Samar Kaddouri is enrolled in the doctoral program at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department. As an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, she researches speech processing and audio-enhancement methods for the hearing-impaired. Her research is looking at new ways of processing speech signals using human auditory perception and biological modeling.
Samar grew up in Boumerdes, Algeria and completed her undergraduate studies at the Institute of Electricity and Electronics in 2008. She conducted research on Noise reduction in speech signals using time-invariant Wiener filters and was awarded a medal for merit for her overall achievement. Samar continued her education with a Master’s degree in Communication Systems at the Ecole Nationale de Telecommunication de Paris in France. Her Master’s thesis project was part of the European project DICONET which seeks to identify a cross-layer solution to transparent optical networks. In addition to her academic studies, Samar also enjoys swimming, cooking, and learning languages. Although Samar already speaks Arabic, English, French, and Russian; she has decided to start on her next, German.
Jacqueline is from Ireland. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Anatomy, from the National University of Ireland (NUIG), Galway. She then spent two years as a research assistant at the NUIG, department of Anatomy. At NUIG, she worked on a collaborative project with REMEDI, a regenerative medicine institute, and the Mayo Clinic in the United States investigating the benefits of cellular and genetic therapies on spinal cord regeneration. Since arriving in the U.S. Jacqueline has taken up snowboarding, and enjoys playing soccer.