Brighton wins international conference worth £3.5m

VisitBrighton Convention Bureau has won its bid to host the 44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 12-17 May 2019.

VisitBrighton worked with the event’s organiser and General Chair Dr Saeid Sanei, Deputy Head of Computing Department at the University of Surrey to secure the conference, which is worth £3.5m in economic benefit to the city.

Brazil, USA and Singapore were among some of the other countries that competed for the bid and it is the first time the organisation has chosen an English destination for its annual event.

The six-day conference at the Brighton Centre, which will feature a host of speakers, tutorials, exhibits and over 170 lecture and poster sessions, is expected to attract 3,000 delegates from across Europe.

VisitBrighton’s bid was supported by VisitEngland’s CEO James Berresford and MP Helen Grant from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

“This win puts us in good company and reaffirms our position as a top flight international destination,” says VisitBrighton’s Sales Manager Darren Johnson. “The bid process was competitive, detailed and lengthy and we’re especially proud to have brought the business to England for the first time.”

Event organiser, Saeid Sanei, Reader in Biomedical Signal Processing, adds: “We were impressed with what Brighton has to offer as a city and strong transport links will make it easy for our delegates to get to wherever they are travelling from.”

The ICASSP conference was held in Florence this year and Brisbane, Shanghai, New Orleans and Seoul will host it in subsequent years to 2019.

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