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Each year, the IEEE Board of Directors confers the grade of Fellow on up to one-tenth percent of the members. To qualify for consideration, an individual must have been a Member, normally for five years or more, and a Senior Member at the time for nomination to Fellow. The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in IEEE’s designated fields.

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52 SPS Members Elevated to Fellow

Each year, the IEEE Board of Directors confers the grade of Fellow on up to one-tenth percent of the members. To qualify for consideration, an individual must have been a Member, normally for five years or more, and a Senior Member at the time for nomination to Fellow. The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in IEEE’s designated fields.

The Signal Processing Society congratulates the following SPS members who were recognized with the grade of Fellow as of 1 January 2016:

Kiyoharu Aizawa, Tokyo, Japan, for contributions to model-based coding and multimedia lifelogging.

Ozgur Akan, Istanbul, Turkey, for contributions to wireless sensor networks.

Edward Baranoski, McLean, Virginia, for leadership in knowledge-aided radar systems for indoor environments.

Kenneth Barner, Newark, Delaware, for contributions in nonlinear signal processing.

Shannon Blunt, Washington, DC, for contributions to radar waveform diversity and design.

Tony Chan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, for contributions to computational models and algorithms for image processing.

Xilin Chen, Beijing, China, for contributions to machine vision for facial image analysis and sign language recognition.

Maria-Gabriella Di Benedetto, Rome, Italy, for contributions to impulse-radio ultra wideband and cognitive networks for wireless communications.

Frederic Dufaux, Paris, France, for contributions to visual information processing and coding.

Faramarz Fekri, Atlanta, Georgia, for contributions to coding theory and its applications.

Dinei Florencio, Redmond, Washington, for contributions to statistical and signal processing approaches to adversarial and security problems.

Jessica Fridrich, Binghamton, New York, for contributions to digital media forensics, steganography, and steganalysis.

Alan Hanjalic, Delft, Netherlands, for contributions to multimedia information retrieval.

Dimitrios Hatzinakos, Toronto, Canada, for contributions to signal processing techniques for communications, multimedia and biometrics.

Larry Heck, Mountain View, California, for leadership in application of machine learning to spoken and text language processing.

Wendi Rabiner Heinzelman, Rochester, New York, for contributions to algorithms, protocols, and architectures for wireless sensor and mobile networks.

Jiwu Huang, Shenzhen, China, for contributions to multimedia data hiding and forensics.

Lance Kaplan, Adelphi, Maryland, for contributions to signal processing and information fusion for situational awareness.

Hitoshi Kiya, Tokyo, Japan, for contributions to filter structure, data hiding, and multimedia security.

Erik Larsson, Linkoping, Sweden, for contributions to the technology of multi-antenna wireless communications.

Ta Sung Lee, Hsinchu, Taiwan, for leadership and contributions in communication systems and signal processing.

Weisi Lin, Singapore, Singapore, for contributions to perceptual modeling and processing of visual signals.

Fa-Long Luo, San Jose, California, for contributions to adaptive signal processing for hearing and multimedia applications.

Xiaoli Ma, Atlanta, Georgia, for contributions to block transmissions over wireless fading channels.

Dimitris Manolakis, Lexington, Massachusetts, for contributions to signal processing education, algorithms for adaptive filtering, and hyperspectral imaging.

Jonathan Manton, Parkville,Victoria, Australia, for contributions to geometric methods in signal processing and wireless communications.

Farid Melgani, Trento, Italy, for contributions to image analysis in remote sensing.

Lamine Mili, Falls Church, Virginia, for contributions to robust state estimation for power systems.

Hlaing Minn, Richardson, Texas, for contributions to synchronization and channel estimation in communication systems.

Satoshi Nakamura, Ikoma, Nara, Japan, for contributions to speech recognition and speech-to-speech translation.

Antonio Napolitano, Napoli, Italy, for contributions to the statistical theory of nonstationary signal processing.

Fernando Perez-Gonzalez, Vigo, Galicia, Spain, for contributions to multimedia security.

Petar Popovski, Aalborg, Denmark, for contributions to network coding and multiple access methods in wireless communications.

Alexandros Potamianos, Zografou, Attiki, Greece, for contributions to human-centered speech and multimodal signal analysis.

Sundeep Rangan, Brooklyn, New York, for contributions to orthogonal frequency division multiple access cellular communication systems.

Kui Ren, Buffalo, New York, for contributions to security and privacy in cloud computing and wireless networks.

Ivan Selesnick, Brooklyn, New York, for contributions to wavelet and sparsity based signal processing.

Osvaldo Simeone, Newark, New Jersey, for contributions to cooperative cellular systems and cognitive radio networks.

Sun Sumei, Singapore, Singapore, for leadership in design and standardization of wireless communication systems.

John Thompson, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, for contributions to multiple antenna and multi-hop wireless communications.

Qi Tian, San Antonio, Texas, for contributions to multimedia information retrieval.

Sennur Ulukus, College Park, Maryland, for contributions to characterizing performance limits of wireless networks.

Yue Wang, Arlington, Virginia, for contributions to genomic signal analytics and image-based tissue characterization.

Zhengdao Wang, Ames, Iowa, for contributions to multicarrier communications and performance analysis of wireless systems.

Zhong Feng Wang, Irvine, California, for contributions to VLSI design and implementation of forward error correction coding.

Kaikit Wong, London, United Kingdom, for contributions to multiuser communication systems.

Chenyang Xu, Berkeley, California, for contributions to medical imaging and image-guided interventions.

Lie Liang Yang, Southampton, United Kingdom, for contributions to multicarrier communications and wireless transceivers.

Mark Yeary, Norman, Oklahoma, for contributions to radar systems for meteorology.

Jinhong Yuan, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, for contributions to multi-antenna wireless communication technologies.

Bing Zeng, Chengdu, China, for contributions to image and video coding.

Jianzhong Zhang, Mountain View, California, for leadership in standardization of cellular systems.

The following individual was evaluated by the SPS, but is not an SPS member:

Yiu Chan, Kingston, Canada, for development of efficient localization and tracking algorithms.



Nominate an IEEE Fellow today!

IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership of the IEEE. It honors members with an outstanding record of technical achievements, contributing importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, and bringing significant value to society.

Around the end of November, the new class of IEEE Fellows is announced. Hopefully, the list contains many names familiar to you. If not, then perhaps it is a good idea to nominate someone yourself! Anyone can be a nominator (no need to be an IEEE Fellow, or even an IEEE member). The nomination deadline is 1 March, and all required information (and an “electronic” nomination kit) is obtained from Fellows page on IEEE website. Please note nominees must be an IEEE Senior Member or IEEE Life Senior Member in good standing, who has been a member for 5 years or more preceding 1 January of the elevation year. Self-nominations are not permitted.

The IEEE and the Signal Processing Society would like to put some emphasis on:

  • Underrepresented regions (e.g., Latin America, China, India) and
  • Underrepresented categories (Technical Leader, Educator, Application Engineer), as described below.

Some Hints for Nominators

Each year, SPS receives about 60 nominations, and IEEE a total of around 800. About 300 of the 800 are successful. While all pertinent information can be obtained from public IEEE websites (see in particular the Fellows manual.) The Society would like to give some hints to improve the chances that a nomination will be successful.

It helps to understand the elaborate review process. Nominations first obtain a technical evaluation by a relevant Society Fellow Reference Committee. This results in a rank-ordering (numerical grade) and brief essays (150-200 words) regarding the following questions:

  1. What are the technical contributions? These can also be the development or application of products, systems, facilities, services or software. List not more than two, and focus on outstanding, innovative and creative contributions.
  2. What is the evidence supporting the claims? These are usually published papers, patents, standards, developed courses and textbooks. Further evidence can be awards and the number of citations to publications, but can also be news reports, web sites, etc. that discuss the work of the candidate.
  3. What is the importance of the contribution? What is its lasting impact on society?

The essays, rank ordering and score go to the IEEE-level Fellow Committee. The committee is partitioned into small groups, and the nomination forms are randomly distributed over the groups. Each nomination is then scored on four categories. The Society score and rank-ordering is one category, but it counts for only 25% of the total. The main category is Technical Accomplishment (40%). Since the jury groups are certainly non-experts, they will base themselves mostly on the Society Committee essays, so these play an important role. The remaining categories are the attached references letters from 5-8 IEEE Fellows (15%), professional activities (10%), and years in the profession (10%).

From this process, it is important to realize that the majority of reviewers are non-experts on the work of a nominee. Nomination forms should be written with this in mind! Focus on clear, tangible contributions and evidence, and do not forget to discuss their impact on society. Clear essays by the Society Committees are very important as well, so help the committee members by making the required input for these essays readily (and compactly) available in the nomination form.

The Society Committees do not see the reference letters, as these go directly to the IEEE-level Fellow Committee. Thus, these letters should be written to impress non-experts, and also the stature of the referee should be briefly pointed out.

Finally, while many of us are familiar with nominations related to outstanding academic contributions (these go to the category “Research Engineer/Scientist”), there are three other submission categories with equal recognition:

  • Educator, e.g. for writing an accepted and widely used pioneering textbook, or for the development of a new curriculum or courses that are innovative or unique (with lasting impact on engineering education);
  • Application Engineer/Practitioner, for product, process, or standards development, for significant technical contributions in the design and evolution into manufacturing of products or systems;
  • Technical Leader, responsible for a managerial, team, or company-wide effort using technical innovation, and resulting in outstanding performance, economic enhancements, or other advantages to benefit society.

In each case, the contributions are to be judged on the basis of uniqueness, innovation, and wide acceptance. For the latter categories, it is important that the nominator points out clearly what the individual’s technical contribution was to a group effort. In addition, you should add what were the specific technical contributions that the nominee made, which made the achievement possible.

Please submit your nomination no later than 1 March. Submit the online nomination form on the IEEE website. Questions on the IEEE Fellow nomination process should be sent to

There are many deserving members of the Signal Processing Society. The Society encourages you to help them get the recognition that comes with being an IEEE Fellow.

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