ICASSP Innovation Forum Panel on

“GenAI: Challenges and Opportunities for Signal Processing”

Where: Auditorium, 3F
Date:  Wednesday, April 17
Time: 3:10 to 4:10 PM

ICASSP Innovation Forum Panel on “GenAI: Challenges and Opportunities for Signal Processing”

Panelist: Yonina Eldar, Daniel D. Lee, Johan Schalkwyk, SongyeeYoon
Moderator: John Apostolopoulos


Yonina Eldar
Biography: Yonina Eldar is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel where she heads the center for Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing and holds the Dorothy and Patrick Gorman Professorial Chair. She is also a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, an IEEE Fellow and a EURASIP Fellow. She received the B.Sc. degree in physics and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, in 2002. She has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2013), the IEEE/AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2014) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2016). She was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. She received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences, the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research (twice), the Hershel Rich Innovation Award (three times), and the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions. She received several best paper awards and best demo awards together with her research students and colleagues, was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and was a member of the Israel Committee for Higher Education. She is the Editor in Chief of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing, a member of several IEEE Technical Committees and Award Committees, and heads the Committee for Promoting Gender Fairness in Higher Education Institutions in Israel.
Daniel D. Lee
Biography: Dr. Daniel D. Lee is the Tisch University Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech and recently served as Global Head of AI for Samsung Research.

He received his B.A. summa cum laude in Physics from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a researcher at Bell Labs in the Theoretical Physics and Biological Computation departments.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAI and has received the NSF CAREER award and the Lindback award for distinguished teaching. He was also a fellow of the Hebrew University Institute of Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, an affiliate of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and organized the US-Japan National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering symposium and Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference.

His group focuses on understanding general computational principles in biological systems and on applying that knowledge to build autonomous systems.
Johan Schalkwyk
Biography: Johan Schalkwyk, a Google Fellow, has been a leader in the speech industry for over 25 years. His passion is to make speech a usable interface that everyone in the world uses. He is instrumental in Google DeepMind’s Multimodal perception and Large Language Model efforts, and continues to serve as Google's Speech Area Tech Lead guiding research investments across speech recognition and synthesis.

In 2008, Johan built the first search by voice experience in the world, Google Voice Search. He has led Google's speech team, bringing research innovations such as on-device and neural models to products from Google Assistant to YouTube for over 80 languages.

Thanks to his continued leadership, Google speech research is leading in both industry and academia, publishing and launching numerous breakthroughs in Deep Learning for Speech Recognition and Synthesis. When not building speech recognizers, Johan enjoys mountain biking around the world, cooking Vietnamese food, and baking desserts.
Songyee Yoon
Biography: As a tech visionary, humanist, and business leader, Songyee Yoon has been at the forefront and intersection of technology, ethics and play for decades. After graduating from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Songyee went on to earn her Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Neuroscience.
Her strong belief in the concept of “play” as a crucible for innovation eventually led her to NCSOFT, a leading global video game developer and publisher, where she served as president and chief strategy officer. Forecasting the importance of emerging technologies, she founded the NCSOFT AI Center and Natural Language Processing Center.

Songyee brings a unique lens to bridging countries’ approaches to technology and ethics and is an involved figure in the international business community. While a member of South Korea’s Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Songyee served under two presidents.

She is a member of the advisory council at the Stanford Institute for Human- Centered AI, served as an advisory board member of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and was a visiting fellow at the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy at RAND, where she continued to explore social impacts of AI, equity and ethical sides of technology. She also serves on the board of trustees for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 50 Women to Watch in Business by the Wall Street Journal.


John Apostolopoulos
Biography: John Apostolopoulos is Area Tech Lead of real-time video/audio and related ML/GenAI in Google Workspace, including Google Meet. Previously, he was VP/CTO of Cisco's Enterprise Networking Business, and also founded Cisco’s Innovation Labs. Prior to that, John was a Distinguished Technologist, and then Lab Director for the Mobile & Immersive Experience (MIX) Lab at HP Labs. The MIX Lab conducted research on novel mobile devices & sensing, mobile client/cloud multimedia computing, immersive environments, video & audio signal processing, computer vision & graphics, multimedia networking, glasses-free 3D, wireless, and user experience design. John is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer, named “one of the world’s top 100 young innovators” by MIT Technology Review, and contributed to the US Digital TV Standard (Engineering Emmy Award). John was a Consulting Associate Professor of EE at Stanford. John served as chair of IEEE Image, Video & Multidimensional Signal Processing TC (08-09), and technical co-chair for IEEE ICIP'07, MMSP'11, ESPA'12, Packet Video’13, and also served on the IEEE SPS Board of Governors. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in EECS from MIT.