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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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44 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 44 SPS members who were recognized with the grade of Fellow as of 1 January 2023:


Farhan A. Baqai, for contributions in leadership in digital camera image processing.

Alfred M. Bruckstein, for contributions to signal representation and swarm robotics.

Carlos A. Busso, for contributions to speech and multimodal affective signal processing and their technology applications.

Patrizio Campisi, for contributions to the development of biometrics.

Constantine Caramanis, for contributions to robust statistics and optimization in high dimensions.

Tsung-Hui Chang, for contributions to distributed optimization methods and their applications in signal processing and wireless communications.

Symeon Chatzinotas, for contributions to precoding technologies for multiple antennas.

Yuejie Chi, for contributions to statistical signal processing with low-dimensional structures.

Harpreet Dhillon, for contributions to heterogeneous cellular networks.

Ayman El-Baz, for contributions to artificial intelligence in medicine.

Peter Gerstoft, for contributions to environmental signal processing and geoacoustic array processing.

Marios Kountouris, for contributions to optimization and multi-antenna techniques in heterogeneous wireless networks.

Zhengguo Li, for contributions to video encoding and streaming optimization and edge-preserving filters.

Wei Liu, for contributions to large-scale machine learning and multimedia intelligence.

Michail Matthaiou, for contributions to fundamental research and practical implementation of massive MIMO.

Gerald Matz, for contributions to signal processing for communications in nonstationary environments.

Florian E. Metze, for contributions to end-to-end training of speech recognition systems.

Chunyan Miao, for contributions to multimodal signal processing and AI technologies for aging-at-home and population health.

Ralf Reiner Müller, for contributions to the design and analysis of large multiantenna and multiple-access systems.

Chandra R. Murthy, for contributions to Bayesian sparse signal recovery and energy harvesting communications.

Kazuhiro Nakadai, for contributions to robot audition and computational auditory scene analysis.

Premkumar Natarajan, for contributions to conversational AI systems, spoken language translation, and home voice-assistant systems.

Hideki Ochiai, for contributions to power and spectral efficient wireless communication.

John Pauly, for contributions to data acquisition and image reconstruction methods for magnetic resonance imaging.

Michael Polley, for leadership in multimedia chipset architectures and mobile camera technologies.

Daniel Povey, for contributions to acoustic modeling for speech recognition.

James Preisig, for contributions to underwater acoustic communication channel modeling, signal processing and performance prediction.

Miguel Raul D. Rodrigues, for contributions to multimodal data processing and foundations of reliable and secure communications.

Stephanie Schuckers, for contributions in biometric recognition systems.

Gonzalo Seco-Granados, for contributions to signal processing for global navigation satellite systems, and 5G localization systems.

Anthony Man-Cho So, for contributions to optimization in signal processing and communications.

Houbing Song, for contributions to big data analytics and integration of AI with Internet of Things.

Changho Suh, for contributions to interference management and distributed storage codes.

Olav Tirkkonen, for contributions in the theory and practice of wireless communications technology and standards.

Xiaoyu Wang, for contributions to video analysis technologies for embedded systems.

Xin Wang, for outstanding contributions to wireless localization and dynamic resource allocation in broadband mobile networks.

Shinji Watanabe, for contributions to speech recognition technology.

Stefan A. Werner, for contributions to in-band full-duplex wireless communication systems and selective data-reuse online learning.

Jason D. Williams, for contributions to the theory and practice of machine-learning-based spoken dialog systems.

Brendt Wohlberg, for contributions to computational imaging and sparse representations.

Shui Yu, for contributions to cyber security and privacy.

Yao Zhao, for contributions to image/video analysis and multimedia content protection.

Yongxing Zhou, for contributions to MIMO Beamforming codebooks and smart spectrum access in wireless networks.

Chengqing Zong, for contributions to machine translation and natural language 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 late November of every year, the new class of IEEE Fellows is announced. Hopefully, you will consider nominating someone this year! Anyone can be a nominator (no need to be an IEEE Fellow, or even an IEEE member). The nomination deadline is 7 February (11:59 p.m. US Eastern Time), and all required information (and an “electronic” nomination kit) can be obtained from Please note that a nominee must be an IEEE Senior Member or IEEE Life Senior Member in good standing, who has been an IEEE 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 encourage more nominations from:

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. Underrepresented regions (e.g., Latin America, Asia, Africa)
  2. Underrepresented categories (Technical Leader, Educator, Application Engineer), as described below
  3. Other underrepresented categories, such as women.

Some hints for nominators Each year, SPS receives about 60-65 nominations, and IEEE a total of around 1000 and the number is climbing. About one third of the nominations are successful. While all pertinent information can be obtained from public IEEE websites (see in particular, we would like to give some hints to improve the chances that a nomination will be successful. It helps to understand the elaborate review process. The submitted nominations first undergo a technical evaluation by a relevant Society Fellow Evaluation Committee. This results in a rank-ordering (based on numerical grade scores) of all the nominees and for each nomination a brief essay (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. What is the role of the nominee in the contributions?
  3. What is the importance of the contribution? What is its lasting impact on the profession and the society? The impact must be actual/evident, not potential. Who has adopted the contribution, has it influenced other work, has it opened new avenues of research? Keep in mind that citation numbers can raise questions but do not provide answers.

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 IEEE-Level groups are not necessarily experts in the nominees' subfields, they will be informed by the Society Committee essays, so these essays play an important role. The remaining categories are the attached references letters from 3-5 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! Therefore, it is crucial to focus on clear, tangible contributions as well as evidence, and equally important is their impact on society. Clear essays by the Society Committees are very important as well, so please 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 Fellow-grade 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. This also means that the nominator and nomination form play a critical role at the society evaluation stage. In addition, the Society Committees do have access to endorsement letters (up to three are allowed and do not have to be written by IEEE Fellows). Endorsement letters are particularly important in clarifying an individual’s specific contributions as part of a team effort (e.g., in industry) and impact on commercialization, standardization, product development, or education. 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:

  1. 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);
  2. Application Engineer/Practitioner, for product, process, or standards development, for significant technical contributions in the design and evolution into manufacturing of products or systems;
  3. Technical Leader, responsible for a managerial, team, or company-wide effort using technical innovation, and resulting in outstanding performance, economic enhancements, or other advantages that 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 7 February. Again the online nomination form can be found at Questions on the IEEE Fellow nomination process should be sent to

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

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