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Call for Nominations: SPS Officers

Positions: President-Elect and Vice President-Technical Directions


Deadline Extended to: 12 March 2021


In accordance with the provision of Bylaw 303, IEEE Signal Processing Society Past President Ali H. Sayed in his capacity as Chair of the Society’s Nominations and Appointments Committee invites nominations for the IEEE Signal Processing Society Officer positions of President-Elect for the term 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023 and the position of Vice President-Technical Directions for the term 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024.

All nominations for the President-Elect and Vice President-Technical Directions positions must be submitted through the online nomination system. The following information is required for each nomination: candidate name, contact information, IEEE Region, IEEE member number, candidate’s brief biography including information about current SP, IEEE, or other Society volunteer activities, a photo, as well as a statement of interest stating the candidate's vision for the position. Nominations must be received no later than 12 MARCH 2021

PRESIDENT-ELECT (Term: 1 January 2022-31 December 2023)

The President-Elect is a voting member of the Society’s Board of Governors, Executive Committee, Conference Board, Education Board, Membership Board and Publications Board and also chairs the Society’s Long-Range Planning and Implementation Committee and TC Review Committee and acts as a liaison to the Board of Governors for all activities involving strategic and long-range planning activities. The President-Elect also acts as the Society’s treasurer, which is responsible for preparation of Society budgets, monitoring of the Society’s expenses, surpluses, and investments. The President-Elect has the direct overall responsibilities for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the Society’s long-range planning, technical committee reviews, and the Society’s finances and reports to the President.

The duties of the President-Elect include the oversight of strategic and long-range planning activities for the Society, by means of conference calls and in-person meetings of the Long-Range Planning and Implementation Committee; preparing agendas and documentation for the retreats and tracking action items; preparation and forecasting of Society budgets as well as monitoring of the Society’s expenses, surpluses and investments; assisting in the creation of the TAB Five-Year Society Review document; and representing the Society at IEEE meetings or meetings of other organizations on strategic and long-range planning activities or on other Society activities as requested by the President or by the Society’s Board of Governors. The President-Elect provides guidance to the Conference Board, Membership Board and Publications Board on matters concerning finances, including the Society’s membership fee; technical meeting registration prices, publication fees, page budgets, etc. The President-Elect is also responsible for the minutes of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee.

NOTE: The President-Elect must have previously served as a Vice President of the Society and must be an IEEE Fellow. The President-Elect position automatically succeeds to President.

VICE PRESIDENT-TECHNICAL DIRECTIONS (Term: 1 January 2022-31 December 2024)

The duties of the Vice President-Technical Directions is to oversee the activities of the Society’s technical community, as embodied in its Technical Committees, in order to improve the Society’s technical profile within and outside IEEE; to assist the Society in identifying emerging technologies at the nexus of signal processing; assist in the creation of the TAB Five-Year Society Review document; and to proactively engage the Society’s members in strengthening the technical mission of the Society as defined in its Field of Interest.

The Vice President-Technical Directions is responsible for chairing the Technical Directions Board. He/she is an ex-officio member of all the Society’s Technical Committees and serves on, and is a voting member of the Society's Board of Governors and Executive Committee.

NOTE: The Vice President-Technical Directions may have previously served as an elected Technical Committee Chair, and may have served in one or more of the following positions: General Chair or Technical Chair of ICASSP, ICIP or GlobalSIP; Editor-in-Chief of a Signal Processing Society sponsored publication.


As per Bylaw 303.3, the President-Elect serves two years in office and automatically succeed to the position of President, serving two years in that post. On becoming Past President, he/she shall automatically become the Chair of the Nominations and Appointments Committee. Vice Presidents serve three years in office. Individuals holding the

Vice President position may serve more than one term on the Board of Governors; however, such terms in a single office shall not be consecutive. All individuals who are elected will serve during the remainder of 2021 as Officers-elect (ex-officio, non-voting), and may attend all meetings of the Board they have been elected to chair, working with the incumbent to learn the requirements of the position.


Submission of Nominations:

Please send your nominations via the online system. NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE ON 12 MARCH 2021, to facilitate the activities of the Nominations and Appointments Committee.

FOR EACH CANDIDATE RECEIVING TWO OR MORE NOMINATIONS, the Nominations and Appointments Committee shall obtain, in writing from the nominee, a statement confirming willingness to serve, if elected. Please note that in order for a nominee to move forward in the nomination stage, two nominations must be received for a single candidate, but one nomination must be from a member of the Board of Governors. Individuals may self-nominate provided that two other appropriate nominators second the self-nomination with one being a member of the Board of Governors. Board members are responsible for generating a second for their nominee.

When making your nomination, you will be responsible for providing the following information:

  • Name of candidate:
  • Candidate contact information: (address, phone, e-mail)
  • IEEE member number
  • IEEE Region of candidate
  • Brief background of the candidate including information about current SP, IEEE, or other Society volunteer activities (biography style)
  • Statement of interest stating candidate’s vision for the position (up to 500 words)
  • Photo.


  • President-Elect petition process opens: 16 JUNE
    NOTE: all position criteria must be met to be considered a petition candidate. Please email Theresa Argiropoulos,, if you want to start a petition. 
  • President-Elect petition process closes: 17 JULY

Manage Collaborators on Nomination

If multiple people are completing the nomination form, you can collaborate on filling the nomination form by clicking on the Manage Collaborators button in the top right corner of the nomination page. The Primary Collaborator, who is the person who started the nomination, can add additional collaborators on the nomination by clicking the Add Collaborator button. Once a Collaborator is added, the application can be transferred to a new Primary Collaborator by clicking Make Primary next to the name. Access can also be removed from a collaborator by clicking Remove Access next to the name. Only the Primary Collaborator can submit or finalize the application, as well as add other Collaborators. All Collaborators can view and edit the application. However, only one user can be editing the nomination at a time to avoid accidental overwriting of another's information.


Candidate election results will be announced on the IEEE Signal Processing Society website, newsletter and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.

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