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2009 Activities and Events


08 Election of 2009 IEEE SG WIE AG Committee

21, SG WIE Committee Meeting #1


24 Technical Talk Prof. Gitta Kutyniok, University Osnabrueck, Germany

30 SG WIE Committee Meeting #7

31 Launch of 1st SG WIE website


10 SG WIE Committee Meeting #2

10-11 Technical Talk Prof. Sheila Hemami, Cornell University, USA


3-5 IEEE WIE Membership promotion at IEEE ACL IJCNLP conference

15 Dragon Boating Event

18 SG WIE Committee Meeting #8


08 International Woman’s Day Bollywood Veggies Farm

24 SG WIE Committee Meeting #3


23 Social talk Dr. Lam Yeng Ming, 2009 Awardee of the L’Oréal Singapore FWIS National Fellowship


07 Technical Talk Prof. Frederique Oggier, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

07 Wine and Cheese Networking Event, NTU, Singapore

15 SG WIE Committee Meeting #4


13 Sponsored Public Lecture on the Worlds Fastest Satellite Internet Connection at NTU by Prof. Lee Yee Hui , School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU Singapore

23-24 Presentations at the 2009 IEEE WIECON Bangalore, India


13 SG WIE Committee Meeting #5


11 SG WIE Committee Meeting #9

23 TENCON WIE Tutorials, Prof. Ramalatha, India and Prof. Susstrunk, Switzerland


11 Tiger Brewery Tour

16 SG WIE Committee Meeting #6

28 How to publish in Nature journals, Dr. Rachel Pei Chin Won


3 Election of 2010 IEEE SG WIE AG committee

Technical Talks

Date/Timee February 10th 2009

February 11th, 2009

Talk 1: 11:00-12:00

Talk 2, 3: 10:00-12:00

Title Talk 1: From Single Media to Multimedia - Perception, Coding, and Quality

Talk 2: A Signal-Processing Approach to Modeling Vision, and Applications

Talk 3: Incorporating Cognition into Image and Video Coding: A Task-based Approach

Speaker Prof. Sheila S. Hemami, School of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, U.S.A.
Abstract Abstract 1: Humans are the ultimate consumers of multimedia information, and effective system design requires a performance metric. While such metrics have been extensively studied for single-media perception for one or more decades, those for multimedia perception and use are still in their relative infancy. In this talk, I will focus on the development of single-media quality metrics for audio and visual information, and contrast it with the development of appropriate metrics for multimedia information. I will describe how humans perceive single-media information, how an understanding of perception has been incorporated into single-media coding and then quality measurement, and I will discuss the current state of understanding of multimedia perception as it has been applied to coding and quality measurement problems.

Abstract 2: Current state-of-the-art algorithms that process visual information for end use by humans treat images and video as traditional signals and employ sophisticated signal processing strategies to achieve their excellent performance. These algorithms also incorporate characteristics of the human visual system (HVS), but typically in a relatively simplistic manner, and achievable performance is reaching an asymptote. However, large gains are still realizable with current techniques by aggressively incorporating HVS characteristics to a much greater extent than is presently done, combined with a good dose of clever signal processing. Achieving these gains requires HVS characterizations which better model natural image perception ranging from sub-threshold perception (where distortions are not visible) to supra-threshold perception (where distortions are clearly visible).

In this talk, I will review results from our lab characterizing the responses of the HVS to natural images, and contrast these results with 'classical' psychophysical results. I will also present several examples of signal processing algorithms which have been designed to fully exploit these results.

Abstract 3: Many digital images are not acquired for documentary evidence or for archival representations, but instead serve as an intermediate piece of information to be ultimately used by a human to assess a situation, make a decision, or reach a conclusion. Often, the image need not provide a visually lossless representation of the original in order for a human to successfully perform a task, and many tasks can be easily performed with images that would be considered to be severely degraded in an aesthetic sense. To date, however, image assessment algorithms for natural images have been primarily focused on evaluating aesthetic quality. Such algorithms are designed using the implicit or explicit assumption that the target is the distortion and the image simply serves as a mask; the algorithms attempt to quantify the visibility of the distortion. When humans use degraded images, however, the target is the image content itself, and the distortions can be considered to be a mask, which may or may not impact the human¹s ability to perform the task.

Psychovisual experimentation in our laboratory has suggested that performance in low-level vision tasks such as detection and discrimination can yield results pertaining to higher-level vision. Motivated by these results, we have developed a experimental methodology to characterize suitability of an image for the recognition task. In this talk, I will describe our results from these experiments and our work toward developing recognition and utility measures for natural images. I will also describe our development of an intelligibility measure for American Sign Language video.

Biography SHEILA S. HEMAMI received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She was with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California in 1994. In 1995, she joined the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, where she is a Professor and directs the Visual Communications Laboratory. Her research interests include visual communication and visual system understanding and modeling.

She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Board of Governors. She has chaired the IEEE Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee and has served on various technical and program committees. Prof. Hemami received a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award in 1997 and has received numerous college and national teaching awards. She held the Kodak Term Professorship of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University from 1996-1999, and was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in 2001 at the Faculte de Sciences in Rabat, Morocco. She has held visiting positions at Princeton University, Rice University, and EPFL.

She is a Fellow of the IEEE and member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Venue Discovery @ MATRIX, BIOPOLIS Level 4 30 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138671
Organizers IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter, IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR
Sponsors IEEE Singapore Computer Chapter Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR
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Date/Time April 7th, 2009 18:00-19:00
Title Algebraic wireless coding: when algebraists meet engineers
Speaker Prof. Frédérique Oggier, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Abstract In this talk, I will present an overview of different coding scenarios appearing in wireless communication (such as coherent and differential MIMO channels, or wireless relay networks), for which coding techniques have been surprisingly derived from non-commutative algebra. I will show how the algebraic structure of some families of non-commutative algebras can provide powerful tools for code design.
Biography F. Oggier completed her Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) in 2005. She was a postdoctoral visitor at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) from 2005 till 2007, and at the Research Center on Information Security in Tokyo, Japan, in 2008, after which she joined NTU, Singapore, as an assistant professor.

She is a recipient of the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship award.

Her main research interests are in the applications of algebra to coding and security, mainly for wireless communications.

Venue Executive Seminar Room (S2.2 B2-53), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 639798 Singapore
Organizers IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group
Misc Announcement Presentation materials Photos of the Event Map of Venue



July 24th, 2009

Title Sparse Representations, l1 Minimization, and the Geometric Separation Problem
Speaker Prof. Gitta Kutyniok, Institute for Mathematics, University Osnabrueck, Albrechtstrasse 28a, 49069 Osnabrueck, Germany
Abstract During the last two years, sparsity has become a key concept in various areas of applied mathematics, computer science, and electrical engineering. Sparsity methodologies explore the fundamental fact that many types of data/signals can be represented by only a few non-vanishing coefficients when choosing a suitable basis or, more generally, a frame. If signals possess such a sparse representation, they can in general be recovered from few measurements using l1 minimization techniques.

One application of this novel methodology is the geometric separation of data, which is composed of two (or more) geometrically distinct constituents - for instance, pointlike and curvelike structures in astronomical imaging of galaxies. Although it seems impossible to extract those components - as there are two unknowns for every datum - suggestive empirical results using sparsity considerations have already been obtained.

In this talk we will first give an introduction into the concept of sparse representations and sparse recovery. Then we will develop a very general theoretical approach to the problem of geometric separation based on these methodologies by introducing novel ideas such as geometric clustering of coefficients. Finally, we will apply our results to the situation of separation of pointlike and curvelike structures in astronomical imaging of galaxies, where a deliberately overcomplete representation made of wavelets (suited to pointlike structures) and curvelets/shearlets (suited to curvelike structures) will be chosen. The decomposition principle is to minimize the l1 norm of the frame coefficients. Our theoretical results show that at all sufficiently fine scales, nearly-perfect separation is indeed achieved.

This is joint work with David Donoho (Stanford University).

Biography PDF

Venue Executive Seminar Room (S2.2 B2-53), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 639798 Singapore
Organizers IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group
Misc Announcement Presentation materials Photos of the Event Map of Venue



October 13th, 2009

14:00-17:00 Programme
Title The Worlds Fastest Satellite Internet Connection at NTU
Speaker Dr Yee Hui LEE,Assistant Professor, School of EEE, NTU, Singapore

Mr Toshio HIGUCHI, Senior Engineer, Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency

Mr Masahiko SAWABE, Senior Engineer, Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency

Dr Jin Teong ONG, Director of Research and Technology C2N Pte. Ltd.


WINDS (Wideband InterNet engineering test and Demonstration Satellite) was launched by the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in the year 2008. This satellite can be used to make ultra-high speed Internet available anytime, anywhere. Also known as KIZUNA (meaning bonds of love) this satellite aims to enable high speed, large volume data transmission amongst countries in the Asia Pacific region.

A team led by Assistant Professor Yee Hui LEE from the school of EEE at the Nanyang Technological University, is working with collaborators at JAXA and NICT on applications of the WINDS satellite. They will hold a public lecture to demonstrate the world's fastest satellite internet connection using a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) and talk about the applications of such a system. This VSAT is portable and has an antenna dish size of only 1.2m, yet it can achieve a high data transfer rate of up to 155Mbps.

During the public lecture, a 3-way high speed internet video conference link between Singapore, Japan and Korea will be established to perform interactive sessions between the 3 locations. Multi-casting of high definition images will allow all 3 locations to watch high-definition video of a moon flyover recorded by satellite. This demonstration shows the ability to achieve high data rate for communication between multiple locations around the world simultaneously.

There are many applications of this technology. For example, in disaster struck areas, the VSAT can be deployed efficiently to help in the rescue work. With this VSAT, remote areas, where the terrestrial communications infrastructure is poor, can get connectivity for distance learning or for tele-medicine purposes where experts from developed countries can aid in surgical operations. At the same time, the reliability of such a system is very important, especially when it is deployed in disaster areas or for tele-medicine. Heavy rainfall, which is common in tropical regions, can disrupt the satellite link. Dr Lee has received funding for a four year research project to predict and improve the robustness of high-speed satellite communication links. Mitigation techniques are used to ensure high reliability even in heavy rainfall conditions.

Venue ADM Auditorium Level 2, School of Art, Design and Media, 81 Nanyang Drive, Nanyang Technological University, 639798 Singapore
Organizers Dr. Lee Yee Hui School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, NTU, Singapore
Sponsors The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group
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Nov. 23rd, 2009

Talk 1: 9:00-12:20

Talk 2: 13:20-16:40

Title IEEE R10 TENCON WIE Tutorials 

Talk 1: Vedic Mathematics: From Arithmetic to Astronomy

Talk 2: Color Image Workflows & Architecture

Speaker Speaker 1: Mrs. Ramalatha Marimuthu, Professor, Head of the Department, ECE Karpaga Vinayagar College of Engineering and Technology, India

Speaker 2: Dr. Sabine Süsstrunk, Professor, School of Computer and Communication Sciences Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Abstract & Biography
Venue Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre
Organizers IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group
Misc Announcement Presentation materials Photos of the Event Map of Venue


Social Talks

Date/Time June 28th, 2009 14:00-15:00
Title How to get published in Nature journals?
Speaker Dr. Rachel Pei Chin Won, Associate Editor, Nature Photonics
Abstract Rachel will briefly introduce Nature and Nature physical sciences research journals, and talk you through the manuscript preparation and submission processes, as well as the overview of the editorial process and the peer-review system of Nature journals. An introduction to Nature Photonics will also be given. At the end of the talk, you will get to know what editors generally seek for, how to write a good cover letter and manuscript, what happens to your manuscript after submission, how to review a manuscript and how to make an appeal.
Biography Before joining Nature Photonics, Rachel worked for Aston University's Business Partnership Unit in Birmingham, UK, as a research commercialization officer commercializing research output of the university, particularly that of photonics research. She obtained her PhD in microwave photonics and nonlinear optics as a member of Aston's Photonics Research Group. Prior to that, she worked for Philips Optical Storage in Singapore as an Optics Engineer. She holds a Master's degree from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore doing research in optical fibre sensing and a Bachelor's degree from the National University of Malaysia.
Venue Executive Seminar Room (S2.2-B2-53), S2.2 Level B2, South Spine, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Organizers School of EEE, Nanyang Technological University, IEEE Photonics Society Singapore Chapter, IEEE Singapore Women in Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Graduates Of the Last Decade
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Date/Time September 23rd, 2009 18:00-19:30
Title L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship- Cosmetics? Science? Fellowship?
Speaker Dr. Lam Yeng Ming, 2009 Awardee of the L’Oréal Singapore FWIS National Fellowship and Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, Singapore
Abstract The L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS Awards was founded in 1998. It is designed to promote and encourage women who contribute to scientific progress around the world. The programme consists of three tiers – the Awards, International Fellowships and National Fellowships. L’Oréal Singapore FWIS National Fellowships was established with the support of the Singapore National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with A*STAR and was presented for the first time in Singapore in 2009. I would like to take this opportunity to share the mission of this award and some of my experiences with graduate students and researchers who are keen to apply for this fellowship in future years.
Biography Yeng Ming received her BASc (Hons) in Materials Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. After working at Texas Instruments as a development engineer, she went on to do her PhD in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests are in the understanding and application of the self-organization of peptides and polymers. In addition she is also interested in the application of self-assembly to the synthesis of novel materials such as nanostructures, nanoparticles, nanotemplating, organic memory and photovoltaics. After graduating in 2001 she was employed as a staff member of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, where she is currently an Associate Professor.
Venue Lecture Theatre 6, North Spine Level 2 (NS2-2-5), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Organizers IEEE Singapore Women in Engineering Affinity Group
Sponsors School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, Singapore
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Visits and Tours

Date/Time June 11th, 2009 18:00-22:00
Title Tiger Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting
Description Visit and guided tour to Asia Pacific Brewery followed by beer tasting and some finger food will be served.
Venue Asia Pacific Brewery, 459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 639934
Organizers IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Photonics Chapter
Sponsors IEEE Singapore Women In Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Photonics Chapter
Misc Announcement Presentation materials Photos of the Event Map of Venue


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