Biography

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Pina Marziliano was born on May 12, 1971 in Montreal, Canada and is of Italian origin.

She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Mathematics at the Université de Montréal in the Mathematics and Statistics department in 1994. During the B.Sc., she was awarded two summer internship scholarships from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and she was also an exchange student during her last semester at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, also known as the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland.

In 1996, she completed her Masters of Science degree in Computer Science and was a recipient of a NSERC scholarship. She worked on multi-objective optimization problems in the Operations Research Laboratory at the Université de Montréal with Prof. Jacques Ferland. She was also a teaching assistant for an Introduction to Operations Research course.

She returned to Switzerland and completed a preparatory Doctoral school in the Communications Systems Department at the EPFL in 1997. In 2001 she completed her Ph.D. degree in Communication Systems with Prof. Martin Vetterli on Sampling Theory. During her Ph.D, she was also teaching assistant for the Introduction to Signal Processing undergraduate course and the Introduction to Information Theory Doctoral school course.

After the Ph.D, she worked as a Research Engineer in a start-up company called Genimedia SA in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her main task was to develop perceptual quality metrics for multimedia applications and is co-inventor of a patent for a No-Reference Perceptual Blur Metric, WIPO 2002.

In 2003, she became an Assistant Professor for the Information Engineering Division in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

From July 2006-July 2007, she was seconded to the International Relations Office of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her main role was to co-strategize and manage the international partnerships. She negotiated and interacted with exchange partners as well as liaised with local and international faculty on international relations. She also participated in representing the university during visits from foreign audiences/partners on campus or abroad and acted as an in-house consultant in advising on the teaching quality of overseas programmes and institutions.

In April 2007, she received the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2006 Best Paper Award for the article "Sampling Signals with Finite Rate of Innovation" co-authored with Martin Vetterli and Thierry Blu. In December 2007, patents on the same topic were acquired by Qualcomm Inc., USA.

Pina Marziliano was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor on August 22, 2012. On the same date, she was married to Dutch Artist and Designer, Peter Arnoud Bensen.

On October 30th 2012, she co-founded PABensen Pte. Ltd. Where Art and Science Design® a Singapore based design company engaged in developing thought provoking artistic objects and innovative functional products that bridge the fields of art, science and technology.

 In November 2014,she co-founded together with her M.Eng. student Mr. Amrish Nair and medical collaborator Dr. David Foo Chee Guan, Head of Cardiology Department at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore, BIORITHM Pte. Ltd., a biotechnology company where she plays a scientific advisory role.

She teaches Digital Signal Processing and supervises undergraduate Final Year Projects, Masters and PhD graduate students.

Her research interests include:

  • Biomedical Signal and Image Processing
  • Sampling Theory and Applications in Signal Processing, Communications and Life Sciences
  • Perceptual Quality Metrics for Multimedia
  • Watermarking/Data Hiding
  • Optimization Methods in Communication Systems