Dr. Hugh Griffiths
Hugh Griffiths holds the THALES/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of RF Sensors at University College London. From 2006-2008 he served as Principal of the Defence College of Management and Technology (DCMT) at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham. He received the MA degree in Physics from Oxford University, and the PhD and DSc(Eng) degrees from the University of London. His research interests cover radar, antennas, and signal processing, and he has published over 600 papers, technical articles and books on these subjects.
He served as President of IEEE AES in 2012/2013. He has won a number of awards, including the IEEE AES Nathanson Award (1986), the IET A F Harvey Prize (2013), and the IEEE Picard Medal (2017). Since 2017 he has served as Chair of the Defence Science Expert Committee (DSEC) in the UK Ministry of Defence. He was appointed OBE in 2019 for services to engineering, and he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2021.
Dr. Frank Robey
Dr. Frank Robey is a Program Manager in the Strategic Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he is pursuing the advancement of sensor systems and capabilities using signal processing techniques based on firm theoretical foundations.
Dr. Robey is on assignment from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At Lincoln Laboratory he led programs in novel antenna, radar, electronic support, and space-based sensors. These programs included mission applications of various RF sensors as well as scientific investigations of high-frequency radio propagation and environmental noise in the terrestrial and near-earth environments. Prior assignments include the Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and the Intelligence Advanced Research Activity (IARPA).
Dr. Robey received a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Washington University, St. Louis. He is a fellow of the IEEE for leadership in the development of advanced radar systems and is perhaps best-known for the commonly-used Adaptive Matched Filter (AMF) detector.
Director General Surface Combatants and Aviation
Commodore Andrew Quinn, RAN
Commodore Andrew Quinn, RAN graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1991. Early in his career, he served as an Officer of the Watch and Fighter Controller on Australian and Canadian Frigates, then as the Gunnery Officer of the Frigates HMA Ships Sydney and Adelaide. In 2003 he assumed Command of the Fremantle Class Patrol Boat HMAS Bunbury and in 2005 the Armidale Class Patrol boat HMAS Bathurst. After serving in Maritime acquisition projects, he assumed Command of the ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Toowoomba in 2009.
After promotion to the rank of Captain in 2013, he served as a Navy Capability Sponsor for new projects before completing the Australian Defence and Strategic Studies Course in 2017. From 2018 to 2020 he served as the Director of Operations for the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain, then as the Commander Australian Maritime Task Group, leading multiple operational deployments in the Indo-Pacific.
On promotion to Commodore, he commenced his current posting in 2020 as Director General Surface Combatants and Aviation, responsible for the through-life capability of surface and aviation assets.
Commodore Quinn has served on operations in Haiti, East Timor, Solomon Islands, Border Protection, the Middle East and multiple deployments in the Indo Pacific. He holds Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies). He has been awarded a Commendation for Conspicuous Service and the US Legion of Merit.
Dr. Sylvie Perreau
Dr Sylvie Perreau grew up and studied in France until she graduated from Telecom ParisTech with a PhD in Telecommunications Signal Processing in 1998. She worked in Industry (Alcatel) during her PhD studies and Academia (University of Connecticut and UNISA) for 13 years. She established an international reputation in the areas of Wireless Sensor Networks with over 80 publications and 1700 citations. She joined DSTO (now DSTG) in 2011 where she worked predominantly in the Intelligence Domain before leading the Contested Communications Branch. In January 2023, She was appointed as Chief of Sensors and Effectors Division at DSTG after acting in this position for 6 months. Sylvie was awarded an Exceptional Achievement Award from the Australian Signal Directorate (ASD) in 2018 and the 2020 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for her work in signal processing and wireless networks within highly classified environments across Australia and the globe.
Prof. Yonina Eldar
Yonina Eldar is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel where she heads the center for Biomedical Engineering and Signal Processing and holds the Dorothy and Patrick Gorman Professorial Chair. She is also a Visiting Professor at MIT, a Visiting Scientist at the Broad Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, an IEEE Fellow and a EURASIP Fellow.
She received the B.Sc. degree in physics and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, in 2002. She has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2013), the IEEE/AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2014) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2016). She was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. She received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences, the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research (twice), the Hershel Rich Innovation Award (three times), and the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions. She received several best paper awards and best demo awards together with her research students and colleagues, was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and was a member of the Israel Committee for Higher Education. She is the Editor in Chief of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing, a member of several IEEE Technical Committees and Award Committees, and heads the Committee for Promoting Gender Fairness in Higher Education Institutions in Israel.