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The SPS blog aims to raise awareness about signal processing and Society-related topics to a general interest audience in an engaging, informal, and non-technical way. If you're interested in contributing to the SPS blog, please contact the SPS Blog Team at sps-blog@ieee.org for more information.

A ‘Scholar in the Making’: Student Member Sean Young reflects on his time with the IEEE Signal Processing Society

By: 
Jessica Perry, SPS

A self-proclaimed “scholar in the making,” SPS Student Member Sean Young credits his growth in the field to his time with the Society. From connecting with like-minded individuals to attending conferences, Sean recognizes the impact it’s had on his career and his research. To kick off Engineers Week (running from February 19-25, 2017), we spoke with Sean about his journey with SPS, his future in the field, and what advice he’d offer to those just getting started.

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Signal Processing for Social Good

By: 
Kush R. Varshney

Kush R. Varshney, research staff member and manager in the Data Science Group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
Communication, speech processing, seismology and radar are well-known applications of signal processing that contribute to the betterment of humanity. But is there a more direct way that signal and information processing can reduce poverty, hunger, inequality, injustice, ill health and other causes of human suffering?

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Sensors and Sensibility

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Vladimir Pavlovic, Senior Staff Engineer at Sierra Wireless

Depending on who do you ask, we have five, six, or even twenty-one senses. Besides touch, vision, hearing, smell and taste, which we are taught about in kindergarten, we have senses of balance, hot and cold, pain, magnetic orientation (although very weak and close to nonexistent), position of our limbs relative to other parts of the body (can you touch your nose while eyes shut?), and more. If you hoped the sixth sense has anything to do with paranormal, I have to disappoint you.

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A Visual Innovator and Entrepreneur, Steve Chen Sits at the Heart of Silicon Valley

By: 
Jessica Perry, IEEE Signal Processing Society

Humans have been fascinated with light and optics since prehistoric times, when the first “camera” was used to project upside down images onto cave walls. IEEE recently presented the world’s first Visual Innovation Award to showcase innovations that made great impact on human experiences with visual technology or are anticipated to do so in the near future.

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How Biometric Authentication Poses New Challenges to Our Security and Privacy

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Nasir Memon

Nasir Memon, Computer Science and Engineering NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The use of biometric data – an individual’s measurable physical and behavioral characteristics – isn’t new. Government and law enforcement agencies have long used it. The FBI has been building a biometric recognition database; the Department of Homeland Security is sharing its iris and facial recognition of foreigners with the FBI.

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No Need for Speed: More innovation needed before adopting automated vehicles

By: 
Wade Trappe

This article originally appeared on Robotic Tips.
We spend a considerable amount of time driving - to work and home, for recreation and travel. Envisioning a completely autonomous world, we’ll be able to rent a vehicle pre-programmed to take us to a specified destination. Drivers will be able to disengage to read the newspaper while the car carries out their commute and seamlessly coordinates to ensure the safety of its passengers.

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IEEE Signal Processing Society Wins 2016 Society/Council Professional Development Award

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Jessica Perry, SPS

The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) was recently awarded the IEEE Educational Activities Board’s Society/Council Professional Development Award "for innovative educational and professional development programs that engage professionals, students and the general public in signal processing.”

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What Makes Big Data “Big”? The Five V’s to Understanding Its Volume

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Dr. Pavel Loskot, Senior Lecturer, Swansea University

Have you encountered big data yet? Chances are you have. From Facebook to Twitter, from Google searches to YouTube videos, from bank statements to utility bills and shopping discount cards, big data is everywhere. But to understand its significance, we must first explore what data is, what makes it “big,” and how it ties to signal processing.

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Understanding High Voltage Power Systems Through Signal Processing Technology

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Imene Mitiche

 PhD Student, Glasgow Caledonian University

Signal processing is exploited in daily industrial applications for analysis purposes, particularly in the power generation field. Consider the example of a high voltage power supply site – a plant that contains power generators and transformers.  Such systems are susceptible to Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI), produced during the operation of the system or due to fault occurrence.

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Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing’s Major Impact on Smartphones

By: 
Heinz Teutsch

When you first hear about Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing (AASP) it’s likely you don’t think of the movies, music and modern smartphones that it gives life to. As a sub-category of signal processing, AASP specifically deals with the analysis, processing and synthesis of sound that has been either recorded by one or more microphones or artificially generated by, for example, a computer program or synthesizer. 

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