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  Newsletter – Vol. 26, January 2015
 
 
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President's Message

This is the first EURASIP Newsletter of 2015. In the last issue of 2014, I welcomed all EUSIPCO-2014 participants and attendees of our 2014 EURASIP Seasonal Schools as 2015 members of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). In the past, we were collecting new membership almost only through EUSIPCO attendance. Today, you can also become a member by attending one of the EURASIP Seasonal Schools. We launched a program of Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing last year with the goal of providing graduate students, Ph.D. students, and early stage researchers with a background in signal processing and its applications. We hope in this way to bring our association's activities and initiatives to a bigger audience and so to increase our visibility, especially amongst young researchers and Ph.D. students. In 2014, we had two successful Schools, one in Pisa (Italy) on “Radar Signal Processing”, and one in Aalborg (Denmark), on “Advanced Psychoacoustics: Theory, Practice and Modelling". The next one will be held at CTTC in Barcelona (Spain) in June 2015 and it is devoted to “Foundations and Advances in Stochastic Filtering” (contact the organizer, Dr. Pau Closas, for more information). If you are interested in organizing a EURASIP Seasonal School, please submit your proposal white paper, following the guidelines reported in the Seasonal Schools webpage (www.eurasip.org).

This year, we are starting a new two-year term of the elected EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD). After two years of presidency, I have been re-elected EURASIP President. I thanks the BoD members for giving me the opportunity to continue my work as President, counting on the help of the Past-President, Marc Moonen, and of the new EURASIP Board of Directors. Following the voting for the renewal of the BoD (announced in the Sept—Oct. 2014 issue of the Newsletter), we decided for a rotation on the charges, together with the creation of the new position of External Relations chair. I would like to express here my heartfelt thanks to the BoD members currently retiring from the Board, Maria Paula Queluz and Aggelos Pikrakis. They will continue to support and advise the Association as newly elected “Working Members”. In the new Board of Directors, the newly elected members, Fernando Pereira (Portugal) and Alle-Jan van der Veen (The Netherlands), will be in charge of the External Relations and Publications, respectively. Ana Perez-Neira will be our new Awards chair, Jean-Luc Dugelay the Membership Development chair, Patrick Naylor the Workshops/Conferences chair, and Abdelhak Zoubir our Secretary/Treasurer. In addition to that, Aggelos generously accepted the role of EURASIP officer with the task of Web Services Coordinator.

In concluding, let me remind to put an eye on the deadlines for the next EUSIPCO that will be held in Nice (France), the capital of the Côte d'Azur. EUSIPCO 2015 is organized under the General Chairmanship of Prof. Jean-Luc Dugelay and Prof. Dirk Slock (EURECOM) and it promises to be a memorable event. The Call for Papers and more detailed information are available at www.eusipco2015.org.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at EUSIPCO 2015!

contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President

 

 

Newsletter – Vol. 26, January 2015
TABLE OF CONTENTS
President's Message
EURASIP Special Area Teams (SATs)
Call for new Local Liaisons
EURASIP Seasonal School
Calendar of Events
EURASIP Seminars
Open Special Issues
Recent Ph.D. Theses
Job Posts
   
If this newsletter is not displaying properly, please view the online version
President's Message
This is the first EURASIP Newsletter of 2015. In the last issue of 2014, I welcomed all EUSIPCO-2014 participants and attendees of our 2014 EURASIP Seasonal Schools as 2015 members of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). In the past, we were collecting new membership almost only through EUSIPCO attendance. Today, you can also become a member by attending one of the EURASIP Seasonal Schools. We launched a program of Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing last year with the goal of providing graduate students, Ph.D. students, and early stage researchers with a background in signal processing and its applications. We hope in this way to bring our association's activities and initiatives to a bigger audience and so to increase our visibility, especially amongst young researchers and Ph.D. students. In 2014, we had two successful Schools, one in Pisa (Italy) on “Radar Signal Processing”, and one in Aalborg (Denmark), on “Advanced Psychoacoustics: Theory, Practice and Modelling". The next one will be held at CTTC in Barcelona (Spain) in June 2015 and it is devoted to “Foundations and Advances in Stochastic Filtering” (contact the organizer, Dr. Pau Closas, for more information). If you are interested in organizing a EURASIP Seasonal School, please submit your proposal white paper, following the guidelines reported in the Seasonal Schools webpage (www.eurasip.org).

This year, we are starting a new two-year term of the elected EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD). After two years of presidency, I have been re-elected EURASIP President. I thanks the BoD members for giving me the opportunity to continue my work as President, counting on the help of the Past-President, Marc Moonen, and of the new EURASIP Board of Directors. Following the voting for the renewal of the BoD (announced in the Sept—Oct. 2014 issue of the Newsletter), we decided for a rotation on the charges, together with the creation of the new position of External Relations chair. I would like to express here my heartfelt thanks to the BoD members currently retiring from the Board, Maria Paula Queluz and Aggelos Pikrakis. They will continue to support and advise the Association as newly elected “Working Members”. In the new Board of Directors, the newly elected members, Fernando Pereira (Portugal) and Alle-Jan van der Veen (The Netherlands), will be in charge of the External Relations and Publications, respectively. Ana Perez-Neira will be our new Awards chair, Jean-Luc Dugelay the Membership Development chair, Patrick Naylor the Workshops/Conferences chair, and Abdelhak Zoubir our Secretary/Treasurer. In addition to that, Aggelos generously accepted the role of EURASIP officer with the task of Web Services Coordinator.

In concluding, let me remind to put an eye on the deadlines for the next EUSIPCO that will be held in Nice (France), the capital of the Côte d'Azur. EUSIPCO 2015 is organized under the General Chairmanship of Prof. Jean-Luc Dugelay and Prof. Dirk Slock (EURECOM) and it promises to be a memorable event. The Call for Papers and more detailed information are available at www.eusipco2015.org.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at EUSIPCO 2015!
contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
EURASIP Special Area Teams (SATs)
Dear EURASIP Members,

I am writing you to announce the launching of the EURASIP Special Area Teams (SATs) which gather groups of experts interested in a specific field and have the main objective to facilitate the interaction and communication of EURASIP associates in a specific scientific area, notably by sharing knowledge and visions, discuss trends, spreading information about innovations, create ties, facilitating collaboration beyond EURASIP, organize meetings and events, etc. The SATs should allow creating tighter ties between EURASIP members working in a specific area. It is expected that these objectives may allow EURASIP associates to feel that SATs bring added value and thus make EURASIP associates willing to propose SATs and be SAT members.

SATs are established by the EURASIP Board of Directors following a proposal by at least ten EURASIP associates. The proposal should define the special area to address, detail the motivation why it is of benefit to establish a SAT in that specific scientific area, present a specific plan of activities and propose a (partial or complete) list of SAT founding members as well as the Chair and Vice-Chair. SAT proposals may be made at any time to the EURASIP President.

The full definition framework for the SATs is available at the EURASIP Web page, notably at http://www.eurasip.org/Proceedings/SAT.pdf

At this stage, all EURASIP members who feel that SATs may help them to connect better with their colleagues and reach the objectives listed above are welcome to submit their SAT proposals to the the EURASIP External Relations chair, Prof. Fernando Pereira (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

I hope that you may find this new EURASIP instrument useful and I look forward receiving your SAT proposals.
contributed by Fernando Pereira, EURASIP External Relations Chair back to top
Call for new Local Liaisons
EURASIP is now on the point of renewing the Local Liaison (LL) Board and this message is to invite you to apply to become a LL officer. Among other benefits, EURASIP offers a scientific forum that any member can use to promote different kind of initiatives and LL’s are those who volunteer to propose which kind of initiatives are interesting to be organized. At www.eurasip.org you can find, for instance, the seminar series by outstanding speakers that has been organized by the actual LL’s. In general, a seminar day could be to have one main invited speaker, providing one or two lectures, together with a number of (shorter) lectures provided by local speakers. This has proved to be a successful format, but is merely given as an example here. EURASIP will provide funding for such activities, so that the organizers do not incur large financial risk.

Aside from seminars given by outstanding speakers, among the activities that EURASIP can technically and economically support you can think of:

- Winter or Summer schools;
- PhD Forums or workshops organized by/for PhD students, which promote the transversal competences that are requested in the European Space for Higher Education;
- 3 Minutes Thesis competitions;
- Etc.

EURASIP mainly envisages ’ambitious’ activities, for a fairly large audience (minimum 50) with a formal registration and registration fees. The actual format of these activities is intentionally left largely undefined.

Liaisons are appointed by EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD) and are chosen to best meet the profile of active people within the Signal Processing community. They are in charge not only of coordinating and stimulating local activities, but also of contributing to promote EURASIP at the national level, increasing the response to problems and inviting young collaborators and colleagues to submit their PhD theses. At every EUSIPCO there is a Local Liaison meeting, where we all put in common our ideas.

To apply for LL officer you can contact me or any other BoD member, young collaborators are very welcome. For more information about the Local Liaison Program, how to enrol and to find out who your liaison is in your country, we encourage you to contact me or to visit www.eurasip.org. There you can also find different "Forms of Interest" that clarify the existing procedures.

Also, any comments that you might have about "What do you expect from EURASIP?" are very welcome and can initiate some nice discussions.

Ana I. Pérez-Neira
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
contributed by Ana I. Pérez-Neira back to top
EURASIP Seasonal School Foundations and Advances in Stochastic Filtering
The third EURASIP Seasonal School will be held 22—26 June 2015 in Barcelona (Spain) and will focus on “Foundations and Advances in Stochastic Filtering” (FASF2015). It will cover the theoretical foundations and tackle both methodological advances and state-of-the-art applications of stochastic filtering. The programme is arranged around five one-day tutorials delivered by internationally renowned researchers. The School aims at providing Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers and young scientists the opportunity to meet some of the leading experts in the field and to learn from them.

More information can be found in the flyer of the PhD school.
contributed by Ana I. Pérez-Neira back to top
Calendar of EURASIP Co-Sponsored Events
Event organizers who wish to apply for EURASIP co-sponsorship should send an e-mail to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., containing the following information: (1) Name of the conference/workshop, (2) Place and dates, (3) Previous editions of the conference/workshop, (4) Previous co-sponsorship, (5) Expected number of attendees, (6) Names of plenary speakers, (7) A rationale as to why EURASIP should sponsor the conference/workshop.
Reports of past EURASIP co-sponsored events can be found on the 'Past Conferences' webpage.
Name & Link Date Location
PECCS 2015, 5th International Conference on Pervasive and Embedded Computing and Communication Systems Feb. 11-13, 2015 Angers, France
IWBF 2015, 3rd International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics March 3-4, 2015 Gjøvik, Norway
CoSeRa 2015, 3rd International Workshop on Compressed Sensing Theory and its Applications to Radar, Sonar and Remote Sensing
(Paper submission deadline: Feb. 2, 2015)
June 22-24, 2015 Pisa, Italy
EUSIPCO 2015, 23rd European Signal Processing Conference
(Paper submission deadline: Feb. 13, 2015)
Aug. 31 - Sep. 4, 2015 Nice, France
RFID 2015, 5th International EURASIP Workshop on RFID Technology
(Paper submission deadline: May 29, 2015)
Oct. 22-23, 2015 Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany
contributed by Patrick Naylor, EURASIP Workshops/Conferences Chair back to top
Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
   
Signal Processing Deadline
Big Data Meets Multimedia Analytics May 1, 2015
Signal Processing: Image Communication Deadline
Aesthetically-Aware Image and Video Analysis Feb. 1, 2015
   
Speech Communication Deadline
Phase-Aware Signal Processing in Speech Communication May 15, 2015
   
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
'Silencing the Echoes' - Processing of Reverberant Speech Feb. 1, 2015
Network Coding May 31, 2015
Recent Advances in Massive MIMO Systems May 31, 2015
Signal Processing for Big Data June 1, 2015
 
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
Mobile Multimedia Cloud Computing Feb. 27, 2015
 
EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Deadline
Bayesian Methods for Computational Systems Biology Feb. 15, 2015
       
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Deadline
Large Scale Learning for Media Understanding Jan. 31, 2015
High Dynamic Range Imaging: Providing a Step Change in Imaging Technology Mar. 31, 2015
Computer Vision in Road Safety and Intelligent Traffic Apr. 30, 2015
    
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Deadline
Revised Selected Papers of ACM IH and MMS 2014 Feb. 6, 2015
Challenges for Multimedia Content Security in Social Networks Feb. 15, 2015
contributed by Alexander Bertrand, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
Recently submitted Ph.D. Theses in EURASIP Library
Author Title & Link University Supervisors Publication Year
Maggioni, Matteo Adaptive Nonlocal Signal Restoration and Enhancement Techniques for High-Dimensional Data Tampere University of Technology Alessandro Foi 2015
Jamali-Rad, Hadi Sparsity-Aware Wireless Networks: Localization and Sensor Selection TU Delft Geert Leus 2014
Astrinaki, Maria Performative Statistical Parametric Speech Synthesis Applied To Interactive Designs University of Mons Thierry Dutoit, Nicolas d'Alessandro 2014
Micha Baum Improving Speech Recognition for Pluricentric Languages exemplified on Varieties of German TU Graz Gernot Kubin, Zdravko Kacic, Rudolf Muhr 2003
Correia, Pedro Daniel Frazão Multiple Description Coding for Path Diversity Video Streaming University of Coimbra Vitor Manuel Mendes da Silva, Pedro A. Amado Assuncao 2013
contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator back to top
Job Posts
EURASIP encourages employers to post open research positions in Signal Processing on the EURASIP Job Site.
Open positions will be continuously accessible online and will be advertised monthly in the EURASIP Newsletter.
Open Positions Institution Location Closing Date
Associate Professor in Signal Processing Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden March 20, 2015
3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship Signal Processing Techniques for 5G Wireless Communications Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and TU Ilmenau Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Feb. 1, 2015
Pre-doctoral openings in Signal Processing, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Madrid, Spain Jan. 31, 2015
Thèse video protection par modèle de saillance Université De Mons / Université D'Ottawa Mons, Belgium Jan. 30, 2015
contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator back to top
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