Women in Tech

Following the tradition of sponsoring a Women in Tech event at IEEE conferences, we will hold a virtual one at ICME 2020. This year’s exciting event is intended to be a communication and networking platform of the women in the community. The event is aimed at increasing and promoting visibility and recognition of women in ICME fields, promoting networking and mentoring between junior and senior researchers, and building a networking women community as legacy for future events. The event is tailored towards Ph.D. students, assistant professors, and starting researchers in various research organizations. Four outstanding speakers will be talking about their personal experience and career paths. After the talks, you will have time for virtual networking with a cross section of women in the field. Everybody is welcome, new-comers, young professionals, career-switchers/explorers, or senior folks, people who care about diversity and women in tech and those interested in learning more, or just supporting the community.


Wednesday, 8th July from – 16.30 to 18.00 GMT+1 time zone.



Vanessa Testoni, Samsung Research Brazil

Vanessa Testoni is the research leader in Media Standards at SRBR (Samsung Research Brazil), where her research interests are a mix of image/video coding, processing and streaming. She received her BS in CS from PUCPR (Brazil) in 2002 and her EE degree from UFPR (Brazil) in 2004. In 2000 she joined Siemens Telecommunications, where she worked until 2004. She received the MSc and the PhD in EE from UNICAMP (Brazil), respectively, in 2006 and 2011. Right after her graduation, she joined UCSD (USA) as a postdoctoral employee until joining Samsung as a researcher in 2013. In 2009, she was the only Brazilian Phd Student awarded the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Award. In 2010, she founded and was the first president of the IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) Unicamp São Paulo chapter where she still holds a board seat. In 2014, she received the prestigious MIT TR35 (Young Innovators under 35) in the first Brazilian edition of the award. In 2016, she was elected an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and also the chair of the IEEE SPS (Signal Processing Society) São Paulo chapter. She has authored/co-authored several scientific publications and patents. In 2018, she was elevated to IEEE senior member and nominated the first national head of the ISO/IEC JTC 001/SC 29 (JPEG/MPEG) Brazilian delegation.

Shan Liu, Tencent Media Lab

Dr. Shan Liu is a Tencent Distinguished Scientist and General Manager of Tencent Media Lab. She was formerly Director of Media Technology Division at MediaTek USA. She was also formerly with MERL, Sony and IBM. She has been actively contributing to international standards since the last decade and served co-Editor of HEVC SCC and the emerging VVC. She has numerous technical contributions adopted into various standards, such as HEVC, VVC, OMAF, DASH and PCC, etc. At the same time, technologies and products developed by her and under her leadership are serving several hundred million users. Dr. Liu holds more than 150 granted US and global patents and has published more than 80 journal and conference papers. She was in the committee of Industrial Relationship of IEEE Signal Processing Society (2014-2015) and is on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2018-2021). She was the VP of Industrial Relations and Development of Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (2016-2017) and was named APSIPA Industrial Distinguished Leader in 2018. She was appointed Vice Chair of IEEE Data Compression Standards Committee in 2019. Dr. Liu obtained her B.Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.

Min Wu, University of Maryland

Min Wu is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently serving as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs for the University’s Clark School of Engineering. She received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering — automation and the B.A. degree in economics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 with the highest honors, and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2001. At UMD, she leads the Media and Security Team (MAST), with main research interests on information security and forensics, multimedia signal processing, and applications of data science and machine learning in health and IoT. Her research and education have been recognized by a U.S. NSF CAREER award, a TR100 Young Innovator Award from the MIT Technology Review, a U.S. ONR Young Investigator Award, a Computer World “40 Under 40” IT Innovator Award, an IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Education Award, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer recognition, an IEEE SP Society Meritorious Service Award, and several paper awards from IEEE SPS, ACM, and EURASIP. She was elected as IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for contributions to multimedia security and forensics. Dr. Wu chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Forensics and Security (2012-2013), and has served as Vice President – Finance of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2010-2012) and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2015-2017).

Natasha Allden, MULTIPLY Global

Natasha Allden founded MULTIPLY in 2015 to unleash the potential value of technology and people. Maximising growth and revenue generation through new markets, models and applications. Having built her first company at the age of 21 she went onto pursue a career in digital strategy and proposition development for FTSE100 companies in energy, finance and insurance before moving onto advanced engineering programmes in space, automotive and energy. She has an international track record leading commercial strategies, marketing and sales, development programmes and partnerships.MULTIPLY works with advanced engineering companies to multiply value through technology transfer programmes and ventures. We have realised over £30m across a portfolio of advanced engineering clients specialising in space, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, security and transport.We provide low-risk routes to take technology into new markets, new applications, or through new business models. From setting initial strategies to delivering programmes and establishing new ventures.


Mylene Farias
University of Brasília (UnB)


The event will happen on zoom platform with the following agenda:

60 mins Panel discussion (panelist presentation + Q&A from the audience)

30 mins mentoring speed-dating (attendees will be split into small breakout room sessions to favour networking and mentoring sessions)

Join us on Zoom for an inspiring panel and a great networking event!