Rather than presenting one particular technical solution, this talk gives an overview about some current work in spatial audio processing for multimedia applications, where acoustic processing is done in connection with video processing. The field is very young as audio and video is often still seen as separate entities. As a result, I will argue in the talk that there are many chances to have high impact in this area with many low hanging fruit. Topics discussed include indoor localization with cell-phones, tele-immersion, and spatial perception for robots.

Dr. Gerald Friedland is a senior research scientist at the International Computer Science Institute, a private lab affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, where he leads multimedia content analysis research, mostly focusing on ("non-speech, non-music") acoustic techniques as an aid for video analysis. He is currently heading a group of 6 multimedia researchers supported by NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and industry grants. Gerald has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in conferences, journals, and books and is currently authoring a new textbook on multimedia computing together with Dr. Ramesh Jain. Gerald co-founded the IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing and is a proud founder and program director of the IEEE International Summer School on Semantic Computing at UC Berkeley. He is associate editor for ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, is in the organization committee of ACM Multimedia 2011, 2012, and 2014. He is also serves as TPC Co-Chair of IEEE ICME 2012.
He is the recipient of several research and industry recognitions, among them the European Academic Software Award and the Multimedia Entrepreneur Award by the German Federal Department of Economics. Most recently, he lead the team that won the ACM Multimedia Grand Challenge in 2009. Gerald received his doctorate (summa cum laude) and master's degree in computer science from Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

This lecture is part of CNMAT's spatial audio lecture series: http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/spatialaudiolectures

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Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:00pm to 11:30pm
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