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Column Descriptions

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The IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (SPM) columns and forums lineup consists of several categories that are listed below. Within each category, there are entries that differ in terms of the content characteristics, type of coverage and target audience.

With this lineup we are proposing a complementary approach to SPM columns and forums. Distinct categories of content provide a high-level discrimination of the content, and types of columns and forums, whereas components in each category complement each other in terms of the speed with which they track technological advances, balance between theoretical and experimental aspects of the content, and focus. The result is a diversified coverage and flexible functionality of the columns and forums mechanism.

The topics of the columns in each SPM issue are intended to complement and expand the topics in the special section of the same issue. In addition, these topics are often intended to be part of cycles that are presented in one column across several issues.

The submission guidelines, list of files for submission and column specs and other columns resources are available on the Columns Resources item on the right-hand menu. For more details and column examples please contact the associate editor of the column.

Category: News

Column: In The Spotlight
This column is intended to be our own news agency and to provide an informative and focused commentary on a relevant piece of news related to signal processing or an important meeting related to our society. The introductory paragraph of the column specifies the topic for discussion and references the media outlet where the news was published or to the meeting that took place recently. The subsequent sections discuss, from a digital signal processing perspective, the applications, challenges and ongoing work related to the topic in discussion. In some cases, the article will detail the discussions that took place during the featured meeting.

Column: Reader's Choice
This column contains a list of articles published by the IEEE Signal Processing Society that ranked among the top 100 most downloaded IEEE Xplore articles over a selected period of time. The highest rank obtained by an article in this time frame is also provided in the list.

Column: Special Reports
We have a special report for every issue, which showcases the research undertaken by three or so different research groups in a particular field or technological development in an interview news reporting style by the key researchers from each group.

Column: Conference Highlights
This column invites organizers of major international conferences (e.g. ICASSP, ICIP) sponsored by the SPS to provide a brief report highlighting the main activities, events, themes and initiatives of the conference held in that year, including the connection with and history of the conference location.

Category: Applications

Column: SP Applications
This column presents established applications that are relevant to the SPM readers, with in-depth coverage. The content of the column spans audio, video, graphics, networking, and related interdisciplinary fields, and focuses on the SP aspects that are specific to each application. Note that the content of this column is different from that of the Exploratory SP column, the latter of which focuses on novel, exploratory applications.

Category: New SP Topics

Column: Exploratory SP
This column presents cutting-edge applications, has up-to-date coverage of the latest SP developments and targets readers interested in emerging SP work. The column also seeks topics that are interdisciplinary and relevant for the SPM readers. Note that the coverage of this column is different from that of the SP Applications column, the latter of which focuses on established applications.

Column: Life Sciences
This column brings insights on how signal processing can help us advance the quality of life by new technologies, discoveries and theories being used to address challenges in the important medical, health and life sciences. The articles published in this column are either standalone or part of thematic cycles that cover several issues.

Column: Social Sciences
This column shares knowledge on the modelling of human behavior both through human-human communication, social dynamics and even human-machine interaction, and how signal processing theories and algorithms are being used to help us understand these complex, psychologically driven interactions. The articles published in this column are either standalone or part of thematic cycles that cover several issues.

Category: Education

Column: SP Education
This column presents interesting experiments and stories of success in applying digital signal processing for educational purposes, with attention to discussing the goals, methods, feedback received from the students, and lessons learned by both students and educators. The column also presents cycles of articles that bring a broader perspective on education and effective communication, and that target a wide range of readers, from beginners to experts.

Column: SP Competition
SPS organizes the SP Cup and VIP Cup at ICASSP and ICIP, respectively. These competitions are open to undergraduate teams and the organizers are invited to describe the details of the competition, how students worked together, how they applied their signal processing knowledge, and their feedback on the experience and learning.

Category: Advice

Column: SP Tips and Tricks
This column presents in-depth articles that aim to solve practical problems. While it always contains a theoretical component, this column provides SP advice by also including careful comparisons, discussions of experimental issues and conclusions that are invaluable for practitioners.

Column: Lecture Notes
This column tracks the main directions in SP research using works at major conferences and workshops in our field, and presents in-depth materials that have not been covered sufficiently in existing textbooks. As such, the target audience of this column consists of all readers who enjoy presentations in a tutorial- or classroom-like teaching context. An article in this column is intended to be a crisp write-up (very similar to the notes one would take in a course or other classroom presentation). For consistency across different issues and topics, the Lecture Notes column makes use of a predefined format.

Category: Reflections

Column: SP History
This column brings to our readers articles that present major SP discoveries, as well as the stories, interesting events and personalities involved. An article in this column focuses on presenting a major SP discovery from the perspective of its author, and at the same time on presenting the interesting circumstances surrounding the discovery. Typically the SP History articles also present the subsequent developments originating from the discovery in a compact form. However, they are not intended (and cannot) contain an exhaustive presentation of all valuable efforts that followed the initial discovery.

Column: Perspectives
This column aims to provide articles that share perspectives on topics of interest to the SPS community on the exciting new research directions which will impact signal processing research and even our everyday lives. Contributions can be inspired from presentations given by Distinguished Lecture program and reflections and highlights from the SP blogs.

Category: Resources

Columns: Standards in a Nutshell
This column presents in a compact and accessible form, relevant audio, video, networking, graphics, scene representation standards. For consistency across different issues and topics, the Standards in a Nutshell column uses of a predefined format.

Column: Book Review
This column, which tracks new SP directions through the books published, provides a rich content that discusses several aspects related to the book reviewed including comparisons with competitors on the book market.

Column: Best of the Web
This column focuses on web resources that are useful for SP evaluation, design, optimization, education, blog- and forum- discussion, and (why not) fun.

Category: Forums

A SP Forum is typically a discussion that involves several experts, and focuses on topics that are novel yet sufficiently mature, present some level of controversy and are best presented using orthogonal or converging arguments.

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