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Conference overview

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Plenary Speakers

Sir David John Spiegelhalter

Understanding Uncertainty

University of Cambridge, UK

Tuesday 14th May 2019 (AM)

“Handling Uncertainty”

Corinna Cortes

Machine Learning

Google Research, New York, US

Tuesday 14th May 2019 (PM)

“Machine Learning at Google”

Mischa Dohler

Wireless Communications

King’s College, London - UK

Wednesday 15th May 2019 (AM)

“Internet of Skills – Where 5G, Robotics and AI Meet”

Today’s internet, accessed by fixed and mobile networks, allows us to transmit files, voice and video across the planet. With the emergence of an ultra-responsive and reliable ‘Tactile Internet,’ advanced techniques in robotics and artificial intelligence, we predict the emergence of an ‘Internet of Skills’ which allows the transmission of labor globally. It will invoke an important shift from content-delivery to skillset-delivery networks, where engineers would service cars or surgeons performing critical operations anywhere on the planet. For this to work, however, we require some fundamental laws of physics to be “reengineered.” This keynote will discuss the vision, technology and building blocks for said emerging Internet of Skills. I will deep-dive into some of these building blocks, such as 5G and its ability to deliver ultra-low latency networking capabilities as well as open challenges from a signal processing point of view.

Affiliations & Contact:
Prof Mischa Dohler
Chair Professor, King's College London
Fellow, IEEE RAEng & Royal Society of Arts
Cofounder, Worldsensing

Mobile: +44 7873 252 444

Herman Ney

Speech Processing

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Friday 17th May 2019 (AM)


John R. Treichler

The 2018 Norbert Wiener Society Award

Applied Signal Technology Inc., US

Thursday 16th May 2019 (AM)


Tutorial proposals have now been accepted, especially those related to the theme of the conference and to new and emerging topics.

Tutorials will have a duration of 3 hours and will take place at the conference venue on Sunday and Monday, i.e., May 12 and 13, 2019.

Accepted Tutorial Sessions
Tutorial Details Tutorial Title Schedule
Personalising Sound Over Loudspeakers Sun PM
Data augmentation techniques for deep learning Sun PM
Unlocking new Dimensions in Radio-based Positioning “5G Localization” Sun PM
Inverse problems in image restoration: from basic principles to current deep-learning trends Sun PM
Quantum Communications :  Signal Processing meets Entanglement Mon AM
Robert Heath signal processing for vehicular systems Mon AM
Cross-Modal Music Retrieval and Applications Mon AM
Learning Nonlinear and Dynamic Connectivity and Processes over Graphs Mon AM
Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events Mon PM
Malcolm Slaney Sketching Mon PM
David Wipf Deep Generative Models Mon PM
Unlocking the potential of smart meter data via signal and information processing Mon PM

Tutorials - chair

Patrick Naylor

Imperial College London, UK

Dave Bull

University of Bristol, UK

Mark Plumbley

University of Surrey, UK

Special sessions

The program for ICASSP 2019 will include Special Sessions that complement the traditional program with new and emerging topics of interest to the signal-processing community, especially those in line with our theme of Empowering Science and Technology for Humankind​. The aim of a special session is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art as well as to highlight current research directions and challenges in specific fields of signal processing.

Inquiries about Special Sessions can be sent to and CCed to and

Special Sessions, 2019

Signal processing for body sensor networks Anomaly Detection in Acoustic Signals, Images, Video, and Sensor Data Streams
Deep Learning for Medical Imaging 3D Vision and Its Applications
Recent Advances in the Active Control of Sound Nonlinear Inverse Problems and Matrix Factorization
Advanced Signal Processing for Non-intrusive Load Monitoring Machine Learning for Multimedia Communications and Computing
Signal processing for multimedia security, privacy and trust Wildlife Bioacoustics and Adaptive Signal Processing
Challenges and Perspectives in spike-based sensing and processing Half a century of adaptive and statistical signal processing education
Traditional and Emerging Signal Processing Teaching Practices Perceptually motivated signal processing: data, algorithms and evaluation
Signal and Image Processing for Environmental Monitoring and Protection Learning Methods in Complex and Hypercomplex Domains
Artificial Intelligence based Human-Machine Conversation technology for Interactive Education Deep Learning for Multimedia Forensics
Parahermitian Matrix Factorisations and their Applications Signal Processing for Emerging Wireless Hardware Architectures
Signal Processing for Smart City Applications and the Internet of Things Anomaly Detection and Intent Inference in Object Tracking
Cross-modal Semantic Segmentation, Search and Knowledge Discovery Multimodal Representation Learning for Language Generation and Understanding
Advances in structured and constrained low-­‐rank approximations Emerging Methods for Multi-sensor Data Fusion and Tracking
Using AI and Signal Processing to empower human learning Communications and Radar Transmission: Coexistence and Beyond
Robust Distributed Computing AI for Sound: A Session Honoring Jan Larsen
Neural Networks for Signal Processing Applications Image and Video Processing for Public Security Applications
Recent Advances in Signal Processing for Large-Scale Computational Imaging Signal Processing for Sensing, Information Fusion, and Situational Awareness in Autonomous Systems
Statistical Signal Processing for Smart Grid Applications Tensor-based machine learning for multi-dimensional signal processing
Signal Processing for Big Data Machine Learning for Communications
Acoustic scene analysis and tracking for time-varying reverberant environments Emerging Quantum Signal Processing Paradigms

Special sessions - chair

Prof. Stephan Weiss

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Prof. Simon Godsill

Signal Processing and Communications

Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup)

IEEE Signal Processing Cup
Monday, 13 May 2019 - 16:30-18:00

The Signal Processing Cup (SP Cup) student competition, presented by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, gives students the opportunity to work together to solve real-life problems using signal processing methods. After students submit their work, three final teams are selected to present their work and compete for the grand prize at ICASSP 2019!

Interested in competing? See the competition guidelines below! The submission deadline is 28 February 2019.

While only the final three teams will be competing at ICASSP 2019, all are welcome to watch the students present their work during the final competition. Join us and come see the action!

IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019:
Search & Rescue with Drone-Embedded Sound Source Localization

For full competition details, eligibility requirements, and team registration, visit the IEEE Signal Processing Society website.

The IEEE Signal Processing Society proudly announces the sixth edition of the Signal Processing Cup: an audio-based search and rescue challenge using drones.

The goal of this competition is for teams to build a system capable of localizing a sound source based on audio recordings made with a microphone array embedded in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), also called drone. Teams will use their signal processing expertise to process the audio signals in ordered to extract relevant spatial cues to estimate the direction of arrival of a speech source. Key challenges are the large amount of noise present in the recordings due to the UAV's rotors and wind, and the dynamics of realistic flights, involving fast movements.

The competition will consist of two stages; an open competition that any eligible team can participate in and an invitation-only final competition. Teams participating in the open competition must submit their entries no later than February 28, 2019. The three teams with the highest performance in the open competition will be selected as finalists and will be invited to participate in the final competition. Finalists will be announced on March 20, 2019. The three teams invited to participate in the final competition will be judged at ICASSP 2019, which will be held May 12-17, 2019.

UAVs have been of increasing influence in recent years. Search and rescue scenarios where humans in emergency situations need to be quickly found in areas difficult to access constitute an important field of application for this technology. Drones have already been used in places like Haiti and the Philippines to map areas after a natural disaster, using high-resolution embedded cameras (see this recent United Nation report: On the other hand, whenever there is a lack of visual feedback due to bad lighting conditions (night, fog, etc.) or occlusions, audio signals could be of critical help to localize people in emergency. While sound source localization is a long-standing signal processing research topic, the unique challenges introduced by UAV search and rescue are at the heart of this IEEE signal processing cup edition. Detailed information about the competition can be found throughout this webpage.

To access data and ask technical questions, please enroll this project using the following steps:

  • Go to and click "Students Get Started"
  • Search Schools: "IEEE SPS"
  • Selected Term: "Other"
  • Class 1: "SPCUP 2019: IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019"
  • Class Access Code: "spcup2019"

You'll then be able to ask questions either as public inquiries to the SP Cup 2019 community or via private messages to the organizers.

IEEE SPS Signal Processing Cup Website

Submission deadline: February 28, 2019

This competition is sponsored by MathWorks®.

Student Career Luncheon

Student Career Luncheon
Thursday, 16 May 2019 - 12:00-15:00

Are you a student or new graduate ready to take the leap to building your career? Join us at the Student Career Luncheon at ICASSP 2019! Hosted by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Student Career Luncheon connects eligible students and graduates with industry representatives to explore job opportunities within their companies. Attendees have the chance to meet with representatives and learn about job openings, while recruiters can meet potential talent and conduct on-site interviews. Registration is free for students, but application and acceptance is required for attendance.

Is your company attending ICASSP and hoping to recruit new talent? Consider sponsoring the Student Career Luncheon for the opportunity to meet the bright, emerging minds launching their signal processing careers. Interested in learning more? Fill out the sponsor interest form!

Click here to submit your application to the Student Career Luncheon. You will receive your application decision approximately three weeks before the event.

Apply for the Student Career Luncheon now

Young Professionals Development Workshop

Join the SPS Young Professionals and Present Your Science’s Melissa Marshall for a two-part workshop on how to create engaging, dynamic presentations that effectively communicate the impact of your work to a broader audience. During two sessions, you’ll learn how to use practical content strategies and visuals to transform your presentations, making your work more memorable throughout all areas of your career. Space is limited, so register now!

Price: $15/session, $25 for a two-session bundle

Monday, 13 May 2019, Session 1 - Powerful Presentations, 3:30-5:00 PM

  1. Teach participants to enact an audience-centered speaking approach.
  2. Help participants understand which scientific details to emphasize in their presentation and which details to filter out.
  3. Equip participants with content strategies to engage their audience in the story of their science.
  4. Show participants an easy to use structure to give a short and engaging Elevator Pitch about their work.

Monday, 13 May 2019, Session 2 - Transforming Slide Design, 5:30-7:00 PM

  1. Transform the way participants think about slides in a scientific presentation.
  2. Equip participants to understand and enact the assertion evidence slide design in their own talks to make their scientific presentations more understandable, memorable, and engaging.
  3. Teach practical strategies for improved "framing" slides such as title, agenda, and conclusion slide.
  4. Give improved techniques for pre-read and handout documents.

Want more information? Contact the SPS Young Professionals Subcommittee at!

Author Ethics and IEEE New Author Tools Workshop

Author Ethics and IEEE New Author Tools Workshop
Friday, 17 May 2019 - 12:00-15:00

Authors Ethics and IEEE Author Tools will take place on Friday, 17 May from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The first half of this workshop will provide a comprehensive review of author ethics and best practices that covers the proper preparation of a manuscript, application for funding and grants, avoiding bibliometric and citation manipulation, submission and the peer review process, and offers suggestions towards the best ethical practices to ensure successful publication.

The second half of this workshop will be presentations about new and updated IEEE tools for authors that will cover IEEE DataPort™, a new IEEE product and service in support of submitting data and code in an IEEE dedicated repository with support from the Signal Processing Society; Code Ocean, a third-party repository to store and run algorithmic code, and the IEEE Author Center which is now the premier tool that covers everything an author needs to navigate through the author journey from tools and templates, selecting a journal, choosing the correct copyright, posting pre- and post-publication, access to editorial and production tools, and finally, article dissemination in print and to IEEE Xplore™. Please join us for this informative workshop and we welcome interactive discussions during the Q&A.

Bill Colacchio, SPS Senior Manager, Publications & Education Strategy and Services, will moderate the event.

Women in Signal Processing

Women in Signal Processing Panel Discussion:

IEEE Fellow and Beyond: How to Get There
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - 12:00-2:00 PM

Join the IEEE Women in Signal Processing Committee for lunch followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with distinguished SPS members as they shed light on the IEEE Fellow elevation process, including how to start preparing years ahead before you may think you should. Panelists to be announced soon!

For any panel related questions, please contact Women in Signal Processing Committee Chair, Namrata Vaswani .

Add your name to the new Women in Signal Processing Directory and join the WISP mailing list! Visit the WISP website to learn more.