Newsletter – Vol. 26, September 2015
President's message
Special Area Teams (SATs)
New EURASIP Society Award
3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest
Special offer SpringerOpen journals
EURASIP Society Awards - Call for nominations
Calendar of Events
Open Special Issues
Published 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.

The 23rd European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015) was organized in Nice, Côte d'Azur, one of the most fascinating cities in France. With its unusual mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, year-round sunshine and exceptional location, Nice’s appeal is universal. So, no surprise that the attendance was very high this year.

EUSIPCO 2015 was a successful event that gathered more than 750 attendees in Nice. Thanks to the work of the General co-Chairs (Jean-Luc Dugelay and Dirk Slock), of the Technical Program co-Chairs (Nicholas Evans, Cédric Richard and Marc Antonini), and of their organizing committee, EUSIPCO 2015 provided an attractive technical program, featuring a strong selection of eight tutorials, twenty-nine special sessions, three invited plenary speakers and one EURASIP Fellow Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Peter Vary, as well as a very attractive social program.

Through their registration, all EUSIPCO 2015 attendees automatically become EURASIP members or renewed their membership until December 31st, 2016. Current members who did not attend EUSIPCO 2015 will receive an invitation to renew their membership for 2016 through the (new!) EURASIP website. The membership benefits are various and valuable, and they are succinctly described in our promotional flyer downloadable here.

EURASIP has introduced some relevant changes over the last years, in the attempt to bring our Association's activities and initiatives to a bigger audience and so to increase our visibility, especially amongst young researchers and PhD students. To this purpose, mid 2014 we launched a program of Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing. The EURASIP seasonal school program has the goal of providing graduate students, PhD students, and early stage researchers with background on signal processing and its applications. Since we lunched this initiative, four Summer/Winter Schools have been organized in Europe under with the financial support of EURASIP and they brought us about 120 new members, mostly PhD students. If you are interested on organizing a EURASIP Seasonal School in 2016, please submit your proposal white paper, following the guidelines reported in the Seasonal Schools webpage.

This year, EURASIP also launched the concept of Special Area Teams (SATs). You can read more on this in another article of this same Newsletter.

Another new activity that we initiated at EUSIPCO 2015 is the 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) contest, where PhD students had 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 an audience specialized in different signal processing fields. The winner receives 1500 Euros and a certificate. See the article entitled “3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest at EUSIPCO’15 in Nice” in this same issue to see who are the winners.

Finally yet importantly, very recently we conceived a new award, the EURASIP Early Career Award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientist and engineers who, while at an early or mid-stage of their career. More details on the award in the article entitled “NEW EURASIP Society Award!” published in this issue.

In closing, let me remind that next EUSIPCO will be held in Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary. EUSIPCO 2016 is organized under the chairmanship of Prof. Lajos Hanzo and it promises to be another memorable event. The Call for Papers and more detailed information are available at

Looking forward to seeing all of you at EUSIPCO 2016.

contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
Special Area Teams (SATs)
Early this year, EURASIP has launched the concept of 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 members 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 members to feel that SATs bring added value and thus make EURASIP members willing to propose SATs and be SAT members.

SATs are established by the EURASIP Board of Directors following a proposal by at least 15 EURASIP members. 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 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.

At the recent EUSIPCO in Nice, the EURASIP President has announced the creation of the first set of SATs, notably:
  • Acoustic, sound and music signal processing chaired by Augusto Sarti, Polimi, Italy
  • Biometrics, data forensics, and security chaired by Patrizio Campisi, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • Signal and data analytics for machine learning chaired by Nikos Sidiropoulos, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Signal processing for mobile communications chaired by Christoph Mecklenbräuker, TU Wien, Austria
  • Signal processing for multisensor systems chaired by Maria Sabrina Greco, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Theoretical and methodological trends in signal processing chaired by Frédéric Pascal, Supélec , France
  • Visual information processing chaired by Frederic Dufaux, Telecom ParisTech, France
All information about these SATs, including the definition framework and the lists of SATs members, may be found at Naturally, more SATs may be created in the future as the needs are identified by the EURASIP members.
contributed by Fernando Pereira, EURASIP External Relations chair back to top
New EURASIP Society Award
EURASIP has conceived a new award: EURASIP Early Career Award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientist and engineers who, while at an early or mid-stage of their career, show not only significant scientific achievements but also high potential to advance knowledge within the technical scope of EURASIP. This award targets at researchers who are less than forty.

Award selection procedure:
It is an EURASIP society award that presents the following features:
The EURASIP Early Career Award is assigned on demand, annually, to individuals who have made distinguished contributions in the field of signal, speech, and image processing.

A Call for Nominations is included in the EURASIP Newsletter to be distributed at EUSIPCO of the preceding year and posted at the EURASIP web site. The nominations are submitted to the EURASIP Awards Chairperson by members of the EURASIP BoD and/or Advisory Committee or by the general public by the end of December of the preceding year. The final decision about the award is taken by the BoD in February/March of the year of the award attribution and it is published in the EURASIP web site and in the EURASIP Newsletter that is distributed at the next EUSIPCO, where the awards ceremony takes place.

The candidates should:
  • be under 40 years old (at the nomination time);
  • be actively involved with EURASIP and the international signal processing community, having a recognized leadership in their field of action and a significant impact on the European research activities;
  • have a significant list of achievements, reflected by their curriculum vitae, namely in terms of relevant publications, original contributions, or inventive value (patents);
  • publish regularly in EURASIP journals;
  • participate regularly in conferences sponsored by EURASIP, and in particular in EUSIPCO conferences.

  • The nominations should be well supported, namely in terms of:

  • providing complete name of the candidate, education degrees, business titles, contact information, professional curriculum, EURASIP involvement;
  • documenting the major technical achievements of the candidate, namely by referencing books, papers, reports, standards contributions, patents, development of products, systems, facilities or services, technical presentations and courses developed;
  • justification why the candidate is worthy to receive this award, namely in terms of innovation, originality, creativity and relevance of contributions;
  • including support endorsement letters.

  • Nomination and endorsements should be as specific, accurate and complete as possible. The nomination form can be downloaded from the corresponding award section at

    The Early Career award consists of a certificate presented to the award-winner and 2000 euros.
    contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
    3MT-Three Minutes Thesis contest at EUSIPCO’15 in Nice
    As a new activity within the EUSIPCO 2015 conference, a 3 Minutes Thesis (3MT) contest was organized, where a pre-selected group of ten PhD students had three minutes each one to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is an exercise for students to consolidate their ideas so they can present them concisely to an audience specialized in different signal processing fields. 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.

    Previous to the contest, there was a call for 3MT participation and there were 25 submissions. The pre-selection of the ten finalists was done under a peer-review process and followed the rules of Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), developed by The University of Queensland.

    The competition among the 10 finalist took place on Thursday morning. The audience participated in the voting, together with a jury of 5 members (3 from Industry and 2 from Academia). The prize (1.500 euros) was fully sponsored by EURASIP. This time there was a tie and the prize was shared by the two winners:

    Sahar Khawatmi, from Technische Universität Darmstadt, for her PhD work on “Modeling and simulation of cooperative sensor networks using adaptation and learning”

    Maryam Najafian, from University of Birmingham, for her PhD work on “Accent robust speech recognition”

    You can watch their 3MT videos at They are really cool!

    (From Right to Left hand side) Sahar Khawatmi, Christophe Beaugeant (Chair for Student Activities) and Ana Pérez-Neira (Chair for Student Activities) at EUSIPCO’15 Banquet.

    3MT Awardees (image missing)

    contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Awards Chair back to top
    Special offer SpringerOpen journals
    Special offer for EURASIP members valid until 31 December 2015

    For EURASIP members, Springer offers a 50% discount on the article-processing charge for articles published in any of the 7 EURASIP SpringerOpen journals until 31 December 2015. After that, EURASIP members will receive the usual discount of 10%. So be sure to submit before the end of the year! Please claim your discount during submission.

    Note that any attendee of EUSIPCO 2015 also automatically becomes a EURASIP member.
    To claim this discount please enter the code SPRINGEROPEN2015EURASIP in the waiver request form when submitting your manuscript. To submit your next manuscript and to learn more about these fully open access journals visit the individual journal websites:

  • EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
  • EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing
  • EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems
  • EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing
  • EURASIP Journal on Information Security
  • EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking

  • contributed by Alle-Jan van der Veen, 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
  • Early Career 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, Ana Pérez-Neira, by e-mail. The deadline for nominations is 31st December 2015.

    We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and peers.
    contributed by Ana Pérez-Neira, EURASIP Awards Chair 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
    SPED 2015, 8th International Conference on Speech Technology and Human-Computer Dialogue Oct. 14-17, 2015 Bucharest, Romania
    RFID 2015, 5th International EURASIP Workshop on RFID Technology
    Oct. 22-23, 2015 Rosenheim, Germany
    contributed by Patrick A. Naylor, EURASIP Events Coordinator back to top
    Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
    Signal Processing: Image Communication Deadline
    Deep Learning with Applications to Visual Representation and Analysis
    Oct. 15, 2015
    Medical Image Communication, Computing and Security
    Jan. 31, 2016
    EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
    Recent Advances on Estimation and Filtering in Networked Dynamic Systems Feb. 29, 2016
    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
    Revolutionizing mHealth through next generation communication technologies Nov. 1, 2015
    Big Data Analytics for Cyber-Physical Systems Dec. 30, 2015
    EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Deadline
    Signal processing and control solutions for individualized therapies Nov. 1, 2015
    Statistical reverse engineering methods for high-throughput molecular data Nov. 1, 2015
    EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems Deadline
    Energy Efficient Architectures for Embedded Systems Oct. 15, 2015
    Advances in RFID and near field communications in embedded systems Dec. 31, 2015
    Intelligent Solutions in Embedded Systems Jan. 31, 2016
    Embedded Systems for Pervasive Computing Feb. 10, 2016
    EURASIP Journal on Information Security Deadline
    Practicable Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Security Solutions for the Smart Grid User Domain Oct. 15, 2015
    Recent Advances in Cybersecurity Oct. 20, 2015
    Security Trends in Mobile Cloud Computing, Web and Social Networking Dec. 30, 2015
    contributed by Alexander Bertrand, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
    Recently Published Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Issue
    Enabling 5G mobile wireless technologies
    Edited by: Ngoc-Dung Dao, Afshin Haghighat, Eduard Jorswieck, Dong In Kim, Vincent Lau, Long Le, Tho Le-Ngoc
    Dec. 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
    Martinez-Diaz, Marcos Automatic Signature and Graphical Password Verification: Discriminant Features and New Application Scenarios Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Julian Fierrez 2015
    Zhang, Wancheng Robust Equalization of Multichannel Acoustic Systems Imperial College London Patrick Naylor 2010
    Eid Al-Hanafy, Waleed Non-Linear Precoding and Equalisation for Broadband MIMO Channels University of Strathclyde Stephan Weiss 2010
    Zabalza, Jaime Feature Extraction and Data Reduction for Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Earth Observation University of Strathclyde Jinchang Ren, Stephen Marshall 2015
    Baringbing, Jimmy Low Complexity Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Communication Systems in Presence of Multiple-Access Interference Graz University of Technology Klaus Witrisal, Gernot Kubin 2008
    Feldbauer, Christian Sparse Pulsed Auditory Representations For Speech and Audio Coding Graz University of Technology Gernot Kubin 2005
    Habib, Tania Auditory Inspired Methods for Multiple Speaker Localization and Tracking Using a Circular Microphone Array Graz University of Technology Gernot Kubin 2011
    Soudan, Michael Low Complexity Correction Structures for Time-Varying Systems Graz University of Technology Gernot Kubin, Christian Vogel 2011
    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
    Post-Doctorate Researcher Technion Israel Jan. 1, 2016
    PhD scholarship on signal processing theory and methods Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nov. 25, 2015
    contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator back to top
    The Editor-in-Chief of the 'EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems' is Prof. Leonel Sousa (the previous issue of the newsletter erroneously mentioned Z. Salcic as the EiC).
    Please send special issue proposals to Prof. Sousa (
    Our apologies for this error.
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