The online event will take place on Tuesday, August 2, from 15:30 to 17:00 CEST and will feature a talk by Touradj Ebrahimi, professor of image processing at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). To register for this event, please fill out this form.
Various standards are being defined to deal with the challenges of AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a key technology in a wide range of applications. Particularly computer vision based on AI has shown outstanding results in pattern recognition and content understanding, and AI-based image processing has demonstrated unparalleled performance in cognitive enhancement of visual content as witnessed by advances in super-resolution and denoising operations taking advantage of deep learning techniques. In addition to its impact in technology, various other challenges have been identified in artificial intelligence, among which ethical, bias, governance and certification. Various national, supra-national and international standards are being defined in order to deal with the challenges in artificial intelligence.
Expert talk featuring current efforts in standardization
The talk given by EPFL professor Touradj Ebrahimi will start with an overview of some of the most important efforts in standardization in ITU, ISO, IEC and IEEE. The strategic importance of involvement of researchers, professionals, businesses, user communities and governments in the definition of standards in artificial intelligence will then be discussed, and concrete examples of standardization committees active in artificial intelligence and the relationship between standards and certification will be provided. The talk will conclude with an illustrative example of standardization of artificial intelligence in JPEG to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for researchers and economy.
Biography of professor Touradj Ebrahimi
Touradj Ebrahimi is a professor of image processing at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is active in teaching and research in multimedia signal processing and heads the Multimedia Signal Processing Group at EPFL. Since 2014, he has been the Convenor (Chairman) of the JPEG standardization Committee which has produced a family of standards that have revolutionized the world of imaging.
He represents Switzerland as the head of its delegation to JTC1 (in charge of standardization of information technology in ISO and IEC), SC29 (the body overseeing MPEG and JPEG standardization) and is a member of ITU representing EPFL. He was previously the chairman of the SC29 Advisory Group on Management until 2014.
Prof. Ebrahimi is involved in Ecma International as a member of its ExeCom since 2020 and serves as consultant, evaluator and expert for the European Commission and other governmental funding agencies in Europe, and advises a number of Venture Capital companies in Switzerland in their scientific and technical audits. He has founded several startup and spinoff companies in the past two decades, including the most recent RayShaper SA, a research company based in Switzerland involved in AI powered multimedia. Prof. Ebrahimi is author or co-author of over 300 scientific publications and holds a dozen invention patents. His areas of interest include image and video compression, media security, quality of experience in multimedia and AI-based image and video processing and analysis. Prof. Ebrahimi is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and has been recipient of several awards and distinctions, including an IEEE Star Innovator Award in Multimedia.
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