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PROGRESS Initiative

PROGRESS: PROmotinG DiveRsity in Signal ProcESSing

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PROmotinG DiveRsity in Signal ProcESSing and the 2020 IEEE SPS PROGRESS Workshop (virtual) is held October 26-27, 2020, at ICIP 2020.

The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) is launching PROGRESS - an initiative aiming to motivate and support women and under-represented minorities to pursue academic careers in signal processing.

PROGRESS’ overall objective is to improve diversity in the field of signal processing. Towards that goal, the project will proactively motivate and prepare women and other under-represented segments of the population in signal processing to pursue academic positions. PROGRESS includes a workshop as an integral part of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) and the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) as well as follow-up surveys and mentoring teleconferences.

The PROGRESS workshop

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Logo by: Marija Iloska, PhD Student, Stony Brook University

The inaugural PROGRESS workshop will take place on October 26 and 27, 2020, during the 2020 IEEE ICIP and will be virtual. The 2020 PROGRESS oversight committee is given below. 

Why attend PROGRESS?

  • An inspirational talk by Prof. Mary (Missy) Cummings, faculty of ECE at Duke University, leading researcher in human-robot interaction and one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots.
  • Professional training on concepts and tools to support career success, including networking and general information from the negotiation literature.
  • Live Q&A about how to apply the general concepts to specific country and cultural settings.
  • Panel of diverse high-profile academics from around the world discussing the faculty hiring process in their countries and sharing their experiences.
  • Panel of funding agencies & talks presenting the latest education trends.

The detailed 2020 PROGRESS Workshop agenda can be found here.

View the detailed 2020 PROGRESS Workshop agenda.

Who can attend?

Attendance is by application only. Those who are eligible to apply must be a student interested in signal processing related field and be a female and/or an underrepresented minority.

Applicants should upload the following materials at this site.

  • Applicant’s CV
  • An optional statement by the applicant describing their experience, career plans, potential interest in a postdoc or faculty position, and what they expect to get from this workshop. The statement should not exceed 500 words.

Please note that there is a capacity limit. While all females or under-represented minority students are welcome to apply, IEEE and SPS Members will be considered with higher priority. Information to become a member of IEEE SPS can be found at this site

Registration is free of charge and includes registration to ICIP 2020. Registration website

Deadline for Application Submission: October 20, 2020

Acceptance Notification: October 21, 2020

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