Speaker: Prof. Engin Tuncer, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "Acoustics and Video: Reflections on Engineering Research and Education"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: Engineering and particularly Electrical Engineering is rapidly evolving. The forces that shape this field come from diverse fields. Two very important factors in this area are the consumers and the industry. The huge budgets of private firms allow them to attract young and talented engineers and this shifts the traditional center of gravity for research and development from universities to the private firm laboratories. In this talk, we will point this problem and talk about the possible actions universities can take for research and education using examples from the acoustics and video applications.

Acoustics is a very mature area with several interesting applications for Electrical Engineering. There are several advantages and disadvantages of acoustic sensors in comparison to other well known sensors such as RF sensors. While acoustic signal processing is relatively easy, the nonlinear, quickly changing behavior of acoustic scene in real world, makes it very hard to deal with acoustic events. In this talk, we will consider a very distinct problem in detection and estimation, namely the acoustic shot detection problem. The use of sonic and supersonic wave features is important for the solution of the problem. Yet the field trials show that the problem is more complex than it is presented in the literature.

Video is one area that we humans would like to make machines function like we do. Hence today with the advent of new technologies like deep learning, IoT, etc, video processing is becoming a more vital tool in many engineering applications. While it is relatively a straightforward task to do video processing in MATLAB for many applications, it is far from anything simple if one tries to do that in real-time. In this seminar, we will talk about the FPGA implementation of video applications. Especially we will concentrate on the challenges in FPGA programming as well as its diverse applications in engineering, including sound camera, video generation, multiple camera applications and image blending.

Bio: Temel Engin Tuncer received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1987 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 1993. From 1991 to 1993, he was an Instructor and Adjunct Professor at Boston University. He joined the Electronics Engineering Department, Ankara University, in 1993. Since 1998, he has been with Middle East Technical University, where he is currently a Professor with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. His research interests include statistical signal processing, signal processing for communications, sensor arrays and array signal processing, beamforming, multi-antenna and multi-user systems of cooperative communications, convex optimization, direction finding and localization, antenna and array design, multichannel systems, and embedded systems.

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Prof. Engin Tuncer


Acoustics and Video: Reflections on Engineering Research and Education