Young Professionals Networking Event

Monday, 8 October 2018, 18:00-20:00
Divani Caravel Hotel - Horizon



This panel discussion and networking will bring together early career engineers and scientists as well as senior graduate students for an opportunity to network with peers and meet with industry leaders. The panelists will share their career stories and experiences. They will talk about their motivations and the paths that the led them to where they are now; the challenges they had to face and the ways of overcoming them; and the components of an effective career development plan for young professionals.


Hong Jiang - Intel Fellow and the director of GPU Compute Architecture in Core and VisualComputing Group at Intel Corporation

Sheila Hemami - Director of Strategic Technical Opportunities at Draper

Christian Timmerer - co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Bitmovin Inc., San Francsico, CA, USA. Associate Professor with Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria

Amy Reibman - Professor, Purdue University

Panel Moderator

Konstantinos Deltouzos – Postdoc Researcher at Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras and Adjunct Professor at Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece

Christian Timmerer

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Christian Timmerer is a co-founder of Bitmovin Inc., San Francsico, CA, USA, where he holds the position of Chief Innovation Officer, specifically Head of Research and Standardization. He is also an Associate Professor with Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria. His research interests include immersive multimedia communications, streaming, adaptation, and Quality of Experience (QoE). He coauthored seven patents and more than 190 publications in workshops, conferences, journals, and book chapters. Dr. Timmerer was the General Chair of WIAMIS 2008, QoMEX 2013, ACM MMSys 2016, and ACM Packet Video 2018. He participated in several EC-funded projects, notably, DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, ALICANTE, SocialSensor, ICoSOLE, and the COST Action IC1003 QUALINET. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably, in the areas of MPEG- 21, MPEG-M, MPEG-V, and MPEG-DASH. Further information can be found at

Hong Jiang

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Hong Jiang is an Intel Fellow and the director of GPU Compute Architecture in Core and Visual Computing Group at Intel Corporation, focusing on machine learning and data parallel computing. Previously Jiang was the chief media architect for the Platform Engineering Group and director of the Visual and Parallel Computing Group’s Media Architecture. He led the media architecture of processor graphics and its derivatives, including the definition of media hardware and software assets and the group’s technology roadmap. Jiang held this position since 2002 and earned recognition for co-inventing the programmable Intel graphics architecture that has powered all Intel client PCs since 2006. Since joining Intel in 1996 in the graphics operation PCI Component Division as a platform architect he contributed to and co-edited key interconnect and video-coding standards. As a video architect, Jiang led video decoder and video capture hardware and software definition and implementation for chipset graphics products. Hong Jiang was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2015 for leadership in parallel multimedia computing architectures and systems. He earned a Ph.D. degree in ECE from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sheila S. Hemami

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Sheila S. Hemami is the Director of Strategic Technical Opportunities at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., an independent not-for-profit research and development company that focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the most challenging and important problems facing the nation and the world. Her responsibilities include launching Draper's Engineering Impact - applying Draper's capabilities and expertise to large-scale social and humanitarian challenges that are not being addressed by the for-profit world.

Prior to joining Draper, she spent 3 years as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, and 19 years with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. At Cornell, she she led the University's NSF ADVANCE program from 2006-11, was Associate Director for the School from 2010-13, and graduated 45 MS and PhD students. She was with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA, in 1994. She has held various visiting positions in France, Switzerland, and the US, and was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Morocco.

Hemami was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2009 for "contributions to robust and perceptual image and video communications." She has received numerous college and national teaching awards, including the HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000. She was named a Cornell University Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, 2012, in recognition of inspiring teaching of undergraduate students. She has held various leadership positions in the IEEE, most recently Vice President of Publication Services and Products in 2015 and 2016.

Sheila received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 1990 and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, in 1992 and 1994, respectively and all in electrical engineering.

Amy Reibman

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Amy R. Reibman is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. She pursued 23 years of industrial research at AT&T Labs -- Research, where she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and a Lead Inventive Scientist. Her research interests are in video analytics, video stabilization, and image and video quality assessment. She has also done pioneering work on video transmission over packet networks, and has published over 35 journal papers, 100 conference papers, and holds more than 30 US patents.

Dr. Reibman was elected IEEE Fellow in 2005, for her contributions to video transport over networks. She was chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee in 2016-2017, a Judge on the IEEE Fellow Committee from 2012-2015, and on the IEEE Fellow Strategic Planning Committee from 2013-2018. She has written 2 (out of 2) successful Fellow nominations. In 1998, she won the IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award. She was the Technical co-chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing in 2002. She was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2008-2009, was a member of the IEEE Awards Committee from 2010-2012.