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Election of Regional Directors-at-Large and Members-at-Large

Rabab K. Ward

SPS Past President and Chair, Nominations and Appointments Committee


Your vote is important! On 15 August, the election of Regional Directors-at-Large for Regions 1-6 and 8 (the term is 1 January 2019 through 31 December 2020) and Members-at-Large (term 1 January 2019 through 31 December 2021) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Board of Governors (BoG) will be open. Ballots will be mailed to SPS members. The ballot includes a diverse slate of candidates for both elections, which were vetted by the SPS Nominations and Appointments Committee, as well as a space for write-in candidates. This year’s election offers SPS members the opportunity to cast their votes via the web at https://eballot4.votenet.com/IEEE for up to one Regional Director-at-Large for your corresponding Region: Regions 1-6 (USA) and Region 8 (Europe, Africa and Middle East) and three Member-at-Large candidates. Ballots must be received at the IEEE no later than 1 October 2018 to be counted. Members must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the ballot data is generated to be eligible to vote. To be eligible to vote in this year’s Society election, you had to have been an active SPS Member or Affiliate (excluding Student member) prior to 30 June 2018. This is the date when the list of eligible Society voting members was compiled.

The candidates for Regional Director-at-Large are (alpha order):

Regions 1-6:

Iole Moccagatta

Bhuvana Ramabhadran


Region 8:

Cédric Richard

Raed Shubair


The candidates for Member-at-Large are:

Magdy A. Bayoumi

Paulo S.R. Diniz

Eric Fosler-Lussier

Hamid Krim


Douglas O'Shaughnessy

Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira

Wan-Chi Siu

Zhi (Gerry) Tian


The BoG is the governing body that oversees the activities of the SPS. The SPS BoG has the responsibility of establishing and implementing policy and receiving reports from its standing boards and committees and comprises 21 Society members: six officers of the Society who are elected by the BoG, nine Members-at-Large elected by the voting members of the Society, four Regional Directors-at-Large elected locally by Society voting members of the corresponding region, as well as the Awards Board Chair. The six officers are the President, President-Elect, the Vice President-Conferences, Vice President-Membership, Vice President-Publications, and Vice President-Technical Directions. The Executive Director of the Society shall serve ex-officio, without vote.

Regional Directors-at-Large are SPS members who are elected locally by Society voting members of the corresponding Region via the annual election to serve on the Society’s BoG as nonvoting members and voting members of the Society’s Membership Board.

Members-at-Large represent the member viewpoint in the Board decision making. They typically review, discuss, and act upon a wide range of items affecting the actions, activities, and health of the Society.

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