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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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47 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 2017:

Raviraj Adve, Toronto, Canada, for development of signal processing techniques for airborne radar.

Sos Agaian, San Antonio, Texas, for contributions to biologically-inspired visual data processing systems.

Richard Buehrer, Blacksburg, Virginia, for contributions to wideband signal processing in communications and geolocation.

Lap-pui Chau, Singapore, Singapore, for contributions to fast computation algorithms for visual signal processing.

Douglas Cochran, Tempe, Arizona, for contributions to multi-channel coherence in radar, sonar, and spectrum sensing.

Huaiyu Dai, Raleigh, North Carolina, for contributions to MIMO communications and wireless security.

Ricardo De Queiroz, Brasilia, Brazil, for contributions to image and video signal enhancement and compression.

Jose Dias, Lisboa, Portugal, for contributions to imaging inverse problems in remote sensing.

Pier Luigi Dragotti, London, United Kingdom, for contributions to sparse signal representation and sampling theory.

Pablo Estevez, Santiago, Chile, for contributions to feature selection and visualization of large data sets.

James Fowler, Mississippi State, Mississippi, for contributions to lossy source coding and dimensionality reduction of multidimensional data.

Michael Gastpar, Lanne, Switzerland, for contributions to network information theory.

Uwe Hanebeck, Waldbronn, Germany, for contributions to nonlinear estimation and control.

Julia Hirschberg, New York, New York, for contributions to text-to-speech synthesis and spoken language understanding.

Yo-Sung Ho, Gwangju, Korea, for contribution to video coding and 3D image processing.

Tatsuya Kawahara, Kyoto, Japan, for contributions to speech recognition and understanding.

Takao Kobayashi, Yokohama, Japan, for contributions to expressive speech synthesis based on a statistical parametric approach.

Witold Krzymien, Edmonton, Canada, for contributions to radio resource management for cellular systems and networks.

Li Li, Beijing, China, for contributions to intelligent transportation systems and vehicles.

Xin Li, Morgantown, West Virginia, for contributions to image coding, restoration, and interpolation.

Yuanqing Li, Guangzhou, China, for contributions to brain signal analysis and brain computer interfaces.

Qilian Liang, Arlington, Texas, for contributions to interval type-2 fuzzy logic systems.

Teng-joon Lim, Singapore, Singapore, for contributions to statistical signal processing in wireless communications.

Wing-kin Ma, Shatin, Hong Kong, for contributions to optimization in signal processing and communications.

Enrico Magli, Torino, Italy, for contributions to compression and communication of remotely sensed imagery.

Aleksandra Mojsilovic, Yorktown Heights, New York, for contributions to signal processing for image analysis, data mining, and business analytics.

Srikantan Nagarajan, San Francisco, California, for contributions to neural engineering and biomagnetic brain imaging.

Panos Nasiopoulos, Vancouver, Canada, for leadership in DVD authoring and digital multimedia technologies.

Brett Ninness, Newcastle, Australia, for contributions to computational methods in system identification.

Phillip Pace, San Juan Bautista, California, for leadership in radar signal processing, receiver design, and direction finding architectures.

Bhiksha Raj, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for contributions to speech recognition.

Bhuvana Ramabhadran, Mount Kisco, New York, for contributions to speech recognition and language processing.

Gael Richard, Paris, France, for contributions to analysis, indexing and decomposition of audio and music signals.

Seb Savory, Ely, United Kingdom, for contributions to digital coherent transceivers for optical fiber communication.

Behzad Shahraray, Middletown, New Jersey, for leadership in content-based processing and retrieval of multimedia information.

Steven Smith, Lexington, Massachusetts, for contributions to statistical signal processing and applications to radar and sonar.

Leif Sornmo, Lund, Sweden, for contributions to biomedical signal processing in cardiac applications.

Yannis Stylianou, Cambridge, United Kingdom, for contributions to speech analysis and communication.

Guaning Su, Singapore, Singapore, for leadership in defense technology and management of educational institutions.

Sabine Susstrunk, Lanne, Switzerland, for contributions to computational imaging, color image processing, and color computer vision.

Nuno Vasconcelos, La Jolla, California, for contributions to computer vision, image processing, and multimedia.

Xianbin Wang, London, Canada, for contributions to OFDM systems and distributed transmission technologies.

Zhen Wang, Vancouver, Canada, for contributions to statistical signal processing for multimedia security and brain data analytics.

Ying Wu, Evanston, Illinois, for contributions to motion analysis and pattern discovery in computer vision.

Shuicheng Yan, Singapore, Singapore, for contributions to subspace learning and visual classification.

Rui Zhang, Singapore, Singapore, for contributions to cognitive radio and energy harvesting communications.

Ce Zhu, Chengdu, China, for contributions to video coding and communications.



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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