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Imaging Technologies in Consumer and Enterprise Applications - How to Turn Research into Products

Event Date: November 1, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Qian Lin
Speaker Affiliation: Hewlett-Packard Company
Sponsor: Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Professor Jan Allebach
Contact Phone: (765) 49-43535
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Imaging algorithms have a wide variety of applications in sensors and devices, media and entertainment, web and mobile, and security and surveillance.  In this talk, Dr. Lin will highlight several imaging research projects and software products she and her colleagues developed at HP.  She will also share her experience of commercializing research ideas into products using agile software development process.


Dr. Qian Lin leads imaging research with applications to enterprise information management and video surveillance in HP.  Prior to that, she was the director for the Multimedia Understanding and Interaction Lab at HP Labs, where she led research in multimedia analysis and composition, personalized publishing, and content cloud services.  Dr. Lin and her team contributed a number of key multimedia and imaging technologies to HP products.  The technologies have been incorporated into the imaging pipelines in printers, MFPs, and digital cameras; and the composition engine in retail photo kiosks and Snapfish online photo services.  The Pluribus Interactive camera-projector system developed by researchers in her lab was considered to be "one of five top innovations that will reinvent computing“ by PC Magazine in 2008.  More recently, Dr. Lin led her team to develop the SmartPrint technology, which is an environmentally friendly solution for printing web pages, PageLift technology, which enables mobile document capture from SmartPhones and is now shipping with HP Windows 8 tablets, multimedia analytics API on HP Cloud, and face analysis and image recognition technologies for HP’s information management software.

Dr. Lin joined the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1992.  She received her BS from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, her MSEE from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Lin is inventor/co-inventor for 35 issued patents.  She initiated and co-chaired the Conference on Imaging and Printing in a Web 2.0 World in IS&T/SPIE's Electronic Imaging Symposium from 2010 to 2013.  She was awarded Fellowship by the Society of Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) in 2012.