Georgios Giannakis

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE

Georgios Giannakis is a Computer Scientist, engineer and inventor. He has been an Endowed Chair Professor of Wireless Telecommunications, he was Director of the Digital Technology Center, and at present he is a McKnight Presidential Chair with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. In 2023, Giannakis became an International Fellow of UK's Royal Academy of Engineering.In 2022, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Signal and Image Processing Institute at the University of Southern California; and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Advising at the University of Minnesota.In 2021, Giannakis became a corresponding member of the Academy of Athens, Greece. In 2020, he was inducted as International Member of Academia Europaea. In the same year, he won the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) "Athanasios Papoulis," Society Award, and was elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences.In 2019, he was the winner of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing "Norbert Wiener" Society Award; he was also named Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI); and won the IEEE Communications Society Education Award. In 2018, he received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Patras, and the University of Peloponnese, Greece. In 2016, Giannakis was appointed to the prestigious McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Minnesota.; and from 2001 to 2008 he held the Endowed Chair in Wireless Telecommunications at the U. of Minnesota. In 2015, Giannakis became the inaugural recipient of the IEEE Technical Field Fourier Award for Signal Processing. From 2012 to 2017, he served as member of the Board of Regents, University of Patras, Greece. In 2008, Giannakis became Fellow of EURASIP, and in 2005 he received EURASIP's Technical Achievement Award. Earlier in 1997, he became Fellow of the IEEE, and in 2000 he received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Giannakis is listed in the top 20 of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in ECE and Computer Science. His publications have received more than 90,000 citations with h-index=160. In Thomson Reuters "World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds" he ranks at the top 300 from all fields of Engineering, Informatics, and Computer Science. Giannakis is also a co-author of ten best journal paper awards including the IEEE Communications Society's Gugliermo Marconi Prize Paper Award for work on linear precoding, the 2003 IEEE Signal Processing Society's SP Magazine Best Paper Award for a paper on wireless multicarrier communication, an IEEE Signal Processing Society's Best Paper Award in 2001 for work on parallel factor analysis in sensor array processing, an IEEE Signal Processing Society's Best Paper Award, 2000 for work on designing filterbank precoders and equalizers.

Baoquan Chen

School of Artificial Intelligence
Peking University, Beijing

Associate Dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence

Baoquan Chen is a Professor of Peking University, where he is the Associate Dean of the School of Artificial Intelligence. His research interests generally lie in computer graphics, computer vision, visualization, and human-computer interaction. He has published more than 200 papers in international journals and conferences, including 40+ papers in ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)/SIGGRAPH/SIGGRAPH_Asia. Chen serves/served as associate editor of ACM TOG/IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Graphics (TVCG), and has served as conference steering committee member (ACM SIGGRAPH Asia, IEEE VIS), conference chair (SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, IEEE Visualization 2005), program chair (IEEE Visualization 2004), as well as program committee member of almost all conferences in the visualization and computer graphics fields for numerous times. Chen is the recipient of 2002 Microsoft Innovation Excellence Program, 2003 NSF CAREER award, 2004 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), 2005 IEEE Visualization Best Paper Award, and 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award of Chinagraph. Prior to the current post, he was dean of the School of Computer Science and Technology and the School of Software and founding director of the Interdisciplinary Research Center, Shandong University (2013-2018), founding director of the Visual Computing Research Center and deputy director of the Institute of Advanced Computing and Digital Engineering, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008-2013), and a faculty member at the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities (2000-2008). Chen received an MS in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and a second MS and then PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, U.S.A. For his contribution to spatial data visualization, he was elected IEEE Fellow in 2020. He was inducted to IEEE Visualization Academy and was elected as CSIG Fellow in 2021.

Helen Meng

Systems Engineering & Engineering Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professor

Helen Meng is Patrick Huen Wing Ming Professor of Systems Engineering & Engineering Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received all her degrees from MIT and joined CUHK in 1998. She is the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies in 2005, which has been recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory since 2008. In 2006, she founded the Tsinghua-CUHK Joint Research Centre for Media Sciences, Technologies and Systems and has served as its Director. In 2013, she helped establish the CUHK Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center and serves as its Founding Director. She served as former Associate Dean (Research) of Engineering (2006-2010), and former Chairman of the Department (2012-2018). Helen’s professional services include former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, and a member of the IEEE Board of Governors. She has served or is serving as a member of the Advisory Panel of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation, the review panels of the Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research of the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is a member of the HKSAR Government’s Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing, Convenor of the Engineering Panel HKSAR Government’s Competitive Research Funding Schemes for the Self-financing Degree Sector, member of the Hong Kong/Guangdong ICT Expert Committee and Coordinator of the Working Group on Big Data Research and Applications, Council membership of the Open University of Hong Kong, member of the Research Grants Council, former Council Member of the Hong Kong Productivity Council, former member of the HKSAR Government’s Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, and Chairlady of the Working Party of the Manpower Survey of the Information Technology Sector (undertaken by the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department) for 2014-2017. Helen is a recognized scholar in her field. She leads the interdisciplinary research team that received the first Theme-based Research Scheme Project in Artificial Intelligence in 2019. Her recent awards include 2019 IEEE Signal Processing Society Leo L Beranek Meritorious Service Award, 2018 CogInfoComm Best Paper Award, 2017 Outstanding Women Professional Award (one of 20 since 1999), 2016 Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award (one of 32 academics worldwide), 2016 IBM Faculty Award, 2016 IEEE ICME Best Paper Award, 2015 ISCA Distinguished Lecturer, 2015 HKCS inaugural Outstanding ICT Women Professional Award and 2012 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) inaugural Distinguished Lecturer. Prior to that, she has also received such awards as the CUHK Faculty of Engineering Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award and Service Award; APSIPA Best Oral Paper Award, and 2009 Ministry of Education Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award in Technological Advancements. She has delivered numerous invited and keynote talks, such as IEEE SIDAS 2016, ASTRI-HPE Conference 2016, Internet Economy Summit 2017, GMIC 2017, INTERSPEECH 2018 Plenary, SIGDIAL 2019 Keynote, etc. She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, International Speech Communication Association and IEEE.