Newsletter – Vol. 25, February 2014
President's Message
EURASIP Society Awards
Call for EURASIP Fellow Nominations
New EURASIP Local Liaisons
3MT First Prize Sponsorship
EURASIP Seminars
Calendar of Events
Open Special Issues
Published Special Issues
Recent Ph.D. Theses
Job Posts
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President's Message: EURASIP Fellows 2014
In 2007, the EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD) initiated a “Fellowship Programme”, to recognize outstanding achievements of its members and volunteers. Each year, a select group of signal processing researchers are elevated to “EURASIP Fellow”, the Association's most prestigious honour.

It is my pleasure to announce the result of the 2014 selection process. In recognition of their many important contributions to the field of signal processing, the EURASIP BoD elevates the following individuals to “EURASIP Fellow 2014”:
  • Prof. Nikolaos Sidiropoulos (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA) for contributions to tensor decomposition and signal processing for communications.
  • Prof. Alle-Jan van der Veen (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) for contributions to array signal processing applied to communications and radio astronomy.
  • Prof. Miguel Lagunas (Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain) for contributions in the application of multi-antenna signal processing techniques to satellite systems.
  • Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg (Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT), Germany) for contributions to perceptual audio coding.
I wish to congratulate our new EURASIP Fellows on this most important achievement. The Fellowship Awards will be presented at EUSIPCO 2014, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, September 1-5, 2014.
contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
EURASIP Society Awards Presented at EUSIPCO 2014
The European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) congratulates the following colleagues who will receive the Society’s prestigious awards. The awards will be presented at EUSIPCO 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Technical Achievement Award honours a person who, over a period of years, has made outstanding technical contributions to theory or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society, as demonstrated by publications, patents, or recognized impact in this field. This year’s recipient is Prof. William J. Fitzgerald, “For contributions in applications of Bayesian theory in signal processing”.

The Group Technical Achievement Award is given to the head of a group in academia or industry that has achieved significant contributions in signal processing and related areas over a number of years. This year’s recipient is Prof. Gianni Vernazza, “For contributions to signal processing and pattern recognition with applications to remote sensing, communications and biomedical imaging”.

The Meritorious Service Award is given to recognize individuals who have given distinguished service to the Society in the form of significant contributions to the development of EURASIP, distinguished service to the advancement and pursuit of the technical objectives of EURASIP, or active cooperation in actions supported or sponsored by EURASIP. This year’s recipient is Prof. Sergios Theodoridis, “For contributions at the highest technical level of achievement in service of the Society”.

The Athanasios Papoulis Award is given to honour scientists whose work has had a major impact on various aspects of signal processing education. The award is offered only when there is an exceptional candidate nomination and not on a regular basis. This year’s recipient is Prof. Ali H. Sayed, “For fundamental contributions to the advancement of research and education in the areas of adaptive and statistical signal processing”.
contributed by Patrick A. Naylor, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
EURASIP Awards: Call for Fellow Nominations
EURASIP Fellow nominations are invited with a deadline of October 31st, 2014.

The EURASIP fellowship programme recognizes outstanding achievements of its members and volunteers. Each year, a select group of up to four European signal processing researchers are elevated to EURASIP Fellow, the Association’s most prestigious honour. Fellowships are awarded with a citation of the form “for contributions to ...”, i.e. referring to a major long-term contribution to a technical field.

How to Submit Nominations

Any EURASIP member can nominate a colleague to be elevated to Fellow grade. Nominations should be submitted to the EURASIP Awards Chair by e-mail. The nomination form can be downloaded from the EURASIP website via this link.

The deadline is October 31st of every year. The Board of Directors encourages you to share this information with your colleagues.
contributed by Patrick A. Naylor, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
New EURASIP Local Liaisons
Two new EURASIP Local Liaisons are welcomed:

Dr. Daniele Giacobello
Senior Research Engineer
Beats Electronics, LLC
1601 Clovefield Blvd., Suite 5000N
Santa Monica

Dr. Munevver Kokuer
School of Digital Media Technology
Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point

For any one interested in joining the Local Liaison team and propose EURASIP activities, do not hesitate to contact Ana I. Perez Neira. More information is available at the LL section of the EURASIP website.
contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Membership Development Coordinator back to top
3MT First Prize Sponsorship
The three minutes thesis competition (3MT) is a research communication competition where PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. It is an exercise for students to consolidate their ideas so they can present them concisely to a non-specialist audience. Together with scientific and technical quality, EURASIP wants to promote transversal skills of PhD researchers such as oral and presentation skills, also it wants to help PhDs to gain visibility of their work. For this reason EURASIP encourages its members to organize 3MT either in their institutions: University, PhD school, Academia, Research Centre or in any conference, workshop, seasonal school or research event. Prizes are an important incentive for students entering the competition and EURASIP will give a 1.500 EUR research travel grant to the first prize so that this PhD or PhD student can attend next year’s EUSIPCO.
Details on how to start a 3MT competition can be found at the 3MT website.

If you are organizing a 3MT competition and would like to apply for EURASIP sponsorship, you should contact Ana I. Perez Neira.
contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Membership Development Coordinator back to top
EURASIP Seminars
Upcoming Seminars Date Location
CUTE 2014 masterclasses
by Miller Puckette, Marc Leman, Christophe d’Alessandro, Sébastien Roy
Mar. 12-15, 2014 Numediart Institute, Mons, Belgium
EURASIP Liaison: Thierry Dutoit
Multilingual automatic speech recognition (Keynote at SLTU’14)
by Satoshi Nakamura
May 14-16, 2014 SPIIRAS, St. Petersburg, Russia
EURASIP Liaison: Alexey Karpov
Reports and technical presentations of past EURASIP Seminars can be found on the EURASIP Seminars webpage.
contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Membership Development Coordinator 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 EURASIP Events Coordinator, 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.
Name & Link Date Location
EUSIPCO 2014, 22nd European Signal Processing Conference
(Paper submission deadline: Mar. 6, 2014)
Sep. 1-5, 2014 Lisbon, Portugal
contributed by Abdelhak Zoubir, EURASIP Events Coordinator back to top
Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
Signal Processing Deadline
Machine Learning and Signal Processing for Human Pose Recovery and Behavior Analysis
Apr. 1, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
Security Challenges and Issues in Cognitive Radio Networks Mar. 15, 2014
Recent Advances in Tensor Based Signal and Image Processing Mar. 31, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
Technical Advances in the Design and Deployment of Future Heterogeneous Networks Jun. 30, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing Deadline
Atypical Speech & Voices: Corpora, Classification, Coaching & Conversion Mar. 15, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Deadline
Large Scale Learning for Media Understanding Dec. 31, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Deadline
Collusion Secure Fingerprinting and Transactional Watermarking Mar. 21, 2014
Advances in Digital Forensics Jul. 25, 2014
contributed by Toon van Waterschoot, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
Recently Published Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
Signal Processing: Image Communication Issue
Advances in High Dynamic Range Video Research
Edited by Marta Mrak, Robert Cohen and Patrick Le Callet
Feb. 2014
contributed by Toon van Waterschoot, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
Recently submitted Ph.D. Theses in EURASIP Library
Author Title & Link University Supervisors Publication Year
Symeon Chouvardas Robust Adaptive Machine Learning Algorithms for Distributed Signal Processing National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Sergios Theodoridis 2013
Markku Mäkitalo Exact Unbiased Inverse of the Anscombe Transformation and its Poisson-Gaussian Generalization Tampere University of Technology Alessandro Foi 2013
Ivan Gligorijevic Spike train discrimination and analysis in neural and surface electromyography (sEMG) applications KU Leuven Sabine Van Huffel, Bart Nuttin, Carmen Bartic 2013
Alexander Caicedo Dorado Signal processing for monitoring cerebral hemodynamics in neonates KU Leuven Sabine Van Huffel, Gunnar Naulaers 2013
Jose Manuel Gil-Cacho Adaptive filtering algorithms for acoustic echo cancellation and acoustic feedback control in speech communication applications KU Leuven Marc Moonen, Toon van Waterschoot, Søren Holdt Jensen 2013
Rodrigo B. Moraes Signal and Spectrum Coordination for Next Generation DSL Networks KU Leuven Marc Moonen, Paschalis Tsiaflakis 2014
Màrius Caus López MIMO Designs for filter bank multicarrier and multiantenna systems based on OQAM Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Ana I. Pérez Neira 2013
Rui Min Face Recognition Robust to Occlusions Telecom ParisTech Jean-Luc Dugelay 2013
Suhadi Speech Enhancement Using Data-Driven Concepts Technische Universität Braunschweig Tim Fingscheidt 2012
David Ayllón Speech Enhancement Algorithms for Audiological Applications Universidad de Alcalá Manuel Rosa-Zurera, Roberto Gil-Pita 2014
Yong Cheng Joint Downlink Beamforming and Discrete Resource Allocation Using Mixed-Integer Programming Technische Universität Darmstadt Marius Pesavento 2014
Oya Celiktutan Structured and Sequential Representations For Human Action Recognition Bogazici University Bulent Sankur 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
Ph.D. position in video surveillance and privacy EURECOM Sophia Antipolis Biot, France May 1, 2014
2 PhDs and 2 Post-docs CNRS Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France Jul. 13, 2014
3 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions at University of Nantes (France) in the Initial Training Network PROVISION University of Nantes Nantes, France Dec. 31, 2014
contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator back to top
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