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Multimedia Restoration: Vóórkomen of Voorkómen


On the occasion of the retirement of Prof. Jan Biemond we invite you to the farewell symposium Multimedia Restoration: Vóórkomen of Voorkómen on

Thursday May 12, 2011.

Multimedia Restoration: Vóórkomen of Voorkómen (a Dutch word joke, meaning, "Make it happen" or "Prevent it").
The symposium considers restoration of images and video from two perspectives. Namely, distortions do occur no matter what, and therefore restoration cannot be prevented in many cases. And, preventing restoration is always the better option and this is actually happening through the abundance of new camera and sensor technologies.
The first speaker (Prof. Kokaram, Trinity College, Dublin) will consider the history and achievements of restoration, and will discuss cases where distortion simply exit and restoration is unavoidable. The second speaker concentrates on the practical use of restoration in today's digital world. The final speaker (Prof. de Haan, Eindhoven University of Technology) will discuss technologies to avoid restoration, such as sensors, motion compensation in cameras and handhelds, etc. The symposium interprets restoration pragmatically broad, i.e. also geometric distortions are considered (if the speakers wish so).

Jan Biemond was born in De Kaag, The Netherlands. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1973 and 1982, respectively.

Currently, he is a Professor in the Multimedia Signal Processing Group and former Head of the Mediamatics Department (1999-2010) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology.

His research interests include image and video processing (restoration, compression, analysis, retrieval) and motion estimation with applications in digital TV, 3D TV, HDTV, multimedia, digital libraries, scan-rate conversion and computer vision. He has published extensively in these fields (see the publication list) and (co)supervised around 35 Ph.D. theses covering these fields.

In 1983 he was a Visiting Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

He was recipient of the Dutch Telecom Award "Vederprijs" in 1986 for his contributions in the area of digital image processing, in particular in image restoration and subband coding.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is the Past Chair of the IEEE Benelux Section in Region 8. Currently, he is the award and recognition officer within the Section.

Further, he is a former member of the Administration Committee of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), of the Technical Committee on Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing and of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the Signal Processing Society from 1993 to 1994.

He served as the General Chairman of the Fifth IEEE-SP/EURASIP Workshop on Multidimensional Signal Processing, held at Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, in September 1987, as the General Chairman of the 1997 Visual Communication and Image Processing Conference (VCIP-97), San Jose, CA, as the Chairman of the 21st Symposium on Information Theory in the Benelux, May 25-26, 2000, Wassenaar, The Netherlands and as Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME-2005), July 2005, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

He is the Scientific Editor of a series of books on Advances in Image Communication with Elsevier.

With kind regards,

Prof. R.L. Lagendijk,
dr. R. Heusdens,
S. Peters

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