Dr. Obeid is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University and directs the Neural Instrumentation Lab. He has 15 years of experience in neural interfaces with a principle focus on data acquisition systems and neural signal processing. Principle areas of expertise include use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for massively parallel neural signal acquisition and decoding, as well as signal analysis of both EEG and single unit neural recordings. Dr. Obeid is a 2009 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.
Dr. Picone is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University. He is well known for creating the first open source large vocabulary speech recognition system at the organization he founded – The Institute for Signal and Information Processing (ISIP). The ISIP web site is one of the largest web sites in existence for human language technology resources and includes numerous educational and academic materials in addition to its open source software and technology demonstrations. Dr. Picone has led several major data initiatives, including developing the definitive version of the landmark conversational speech corpus, SWITCHBOARD.