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If You Cannot Come to Us, We Will Go to You...

By: 
Ali H. Sayed

I have made a concerted effort in my previous editorials to cover topics that embrace our humanity and diversity and touch on issues of social value, the environment, the universe, our history, and science. In it all, I hope that you were able to see the reach and impact of our discipline into the depths of our existence. Our technologies enable discoveries and interactions with our surroundings. They also place a heavy weight on our shoulders to make sure we promote solutions that enrich and preserve our existence rather than limit it.

In my parting message as your Society president, I will step back and share with you a summary of the initiatives we have pursued and policies we have put in place to serve our members. I would not have been able to act on these ideas without the support of exceptional colleagues serving as volunteer leaders on the Society’s Executive Committee and as members of the Society’s Board of Governors (BoG). To all of them, including to those who may have had opposing views on certain issues, I express my deepest gratitude. Your perspectives helped enrich our discourse and sharpen our focus.

Our aim has always been the same: to build and sustain a stronger IEEE Signal Processing Society that is up to the times and serves its members in innovative ways, including those from disadvantaged regions. By working together, we have been able to make a difference for the betterment of our discipline. There is, of course, more to be accomplished, and I move on with a sense of optimism. Our Society is forward-looking and will continue to flourish under the able leadership of Ahmed Tewfik, our new president, (2020–2021), and Athina Petropulu, his successor as president-elect (2022–2023). I have interacted with both of them over many years, as well as with our predecessors including Past-President Rabab Ward, now leading our Awards Board. All of these colleagues care deeply about our Society and its members. We are in good hands.

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