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Nominations Open for 2016 Major SPS Awards

Jose’ M. F. Moura, SPS Awards Board Chair

The SPS Awards Board is now accepting nominations for all Society level awards, from paper awards to the major society awards. Nominations are due by 1 September 2016 and should be submitted to Theresa Argiropoulos (, who will collect the nominations on behalf of Jose’ M. F. Moura, Awards Board Chair. Nominators should take into consideration the need for representation of diversity in the nomination slate, when submitting their nominations. Detailed information and nomination/endorsement forms for SPS awards can be found online. Full details on the nomination process are available on the Society website.

Who can nominate: Nominations are accepted from any society individual member, society committee, or society board. Nominations from individual members can be supported by up to two endorsement letters from two other individual members.

Which Awards: Each year, SPS honors outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions related to signal processing through the Society Award, the Industrial Leader Award, the Industrial Innovation Award, the Technical Achievement Award, the Education Award, and the Meritorious Service Award. The Society also recognizes outstanding publications in SPS journals and magazines through the Best Paper Award, Overview Paper Award, Sustained Impact Paper Award, Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award, Signal Processing Magazine Best Column Award, Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award and the Young Author Best Paper Award.

Nominations for the Best Paper Award and Young Author Best Paper Award should refer to the papers published in the below Society journals:

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (JSTSP)
IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (T-ASLP)
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (T-IP)
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (T-IFS)
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (T-SP)

SPS Awards Procedural Changes

Over the past few years, the Society approved some procedural changes to the SPS Awards program, including some new changes approved earlier this year. Please note that these changes are in effect for the 2016 nomination period. The changes are intended to provide an effective means to encourage award nominations in all categories from the Signal Processing Society community-at-large, including individuals, technical committees, editorial boards and other major Boards, except in the cases of conflict of interests. Technical committees and boards may pass on to the Awards Board one or multiple nominations that they receive for all awards.

The paper awards nomination form now requests citation impact information. The Awards Board will continue to review the nominations and make selections on paper awards.

For all major awards other than paper awards, the Awards Board will now be responsible for vetting the nominations and producing a short list of no more than three nominations per award. The Board of Governors will continue to vote on the selection of the major awards.

A board or committee cannot nominate one of its current members for an award. However, the board/committee member can be nominated by another board or committee. Current elected members of a committee/board may participate as individual nominators for other members of the same board/committee.

Individual nominations can have multiple co-nominators listed on the nomination form. In addition, individual nominations can include up to two endorsements to strengthen the nomination. All endorsements must be submitted via email to the specified address, which will provide the nomination with a date and time stamp. If more than two endorsements are submitted, only the first two received endorsements will be forwarded to the IEEE Signal Processing Society Awards Board for consideration. A nominator cannot serve as an endorser for a nomination he/she is submitting. If the Society policies state that a particular Board/Committee/Individual is not eligible to nominate for a particular award, then that same group of individuals is not eligible to be an endorser.

Technical Committee and Special Interest Group Award Nomination Procedures have been approved with suggested Award nomination and voting procedures.

For full details on each award, as well as the new Society and Technical Committee/Special Interest Group awards policies and endorsement form, please visit the Society’s website.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact Jose’ M. F. Moura, Awards Board Chair at


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