1. Prof. Dr. Hitoshi Kiya

Dr. Hitoshi Kiya is a Professor of the Department of Information and Communication Systems. He also served as the chair of the Department of Information and Communication Systems, and as an associate dean of the Faculty of System Design. He received his B.E and M.E. degrees from Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan, in 1980 and 1982 respectively, and his Dr. Eng. degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1987, all in electrical engineering. In 1982, he joined Tokyo Metropolitan University as an Assistant Professor, where he became a Full Professor in 2000. He is also a collaborative researcher at Tohoku University, Japan. From 1995 to 1996, he attended the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia as a Visiting Fellow.

Dr. Kiya is/was the Regional Director-at-Large for Region 10 of IEEE Signal Processing Society, the Japan Chapter Chair of IEEE Signal Processing Society, the President of IEICE Engineering Science (ES) Society, a Vice President of APSIPA, a BoG member of IEICE and APSIPA, and the Editor-in-Chief for IEICE ES Society Magazine and IEICE ES Society Publications. He is/was also an Associate Editor of eight journals, including IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. Information Forensics and Security and APSIPA Trans. on Signal and Information Processing. He was the chair of two technical committees and is/was a member of seven technical committees including IEICE Signal Processing TC, APSIPA Image, Video, and Multimedia TC, and IEEE Information Forensics and Security TC. He is/was also a member of the organizing committee and program committee of many international conferences, including ICASSP 2012, APSIPA 2009, ISCAS 2005, ICIP 2012 and ChinaSIP 2013. In particular, He was a Technical Program Chair/Co-chair of ICASSP 2012, PCM 2010, APSIPA 2009 and ISPACS 2009, and is/was a General Co-chair of IEEE ISCAS 2019, ITC-CSCC 2010, IWAIT 2006 and APSIPA 2014.

His research interests are in the areas of signal processing theory and image processing including wavelets, image and video coding, image and video communications, compressed-domain video manipulation and security for multimedia. In these areas, he has published over 150 refereed journal papers, over 300 international conference papers and over 10 books. Dr. Kiya was the recipient of numerous awards, including IEEE Signal processing Society certificate of Merit in 2012 and 2014, IWAIT Best Paper Award in 2014 and 2015, ITE Niwa-Takayanagi Award in 2012, Telecommunications Advancement Foundation Award in 2011, IEICE ES Society Contribution Award in 2010 and IEICE Best Paper Award in 2008. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IEICE and ITE and a member of EURASIP and APSIPA.

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2. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd. Rizal Bin Arshad

Mohd Rizal Arshad graduated from the University of Liverpool, in 1994 with a B.Eng. in the field of Medical Electronics and Instrumentation. He then pursued his MSc. in Electronic Control Engineering at the University of Salford, graduating in Dec. 1995. Following from this, in early 1996, he continued his study with a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, with specialization in robotic vision system. After completing his PhD training, i.e. January 1999, he started working at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia as a full-time academic. He has supervised many postgraduate students at the MSc. and PhD. levels. He has also published actively in local and international publications.

He is currently a Full Professor and the Dean of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, USM. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for a period of two years (2016/2018). In 2011, he was awarded with the Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status from the Engineering Council UK. While, in early 2016 he was elevated to the Fellow Member status with IMarEST – a professional society based in the UK. He is currently the President of the Malaysian Society for Automatic Control Engineers (MACE) and Chair of the Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Malaysia Chapter. In early 2017, he was awarded with the Professional Engineer (P.Eng) status by the Board of Engineer, Malaysia (BEM).

Prof Rizal is well known as the pioneer of underwater system technology research efforts in Malaysia. His research projects are mainly in the area of underwater robotic platform development, new sensing device and mechanisms, and intelligent control algorithms. Prof Rizal is very interested in investigating the fusion of the natural world with the modern engineering pool of knowledge. The multi-disciplinary nature of the research scope is reflected in the groups’ researchers whom came from different technical background. His research group website is available at http://urrg.eng.usm.my/

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