Distinguished Lecturer Program

The CE Society's Distinguished Lecturer Program provides speakers on various aspects of consumer electronics for CE Society chapter meetings and similar functions. While presentations to groups outside of the CE Society and the IEEE are encouraged, the program is not intended for national or international CE symposiums, regional conventions, local colloquiums, trade shows, or commercial seminars. Speaking engagement arrangements are made by the benefiting organization directly with the Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair. The Program is aimed at bringing distinguished speakers to local organizational units, such as existing chapters or chapters in formation. Where possible a group of geographically adjacent chapters are encouraged to coordinate with the DL Chair in arranging schedules that cover the region.

DLs can be approved for either Regional or International visits; chapters should work with the DL and the DL Chair to optimize the resources.

The CE Society has recently added 7 new Distinguished Lecturers to its program:


Simon Sherratt

Short Bio:

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on simon2Consumer Electronics managing some 1500 papers and the 4 issues per year. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2012), a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of the HEA, a Chartered Engineer and a registered European Engineer. He has a BEng in Electronic Systems and Control Engineering (1992), MSc in Data Telecoms (2003) and PhD in Video Signal Processing (1996). He received the IEEE Chester Sall Award for the 1st place best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics in 2004.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks: Simon has run a number of workshops at CE Society conference on getting published in the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. As the editor-in-chief he is keen to get this message across to a wider audience internationally and at chapter level. His talks

Bob Frankston

Short Bio:

Bob has half century of programming and creating applications and servicesbobfrankstonsmall for end users with a systems and philosophical background. He is best known as the co-inventor of the spreadsheet (Visicalc) with Dan Bricklin, although he has many other achievements during his long career. He is a fellow of many prestigious bodies, including IEEE.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks: This month's soapbox article is an example of Bob's critical and often radical thoughts on today's technologies, how they are integrated with the marketplace and how government policies and regulations often fail to properly enable the underlying economic opportunities of technology. A range of additional topics can be found at http://frankston.com/Public/

Elya B. Joffe

Short Bio:

Mr. Joffe is well known for his activities in EMC training and education, and hasnu7y0003 authored and presents many courses on Electromagnetic Compatibility and related topics. He has also authored and co-authored over 30 papers in EMC and related topics and is the principle author of the Book: "Grounds for Grounding: A Circuit to System Handbook", published by John E. Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks: Elys's principle area of expertise is Electromagnetic Compatibility; potential talks build around this subject could include:
• How to fail EMC in Consumer Product Design in 20 easy lessons
• Maxwell's Equations – Are they necessary for product designers?
• Transmitting consumer products and "electro-phobia": Why are People REALLY scared of Electromagnetic Fields?
• Ethical considerations in consumer product design: The right to know.

Ulrich Reiter

Short Bio:

Ulrich is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles for scientific books, reiter_ujournals, and conferences. His publications mainly focus on the subjective assessment of perceived audiovisual quality, on MPEG-4 audio at the scene reproduction level, and on virtual acoustics in interactive application systems. More recently, he has been designing novel subjective assessment methodologies for the comparison of different types of video artifacts, and evaluating the content-dependent quality trade-off between modalities in audiovisual media.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks:
• Categorization of audiovisual media content as a pre-requisite for better objective quality metrics
• On the role of emotional state in perceived quality
• On quality evaluation methods for long-duration audiovisual content
• Subjective assessment methodologies for the comparison of different categories of video artifacts


Joseph Decuir

Short Bio:

Joe has engineering degrees from UC Berkeley. Within IEEE his work has joe-csrspanned Medical Electronics, Consumer Electronics, Computers and Communications. His experience includes the Institutes of Medical Sciences, Atari, Amiga, Teledesign, Everex, Microsoft, MCCI and CSR. He worked as design engineer and system architect on various legacy Atari and Amiga computer systems. More recently Joe has been chair and editor for a range of wired and wireless CE standards including the USB communications class driver 1.0, 1.2; Wimedia Networking 1.1 and wireless USB 1.1; he has also contributed to the Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 (low energy) standards.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks:
• Bluetooth Reinvented: Bluetooth Low Energy
• Introduction to Ultra Wideband
• Atari and Amiga: three generations of video architectures

Zachi Baharav

Short Bio:

Zachi graduated from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1998 29f4d1cwith a doctorate in electrical engineering. He worked at HP/Agilent on digital cameras and microwave imaging. He then moved to Synaptics where he was introduced to the world of touch sensing. Recently he joined Corning's West Technology Center located in Palo Alto, California where his role includes research, management, and business development. His research interests are subjects related to glass technology for touch sensing applications, audio reproduction, and imaging applications. Zachi is the author of more than 30 U.S. patents and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks:
• “The Art and Science of Capacitive Touch Sensing” - a tutorial on capacitive touch sensing; solid technical content
• “A Day Made of Glass: A Vision for an Enabled Future - Challenges and Opportunities" - a high-level talk; presents and discusses a vision for new applications with display glass, and the eco-system needed to make it all work
• ”Glass Enabling Future Touch Technology” - a review of various aspects in which Glass technology interacts with touch-sensing (thinner, stronger glass, textured, anti-bacterial, etc).

Peter Corcoran

Short Bio:

IEEE Fellow; more than 200 technical publications, 50+ peer reviewed peter2journal papers, 85+ International peer reviewed conference papers; co-inventor on 150+ granted US patents, 30+ granted European, with another 100+ patents currently pending; Co-Founder of several start-up companies including FotoNation which is now are the core of the smart-imaging division of Digital Optics Corporation Inc - http://www.doc.com; Research interests include (i) biometrics including facial and iris recognition; (ii) real-time digital imaging & processing; (iii) smart grid & associated networking issues; (iv) cloud computing & CE devices.

Potential Workshop Topic or DL Talks:
a) Advanced Imaging Techniques for Handheld Imaging Devices

To include discussion or detailed presentations on
• Red-eye detection and correction technologies
• Face and object tracking
• Image processing pipelines and imaging architectures
• Emerging technologies

b) Patents and Intellectual Property – An Engineer’s Guide

c) The Age of Smart-Imaging – “The Commoditization of Digital Imaging”
This talk will discuss the disruptive nature of low-cost, network connected, smart-imaging modules as enabling technologies such as cloud computing, high-bandwidth ubiquitous networks and low-cost GPU modules increase their penetration into CE devices and ecosystems. Include discussion of emerging trends, new opportunities.

For more information please contact the DL Program Chair:  Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, P.Eng. at almuhtadi@ieee.org 


Scheduling a Distinguished Lecturer organized by the Chapter

1. Review lecturer list below, then contact the DL Program Chair to arrange for the engagement. The Chair will review the DSL’s schedule and see if it can be arranged. Please indicate the

• Proposed date, time, and location of the engagement.
• Name and affiliation of benefiting organization
• Estimated audience size and type (engineers? students?)
• Topic lecturer will present (Taken from those listed against the DL’s name below)
• Discuss what logistical needs can be provided by benefiting organization (e.g., ground transportation, some meals, handout copying, other shared expenses, etc.)
Selection of Distinguished Lecturers

If you are interested in one of the lectures, plese send the details to the DL Program Chair: Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, P.Eng. at almuhtadi@ieee.org.


The program consists of at least eight Distinguished Lecturers, selected by the Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair from written nominations or application from ICCE & ISCE selected papers, and approved by the CE Society Board of Directors. The term for each Distinguished Lecturer is two years. Currently all terms start and end at the turn of a calendar year. Selection is based on:

  1. professional competence and recognition of CE expertise,
  2. communication and presentation skills,
  3. CE topics,
  4. contribution to a balanced program, and
  5. recommendation of ICCE Technical Program Chair and the ISCE Technical Program Chair. Selection and participation in the CE Society's Distinguished Lecturer program shall not be used in the advertising of products or services, nor for any non-approved presentations such as product or training seminars or trade shows. Distinguished Lecturers may not, as part of any DL Program presentation, advertise, market, or offer for sale, any commercial product or service.



There are two ways that a DL visit can be arranged:

a) If the DL has a scheduled visit to a particular area then the local chapters will be offered a chance to organize a DL talk for their members. The DL Chair will contact the chapter directly concerning the dates, time, name of DL and other details. Chapters will indicate whether they are interested in such a talk. Once the arrangement has been finalized, the chapter and DL will discuss directly with each other the final details of the visit.

b) A chapter can contact the DL Chair with a short list of DLs and the DL Chair will contact the DLs concerned and determine which one is available near the time and date suggested by the chapter. Once the arrangement has been finalized, the chapter and DL will discuss directly with each other the final details of the visit.

The Society subsidizes the program up to a certain limit constrained by the available funds and the availability of matching funds from the benefiting organizing.

As sharing of expenses between the benefiting organization and the CE Society is encouraged; as an example, the benefiting organization could provide local transportation for the Lecturer, provide meals, etc. Benefiting organizations will please give credit to the "Consumer Electronics Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers" in their newsletter or other announcements.

If you are interested in one of the lectures, plese send the details to the DL Program Chair:  Dr. Wahab Almuhtadi, P.Eng. at almuhtadi@ieee.org.