“Big social media: organizing, retrieving and trusting contents”
Francesco De Natale (M.Sc. 1990, Ph.D. 1994) is a Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Trento, Italy. He has been the Head of the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science from 2006 to 2009, and the representative of the University within the Node Steering Committee of the Europan Institute of Technology from 2012 to 2014. He leads the MMLab@DISI research group (mmlab.science.unitn.it), coordinating around 15 people including researchers, post-docs and PhD students.
He was Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Services Access Networks (MSAN-2003, now MobiMedia), Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Image Processing (ICIP-2005), and General Chair of the ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2011). He has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans on Multimedia and of the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technologies, as well as a member of the IEEE Signal Proc. Society Technical Committee on Multimedia Signal Processing (MMSP), chairing the Technical Directions Subcommittee.
From 2014 he is member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-university Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), and a member of the management board of the Italian Group of Telecommunications (GTTI). In 2014 he co-founded the university startup Xtensa, a company that develops tools in the area of user interaction and ambient intelligence.
His research interests are focused on multimedia communications and systems, with special attention to multimedia signal processing, analysis, security and retrieval. The main application areas of his research are in the field video-surveillance and advanced monitoring, health and wellbeing, multimedia security and multimedia search engines. He published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, mostly in the area of multimedia signal processing and communications (for a comprehensive list of his publications, please see iris.unitn.it).
Prof. De Natale has been also scientific coordinator of many large-scale research and development projects, both at the national and international level (see, e.g., glocalproject.eu, ausilia.tn.it, motus2015.it). He was also appointed evaluator for several international bodies, including the European Commission, NSF-US, NSF- Ireland, QNRF, the Italian Ministry of Research and others. Prof. De Natale is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM and GIRPR.
“The Taming of the Social Media Wilderness”
Bart Thomee is a Software Engineer at Google/YouTube in San Bruno, CA, USA, where he works on detecting anomalous user behavior for anti-fraud purposes. He was previously a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs and Flickr, where his research focused on the visual and spatiotemporal dimensions of media, in order to better understand how people experience and explore the world, and how to better assist them with doing so. He led the development of the YFCC100M dataset released in 2014, and previously was part of the efforts leading to the creation of both MIRFLICKR datasets. He has furthermore been part of the organization of the ImageCLEF photo annotation tasks 2012–2013, the MediaEval placing tasks 2013–2016, and the ACM MM Yahoo-Flickr Grand Challenges 2015–2016. In addition, he has served on the program committees of, amongst others, ACM MM, ICMR, SIGIR, ICWSM and ECIR.
“DiffuserCam: Lensless computational 3D imaging”
Laura Waller is the Ted Van Duzer Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at UC Berkeley, a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science, and a core member of the UCB/UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Group. She received B.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004, 2005 and 2010, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer of Physics at Princeton University. She is a Packard Fellow for Science & Engineering, Moore Foundation Data-driven Investigator, Bakar Fellow and Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. She has recieved the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, Agilent Early Career Profeessor Award (Finalist), NSF CAREER Award and the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award.