Woon-Seng Gan

Woon-Seng Gan received his BEng (1st Class Hons) and PhD degrees, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He is currently a Professor of Audio Engineering and Director of the Smart Nation Lab in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University. He also served as the Head of the Information Engineering Division in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University from 2011-2014, and director of the Centre for Inforcomm Technology from 20016-20019. His research has been concerned with the connections between the physical world, signal processing and sound control, which resulted in the practical demonstration and licensing of spatial audio algorithms, directional sound beam, and active noise control for headphones.

He has published more than 350 international refereed journals and conferences, and has translated his research into 6 granted patents and has founded a company, Immersive Sound Technology Pte Ltd in 2015. He had co-authored three books on Subband Adaptive Filtering: Theory and Implementation (John Wiley, 2009); Embedded Signal Processing with the Micro Signal Architecture, (Wiley-IEEE, 2007); and Digital Signal Processors: Architectures, Implementations, and Applications (Prentice Hall, 2005). He has also given several keynote and distinguished lecturer speeches in IEEE, AES, and APSIPA conferences.

He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society(AES), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (TASLP; 2012-15) and was presented with an Outstanding TASLP Editorial Board Service Award in 2016. He also served as the Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2015-19). He is currently serving as a Senior Area Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2019-); Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Audio Engineering Society (JAES; 2013-); Editorial member of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA; 2011-) Transaction on Signal and Information Processing; Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing (2007-).

He was elected as Board of Governor in 2014 and Vice President – Institutional Relations and Education Program in 2017 for the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA). He also participates actively in the IEEE Signal Processing Industry DSP committee and IEEE IoT special interest group. He also served as member in the IEEE Signal Processing Design and Implementation of Signal Processing System from 2012-2015 and 2019-; IEEE Signal Processing Education Technical Committee from 2009-2015. Additionally, he is also the General Conference Chair of APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference in 2017 and he will become the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in 2022.

Academic Positions

  • Present

    Director of Smart Nation lab

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • Present

    Professor of Audio Engineering

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • 2019 2017

    Director of INFINITUS, Centre for Infocomm Technology

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering


    2014 2011

    Head of Information Engineering Division

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • 2011 2007

    Deputy Director, Centre for Signal Processing

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • 1999 1998

    Senior Lecturer

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

  • 1998 1993

    Lecturer

    Nanyang Technological University, School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

Industry Experience and Consultancy

Analog Devices

DaimlerChrysler

National Instruments

Panasonic

ST Electronics

ST Kinetics

Texas Instruments

and other local companies

Research Funding

    Ministry of Education, Singapore

    Ministry of National Development (Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge)

    National Environment Agency

    National Research Foundation (Proof-of-Concept)

    National Research Foundation (Interactive Digital Media)

    National Healthcare Group

    Singapore Millennium Foundation