Gayathri Venugopal, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

ESR 1a - Content Analysis and Synthesis


Gayathri Venugopal joined Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute as ESR 1 of the PROVISION ITN in July 2015. She successfully completed M.Sc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Plymouth in United Kingdom in March 2015. Her Master degree thesis was on the performance of Rate Compatible Punctured Convolutional (RCPC) Codes. She also holds a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology in India. She has done a short-term internship at National Informatics Centre (Cochin, India) in 2012. She is interested in Communication Engineering. Her research area is Intra Picture Prediction.



Ivan Zupancic, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

ESR 1b - Content Analysis and Synthesis


Ivan Zupancic obtained his B.Sc. degree in Computing and M.Sc. degree in Information and Communication Technology from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2013, he joined the Multimedia and Vision (MMV) group at Queen Mary University of London (UK) to pursue a PhD degree. During his PhD, he did a 6-month internship at British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) R&D. He is currently completing his PhD study. He joined PROVISION as ESR1b at Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (Berlin, Germany) in October 2016. His current research interests include rate control and HEVC complexity optimisation.



Santiago de Luxán Hernández, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

ESR 2 - Perceptual Rate-Quality Optimisation for Analysis and Synthesis


Santiago de Luxán Hernández received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Engineering in Telecommunications in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in October 2012. Between September 2010 and June 2011 he was a visiting student in University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). He is currently pursuing his PhD in the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institut for Telecommunications (Berlin, Germany) in the context of the PROVISION ITN and he is interested in perceptual image and video coding research.



Mariana Afonso, University of Bristol

ESR 3a - Content Analysis and Synthesis II


Mariana Afonso joined the PROVISION project in July 2015 as an early stage researcher at the University of Bristol. She is also pursuing a PhD at the same institution. Her work will be focussed on content analysis and synthesis, more specifically, on the synthesis of static and dynamic textures. She received her integrated M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal in 2015. She also did an exchange period at TU Delft, The Netherlands in 2013. Her M.Sc degree thesis was in the topic of computer vision and image processing, more specifically on techniques for unsupervised learning of images shared on social networks. Her research interests include perceptual video compression, texture analysis and synthesis, computer vision and machine learning.



Thomas Ntasios, University of Bristol

ESR 3b - Content Analysis and Synthesis II


Thomas Ntasios joined PROVISION in September 2016 as an Early Stage Researcher at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Earlier that year he received his M.Sc. degree in Data Analytics from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He is also a graduate from the Computer Science Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where he was introduced to the world of Science. His research interests lie in the field of Data Analysis and Machine Learning. During his spare time, Thomas enjoys playing sports, exercising and reading books.



Miltiadis Alexios Papadopoulos, University of Bristol

ESR 4 - Rate-Quality-Optimisation I


Miltiadis Alexios Papadopoulos was born in 1989 in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he spent all of his childhood and teenage years. In 2007 he graduated from the Greek-French College De La Salle, having received numerous nominations and awards, and headed for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) to study Electrical and Computer Engineering. There, he became interested in Robotics, Autonomous Control, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Electronics, Microcontrollers, Programming and Cinematography. In addition, he participated in projects including research on telecommunication symbols assignment and transmission through non-linear amplifiers, practical training at Chemnitz University of Technology and the 3D virtual modelling of AUTh. It was not until 2008 when he joined PANDORA, the department’s voluntary robotics team, where he stayed until his graduation in 2013, thus broadening his knowledge and expertise on related topics. At first, he was providing administrative support and hardware assembly assistance but later on he was trusted with the management of the Computer Vision subteam as its lead programmer, vision specialist and leader. In July 2013, he received his engineer’s diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering after having successfully defended his dissertation titled “System Argus: Human detection and pose recognition based on RGB-D data” under the supervision of Dr Delopoulos, effectively leaving PANDORA at its crowning moment of achieving second place in class Autonomous in the international robotic competition Robocup in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He then joined the University of Bristol as a Research Assistant and member of the Marie Curie ESR project PROVISION, in pursuit of his PhD in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, under the supervision of Dr Bull and Dr Agrafiotis. In his free time, Miltiadis enjoys sailing, playing the saxophone and the guitar, practicing film photography and doing Aikido.



André Seixas Dias, BBC

ESR 5 - Rate-Quality-Optimisation II


André Seixas Dias received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computers engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He has worked as a researcher in video compression with the Multimedia Signal Processing Group at Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal, and currently he is an early stage researcher working in the PROVISION Initial Training Network at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), UK. Currently, his main research interests are video compression and perceptual video analysis and coding.



Uday Thakur, RWTH Aachen

ESR 6 - Analysis and Synthesis of Static and Dynamic Textures


Uday Singh Thakur received the BS degree in electronics & communication engineering from Amity University, Noida, India in 2011, the MS degree in electronics from Chung Yuan Christian University, Zhongli, Taiwan, in 2013. He is currently pursuing the PhD degree at the Insitut für Nanrichtentechnik (IENT), RWTH Aachen University, Germany. His research interests include perceptual video compression, texture synthesis.



Olena Chubach, RWTH Aachen

ESR 7 - Estimation and Compression of Advanced Motion Fields


Chubach Olena received the M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University, Odessa, Ukraine in 2010. From January till July 2012 she went for internship to Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) at Université Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France where she worked on parallelization of discrete stochastic arithmetic on multicore architectures. She is currently pursuing the PhD degree at the Insitut für Nachrichtentechnik (IENT), RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Her research interests include perceptual video compression, motion modeling and analysis. She holds the early stage researcher (“Estimation and Compression of Advanced Motion Fields (ECAMF)”) position in the PROVISION Project.



Hossein Bakhshi Golestani, RWTH Aachen

ESR 8 - 3D Models in Motion Compensation

Hossein Bakhshi Golestani received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, IRAN and Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree at the Insitut für Nachrichtentechnik (IENT), RWTH Aachen University, Germany in the context of the PROVISION Initial Training Network. His research interests include statistical signal processing, multimedia coding/compression, 3D models and multimedia security.



Karam Naser, Université de Nantes

ESR 9 - Perceptual Fidelity and Spatio-Temporal Textures

Karam Naser received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Baghdad (Iraq) in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Communications Engineering from RWTH Aachen University (Germany) in 2013. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree at the University of Nantes (France) in the context of PROVISION ITN. His major research is about perceptual coding of spatio-temporal textures.



Yashas Rai, Université de Nantes

ESR 10 - Short Term Quality Metric

Yashas Rai received his B.Eng degree from the Visvesvaraya Technological University in India and M.Sc from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany where he studied under the RWTH-Synopsys Ltd joint scholarship. He has been involved in pattern recognition and image understanding starting from the days of his bachelor thesis in which he investigated the application of learning algorithms for Iris recognition systems. At the small town of Aachen in Germany he also worked for a Computer Vision startup during his free time, developing algorithms that helped in the recognition of human hand gestures. At about the same period, he also performed his Master Thesis at the RWTH Aachen University which focused on the latest video coding standard- H.265 more specifically- Scalable Video coding. Further, he continued his work at the Ericsson Video Research Lab in Sweden analyzing a close competitor to the former video coding technology that was called H.265 Transcoding.

Yashas now works at the IRCCyn Lab at the University of Nantes as an ESR, developing new metrics and algorithms to evaluate Short term video Quality.



Suiyi Ling, Université de Nantes

ESR 11.a - Semantic-Like Fidelity Metric

Suiyi LING received his computer science bachelor degree from Guangdong University of Technology (China) in 2009 and his master degree (Multimedia and Data Management) from Polytech Nantes/University de Nantes (France) in 2014.
He worked on clothes styles recognition and clothes retrieval system since his bachelor thesis in the DMIR (Data Mining and Information Retrieval) lab from 2009 to 2013. Suiyi LING is now working in the IRCCyn lab at Polytech Nantes as an early stage researcher. He is pursuing his PhD degree there on the topic “Semantic-like fidelity metric".



Ahmed Aldahdooh, Université de Nantes

ESR 12 - Content Aware Delivery

Ahmed ALDAHDOOH received his computer engineering bachelor degree in 2007 from Islamic University of Gaza (Gaza, Palestine). He worked as TA in computer engineering department of Islamic University and in University College of Applied Sciences (Gaza, Palestine) till he was nominated for Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree scholarship (PEACE program) 2013-2014 in University of Nantes. Recently, he has finished his master thesis project titled “Perceptual Characterization of the Content Influence in UHD Resolution on the Rate-Distortion Performance of HEVC”.

Currently, he is perusing his PhD as early stage researcher (ESR) in IRCCyN Lab at the University of Nantes and he is working in “Content-aware Delivery” topic. This PhD position is part of PROVISION Project.



Dr. Dan Grois, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

ER 1 - Test Model I







Dr. Angeliki Katsenou, University of Bristol

ER 2 - Test Model II

Angeliki Katsenou joined the PROVISION project in August 2015 as an experienced researcher hosted by the University of Bristol, UK. Her research interests are in the area of video analysis/synthesis, rate-quality optimization and perceptual quality metrics. In the past, she participated in a Marie-Curie Re-Integration project and in several FP7 ICT projects. Her previous work mainly focused on research on visual sensor networks, video communication, video coding, resource allocation for video transmission, rate-distortion models and more.

Regarding her education, she received her Ph.D. in July 2014 from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, Greece. During her Ph.D., she was offered a short-term research scholar and visited the Multimedia Communications Laboratory, in San Diego State University. Earlier, she received her M.Sc. in "Signal and Image Processing" and her M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece.



Dr. Sebastian Schwarz, BBC

ER 3 - Requirements and Benchmarking

Sebastian Schwarz joined PROVISION in June 2014. As an “experienced researcher”, he is responsible for defining the requirements and benchmarks for perceptual optimized video coding. Furthermore, he is working on advanced motion modelling in video compression. Prior to joining PROVISION, Sebastian worked on 3D video processing and range sensing at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden. Sebastian holds a PhD in Computer and System Science from Mid Sweden University, and a Diplom Ingenieur degree (equ. M.Sc.) in Media Technology from Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany.



Dr. Jesús Gutiérrez, Université de Nantes

ER 11b - Fidelity Metric for Immersive Media

Jesús Gutiérrez joined the PROVISION project in August 2016 as an experienced researcher (postdoc) hosted by the Image and Video Communications Group of the IRCCyN Laboratory at the University of Nantes. His research interests are in the area of image and video processing, evaluation of multimedia quality of experience, and 3D and immersive media systems.

Previously, he received the Telecommunication Engineering degree (five year engineering program) in 2008 from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain. Also, he received the Communications Technologies and Systems Master degree (two year MS program) in 2011 and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication in 2016, both from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain.



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