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Ben-Gurion University

Department of Biomedical Engineering

 

 Yaniv Zigel, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Eng.

Head, Biomedical Signal Processing Lab.

         

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Born: 1970, Israel 

B.Sc.: 1992, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

M.Sc.:1998 (Cum Laude), Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Ph.D.: 2004, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Research Interests: Digital signal processing, biomedical signal processing, speech and audio signal processing, statistical pattern recognition, speaker recognition, speech recognition, compression and coding of digital signals, algorithm development. 

Email: yaniv@bgu.ac.il

Tel.: +972-8-6428372

Fax.: +972-8-6428371


To the Biomedical Signal Processing Research Lab. web page


Courses:

"Physiological Signal Processing" - 367-1-4651

"Advanced topics in physiological signal processing" – for graduate students

"Introduction to Signal Processing" - 367-1-4241

"Medical Instrumentation" – 367-1- 3301


Recent Publications:

(Underlined names are students under the supervision of Yaniv Zigel)

Textbooks

1.     Y. Zigel and H. Azaria, Digital Systems: exercise textbook, Ben-Gurion University, 1998 (in Hebrew)

Book Chapters

1.     Y. Zigel, A. Cohen and A. Katz, "The Weighted Diagnostic Distortion (WDD) Measure for ECG Signal Compression," Yearbook of Medical Informatics, 2002: Medical imaging informatics, Schattauer, Germany, Haux Reinhold and Kulikowski Casimir (Eds.), pp. 465-473, 2002.

2.     N. Shabtai, B. Rafaely and Y. Zigel. "The Effect of Reverberation on Optimal GMM Order and CMS Performance in Speaker Verification Systems," Advances in Speech Recognition, Noam Shabtai (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-097-1, Sciyo, pp. 37-50, 2010 (invited chapter).

Journals/Transactions

1.     A. Cohen and Y. Zigel, "Compression of Multichannel ECG Through Multichannel Long Term Prediction," IEEE BME magazine, Vol. 17, pp. 109-115, 1998.

2.     Y. Zigel, A. Cohen and A. Katz, "ECG Signal Compression Using Analysis by Synthesis Coding," IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Eng., vol. 47, pp. 1308-1316, Oct. 2000.

3.     Y. Zigel, A. Cohen and A. Katz, "The Weighted Diagnostic Distortion (WDD) Measure for ECG Signal Compression," IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Eng., vol. 47, pp. 1422-1430, Nov. 2000.

4.      Y. Zigel, D. Litvak, and I. Gannot, "A Method for Automatic Fall Detection of Elderly People using Floor Vibrations and Sound - Proof of concept on human mimicking doll falls," IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Eng., Vol. 56, No. 12, pp. 2858-2867, 2009.

5.      N. Shabtai, Y. Zigel, and B. Rafaely, "Room Volume Classification from Room Impulse Response using Statistical Pattern Recognition and Feature Selection" Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 128, Issue 3, pp. 1155-1162, September, 2010.

6.     E. Goldshtein, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Automatic Detection of Obstructive Sleep Apnea using Speech Signals," IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Eng, Vol. 58, No. 5, pp.1373-82, 2011.

7.      N. Ben-Israel, Y. Zigel, A. Tal, Y. Segev, and A. Tarasiuk, "Adenotonsillectomy Improves Slow Wave Activity in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea" the European Respiratory Journal, Vol. 37, pp. 1144-1150, 2011.

8.      N. Shabtai, B. Rafaely, and Y. Zigel, "The Effect of Reverberation on the Performance of Cepstral Mean Subtraction in Speaker Verification," Journal of Applied Acoustics, Vol. 72, Issues 2-3, pp. 124-126, February, 2011.

9.      G. Dobry, R. Hecht, M. Avigal, and Y. Zigel, "Supervector Dimension Reduction for Efficient Speaker Age Estimation Based on the Acoustic Speech Signal," IEEE Trans. on audio, speech, and language processing, Vol. 19, No. 7, pp. 1975-1985, Sept. 2011.

10.   Y. Zigel, M. Mor, E. Zvi, V. Tsviling, O. Gil, A. Katz, and Y. Etzion, "A Surface ECG-Based Algorithm to Determine the Atrial Refractoriness of Rodents During electrophysiological Study," Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 388-398, 2011.

11.   N. Ben-Israel, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Obstructive Apnea Hypopnea Index Estimation by Analysis of Nocturnal Snoring Signals in Adults," SLEEP, Vol. 35, No. 9, pp. 1299-1305, 2012.
This manuscript provoked editorial commentary in the same volume (pp. 1195-1196).

12.  R. M. Hecht, E. Noor, G. Dobry, Y. Zigel, A. Bar-Hillel, and N. Tishby, "Effective Model Representation by Information Bottleneck Principle," IEEE Trans. on audio, speech, and language processing, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 1755 – 1759, 2013.

13.  N. Shabtai, Y. Zigel, and B. Rafaely, "Towards Room-Volume Classification from Reverberant Speech using Room-Volume Feature Extraction and Room-Acoustics Parameters," Acta Acustica united with Acustica, Vol. 99, No. 4, pp. 658-669, 2013.

14.  E. Dafna, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Automatic Detection of Whole Night Snoring Events Using Non-Contact Microphone," accepted for publication, PlosOne, 2013.

15.  O. Perlman, A. Katz, N. Weissman, G. Amit, and Y. Zigel, "Atrial Electrical Activity Detection Using Linear Combination of 12-Lead ECG Signals," accepted for publication, IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Eng., 2013.

 

Full-Length Refereed Conference Papers

1.     Y. Zigel, A. Cohen and A. Katz, "A diagnostic meaningful distortion measure for ECG compression," Proc. 19th Conv. Of Electrical & Electronic Eng. (IEEE) In Israel, pp. 117-120, 1996.

2.     Y. Zigel, A. Cohen, A. Abu-Ful, A. Wagshal, and A. Katz, "Analysis by Synthesis ECG Signal Compression," Computers in Cardiology 1997, Vol. 24, pp. 279-282, 1997.

3.     Y. Zigel and A. Cohen, "On the optimal distortion measure for ECG compression," EMBEC'99, Vienna, pp. 1618-1619, Nov. 1999 (invited lecture).

4.     A. Cohen and Y. Zigel, “On Feature Selection for Speaker Verification,” Proceedings of COST 275 workshop on The Advent of Biometrics on the Internet, Nov. 2002.

5.     Y. Zigel and A. Cohen, “On Cohort Selection for Speaker Verification,” Proc. of Eurospeech 2003, pp. 2977-2980, Geneva, 2003.

6.     Y. Zigel and A. Cohen, “Text-Dependent Speaker Verification Using Feature Selection with Recognition Related Criterion,” Proc. Odyssey 2004 The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, pp. 329-336, Toledo, 2004.

7.     Y. Zigel and M. Wasserblat, “How to Deal with Multiple Targets in Speaker Identification systems?,” Odyssey 2006 The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, San Juan, 2006.

8.     I. Peer, B. Rafaely and Y. Zigel, "Reverberation Matching for Speaker Recognition," Proc. Int. Conf. Acoust., Speech, Sig. Proc, Las-Vages, Nevada, April 2008.

9.     I. Peer, B. Rafaely and Y. Zigel, "Room Acoustic Parameters Affecting Speaker Recognition Degradation Under Reverberation," Proc. of The Joint Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays, Trento, Italy, May 2008.

10.  N. Shabtai, Y. Zigel and B. Rafaely, "The effect of GMM order and CMS on speaker recognition with reverberant speech," Proc. of The Joint Workshop on Hands-free Speech Communication and Microphone Arrays, Trento, Italy, May 2008.

11.  D. Litvak, Y. Zigel, and I. Gannot, "Fall Detection of Elderly through Floor Vibrations and Sound," Proc. of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, (Student competition finalist), Vancouver, Canada, 2008.

12.  Y. Zigel, A. Tarasiuk, and E. Goldshtein, "Analysis of Speech Signals among Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients," Proc. IEEE 25th Conv. of Electrical & Electronic Eng. In Israel, Eilat, Dec. 2008.

13.  D. Litvak, Y. Zigel and I. Gannot, "Detection of Falls at Home using Floor Vibrations and Sound," Proc. IEEE 25th Conv. of Electrical & Electronic Eng. In Israel, Eilat, Dec. 2008.

14.  N. R. Shabtai, Y. Zigel and B. Rafaely, "The Effect of Room Parameters on Speaker Verification Using Reverberant Speech," Proc. IEEE 25th Conv. of Electrical & Electronic Eng. In Israel, Eilat, Dec. 2008.

15.  I. Peer, B. Rafaely and Y. Zigel, "Reverberation Compensation for Speaker Verification," Proc. IEEE 25th Conv. of Electrical & Electronic Eng. In Israel, Eilat, Dec. 2008.

16.   N. R. Shabtai, Y. Zigel and B. Rafaely, "Estimation the Room Volume from Room Impulse Response via Hypothesis Verification Approach," IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing, Cardiff, 2009.

17.   R. M. Hecht, O. Hezroni, A. Manna, R. Aloni-Lavi, G. Dobry, A. Alfandary, and Y. Zigel, "Age Verification using a Hybrid Speech Processing Approach," Proc. Interspeech, Brighton, 2009.

18.  G. Dobry, R. M. Hecht, M. Avigal, and Y.  Zigel, "Dimension Reduction Approaches for SVM-Based Speaker Age Estimation," Proc. Interspeech, Brighton, 2009.

19.  R. M. Hecht, O. Hezroni, A. Manna, G. Dobry, Y. Zigel, N. Tishby, " Information Bottleneck Based Age Verification," Proc. Interspeech, Brighton, 2009.

20.  N. Weissman, A. Katz, and Y. Zigel, "A New Method for Atrial Electrical Activity Analysis from Surface ECG Signals Using an Energy Ratio Measure," Proc. Computers in Cardiology, 2009.

21.  N. R. Shabtai, Y. Zigel and B. Rafaely, "Feature selection for room volume identification from room impulse response," IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics, 2009.

  1. N. Ben-Israel, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Nocturnal Sound Analysis for the Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea," Proc. of the 32th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.
  2. R. Porat, D. Lange, and Y. Zigel, "Age Recognition Based on Speech Signals Using Weights Supervector," Proc. Interspeech, Japan, 2010.
  3. N. Shabtai, B. Rafaely, and Y. Zigel, "Room Volume Classification from Reverberant Speech," International Workshop on Acoustic Echo and Noise Control (IWAENC) 2010, Tel-Aviv, 2010.
  4. O. Elisha, A. Tarasiuk and Y. Zigel, "Detection of Obstructive Sleep Apnea using Speech Signal Analysis," The 7th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA), Firenze, Italy, 2011.
  5. E. Dafna, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Automatic Detection of Snoring Events using Gaussian Mixture Models," The 7th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA), Firenze, Italy, 2011.
  6. O. Elisha, A. Tarasiuk and Y. Zigel, "Automatic Detection of Obstructive Sleep Apnea using Speech Signal Analysis,” Afeka AVIOS speech processing conference, Tel-Aviv, 2012.
  7. E. Dafna, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel, "Sleep-Quality Assessment from Full Night Audio Recordings of Sleep Apnea Patients," Proc. of the 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San-Diego, USA, 2012.
  8. O. Perlman, A. Katz, N. Weissman and Y. Zigel "Atrial Electrical Activity Detection in 12-Lead ECG Using Synthetic Atrial Activity Signal," Proc. Computing in Cardiology, 2012.
  9. O. Perlman, A. Katz, G. Amit, and Y. Zigel "Cardiac Arrhythmia Classification in 12-Lead ECG Using Synthetic Atrial Activity Signal," Proc. IEEE 27h Conv. of Electrical & Electronic Eng. In Israel, Eilat, 2012.
  10. E. Dafna, A. Tarasiuk, and Y. Zigel "OSA severity assessment based on sleep breathing analysis using ambient microphone," In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, pp. 2044-2047, 2013.
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Conference Abstracts and Technical Reports (partial list)

1. Y. Zigel, A. Cohen, and A. Katz, “ECG Signal Compression using Analysis by Synthesis Coding,” Annual meeting, Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Eng., Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1999.

2. Y. Zigel and A. Cohen, “Feature Selection for Speaker Recognition in Audio Browsing,” Models for Unified Multimedia Information Retrieval (MOUMIR) meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 2001.

3. A. Cohen and Y. Zigel, “Feature Selection in Speaker Verification Systems,” IBM’s Speech Technology Seminar 2003, Haifa, Israel, 2003.

4. D. Litvak, Y. Zigel, and I. Gannot, "Fall Detection of Elderly through Floor Vibrations and Sound," Annual meeting, Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Eng., Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2008.

5. I. Peer, B. Rafaely, and Y. Zigel, "Reverberation Matching for Speaker Recognition,"
IBM’s Speech Technology Seminar 2008, Haifa, Israel, 2008.

6. N.R. Shabtai, Y. Zigel, and B. Rafaely, "The Effect of GMM Order and CMS on Speaker Recognition with Reverberant Speech," IBM’s Speech Technology Seminar 2008, Haifa, Israel, 2008.

7. Y. Zigel, M. Mor, A. Katz, V. Zviling, O. Gil, and Y. Etzion, "Automatic Surface ECG-Based Analysis of Atrial Electrical Activity Refractoriness – The Rodent Model," 56th Annual Congress of the IHS in Association with ISCS, Tel-Aviv, 2009.

8. L. Kamintsky, I. Weissberg, O. Prager, M. Ketzef, D. Gitler, A. Becker, Y. Zigel, A. Friedman, "Automated real-time detection of epileptic seizures," The 20th Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, 2011.

9. O. Perlman, A. Katz, G. Amit, and Y. Zigel, "A Method for Atrial Activity Detection and Arrhythmia Classification in 12-Lead ECG," Proc. of the 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San-Diego, USA, 2012.

 

Patents

1.  M. Wasserblat, Y. Zigel, and O. Pereg, “Method and Apparatus for Speaker Spotting,” European Patent EP1662483, United States Patent 20060111904, 2006, (filing date 2004).

2. Y. Zigel and M. Wasserblat, “Method and Apparatus for Large-Population Speaker Identification System in Telephone-Interactions,” United States Patent 7822605, 2010, (filing date 2006).

3. I. Gannot, D. Litvak, and Y. Zigel, “System for Automatic Fall Detection for Elderly People,” United States Patent Application 20090224925, 2009.

 


M.Sc. Thesis - ECG Signal Compression, 1998

Ph.D. Thesis –Feature Selection for Speaker Recognition, 2004


 

REVIEWER:

Journals:

·        IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

·        IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, & Language Processing

·        IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part A: Systems and Humans

·        Journal Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing (MBEC)

·        EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing

·        BioMedical Engineering OnLine

  • Pattern Analysis and Applications Journal
  • EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing

Conferences:

  • 5th International Conference on Technology and Automation (ICTA’05)
  • WASPAA 2011 : IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics

 

 



 
 

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