“RECENT ADVANCES IN DIGITAL PROCESSING OF IMAGES AND AUDIO”
Dr. Henrique Malvar
We present an overview of recent developments in audio and visual signal processing at Microsoft Research. We briefly discuss technologies such as enhancement of images from digital cameras (raw demosaicing, interactive tone mapping, denoising), generation and browsing of gigapixel images, recovery of 3-D environments from image sets, and audio denoising, bandwidth extension, and enhancement with microphone arrays. We also present live demos of some of these technologies.
Bio: Henrique (Rico) Malvar is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, and Director of the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Redmond, WA. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering. Before Joining Microsoft in 1997, he was a Vice President of Research and Advanced Development at PictureTel Corporation, and prior to that he was with the faculty of University of Brasilia for 14 years. As a Director at Microsoft Research, he oversees the activities of several research groups: Adaptive Systems and Interaction, Communication and Collaboration Systems, Data Management, Exploration and Mining, Databases, Interactive Visual Media, Knowledge Tools, Machine Learning and Applied Statistics, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technology, and Text Mining, Search, and Navigation. His technical interests include multimedia signal compression and enhancement, fast algorithms, multi-rate filter banks, and wavelet transforms; he has over 120 publications and 50 patents in those areas. Dr. Malvar is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the editorial board of the journal Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, and a former Associate Editor of the journal IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He received the Young Scientist Award from the Marconi International Fellowship in 1981, the Best Paper Award in Image Processing from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1992, and the 2002 Technical Achievement Award, also from the IEEE SP Society.