Short Biography

Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Tsinghua University, in 1992 and 1996, respectively, both in Electronic Engineering. He holds an MBA in Finance, Economics and Entrepreneurship with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL.

Since Fall 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), where he is now Professor, Director of Communication and Signal Processing Applications Laboratory (CASPAL). He has served as Program Director of Graduate Studies. He is cross appointed to the Finance Department at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He was Visiting Scientist at Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2015 and 2017. His research interests include statistical signal processing and big data analytics, multimedia content analysis, sensor networks and IoT, machine learning/AI, and applications in bioinformatics, finance, and marketing.

Dr. Zhang is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Fellow of the IEEE, a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He is the general co-chair for 2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP2021). He is the general co-chair for 2017 GlobalSIP Symposium on Signal and Information Processing for Finance and Business, and the general co-chair for 2019 GlobalSIP Symposium on Signal, Information Processing and AI for Finance and Business. He was an elected member of IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) steering committee. He is the general chair for MMSP2015.

He is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. He is Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He served as Senior Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, and IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He received 2020 Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award the Ryerson University highest honor for scholarly, research and creative achievements. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for both Signal Processing Society and Circuits and Systems Society.

He is the Chair of Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (IVMSP TC), an elected member of Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee (SPTM TC), Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee (SAM TC), and Applied Signal Processing Systems Technical Committee (ASPS TC) of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). He served as an elected member of Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (MMSP TC), and Industry DSP Technology Standing Committee (IDSP SC) of (SPS). He is an elected member of Visual Signal Processing and Communications Technical Committee (VSPC TC), System and Applications Technical Committee (MSA TC), and Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee (DSP TC) of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.