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A Message from the General Chair

Welcome to ASILOMAR 2020!

Welcome to the 54th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers! This is a difficult year as we have by necessity gone from meeting at the beautiful Asilomar campgrounds to a new virtual format over four days. I am honored to serve as General Chair during this unusual year. Through the years, the Asilomar conference has been well known for excellent talks bringing together both senior researchers and the best and brightest young scholars. Many important research results in the area were first presented and discussed at Asilomar in the meeting rooms, in the lodge, and by the beach. The first time that I attended Asilomar was back in 1999 and every year since I make the trip to California in late October or early November.

We have an excellent technical program for you this year with contributions to both the invited and regular sessions. I would like to thank the Technical Program Chair Prof. Marco Duarte and his team of Technical Area Chairs: Ali Tajer, Mojtaba Soltanalian, Usman Khan, Chinmay Hegde, Marius Pesavento, Selin Aviyente, Liesbet Van der Perre, and Sean Ramprashad, for selecting great presentations and papers this year. They all did an outstanding job in building the program. This year the conference consists of 355 accepted papers, of which 164 were invited. Among these papers, 83 were submitted to the student paper contest, from which a list of 10 finalists were selected. These finalists will present their research via the virtual platform on Monday morning in an online discussion session chaired by Visa Koivunen to a committee of judges and to all attendees. The top three student papers will be awarded at the Tuesday morning plenary session.

I am truly pleased that this year’s Sydney Parker Memorial Lecture plenary speaker on Tuesday morning will be Prof. Keshab Parhi of the University of Minnesota. Keshab is an authority on VLSI signal processing algorithms, architectures, and accelerators. His talk will present recent research in the application of signal processing and machine learning to image data related to neuroscience and brain disorders. For our second keynote lecture, we are pleased to have Prof. Katie Bouman of Caltech on Wednesday morning. Her talk will focus on the signal and image processing challenges in capturing the first image of a black hole using the Event Horizon Telescope distributed network. This talk is especially relevant as the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for research on the topic of black holes. I look forward to both talks on important and timely topics.

The role of General Chair for Asilomar is always an exciting adventure and this year provided new challenges. I hope that you will all enjoy the conference and find that the virtual format provides a good alternative this year when we could not meet in person.

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