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The IEEE Signal Processing Society’s more than 19,000 members span 100 countries worldwide, but technical Chapters serve IEEE members by holding meetings at the local level. If you’re interested in connecting with professionals, academics and students in your region, getting involved locally provides exciting opportunities for networking, research, and project collaboration with others interested in signal processing.

Chapters are constituted by a minimum of twelve members of a Society, or a group of Societies, and are established by petition to the parent geographical and technical organizational that work to fulfill the mission of IEEE.

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Chapter Locator

Find your local chapter and connect with fellow industry professionals, academics and students


Chapter Toolkit

Visit the Chapter Toolkit to learn about chapter-specific materials, resources, programs and initiatives


The Society offers unique benefits to individual groups, including industry, students and young professionals, and women in signal processing, and numerous specialized events throughout the year. To see a list of upcoming events for these groups, visit the industry, students and young professionals and women in signal processing pages.

To find a local chapter, visit the Chapter Locator above. There, you will also find contact information with the Chapter leadership if you’d like to connect to learn more. You can also explore the main IEEE website for more information on technical chapters related to other societies.

Additional Resources

Chapter Certification Process


The overall intent of this program is to diagnose and improve the state of Chapters within SPS to address the actual condition in interest, activity level, membership, rate of recruiting, and general activities of SPS Chapters.


Once a year, when L31 forms are submitted.

Certification Benefits

Chapters which are granted with the Certification will receive in the following year:

  • A certificate of merit plaque to the Chair
  • An appreciation certificate to each officer of the Chapter
  • Once they have their Certification, the Chair (or his/her representative) can apply for a travel support grant (up to $1,000 per Chapter) to attend one Chapter Chairs Meeting during the four year certification period.

Chapters which are granted with the Certification will receive in the following four years during which the Certification is valid:

  • Visibility at the SPS Webpage
  • More weight for IEEE SPS conferences offering a travel grant.
  • Membership growth reward: Ability to request $50 per new member (up to $500) in additional funding for things such as networking events, poster awards, and food for seminars. The more new members they have the more likely it is that they can get the maximum amount. (Item subject to budget approval)

Chapter Development Status

Chapters which apply for the certification must submit a report to the Chapter Review Committee, describing the following items:

Major Items

  • Actual Chapter Organization and Management
  • Contextual operational situation
  • Chapter initial objectives
  • List of activities in the previous year
  • Chapter policies (e.g local geographical synergies with other chapters)
  • Revised objectives for following year
  • Speakers (DLs and other technical talks)
  • Networking Meetings
  • Administrative meetings
  • Member Recruitment Activities and analysis
  • Technical courses

Additional Items

  • Workshops and Conferences organization
  • Recognitions granted
  • SP Student Branches development
  • Joint Chapters management
  • Assisting authors not publishing in SPS publications to join SPS
  • Chapter Authorities Leadership outstanding remarks
  • Give-aways to attract attendance
  • Notes/Suggestions

Chapters willing to compete for Chapter-of-the-Year Award (Awards & Submit an Award Nomination page), (CoYA) should indicate it in their form. Fully approved chapters maintain its status for four years.

Certification Process

  1. Around January: Yearly submission of a defined self-evaluation (4 pages max.) document to SPS Chapter Review Committee.
  2. The Chapter Review Committee provides to the Executive Office the completed scoresheet that includes the Regional Director’s comments on each Chapter. The results (status) can be "Fully Approved" (FA) or "Not Approved" (NA).
  3. ICASSP: The Chapter Review Committee makes a recommendation for the (FA) chapters at ICASSP to the Membership Board to grant the certification.
  4. May: Notification letters to the Chapter Chairs that include the Regional Director’s comments for each Chapter.
  5. The Certification is valid for 4 years following the year it was earned.

IEEE Resources

SPS has more than 170 Chapters and Student Branch Chapters worldwide and growing. Chapters give SPS members the valuable opportunity to engage with fellow signal processing engineers and professionals at locally-curated events. Chapters host technical talks, meetings, and social events to enable education, collaboration, and networking with fellow members and non-members alike.

If you’re interested in starting a new chapter or technical council, IEEE offers information to help guide you through the process of developing a Chapter. Please visit the main IEEE website for creating a new chapter.

If you have any questions about SPS Chapters, please contact the SPS Membership and Content Administrator, Jessica Perry.




Industrial Relations

The Industrial Relations Committee, created to support the Membership board in industry and government activities, works to keep members up-to-date on information and activities relevant to the Technical Committees. The Industrial Relations Committee develops materials and programs to facilitate collaboration among members to support membership, and communicates with Society leadership and industry constituents.

For a full list of Industrial Relations committee members, visit our Standing Committees page.

Standing Committees ›

Students & Young Professionals

The Students & Young Professionals subcommittee, for student and professional members working in the signal processing field for 10 years or less, aims to appeal to the needs and interests of students and young professionals, foster communication and collaboration, and aid recruitment of new members. 

Students & Young Professionals ›

Women in Signal Processing

The Women in Signal Processing group was formed to offer networking opportunities and engage women across the signal processing profession to exchange ideas and experiences from research, industry and academia. The group actively develops programs and materials to foster collaboration between members and to facilitate women member recruiting and services. 

Women in Signal Processing ›

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