OSKA 2019 Prizes
The Polish Nationwide Student Conference of Acoustics that held the
OSKArec contest closed on 09.03.2019.
Two of our students were awarded in the contest: B.Eng. Kamila
Pietrusińska won second place in the Sound for Visual Media category and
M.Sc.Eng. Damian Koszewski won the 1st and 2nd place in categories Studio
Recording and Remix, respectively.
Brain and Mind Electrophysiology Laboratory
Brain and Mind Electrophysiology Laboratory is a new unit within Multimedia Systems Department.
Michał Kucewicz, Ph.D., is the head of the Laboratory. We invite you to visit the Laboratory web site:
Best Paper Award on SPA 2018 conference
22th IEEE Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, Arrangements and Applications (SPA)
international conference took place on 19-21 September 2018 r. in Poznań, Poland.
Six papers were presented during this conference by the Multimedia Systems Department staff.
The paper Suppression of distortions in signals received from Doppler sensor for vehicle speed measurement,
by Grzegorz Szwoch, received The Best Paper Award in the area of DSP Theory & Implementation.
Prof. Marianna Sankiewicz - In Memoriam
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing away
of Prof. Marianna Sankiewicz, the co-founder of our Department.
Prof. Marianna Sankiewicz - In Memoriam
Primum Cooperatio prize for Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski
Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski, head of the Department of Multimedia Systems, GUT,
was awarded with Primum Cooperatio prize by the Pracodawcy Pomorza
(Pomeranian Employers) organization. The Primum Cooperatio (Cooperation First)
prize is awarded for promoting cooperation between representatives of
science and industry. The prize was handed by Polish Minister of Science
and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin, during the Gala Evening on 26th January 2018.
Best paper award at the 9th International Conference IEEE MCSS 2017
Karolina Marciniuk, a PhD student from the Laboratory of Audio Acoustics,
Faculty of ETI (Gdansk Univ. of Technology) received the best paper award in
the category of Traffic Monitoring for presentation Traffic Noise Analysis
Applied to Automatic Vehicle Counting and Classification. Paper was
co-authored by Prof. Bożena Kostek and Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski. Conference
took place on November 16-17, 2017 in Cracow.
PTETiS Award for the best paper
On October 3rd, 2017, at the seminar of the Polish Society of Theoretical and
Applied Electronics, the best paper award of the Application of Computers in
Science and Technology 2016 seminar series was given to Piotr Hoffmann (Ph.D
student) and Professor Bożena Kostek from the Audio Acoustics Laboratory,
Faculty of Telecommunications, Electronics and Informatics of the Gdańsk
University of Technology for the paper entitled A sound signal correction
concept taking into consideration the frequency characteristics of the room
and the signal grade.
MICCAI conference award
The international conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Itervention
(MICCAI) was held on 10-14 September 2017 in Quebec City, Canada, in
conjunction with the Computer Assisted Robotic Endoscopy (CARE) Workshop. Our
conference paper at CARE 2017, Shape-based pose estimation of robotic
surgical instruments by Daniel Węsierski and Sebastian Cygert, received the2nd
Place Best Paper Award.
The Best Paper Award received in the IEEE SPA2017 Conference
An international conference Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures,
Arrangements, and Applications (SPA2017) took place in Poznan,
The paper entitled Comparison of selected electroencephalographic signal
classification methods, presented by Adam Kurowski and prepared by the team
of: Katarzyna Mrozik, Adam Kurowski, Bożena Kostek and Andrzej Czyżewski,
received The Best Paper Award.
Harman Scholar 2017
Karolina Marciniuk, a PhD student from the Multimedia Systems Department and
Laboratory of Audio Acoustics, was awarded the 2017 Audio Engineering Society
(AES) Educational Grant. She is also a recipient of a special honor, i.e.
Harman Scholar for 2017. The grant was founded by the Harman International
Awards at the Audio Engineering Society Convention
On May 20-23, 2017, students from Multimedia Systems Department took part in
the 142nd International Convention of Audio Engineering Society held in
Berlin. During the Convention, two students contests were organized:
Recording Competition and Student Design Competition. There were
two contest entries in both categories. In the first one, a group consisting
of Damian Koszewski, Mateusz Gnys and Dustin Hartka were awarded a bronze
medal in Sound for Visual Media category. In the Design contest, the
silver medal was awarded to the team of Adam Kurowski, Maciej Blaszke and
Szymon Zaporowski. In addition, student Dawid Weber got an award for the best
photo of the Convention.
IEEE Signal Processing diploma for Prof. Bożena Kostek
Prof. Bożena Kostek (Audio Acustics Laboratory) has received the Certificate of Appreciation
in recognition of her service as Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio,
Speech, and Language Processing (2013-2016).
Andrzej Kaczmarek (1948-2016)
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of Andrzej Kaczmarek,
a former member of our Department staff.
Andrzej Kaczmarek received his M. Sc. degree in Automatics and Computer Science from the Technical University of
Gdansk in 1972. He worked as a specialist of computer services up to 1975 in the ELWRO-Service (Wrocław). That year he
changed his work and returned to Gdansk. He acted as a designer and a constructor of computer devices in the Ship
Building Department at the Technical University of Gdansk. Then Andrzej Kaczmarek joined the staff of the Sound
Engineering Department in 1985.
His research interest was focused on computer analysis of musical sounds (especially pipe-organ sounds). He received
his Ph.D. degree in 1995 in this subject. His interests were also focused in applications of audio engineering to speech
recognition (speaker recognition), analysis of pathological speech and sound restoration. He used in his research machine
intelligence algorithms such as neural networks, fuzzy logic and rough sets. Andrzej Kaczmarek has published a large number
scientific papers in journals and at conferences. He participated in a number of scientific projects. He is a co-author
of youarchive.net and many algotirhms and programs developed within PRESTOSPACE, INDECT, SYNAT and MODALITY projects. He
was also a teacher in numerous classes, many of which were designed by himself.
The memory of Him will always remain in our hearts.
First prize at the NTAV2016 Symposium
The 16th International Symposium on Innovations in Audio and Video
Technology took place in Rzeszow, October 13 to 15, 2016. The paper presented
by Adam Kurowski and co-authored by Karolina Marciniuk, Adam Kurowski and
Bożena Kostek, entitled: Analysis of soundscape recordings in close proximity
to the road in changeable weather conditions was awarded the first prize for
the presentation of the paper by the young researcher by the Presidium Board
of the Polish Section of the Audio Engineering Society.
MISSI 2016 Best Paper Award
Prof. Bożena Kostek, Adam Kurowski and Karolina Marciniuk received a Best paper award for the paper entitled:
Separability Assessment of Selected Types of Vehicle-Associated Noise during MISSI 2016, the 10th edition of International Conference on Multimedia &
Network Information Systems conference which took place in Wrocław, 14-16 September 2016.
Main prize for "CyberEye"
The jury of the contest "Innovations to improve the quality of life and health of people with disabilities," recognized the "CyberEye" system as the most innovative among of the submitted
proposals. Many candidates, both companies and individuals, competed for the title of the most innovative solutions that helps enhance the quality of daily life for people with disabilities. All
solutions stand out unconventional and creative approach to the subject of improving the functioning of people with different kinds of disabilities. On behalf of the creators of the "CyberEye" , prof.
Andrzej Czyzewski received the award during the conference "Assessing and supporting the psychomotor development of a child" that took place on 16 May 2016.
Prize of 138th AES convention
The 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention took place in Warsaw, May 7 to
10, 2015. The Convention hosted 1500 participants from Poland and around the
world. One of the events organized for students was the Student Design
Competition which attracted many interesting projects. Piotr Hoffmann, a Ph.D.
student from the Multimedia Systems Department, presented a project devoted to
automatic control system of virtual bass synthesis audio modification
depending on music genre, the so-called Smart Virtual Bass Algorithm. The
project has been awarded a prize: it received an honourable mention.
First Prize of Prime Minister of Poland for prof. Czyżewski and team
A ceremony was held on 9. February 2015 at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister during which Prime Minister’s awards for unique scientific and artistic achievements were presented. A team led by prof. Andrew Czyzewski has been awarded with the First Prize for their achievements in the scientific and technical area. The awarded team members are also prof. Bożena Kostek, Bartosz Kunka, Agnieszka Kwiatkowska, Piotr Odya and Rafał Rybacki.
Award for M. Lech
On 26th September 2014, during the faculty inauguration ceremony of the
academic year 2014/2015, Michał Lech - Assistant Professor at the Multimedia
Systems Department - received an award for Young Workers of Science for
his achievements in year 2013.
First Prize of Prime Minister of Poland for prof. Czyżewski and team
Team lead by prof. Andrzej Czyżewski of Gdansk University of Technology,
faculty of Electronics, Telecommunication and Informatics,
received the First Prize of Prime Minister of Poland
for their achievements in the scientific and technical area in 2013.
The awarded team consists of prof. Bożena Kostek, Bartosz Kunka, Agnieszka
Kwiatkowska, Piotr Odya and Rafał Rybacki.
Award for M. Lech
Michał Lech, Ph.D. of the Multimedia Systems Department, was awarded with 3rd
place in the competition for the best Ph.D. dissertation in radio
communication and multimedia techniques domain, organised by The Foundation of
Supporting Development of Radio Communication and Multimedia Techniques. The
12th edition of the competition covered dissertations awarded by the Faculty
Council between 1st January 2013 and 21 February 2014. The subject of the
dissertation was Developing the method and algorithms for controlling sound
mixing processes by hand gestures using video image analysis.
M. Lech awarded
Michał Lech, Ph.D. of the Department, obtained an honourable mention award
in the competition of the Polish Artificial Intelligence Society for the Best
Ph.D. Dissertation in Artificial Intelligence in 2013. The subject of the
dissertation was developing the method and algorithms for controlling sound
mixing processes by hand gestures using video image analysis.
INNODOKTORANT scholarship for MSD PhD candidate
PhD candidate of Multimedia Systems Department, Kuba Łopatka, was awarded in
the 6th edition of the InnoDoktorant scholarship contest organized by the
pomorskie voivodeship. The scholarship was awarded for the work on the thesis
Adaptive system for recognition of sounds indicating threats to security of
people and property employing parallel processing of audio data streams
supervised by prof. Andrzej Czyżewski. During the official ceremony, which
took place on March 14th in Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, the Marshal of
the Pomorskie Voivodeship Mieczysław Struk presented the sholarships to 55
laureates from the universities of the region.
(Photo: Grzegorz Mehring / UMWP archive)
Awards of Ministry of Science and Higher Education for prominent achievements in the field of innovations in the year 2013 for MSD
The Multimedia Systems Department was awarded with 3 diplomas of the
Ministry of Science and Higher Education and special award for the particular
activity and prominent achievements in field of innovations abroad. The
ceremony was held on 10th February 2014 in the Copernicus Science Center in
Warsaw. The three diplomas were granted for the projects distinguished at
various international trade fairs and exhibitions of inventions:
- Cyber Eye system including software for analyzing the state of
consciousness of patients in unresponsive wakefulness syndrome developed in
the Typoseries of multimodal interfaces project, awarded with Gold Medal with
Mention on 62nd world exhibition on inventions, research and new technologies
- Movie player with improved dialogue intelligibility - from MODALITY
project, awarded with Gold Medal on 62nd world exhibition on inventions,
research and new technologies BRUSSELS INNOVA and Bronze Medal on
International Warsaw Invention Show 2013.
- Smart radio-controlled camera elaborated in the COPCAMS project, awarded
with Silver Medal on 62nd world exhibition on inventions, research and new
technologies BRUSSELS INNOVA and Silver Medal on International Warsaw
Invention Show 2013.
Medals for Multimedia Systems Department at BRUSSELS INNOVA 2013 exhibition
The world exhibition on inventions, research and new technologies took
place in Brussels from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16. The Eureka contest was held at the
exhibition, to which over 230 inventions from 20 countries were signed up.
Multimedia Systems Department presented 3 innovations:
- Cyber Eye system including software for analyzing the state of
consciousness of patients in unresponsive wakefulness syndrome developed in
the Typoseries of multimodal interfaces project,
- Movie player with improved dialogue intelligibility - from MODALITY project,
- Smart radio-controlled camera elaborated in the COPCAMS project.
The international jury awarded the inventions with a gold medal with
mention, gold medal and silver medal respectively. Additionally, the Cyber Eye
system received a special prize form the Technopol-Moscow institute. The
polish researchers were also invited to the embassy of the Republic of Poland
and greeted by the Polish ambassador in Belgium.
Prof. Bożena Kostek awarded
Prof. Bozena Kostek has been awarded Citation of the Audio Engineering
Society during the opening ceremony of the 135th AES Convention being held on
October 17-20 in New York. The citation for Prof. Kostek's Award reads as
follows: "For her outstanding efforts as Editor to improve the quality,
responsiveness and impact of the AES Journal".
Silver and bronze medal for MSD at IWIS invention show
From 8th to 10th October 2013, the Multimedia System Department exhibited at the
7th International Warsaw Invention Show IWIS 2013. The presented
iventions were: Smart radio controlled camera (J. Cichowski, A.
Czyżewski) and Movie player with dialogue intelligibility enhancement
(K. Łopatka, A. Czyżewski). The jury awarded the former with a silver
medal and the latter - with a bronze medal. In general, more than 120
inventions from over 20 countries were presented at the exhibition.
Two Gold Medals of Poznań International Fair for Multimedia Systems Department
On 3-7 June in Poznań International Fair (PIF) the exhibition named INNOVATIONS-TECHNOLOGIES-MACHINES took place. Interdisciplinary character of the exhibition attracted almost 1000 exhibitors and companies from 30 various countries from all over the world. The importance of the ITM 2013 was highlighted by a visit of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. During the Poznan International Fair 2013, Multimedia Systems Department presented the Auditory-Visual Attention Stimulator developed in the project "Elaboration of a series of multimodal interfaces and their implementation to educational, medical, security and industrial applications" and the Visual Stream Anonymizer developed within projects realized in the Department which are related to developing security&safety technology. The systems were awarded with the Gold Medals of PIF. Only nine products were awarded this year, including two solutions developed at the Multimedia Systems Department.
Gold and Silver Awards of the AES Student Design Competition in Rome
On 4 - 7 May in Rome the 134th Convention of the Audio Engineering Society
took place. Student Design Competition attracted among many others two
projects, affiliated in the Multimedia Systems Department. The authors of the
projects were Michal Lech - a Ph.D. student of the Multimedia Systems
Department, and Piotr Klinke and Paweł Trella - students of the Sound and Vision
Engineering specialization. In the graduate category, the Gesture-controlled
Sound Mixing System, developed in the scope of the Ph.D. thesis, was presented
by Michal Lech. In the undergraduate category - students Piotr Klinke and
Paweł Trella presented their system for Virtual Spatial Sound Reproduction on
Mobile Device's Earphones. The both systems were highly graded by the jury of
the Convention. The Gesture-controlled Sound Mixing System was distinguished
by the Gold Award and the Virtual Spatial Sound Reproduction system was
presented the Silver Award.
Best paper award received in the NTAV/IEEE SPA 2012 conference
Mr. Pawel Spaleniak received a Best paper award in the contest for young
scientists for the paper entitled: Automatic analysis system of TV commercial
emission level during the NTAV/SPA 2012 conference which took place in Lodz,
26-29 September 2012. The contest was organized by the Foundation for
Supporting the Development of Radio Communications and Multimedia Techniques.
Prof. Bożena Kostek is the new Editor of the Journal of the Audio Enginnering Society
Starting form November 2011 prof. Bożena Kostek, who acts currently as Governor of the AES has begun her duties of the Editor of the Journal of the Audio Enginnering Society. She is a Fellow of AES. In the past she served as the Vice-President of the AES twice and as a Governor of the Society (she holds that function for the second time, now). Previously, she edited the "Archives of Acoustics" journal issued by the Polish Academy of Sciences.
(see attached JAES page scans - "From the Editor").
Three nominations and the Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair for Multimedia Systems Department
During the Innovations-Technologies-Machines 2011 fair, Multimedia Systems Department presented four inventions: Passive Acoustic Radar, Virtual Whiteboard, Internet system for the reconstruction of archival sound recordings and System supporting hearing process for children with central auditory processing disorders. The first solution - the Passive Radar - was awarded by the jury with the Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair.
Furthermore, two other innovations: the Virtual Whiteboard and the System for the reconstruction of recording were nominated were nominated to the Gold Medal award.
Only 26 products presented at the fair were awarded this year.
Award at the Concours Lepine
A new system developed in the GUT Multimedia System Department was awarded in the Concours Lepine competition. The "Internet system for the reconstruction of archival sound recordings" received the bronze medal.
The Concours Lepine is a part of the Foire de Paris - one of the greatest industrial exhibitions in Europe. This year, the competition was held from 28 April to 08 May. More than 500 innovations were presented during the exhibition.
Awards at the Brussels Innova 2010 Fairs
The gaze-tracking system "Cyber-eye" and the Moving camera control system for intelligent monitoring have been awarded by the jury during the 59-th International Exhibition of Inventions, Research and New Technologies BRUSSELS INNOVA 2010. The first solution developed at the Multimedia Systems Department was awarded with the Silver Medal, the second one with the Gold Medal. Moreover, the "Cyber-Eye" was awarded with diploma of the Romanian Minister of Education and Science.
Award of Minister of Science and Higher Education
Prof. Henryk Krawczyk, Rector of Gdansk University of Technology, sent a congratulations letter
to Multimedia Systems Department, for receiving an award of Minister of Science and Higher Education.
The award was received for development and implementation of novel technologies
of multimodal interfaces.
Perch hanging ceremony in GS&TP
Perch hanging ceremony was organised in the new premises being built at the
Gdansk Science and Technology Park on 2010, October 22nd. Many reprentants
of authority, local government as well as science and industry participated
in this event. The photo
presents Mr. President of the European Parliament, Prof. Jerzy Buzek talking to Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski.
Award for Prof. A. Czyżewski
Prof. A. Czyżewski received the Man of the Year 2009 in Science Award.
Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair for the Intelligent Monitoring System
During the Poznan International Fair 2010, Multimedia Systems Department
presented the Intelligent Monitoring System on the Science for the Economy
exhibition. The system was awarded with the Gold Medal of PIF.
Only 18 products were awarded this year, including two solutions developed at
Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Electronic, Telecomunication and Informatics.
Prof. Bożena Kostek awarded
Prof. Bozena Kostek has been awarded Fellowship of the Audio Engineering Society during the opening ceremony of the 128th AES Convention being held on May 22-25 in London. The citation for Prof. Kostek's Fellowship award reads as follows: "In recognition of your outstanding contributions to the field of audio".
Department inventions appreciated at the international invention exhibition in Paris
The Foire de Paris - a great industrial exhibition - was held in Paris from 28 April to 9 May. During the exhibition, the Concours Lepine competition was organized to award best of the exhibited inventions. Multimedia Systems Department presented two multimodal interfaces. The gold medal was adjudged for the System for testing and therapy binocular vision and the bronze medal for the "Virtual Touchpad" that allows computer control by palm gestures.
The Concours Lepine is a part of the Foire de Paris - one of the greatest industrial exhibitions in Europe. This year, the competition was held from 28 April to 10 May. More than 570 innovations were presented during the exhibition.
Award for Prof. B. Kostek
Prof. Bozena Kostek was honored with the Best paper award for her
cooauthored (B. Kunka) paper entitled Application of Gaze Tracking
Technology to Quality of Experience Domain at IEEE MCSS'2010
(IEEE Multimedia Communications, Services and Security) conference that was
held on May 6-7 in Krakow, PL.
Awards of Ministry of Science and Higher Education
The Multimedia Systems Department was awarded with 4 diplomas of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The ceremony was held on 8th March
2010 in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The three diplomas were presented for the projects distinguished at various international trade fairs and exhibitions of inventions:
- Computer Aroma Interface;
- Gesture-based Computer Control System;
- Multimodal Interface to Control a Computer Using Gestures of the Lips and Tongue
The fourth diploma was for the particular activity in the promotion of inventions abroad.
Safety and equity as a policy of European Union
Prof. Czyzewski together with his co-workers presented developed multimodal
interfaces for impaired people at the conference Safety and equity as a
policy of European Union which was organised in the Owinska eye-sight
impaired students care center (near Poznan). The new technological
achievements were received very warmly by the audience. The President of the
European Parliament, Prof. Jerzy Buzek who participated in the conference
congratulated prof. Czyzewski and his team of researchers.
Awards at Brussels Innova 2009 exhibition
On 18th-21th November 2009 in Brussels, the International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies BRUSSELS INNOVA 2009 took place.
Our Multimedia Systems Department presented two inventions: the Computer Aroma Interface and the Gesture-based Computer Control System. Both inventions were awarded with Gold Medals with Mention.
European Innovation Award for Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski
The Cross of the European Order of Innovation was presented to Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski in Brussels
on 20 November 2009, in the Saint-Josse-ten-Noode Brussels Town Hall for his achievements in developing
innovative multimedia technologies.
Prof. Bożena Kostek is a Vice President of the Audio Engineering Society
Prof. Bozena Kostek was nominated and then elected to two-year term
(2009-2011) as Vice President of the Audio Engineering Society. She took this
responsibility starting from October 23rd 2009.
Piotr Szczuko awarded for his Ph.D. Thesis
Mr Piotr Szczuko, PhD, has obtained the Prize of Prime Minister for his
PhD dissertation entitled Application of Fuzzy Rules in Computer
Character Animation. The dissertation was advised by Bożena Kostek,
Prof., D.Sc., Eng., and was conducted in the Multimedia Systems
Department. Practical result of this work is an animation aiding system,
that can be utilized in applications with animated characters, motion data
compression, educational tools enforcing speech development, control of
humanoid robots, or modern animated user interfaces. More details related
to this work are available at: Animation Aiding System.
Three nominations and the Gold Medal of the Poznan International Fair for Multimedia Systems Department
During the Poznan International Fair that took place on 16th-19th June 2009,
and the exhibition Science for the Economy, Multimedia Systems Department
was awarded with the Gold Medal of the PIF in the category transfering the
results of scientific work to the practical economy. The project awarded
with the Gold Medal was the multimetia computer interface called the Lip-mouse,
and it will be implemented by the international firm Young Digital Planet, based in Gdansk.
Multimodal interfaces awarded in the Concours Lepine competition
New multimodal interfaces developed in GUT Multimedia System Department were awarded in the Concours Lepine competition. The gold medal was adjudged for the "Lipmouse" multimodal interface and the silver medal for the special "Smart Pen" to be used for training in case of dysgraphia problems.
The Concours Lepine is a part of the Foire de Paris - one of the greatest industrial exhibitions in Europe. This year, the competition was held from 30 April to 10 May. More than 500 innovations were presented during the exhibition.
Multimedia System Department demonstrated its "Anti-Crime and
Anti-Terrorism Distributed System Employing Multimedia and Teleinformation
Technologies" on Europoltech Technology Fair (April
22-24, 2009). The system was awarded The SUPERNOWOCZESNY 2009
(SUPERMODERN) statue in a competition for the greatest technology
The system utilizes new algorithms for analyzing events in the video
stream acquired from monitoring cameras and microphones. It’s a new
generation of monitoring system based on cost-effective and scalable
infrastructure of node stations, ready to be installed in any point of
city agglomeration. Though data fusion analysis it is determined which
event is potentially dangerous in order to alert security services. A
communication software enables an effective multimedia communication using
handheld PDA devices. A GIS-based solution allows positioning any object
tracked by the monitoring cameras on the city numerical maps.
Award of Ministry of Science and Higher Education
The Multimedia Systems Department was awarded with the cup, 3 diplomas and
a congratulation letter of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for
the projects distinguished at various international trade fairs and
exhibitions of inventions. The ceremony was held on 9th March 2009 in the
Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. The prize-winner solutions were:
- Multimedia Noise Monitoring System
- Multimedia system of estimating noise impact on hearing using teleinformatic means
- Mobile multimedia hearing and speech screening systems for PDA class devices.
The last project was developed in a co-operation with the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw.
Gold Medal of the Polish Academy of Success for Prof. Andrzej Czyzewski
On Saturday 24th Jan 2009, the ceremony of handing in honorary awards of the Oscars of Polish Business was held in the main assembly hall of the Royal Palace in Warsaw. Oscar laureates, ambassadors accredited in Poland, representatives of the Polish President and Prime Minister as well as special guests from cultural, scientific and economic communities, all took part in the celebrity. The honorary award of the "Oscar of Polish Business" was granted to Toomas Hendrik Ilves - President of Estonia. Gold Medals of the Polish Academy of Success went to professor Ryszard Tadeusiewicz from the University of Science and Technology (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza Kraków) and to professor Andrzej Czyżewski from the Gdańsk University of Technology (Politechnika Gdańska) for their research accomplishments and exceptional dedication to the implementation of scientific research results in practice.
PERFORM project seminar
On Friday 5th Dec 2008 a seminar concerning the Perform EU project was held in the
Multimedia Systems Department, hosting a special guest - dr Jaroslaw Slawek -
the chairman of the Polish Neurological Society (Section of the Extrapyramidal
During the seminar, the project's aims, partners involved, schedules, as
well as the future PERFORM system architecture were presented. Additionally,
the Multimedia Systems Department's tasks within the project were presented in
details, including: the multimodal interfaces, recordings and classification
of biomedical signals as well as intelligent processing of the biomedical
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Award in the "Open Door" competition
On 26th November 2008 in The University of Warsaw Library, Piotr Odya, who works at the Multimedia Systems Department, received the diploma in the "Open Door" competition which was organized by National Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Fund. Piotr Odya was awarded for his Doctoral dissertation "Examination and application of auditory feedback loop modification methods".
Young Researcher Award for Ph.D. student of the Department
Piotr Dalka, Ph.D. student of the Departament, was amongst the top 10 young
researchers presented with Elsevier-Perspektywy Young Researcher Award. Piotr
Dalka was awarded for the contactless human-computer inteface called the LipMouse
which allows an user to work on a computer using movements and gestures made
with their mouth only. The prize ceremony was held on 25th November in
Novotel Centrum hotel in Warsaw.
3rd place for a Ph.D. student of the Department in Marek Kwiek competition
On September 2008, 8-12, the 55th Open Seminar on Acoustics was held in Piechowice near Szklarska Poręba.
The part of the Seminar is annually organised Marek Kwiek competition during which participants present results of their work in the acoustic domain.
During this year's Competition, a Ph.D. student of the Department, Michal Lech, presented a system for correction of detuned singing for query-by-humming applications, for which he was awarded with the third place.
Awards of the 4th Fair and Exhibition of Inventions Technicon 2008
Our team was granted medals for the invented and developed multimodal interfaces at the 4th Fair and Exhibition of Inventions in Gdansk on 2008, Oct. 21st-23rd. See the images of medals and a photo below.
Award during 125th AES Convention
From 2 till 5 October 2008 the 125th International Convention of Audio Engineering Society took place in San Francisco. One of Convention sessions was the Student Design Competition providing the final presentation of the best student projects from the digital signal processing domain. Competitors presented results of their work and answered detailed questions of a jury consisting of representatives of American industry enterprises. Łukasz Kosikowski Ph.D student from the Multimedia Systems Department of the Technical University of Gdansk was invited to the final part of the competition.
The name of the project was the Implementation of mobile multimedia hearing, vision and speech screening systems on PDA class devices. The project presented by Łukasz Kosikowski was made in co-operation with Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw.
Awards of the 2nd International Warsaw lnvention Show
During the 2nd International Warsaw lnvention Show, the solution Mobile
multimedia hearing and speech screening systems for PDA class devices was
awarded with the gold medal. The software was developed by Multimedia Systems
Department in co-operation with Institute of Physiology and Pathology of
Hearing in Warsaw. The solution was implemented by Łukasz Kosikowski, Ph.D.
student of our Department.
Award for our Ph.D. student, Agnieszka Paruzel
From 21th till 26th June 2008, the 4th Conference on Ph. D. Research in
Microelectronics and Electronics (PRIME 2008) was held in Istabul. Paper and presentation
Fractional Delay Hilbert Transform Filter in the Farrow Structure, by
Agnieszka Paruzel, Ph.D. student of our Department, was rated in the 10% top
class of articles presented at the Conference.
Our students awarded during AES Convention
From 17th till 20th May 2008, the 124th International Convention of Audio
Engineering Society took place in Amsterdam. 37 students of Multimedia Systems
Department took part in this event. Earlier, some of them sent their recordings
for the Recording Competition in 6 categories of stereo and surround sound systems
(Rop/Rock Stereo, Jazz/Blues Stereo, Classical Stereo, Classical Surround,
Non-Classical Surround and Sound for Picture). Two teams of students won the
second prize in two categories of surround sound.
Maurycy Nazdrowicz and Tomasz
Nogga recorded the composition Bina (performed by Stop the Silence choir) in the category Classical Surround. They used microphone setup
Fukada Tree (scheme below).
In the category Non-Classical Surround, 2nd
prize winners were Maciej Wilk, Marcin Kalinowski and Jakub Tkaczuk who
recorded the composition Capoeira Abada using the Double ORTF microphone
technique (scheme below).
Awards of the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva
During the 36th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products in Geneva,
two solutions developed by Multimedia Systems Department were awarded.
Mobile multimedia hearing and speech screening systems, developed in
co-operation with Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw,
were awarded with the gold medal.
Multimedia system of estimating noise impact on hearing using teleinformatic means was awarded with the silver medal.
Prize of the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and Diploma for international invention achievements
Prize of the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and Diploma for international invention achievements were presented to the team of the
Multimedia Systems Department in Warsaw on March 10th, 2008 for the elaboration of the Environmental Noise Monitoring System.
Noise Monitoring System awarder with Gold Medal with Mention during 57th Brussels Eureka Exhibition
On 22nd-25th November 2007 in Brussels, 57th Eureka Ehibition
- The Belgian and international trade fair for technological innovation - took place.
During this event, inventions from more than 30 countries were presented.
Multimedia Systems Department of Gdańsk Univeristy of Technology presented their
Multimedia Noise Monitoring System which was awarded with Gold Medal with Mention.
In the Homes of Sounds and Images
Read an article by Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski about the history of Multimedia Systems Department.
The article titled In the Homes of Sounds and Images was published in Pismo PG (Gdańsk University of Technology Magazine)
and the local copy of the article is available on this page.
Award during 123rd AES Convention
From 5 till 8 October 2007 the 123rd Convention of Audio Engineering Society took place in New York. One of Convention sessions was the Student Design Competition providing the final presentation of the best student projects from the digital signal processing domain. Competitors presented results of their work and answered detailed questions from a jury consisting of representatives of American industry enterprises. One of the finalists was Piotr Odya, who works at the Multimedia Systems Department and recently completed his Ph. D. studies. Piotr Odya presented results of his Ph.D. thesis. He received Certificate of Merit for his achievement and, additionally, received a pair of professional headphones along with his diploma.
The Piotr Odya project concerned a subminiature device, which improves speech fluency of people who stutters. The device is called Subminiature Digital Speech Aid (SDSA). The SDSA is of a size of a regular ear-canal hearing aid. Consequently, the patients can easily use it in everyday situations. Interlocutors might not even realize their conversation partner uses a speech corrector. A hybrid digital signal processor was chosen as a core part of the device engineered. The SDSA implements some well-known speech correction algorithms, such as delaying (DAF) or frequency altering (FAF) speech signal, but also enables to use combination of these methods (DAF and FAF, FAF-to-DAF morphing). Moreover, new algorithms such as: reverb or delay modulation, not used before in the anti-stuttering devices, have been implemented in the SDSA.
Dr. Leonardo Fuks presents his lecture "Combining Music Acoustics,
Instrument Building/Invention and Performance: A Brazilian Experience"
Department of Multimedia Systems along with the Gdansk University of Technology
AES Student Section hosted a lecture entitled Combining Music Acoustics,
Instrument Building/Invention and Performance: A Brazilian Experience by Dr.
Leonardo Fuks, a professor of Music and Acoustics at the Federal University in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Escola de Música da UFRJ-UNIVERSIDADE DO BRASIL) on
March 13 2007.
See this page for more information on this event and photos
Jan Hevelius Prize
This year's Prize for the Achievements in Scientific Research - the Jan
Hevelius Prize - was presented on January 28th to prof. Andrzej Czyżewski for his
results in the domain of multimedia technology research. The ceremony was held
in the Gdansk City Hall on the 396th anniversary of the famous Gdansk
"My Talent for Poland"
On 18th December 2006 in Presidential Palace in Warsaw,
two PhD students of Multimedia Systems Department,
Maciej Kulesza and Paweł Żwan, accompanied by their promotors:
Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski and Prof. Bożena Kostek,
received congratulations and gifts (fountain pens) from Polish President, Mr. Lech Kaczyński.
This ceremony was a part of My Talent for Poland meeting of President
of Poland with approximately 70 selected young Polish scientists, artists and sportsmen.
First Award for Multimedia Noise Monitoring System engineered in Multimedia Systems Department in Polish Competition for Improving Work Conditions
The Multimedia Noise Monitoring System, developed in GUT Multimedia Systems
Department achieved the first award in research category dealing with safety,
hygiene and ergonomics of work. The project was submitted to Polish Competition
for Improving Work Conditions. The following persons were involved in the
project development (funded within the grant No. R02 010 01): Andrzej Czyżewski,
Józef Kotus, Bożena Kostek, Maciej Kulesza, Tomasz Pyra, Maciej Szczodrak. The
awards were solemnly presented during the plenary meeting of the Safety Work
Council in the Polish Parliament on 12 December 2006.
PhD students from MSD receive awards during 121st AES Convention
From 5 till 8 October 2006 the 121st International Convention of Audio
Engineering Society took place in San Francisco. One of Convention sessions was
the Student Design Competition providing the final presentation of the best
student projects from the digital signal processing domain. Competitors
presented results of their work and answered detailed questions of a jury
consisting of representatives of American industry enterprises. Two Ph.D
students from the Multimedia Systems Department of the Technical University of
Gdansk were invited to the final part of the competition.
One of the projects was presented by Maciej Kulesza. The project is related
to a specially designed contactless hearing aid for infants. Hearing loss
compensation is crucial for infants, because the language development through
home intervention should start in the early months for a newborn baby. Infants
with those disorders may have serious problems in school and in general
communication in elder age. A proposed solution enables hearing loss
compensation from first months of infants' lives. On the contrary to the
off-the-shelf hearing aids the engineered device is installed in infant's crib.
Itemploys several digital processing algorithms implemented to a DSP
Paweł Żwan, the author of the application which won the second posiotion in
the same competition, presented a system for singing voice emission training.
The application determines singing voice parameters in real time and presents
them on a PC screen. A comparison of results to those obtained for some
professional singers is also possible. It forms a visual feedback which enables
a singer to monitor the correctness of results of the performed emission
exercises and in result it enables a vocal training by matching voice
parameters to professional singers.
Both projects originated form the Multimedia Systems Department have won the
first and the second prize, respectively. Maciej Kulesza was given a
scholarship founded by Lavry Engineering - a well known analog-digital
converters producer, Paweł Żwan received a DSP card with a set of audio plugins
along with his diplomma.
Third prize for 5.1 recording at the 120th AES Convention in Paris
Two students of our Department, Grzegorz Sikora and Tomasz Chodakowski-Malkiewicz with Paweł Zakrzewski, a student of Bio-medical Engineering Department, won the third prize in the category "Classical Surround" at the Audio Enginering Society Paris Convention which took place on May 20-23. They recorded Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov's Psalm 103. "Błogosławiony Duszy Moja", which was performed by the Gdańsk University of Technology Students' Choir. The choir was recorded in St. Nicholas Basilica. >Nine microphones have been used, the first seven have been set up in a "Fukada tree" array, which is dedicated for surround recordings. The other two microphones have been placed 12 meters away from the main array, and they were used as an ORTF stereo pair to record the ambience.
Polish Academy of Science Prize for prof. Bożena Kostek
Prof. Bozena Kostek received this year's Prize of
the Polish Academy of Science in the domain of
Starting from now the Prize bears the name of the
Great Polish Acoustician, Prof. Ignacy Malecki.
Merite de l'Invention medal given at 54th Brussels Eureka Exhibition
On 16th-20th November 2005, 54th World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies
"Brussels Eureka" (54eme Salon Mondial de l'Innovation, de la
Recherche et des Nouvelles Technologies) took place. Institite of Physiology
and Pathology of Hearing (Warsaw, Poland) received
"Merite de l'Invention" medal for inventions introduced
in co-operation with Multimedia Systems Department and
Institute of Control Systems (Chorzów, Poland) in the recent years.
Bożena Kostek receives the title of Professor
Mr. President of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski has
presented the title of Professor to Bożena Kostek
on 2005, November 23rd.
Award for Multimedia System for Noise Monitoring
Multimedia System for Noise Monitoring, developed by Multimedia Systems Department,
was awarded with First Prize in Student Design Competition during 119th Audio
Engineering Convention in New York. This project was coordinated by Józef Kotus.
Award for P. Maziewski
The Scientific Committee of the 4th Polish Conference on Electronics
(IV Krajowa Konferencja Elektroniki) awarded the paper
Wow defect reduction based on interpolation techniques
by Przemysław Maziewski, Ph.D. student of our Department.
This paper was also recommended for publication in
Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Medal of Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers
On 2005, May 13th in the Porczynski Gallery,
Warsaw, the Association of Polish Inventors and
Rationalizers awarded the Sendzimir Medal to Prof.
Andrzej Czyżewski, Head of the Multimedia Systems
Special Prize in Student Recording Competition
(AES, Barcelona 2005)
This year, our Department has performed an experimental recording dedicated
for 5.1 system. Third part "Encounter" of Rolf Kuhn composition "The Clarinet
Connection" was the object of recording, executed by clarinet quintet of Gdansk
Academy of Music. It takes advantage of dedicated microphone technique for recording
- INA5 and sweetspot placed inside of executive apparatus. This way, we obtained
very interesting surround effect. It has been reported for student recording
competition on this year's AES convention in Barcelona in classical surround
category and it has earned special award.
Mrs. Prof. Marianna Sankiewicz awarded
Persons contributed to the Audio Engineering Society were awarded during
the Opening Ceremony of AES 118-th Convention in Barcelona. Among recipients
of the Society awards was Mrs. Prof. Marianna Sankiewicz who was elected to the
Fellowship of the Society. In this way, many years of her scientific
achievements and work aimed at popularization of sound engineering and
development of AES in Central Europe have been recognized and appreciated
PROKSIM Centre of Excellence
On 16th September 2004, Polish Committee for Scientific Research (KBN)
made a decision to create and subsidise
Centre of Excellence in Communication Process - Hearing and Speech (PROKSIM),
based on the International Center of Hearing and Speech, Institute of Physiology
and Pathology of Hearing in Kajetany, in co-operation with Multimedia Systems
Department, Technical University of Gdańsk. The Multimedia Systems Department
supports the Centre since the proposal to create PROKSIM has been put forward.
Detailed information on the PROKSIM Centre may be found
New laboratory rooms in our Department
On 16th June 2004, new laboratory rooms in the Multimedia Systems
Department, built on the roof of ETI faculty building, were opened. The
construction of these laboratories was subsidized by the Foundation for Polish Science, as a part of
the MILAB project. The Foundation Chairman, Prof. Maciej Grabski, took part in
the opening ceremony, as well as Rector of Gdańsk University of Technology -
Prof. Janusz Rachoń, Marianna Sankiewicz and other guests
the photo of the guests unveiling the plaque). The guest visited the newly-opened laboratories.
Telewelfare.com is a finalist of eEurope Awards for eHealth
The European eHealth Conference and Exhibition 2004 took place on May 5-6 in
Cork, Ireland. During this conference, eEurope Awards for eHealth were
given. Thirty of the total number of 109 projects from European Union countries
that entered the competition were selected as the finalists for the Awards. The
website, which was created in co-operation of Multimedia Systems Department,
Gdańsk University of Technology and International Center of Hearing and Speech,
Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing, Warsaw, was one of the seven
in the "eHealth homecare and telemedicine tools and services for citizens"
category. Many important persons visited the conference, including European
Union Commissioner, Erkki Liikanen.
Subminiature Digital Speech Aid awarded in the Concours Lepine competition
The Foire de Paris - a great industrial exhibition - was held in
Paris from 29 April to 9 May 2004. During the exhibition, the Concours
Lepine competition was organized to award best of the exhibited inventions.
Multimedia Systems Department presented its latest invention - subminiature
Digital Speech Aid. The prototype of the in-the-ear speech corrector for the
stuttering persons was awarded with silver medal and diploma.
The Department was represented by prof. Andrzej Czyżewski, Prof. Bożena Kostek
and Piotr Odya.
Information about Subminiature Digital Speech Aid - version:
Ministry of Science Cup and Diploma
Multimedia Systems Department received Ministry of Science Cup for international inventions and Diploma from Ministry of Science for Digital Speech Aid DSA-3.
MSD participates in PrestoSpace European project
Multimedia Systems Department participates in the PrestoSpace project - Preservation towards storage and access, Standardised Practices for Audiovisual Contents in Europe (FP6-IST-707336). The project's objective is to provide technical solutions and integrated systems for digital preservation of all types of audio-visual collections.
For more information see PrestoSpace web pages.
Prof. Bożena Kostek is new AES Vice-President
In May 2003 Prof. Bożena Kostek has been selected by the Nomination Committee and approved by the Board of Governors as a candidate for the office of Vice-President, Central Europe in the 2003 Audio Engineering Society Elections. In September in world-wide voting she was elected Vice-President of the AES, for Central Europe Region. The term of office is for two years, beginning ten days following the Annual Business Meeting of the Society of 2003. As a newly-elected VP, she was invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming Board of Governors meeting in New York on Tuesday, October 14th, on the occasion of the AES 115th Convention.
The Audio Engineering Society is the only scientific society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship.
Gold medal of Poznań International Fair for Digital Speech Aid DSA-3
Digital Speech Aid DSA-3, developed in Sound and Vision Engineering
Department, Gdańsk University of Technology, was awarded with gold medal during
the Poznań International Fair 2003.
"Oscar of Science" for the Department of Sound & Vision Engineering
On the April 14th, 2003 in Warsaw, a ceremony was organised accompanied by an
exibition showing the best Polish research project results subsidized by the
Commitee for Scientific Research. At the beginning of April, 2002 the former
Committee was transformed to the Ministry of Sciences, thus in order to
celebrate this inauguration the Minister of Science, prof. Michal Kleiber,
decided to distinguish 3 best research teams with his "Oscar of Science"
prizes awarded in the categories of "bio", "info" and "techno". The winner in
the category "info" was the Department of Sound & Vision Engineering (Faculty
of Electronics, Telecommunication and Infomatics) chaired by prof. Andrzej
his photo together with Minister, prof. Kleiber and V-ce Minister, prof.
Bartosik). The prize was awarded for the achievements in computer medical
applications, particularly those implemented in a co-operation with Warsaw-
based Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing and Chorzow-based
Institute of Control Systems.
Diploma of Polish Minister of Science for Centre of Medical Technologies
In 2002, Sound and Vision Engineering Department, together with Biomedical
Engineering Department and other Polish and World institutions, established
Centre of Medical Technologies (CEMET). Polish Minister of Science, Prof.
Michał Kleiber awarded CEMET with diploma.
Brussels Eureka prizes
The 51th World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technologies
"Brussels Eureka" took place at Brussels Expo (Heysel) from 12 to 17
November 2002. Eureka is one of the most prestigious world invention
exhibitions. On the vast area of Expo hall in Brussels, 1200 inventions from 40
world countries were presented. These inventions represented nearly all
branches of science and they were previously awarded in national exhibitions
and international contests. The exhibition is extremely popular among the
visitors and the competition to win the prizes is strong. This year's Grand Prix
of Brussels Eureka went to Moscow for the artificial heart. Next two prestigious
prizes - the Grand Prix of Prime Minister of Walloon Community (the host of
Brussels Eureka) and the Grand Prix International of World Press Association
(Organisation Mondiale de la Presse Periodique) were given to Polish
scientists: Prof. Andrzej Czyżewski, Prof. Bożena Kostek and Prof. Henryk
Skarżynski, for their international patents related to application of computer
technology in diagnosis of hearing, speech and eyesight disorders. These
inventions were also awarded with the gold medal.