90 journal or conference papers on digital television systems, video processing hardware/software design, multimedia, scene modeling, visual display technologies, and optics. He holds patents on inventions relating to video recording, hardcopy, interactive television, medical imaging, and holographic displays, and has been a member of several professional and government committees. He is co-author with the late Stephen A. Benton of the book Holographic Imaging (Wiley, 2008). He is on the Board of Editors of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, as well as an Education Director for SMPTE. He served as general chair of the 2006 IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC'06) and co-chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Display Holography. Bove is a fellow of the SPIE and of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity, and Capital. He was a founder of and technical advisor to WatchPoint Media, Inc. and served as technical advisor to One Laptop Per Child (creators of the XO laptop for children in developing countries).