Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion on Signal and Information Processing

The conference features world-class plenary speeches, distinguished Symposium talks, tutorials, exhibits, oral and poster sessions, and panels. This column summarizes the panel on open problems in signal processing, Speech, and Signal Processing. The goal of the panel was to draw attention to some of the challenges and open problems in various areas of signal processing and generate discussion on future research areas that can be of major significance and impact in signal processing.

Signal Processing is an important aspect to effective communications across satellite, video, radio and wireless systems; signal processing makes the processing and transmission of data more efficient. The discussions will channelize from analog-to-digital conversion to speech enhancement (filtering, echo, noise, and automatic gain control) to speech encoding on recording side to speech decoding to speech enhancement (typically filtering and gain control) to digital-to-analog conversion on the playback side specifying that Signal processing is the tool of choice every step of the way.

Signal processing is the behind-the-scenes technology transforming and analyzing signals to help us communicate and learn from the technology we use on a daily basis - including cell phones, WiFi, TVs, GPS devices, radar, sonar, radio, and cloud and mobile computing.

The discussion is meant to encourage and facilitate future research partnerships between industry and academia. Representatives of various funding agencies will give presentations on various programs that provide funding for such research partnerships, including internship opportunities for students. Researchers from industry will present various prospects for research partnerships with their organizations. A panel discussion with distinguished SPS members will be very fruitful as they shed light on the Fellow elevation process, including how to start preparing years ahead before you may think you should. The panelists are all IEEE Fellows themselves, and are either serving or have served on the SPS Fellow Reference Committee.