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Brighton scores first for England

VisitBrighton Convention Bureau has secured a significant international conference win worth an estimated £3.5+million of economic benefit to the city.  The team worked with the event’s organiser and General Chair Dr Saeid Sanei, Deputy Head of Computing Department at the University of Surrey, to bring the 44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) to Brighton from 12-17 May 2019. 

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

3000 delegates from across Europe are expected to attend the 6 day conference which will be held at the seafront Brighton Centre.   

ICASSP is the main annual event of the IEEE Signal Processing Society which is the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical gathering, focussing on signal processing and its applications. The conference will feature world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits, and over 170 lecture and poster sessions.  

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

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

VisitBrighton’s Sales Manager, Darren Johnson, said: “This win puts us in very good company and reaffirms our position as a top flight international destination.”  

“The bid process was competitive, detailed and lengthy and we’re especially proud to have brought the business to England for the very first time.”  

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

“The Brighton Centre has a no-nonsense, comprehensive range of flexible meeting halls and breakout spaces and an impressive seafront location.  

“I have enjoyed working with the VisitBrighton team to secure their bid and look forward to a productive conference, in this most inspiring city, in 2019.”

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