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IEEE Fellows Program

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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46 SPS Members Elevated to Fellow

Each year, the IEEE Board of Directors confers the grade of Fellow on up to one-tenth of one percent of the voting 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 46 SPS members who were recognized with the grade of Fellow as of 1 January 2019:

Karim Abed-Meraim, for contributions to blind system identification and source separation for communications.

Jill M. Boyce, for contributions to video coding.

Michael Bronstein, for contributions to acquisition, processing, and analysis of geometric data.

David Castanon, for contributions to discrete-time stochastic control and information fusion.

Mujdat Cetin, for contributions to image processing for synthetic aperture radar and sensor array.

Timothy Davidson, for contributions to optimization of signal processing and communication systems.

Meng Hwa Er, for contributions to electronic engineering education.

Jianfeng Gao, for contributions to machine learning for Web search and natural language processing.

Xiaodong He, for contributions to multimodal signal processing in human language and vision technologies.

Steven Chu-Hong Hoi, for contributions to machine learning for multimedia information retrieval and scalable data analytics.

Gang Hua, for contributions to facial recognition in images and videos.

Mei-Yuh Hwang, for contributions to speech and language technology.

Tao Jiang, for contributions to coding, modulation, and cognitive radio systems design.

Dong In Kim, for contributions to cross-layer design of wireless communications systems.

Farinaz Koushanfar, for contributions to hardware and embedded systems security and to privacy-preserving computing.

Patrick Lecallet, for contributions to perceptual optimization of video signal processing.

Juho Lee, for leadership in standardization of cellular communication technologies.

Hongbin Li, for contributions to adaptive radar signal processing with limited data.

Qi Li, for contributions in speech signal processing and speaker authentication.

Shutao Li, for contributions to image fusion and classification in remote sensing.

Yonghui Li, for contributions to cooperative communications technologies.

Teng Long, for contributions to high resolution radar systems.

Marco Lops, for contributions to radar target detection and estimation in clutter.

Neelesh Mehta, for contributions to opportunistic selection in wireless communication systems.

Tao Mei, for contributions to multimedia analysis and applications.

Erik Meijering, for contributions to computational methods for biological image analysis.

Danilo Pau, for contributions to the development of memory efficient architectures for advanced multimedia applications.

Alessandro Piva, for contributions to multimedia security.

Amit Roy-Chowdhury, for contributions to video-based tracking and behavior analysis.

Walid Saad, for contributions to distributed optimization in cooperative and heterogeneous wireless systems.

Venkatesh Saligrama, for contributions to distributed detection and estimation of structured signals.

Mikael Skoglund, for contributions to source-channel coding and wireless communications.

Lingyang Song, for contributions to cooperative communication and networking.

Yan Sun, for contributions to trust modeling and statistical signal processing for cyber-physical security.

Bruce Suter, for contributions to data acquisition for aerospace sensory information systems.

Joseph Tabrikian, for contributions to estimation theory and Multiple Input Multiple Output radars.

Seishi Takamura, for application of video coding.

Yap-Peng Tan, for contributions to visual data analysis and processing.

Meixia Tao, for contributions to resource allocation in broadband wireless networks.

Jean-Yves Tourneret, for contributions to statistical signal and image analysis.

Namrata Vaswani, for contributions to dynamic structured high-dimensional data recovery.

Liang Wang, for contributions to video-based human identification and motion analysis.

Simon Warfield, for contributions to medical imaging.

Xiaokang Yang, for contributions to perceptual modeling and processing of visual signals.

Minerva Yeung, for leadership in multimedia signal processing.

Yimin D. Zhang, for contributions to high-resolution direction finding and radar signal processing.


The following individuals were evaluated by the SPS, but are not SPS members:

Gerhard Rigoll, for contributions to multimodal human-machine communication.

Cha Zhang, for contributions to machine learning for image and video data processing.



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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