Newsletter – Vol. 25, September-October 2014
President's message
2014 BoD Election Results
New Associate Editors in SpringerOpen Journals
EURASIP Society Awards - Call for Nominations
Call for PhD Thesis Submission & Best PhD Thesis Award
EURASIP Seasonal School
Calendar of Events
EURASIP Seminars
Open Special Issues
Recent Ph.D. Theses
Job Posts
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President's Message: Welcome to New EURASIP Members
I would like to give a warm welcome to our new members and truly hope they will appreciate and support EURASIP activities and initiatives!

EUSIPCO 2014 was organized in Lisbon (Portugal), one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in Europe. Through their registration, all EUSIPCO 2014 participants automatically become EURASIP members (if not members already) or renewed their membership until December 31st, 2015. Current members who did not attend EUSIPCO 2014 will receive an invitation to renew their membership for 2015 through the EURASIP website. The membership benefits are various and valuable, and they are succinctly described in our promotional flyer downloadable here.

EUSIPCO 2014 was a successful event that gathered about 600 attendees in Lisbon. Thanks to the work of the General Chair (Prof. Leonel Sousa), of the Technical Program co-Chairs (Mario Figueiredo and Antonio Rodrigues), and of their organizing committee, EUSIPCO 2014 provided a very attractive technical program, featuring a strong selection of tutorials (with free access for registered participants), special sessions, invited plenary speakers and one EURASIP Fellow Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Nikos Sidiropoulos, as well as a very attractive social program. I am sure that all the colleagues who attended this EUSIPCO enjoyed the conference and the city.

Attending EUSIPCO 2014 you supported EURASIP activities and initiatives. Thanks to the work of my predecessors, EURASIP has always tried to offer the best possible service to the signal processing community by adopting a policy of “openness”. In particular, since various years EURASIP provides “open access” to almost all of its material and publications, meaning that these are made freely downloadable not only to EURASIP members, but to every interested reader. In addition, all previous EUSIPCO proceedings are freely available from the EURASIP Open Library. Similarly, workshop and conference organizers who receive EURASIP technical co-sponsorship are asked to make their proceedings freely available in the EURASIP website. Please, visit our website, to find links to our “open access” journals, to our conference proceedings archive, as well as to a selection of downloadable books, and to our Newsletters archive. We also maintain a PhD Library, where PhD theses in signal processing and its applications can be uploaded by authors and downloaded by interested readers. Real-time download statistics are also available. Additionally, since many years, we support ten journals, seven of which are published by SpringerOpen under the “open access” publication model. The other three are “toll access” journals published by Elsevier. Here, I invite everyone again to visit the EURASIP website, follow the links to our open access journals and download the papers of your interest. Do not forget that EURASIP membership also guarantees you a 10% discount for any of the journals supported by EURASIP, either open access (publication fee discount) or toll access (subscription fee discount).

EURASIP has introduced many changes over the past years. Recently, we launched a program of Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing. The EURASIP seasonal school program has the goal of providing graduate students, Ph.D. students, and early stage researchers with background on selected topics in signal processing and its applications. The primary objective for creating a seasonal school program is membership development for young researchers with interests in signal processing and its applications. The first EURASIP School was held in Pisa in September ( and it was devoted to radar signal processing and its applications. The Call for 2015 Seasonal School proposals is open. If you are interested on organizing a EURASIP Seasonal School, please submit your proposal white paper, following the guidelines reported in the Seasonal Schools webpage.

In closing, let me remind that next EUSIPCO will be held in Nice (France), the capital of the Coté d’Azour. 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

Looking forward to seeing all of you at EUSIPCO 2015 and having the chance to discuss with you all the challenging issues concerning EURASIP, our friendly and dynamic society.
contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
EURASIP 2014 BoD Election Results
EURASIP is managed by the Board of Directors (BoD). EURASIP BoD elections are held every two years. The EURASIP Advisory Committee confirms the BoD election results and appointments. All elected BoD members serve four year terms.

This year for the first time, the voting for the renewal of EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD) was only electronic. The deadline for voting was August 31st and the outcome of the voting was announced at EUSIPCO 2014 in Lisbon and approved by the EURASIP Advisory Committee last week. We have three BoD members ending their term on Dec.31st 2013, namely Aggelos Pikrakis, Paula Queluz, and Jean-Luc Dugelay. We selected 8 candidates for 3 seats. The outcome of the elections was as follows:

   110   Fernando Pereira
   109   Alle-Jan van der Veen
   95    Jean-Luc Dugelay
   83    Yonina C. Eldar
   76    Aggelos Pikrakis
   67    Mujdat Cetin
   37    Jan Larsen
   17    Tomas McKelvey

I wish to congratulate Jean-Luc Dugelay for being re-elected to the BoD. I also congratulate and welcome our newly elected BoD Members Fernando Pereira and Alle-Jan van der Veen. Their term is starting January 1st 2015. I am looking forward to working with them.
contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
New Associate Editors for SpringerOpen Journals
EURASIP maintains a portfolio of seven Open Access journals published by SpringerOpen, and can only do so thanks to the excellent management by the seven Editors-in-Chief and the strong commitment of over 300 Associate Editors. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of 14 new Associate Editors for the EURASIP journals published by SpringerOpen.
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Affiliation
Simon Doclo University of Oldenburg (Germany)
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Affiliation
Aaron D. Striegel University of Notre Dame (USA)
Yong Li Tsinghua University (China)
Xu Chen University of Goettingen (Germany)
EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Affiliation
Peng Qiu Georgia Tech & Emory University (USA)
Ulisses de Mendonça Braga‐Neto Texas A&M University (USA)
Tatsuya Akutsu Kyoto University (Japan)
Satoru Miyano University of Tokyo (Japan)
Mehmet Koyutürk Case Western Reserve University (USA)
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Affiliation
Andrea Prati University IUAV of Venice (Italy)
Anthony T. S. Ho University of Surrey (UK)
Enrico Magli Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Gerald Schaefer Loughborough University (UK)
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Affiliation
Andreas Uhl Salzburg University (Austria)
contributed by Jean-Luc Dugelay, EURASIP Publications Chair back to top
EURASIP Society Awards - Call for Nominations
Each year, EURASIP recognizes technical and professional achievements through its celebrated EURASIP Awards Program. As part of the organization’s overall mission to advance signal processing as a science and a profession, EURASIP’s Board of Directors annually evaluates the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments.

EURASIP Members are invited to nominate candidates for EURASIP Society Awards that fall into the following categories:
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Group Technical Achievement Award
  • Technical Achievement Award
  • Athanasios Papoulis Award.
For additional information on the scope and criteria for these awards, please visit the EURASIP website at The website also gives details of the nomination process and copies of the nomination forms can be downloaded. A listing of previous award recipients with their award citations is also available on the EURASIP Awards webpage.

Please submit nominations to the EURASIP Awards chair, Patrick Naylor, by e-mail ( The deadline for nominations is 31st December 2014.

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and peers.
contributed by Patrick Naylor, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
Call for PhD Thesis Submission & Best PhD Thesis Award
The European Association for Signal Processing ( created and maintains a database of PhD manuscripts at, which is one of the world's largest in the area of signal processing. The database also keeps tracks of monthly downloads and publishes regularly in its page the 10 top downloaded theses.

Every year a committee of experts nominated by the EURASIP Board of Directors selects up to three theses related to different areas of signal processing to be awarded ‘Best PhD Thesis’ awards. The selection process is based on the evaluation of the impact of the theses, their subsequent journal and conference publications and related citations received, and on the review reports of independent reviewers as well as on the download and citation statistics.

In order to select the 20xx best PhD theses, the temporal window of the years 20xx-5 through 20xx-3 is considered. The awards will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at EUSIPCO 20xx. Each award consists of a certificate and of a travelling & accommodation reimbursement of 1K Euros for attending the Awards Ceremony.

If you want to make your PhD thesis available in the EURASIP database, visit the site and upload your thesis.
contributed by Patrick Naylor, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
EURASIP PhD School Advanced Psychoacoustics
The second EURASIP PhD School will be held 10-14 November 2014 in Aalborg (Denmark) and will focus on “Advanced Psychoacoustics: Theory, Practice and Modelling”. The School aims to to fill the gap between psychoacoustics, signal processing, modelling, and sound perception, and is featuring leading experts who will provide the state of the art in a wide range of topics within reverberation and psychoacoustics. Moreover, three workshops will run during the School on: 1) Auditory Modelling, 2) Room Acoustic Simulation and Analysis, and 3) Perceptual Evaluation and Experimental Design.

The School will be held at Aalborg University in the northern part of Denmark, and is co-organized and co-sponsored by the FP7-PEOPLE Marie Curie Initial Training Network DREAMS and Aalborg University. More information can be found in the flyer of the PhD school, and also on the PhD school 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.
Reports of past EURASIP co-sponsored events can be found on the 'Past Conferences' webpage.
Name & Link Date Location
IPTA 2014, 4th International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications Oct. 14-17, 2014 Paris, France
EUVIP 2014, 5th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing Dec. 10-12, 2014 Paris, France
ICPRAM 2015, 4th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods Jan. 10-12, 2015 Lisbon, Portugal
BIOSIGNALS 2015, 8th International Conference on Bio-Inspired Systems and Signal Processing Jan. 12-15, 2015 Lisbon, Portugal
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 Abdelhak Zoubir, EURASIP Events Coordinator back to top
EURASIP Seminars
Upcoming Seminars Date Location
Joint IEEE-EURASIP Spanish Seminar on Signal Processing, Communications and Information Theory
(by R. Urbanke and F. Willems)
10-11 December 2014 Univ. Carlos III, Madrid-Spain
Third Greek Signal Processing Jam (SP-JAM3) in honour of George Carayannis
(by Evita Fotinea, Vassilis Katsouros)
20 January 2015 "Leonidas Zervas" amphitheatre, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
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
Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
Signal Processing: Image Communication Deadline
Recent Advances in Saliency Models, Applications and Evaluations
Nov. 30, 2014
Aesthetically-Aware Image and Video Analysis
Jan. 1, 2015
Speech Communication Deadline
Advances in Sparse Modeling and Low-rank Modeling for Speech Processing Dec. 1, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
Advanced signal processing techniques and telecommunications network infrastructures for Smart Grid analysis, monitoring and management Oct. 30, 2014
'Silencing the Echoes' - Processing of Reverberant Speech Feb. 1, 2015
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
Experimental Evaluation in Wireless Communications Oct. 31, 2014
Mobile Multimedia Cloud Computing Feb. 27, 2015
EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing Deadline
Deep Learning for Speech and Language Processing Applications Dec. 15, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Deadline
Large Scale Learning for Media Understanding Dec. 20, 2014
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Deadline
Revised Selected Papers of ACM IH and MMS 2014 Oct. 31, 2014
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
Maleki, Sina Energy-Efficient Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio Networks TU Delft Geert Leus 2013
Soltanalian, Mojtaba Signal Design for Active Sensing and Communications Uppsala University Petre Stoica 2014
Comminiello, Danilo Adaptive Algorithms for Intelligent Acoustic Interfaces Sapienza University of Rome Aurelio Uncini 2012
Habib, Tania Auditory Inspired Methods for Multiple Speaker Localization and Tracking Using a Circular Microphone Array Graz University of Technology, Austria Gernot Kubin, Harald Romsdorfer 2012
Yin, Feng Robust Wireless Localization in Harsh Mixed Line-of-Sight/Non-Line-of-Sight Environments Technische Universität Darmstadt Abdelhak Zoubir, Fredrik Gustafsson 2014
Daniele, Borio A Statistical Theory for GNSS Signal Acquisition Politecnico di Torino Letizia Lo Presti, Gérard Lachapelle 2008
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 multi-channel signal processing with applications in brain-computer interfaces KU Leuven, University of Leuven Leuven, Belgium Nov. 7, 2014
PostDoc Research Fellow King Fahd University Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Dec. 31, 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
2 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PROVISION in the field of Video Compression University of Nantes Nantes, France Dec. 31, 2014
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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