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The Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing (S3P) Program was established in 2010 specifically for graduate students, early stage researchers and practitioners with organized opportunities to build communities with professors and established practitioners and engage in hands-on tutorials in signal processing.

Seasonal Schools are typically either summer or winter schools with a primary objective in membership development for students interested in signal processing. Since students are the future of the Society, it is essential to provide special membership development opportunities for young members.

Timeline for Seasonal Schools

Winter schools are held between 1 October through 31 March, while Summer Schools are held 1 April through 30 September. A call for proposals will be sent to all SPS members and posted to the SPS website and social media channels.

Current Call for Proposals

Current, active call for proposals and important due dates can be found on the Call for Proposals page.

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Additional objectives of the seasonal schools program include:

  • Building awareness of Signal Processing Society and technical committee activities.
  • Building communities of Ph.D. students and educators in important signal processing research areas.
  • Engaging local chapters in membership development and educational activities.
  • Linking distinguished lecturers to relevant membership development activities.
  • Providing hands-on tutorial sessions, where students can experiment with concepts and methods. The degree to which hands-on sessions are employed will in general depend on the seasonal school theme, and the objectives of the organizers.
  • Evolution of high quality tutorial materials that can be disseminated online to the larger signal processing community.

 

The Seasonal Schools Program has been expanded to include a Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program element, which would be for "technically" sponsored schools organized by SPS Certified Chapters. The Certified Chapter must have supported successfully at least two financially and/or technically sponsored SPS seasonal schools during the last three years. The prior school editions must have exhibited the following set of requirements to be considered for the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program, which are: financially sound schools, high quality technical programs, membership development activities, as well as positive feedback from attendees.

If the requirements are met, then a Memorandum of Understanding with the Society can be signed that will allow Technical sponsorship to the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools organized by the Certified Chapter for the following three years. The Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools should signify high quality programs, which in turn will help increase the Society’s visibility and membership development of students overall. If the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School is seeking financial support, they would need to apply for support through the regular Seasonal Schools call for proposal process. Full details on the program are noted below.

Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program

  1. Procedures.

    The Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program is only open to SPS Certified Chapters. The Certified Chapter must have supported successfully at least two financially and/or technically sponsored SPS Seasonal Schools during the last three years. The prior seasonal school editions must have exhibited the following set of requirements to be considered for the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program, which are: financially sound schools, high quality technical programs, membership development activities, as well as positive feedback from attendees.

    When a Chapter applies for the first time to obtain a three year SPS Technical sponsorship request, the organizers should communicate to the Membership Board for its review and evaluation detailed information on their activities during the previous three events and detail the requirements noted above.

    If the requirements are met, then a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Society can be signed that will allow Technical sponsorship to Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools organized by the Certified Chapter for the following three years. The objective of the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools Program is to signify high quality programs, which in turn will help increase the Society’s visibility and membership development of students overall.

    If the Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School is seeking financial support, they will need to apply for support through the regular Seasonal Schools call for proposal process.

  2. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):

    The MoU should state that:

    1. A Chapter Steering Committee for Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools should be formed. The committee should have a) at least five local SPS members nominated by the Chapter Chair; and b) one SPS representative appointed by the Vice President-Membership. For the three-year duration of the MoU, the Steering Committee will review Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School Proposals, review and prepare a report on each proposal, make a decision on the approval status of the proposal, and communicate their findings to the Vice President-Membership. For approved Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools, the said school will be provided with IEEE SPS Technical Sponsorship status.
       
    2. Each approved Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School proposal must have a School Organizing Committee. Within three months upon the completion of the event, the Organizing Committee must prepare and submit an activity report on the school, which must include information on a) technical program, b) location, c) number and country/regional breakdown of the attendees, d) feedback from attendees and invited speakers (guests). The report must first be approved by the Chapter Steering Committee for Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal Schools and then submitted to the Membership Board for review.
       
    3. Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School related information can be advertised on the Chapter and Society website as per the policy for Technically sponsored conferences.
       
    4. If Society financially sponsorship is also being sought by the organizers of a Technical Pre-Approved Seasonal School, they will need to apply for support through the regular Seasonal Schools call for proposal process.

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