Newsletter – Vol. 27, November-December 2016
Goodbye Message of Resigning President
2017 Membership Renewal
Call for new local liaisons
New Associate Editors in Elsevier Journals
EURASIP Seasonal Schools
Open Special Issues
Published Special Issues
Recent Ph.D. Theses
Job Posts
Treasurer's Report
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Goodbye Message of Resigning President
On January 1st, Ana Perez will be retiring from the EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD) after 8 years of service as a BoD Member/Membership Development Chair and Awards Chair. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Ana, it has always been a true pleasure to work with her. I trust Ana will continue to support the Association as an active Advisory Board Member, officially called a "Working Member" (originally, the “Working Members” are those who formally registered EURASIP in 2006 as a non-profit association under Belgian law, having legal personality. Their most important task is the approval of the budget and the accounts. All the retiring BoD members automatically become “Working members”).

I myself will now move into the Past-President seat, as a non-voting BoD member, after two terms as President (2013-2014 and 2015-2016). I am very grateful to my colleagues for being given the opportunity to serve as President. As already announced, Abdelhak Zoubir has been appointed by the current BoD to the position of President. I wish him a very successful presidency, I fully trust the Associaton will be in good hands!

Since this is my last President’s message, I would like to acknowledge here again the work of my predecessors (Marc Moonen, Markus Rupp, and Sergios Theodoridis) and by all the BoD members I worked with in the last 10 years. It was a great pleasure and an honor to work with all of them. I also want to thank Giovanni Sicuranza, a former BoD member who introduced me to EURASIP.
Thanks Giovanni!

Over the last years, EURASIP has introduced some relevant changes, 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 launched this initiative, a relevant number of Summer/Winter Schools have been organized in Europe with the financial support of EURASIP and they brought us many new members, mostly PhD students.

Less than two years ago, EURASIP also launched the concept of Special Area Teams (SATs). You can read more on this in the EURASIP webpage.

One year ago, we conceived a new award, the EURASIP Early Career Award, which is intended to recognize some of the finest scientist and engineers who are at an early or mid-stage of their career.

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. The contest was organized also at EUSIPCO 2016 in Budapest and will be repeated also at EUSIPCO 2017 in Kos.

In closing, let me remind that next EUSIPCO will be held in the beautiful island of Kos, in Greece. EUSIPCO 2017 is organized under the chairmanship of Petros Maragos and Sergios Theodoridis. More detailed information about EUSIPCO 2017 is available at

contributed by Fulvio Gini, EURASIP President back to top
2017 Membership Renewal
A welcome message to EUSIPCO-2016 and Seasonal School participants

EURASIP extends a warm welcome to all EUSIPCO-2016 participants and attendees of one of the 2016 EURASIP Seasonal Schools as 2017 members of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). Your membership, which is valid through December 31, 2017, has been covered by your EUSIPCO-2016 or Seasonal School registration. We sincerely hope you will appreciate our Association's activities and initiatives.

EURASIP members enjoy a number of member benefits: EURASIP members receive EURASIP journals and selected books by Elsevier at discounted member prices, and enjoy registration fee discounts at a number of conferences that are organized in cooperation with EURASIP. In addition, EURASIP members receive a 10% discount on Open Access publication charges for their publications in EURASIP/SpringerOpen journals.

To learn more about our member benefits, upcoming conferences and other EURASIP news, please visit the EURASIP website. We would also like to take the opportunity to draw your attention to our Open Library with freely downloadable PhD Theses and Conference Proceedings (e.g., EUSIPCO proceedings), as well as to invite you to make PhD Theses from your institution available through our PhD Theses database.

To update your profile and contact information, please visit the EURASIP Membership Server or visit "Membership" at the EURASIP website. If you do not already have an account on the Membership Server you will first have to sign up and then click on the automatically generated link to apply your EUSIPCO-2016 or Seasonal School credit.

For assistance, please feel free to contact us at

Finally, we will welcome any suggestions that you may have on improving our services, as well as your active participation in our operation.

Invitation to existing members to renew for 2017

This message is to invite all current members who did not attend EUSIPCO-2016 or any of the 2016 EURASIP Seasonal Schools to renew their EURASIP membership for the year 2017. We sincerely hope that you will continue to support our Association! Our membership fees have been kept at the same level as last year, while we continue to offer significant member benefits.

To renew your membership please visit the EURASIP Membership Server and sign in using:
Login: your e-mail
Password: your password

For assistance, please feel free to contact us at

All 2016 memberships are held open until January 15, 2017.
contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator 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 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 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.

Jean-Luc Dugelay
contributed by Jean-Luc Dugelay, EURASIP Membership Development Coordinator back to top
New Appointments in Editorial Boards for Elsevier Journals
EURASIP maintains a portfolio of three journals published by Elsevier, and can only do so thanks to the excellent management by the three Editors-in-Chief and the strong commitment of the editorial board members. We are therefore delighted to announce the new appointments in the editorial boards of the EURASIP journals published by Elsevier.
Signal Processing Affiliation
Herwig Wendt CNTS/ENSEEIHT (France)
Nicolas Dobigeon Univ of Toulouse (France)
Bhavani Shankar University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Konstantinos Slavakis University at Buffalo (USA)
Javier Vía University of Cantabria (Spain)
Mojtaba Soltanalian University of Illinois Chicago (USA)
Signal Processing: Image Communication Affiliation
Mathias Wien RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Tasos Dagiuklas London South Bank University (UK)
Xiangyang Ji Tsinghua Univ (China)
Xiangui Kang Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
Pradeep Atrey University at Albany - State University of New York (USA)
Naeem Ramzan University of West of Scotland (UK)
Alper Koz Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Reuben Farrugia University of Malta (Malta)
Yuming Fang Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (China)
Speech Communication Affiliation
Tomi Kinnunen University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
contributed by Alle-Jan van der Veen, EURASIP Publications Chair back to top
EURASIP Seasonal Schools
In September 2016, a Summer School on Robust Signal Processing was organized in Rüdesheim am Rhein.
For a report on this event, click here.

Reports of past EURASIP Seasonal Schools can be found on the Seasonal Schools webpage.
The EURASIP BoD welcomes proposals from prospective organizers of seasonal schools. For more information, click here.
contributed by Jean-Luc Dugelay, EURASIP Membership Development Coordinator back to top
Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
Signal Processing Deadline
Data Mining in Human Activity Analysis
March 01, 2017
Signal Processing: Image Communication Deadline
Big Media Data Analysis
Jan. 6, 2017
Speech Communication Deadline
Realism in Robust Speech and Language Processing May. 31, 2017
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
Advanced Computational Methods for Bayesian Signal Processing Jan. 31, 2017
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
Millimeter-Wave Communications for 5G Networks Dec. 31, 2016
Heterogeneous cloud radio access networks March. 31, 2017
EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Deadline
Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition for Comparative Genomics Dec. 31, 2016
EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing Deadline
Visual information learning and analytics on cross-media big data Jul. 31, 2017
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Deadline
Authentication, Authorization and Auditing in Real-World Systems Feb. 13, 2017
Signal processing for network forensics and security May. 1, 2017
contributed by Alexander Bertrand, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
Recently Published Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
EURASIP Journal on Information Security Issue
Security Trends in Mobile Cloud Computing, Web and Social Networking
Edited by Pethuru Raj Chelliah, B. B. Gupta and Shingo Yamaguchi
Nov. 2016
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Recently submitted Ph.D. Theses in EURASIP Library
Author Title & Link University Supervisors Publication Year
Han, Sai Contributions to Improved Hard- and Soft-Decision Decoding in Speech and Audio Codecs Technische Universität Braunschweig Tim Fingscheidt 2016
Jarrett, Daniel P. Spherical Microphone Array Processing for Acoustic Parameter Estimation and Signal Enhancement Imperial College London Patrick Naylor 2016
Karachontzitis, Sotiris Resource Allocation & Physical Layer Security inWireless Communication Systems University of Patras Konstantinos Berberidis; Ioannis Krikidis; Emmanuel Varvarigos; Angeliki Alexiou; Theodore Antonakopoulos; Anastasios Dagiuklas; Emmanuel Psarakis 2015
Ugolini, Alessandro Physical and MAC layer techniques for next generation satellite communications University of Parma Giulio Colavolpe 2016
Demitri, Nevine Signal and Image Processing Techniques for Image-Based Photometry With Application to Diabetes Care Technische Universität Darmstadt Abdelhak Zoubir; Hamid Krim 2016
Bogdanovic, Nikola Distributed Processing Techniques for Parameter Estimation and Efficient Data Gathering in Wireless Communication and Sensor Networks University of Patras Kostas Berberidis 2014
Tsinos, Christos Cooperative and Cognitive Communication Techniques for Wireless Networks University of Patras Kostas Berberidis 2016
Skodras, Evangelos Facial Feature Extraction and Estimation of Gaze Direction in Human-Computer Interaction University of Patras Nikolaos Fakotakis; Dermatas Evangelos; Mourtzopoulos Ioannis 2016
Vazquez-Gallego, Francisco Towards Zero-Power Wireless Machine-to-Machine Networks Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Jesus Alonso-Zarate; Luis Alonso 2016
Berkay Topcu Security/Privacy Analysis of Biometric Hashing and Template Protection for Fingerprint Minutiae Sabanci University Hakan Erdogan 2016
Karimian-Azari, Sam Fundamental Frequency and Direction-of-Arrival Estimation for Multichannel Speech Enhancement Aalborg Univeristy Mads Græsbøll Christensen; Jesper Rindom Jensen 2016
Nørholm, Sidsel Marie Enhancement of Speech Signals - with a Focus on Voiced Speech Models Aalborg University Mads Græsbøll Christensen, Jesper Rindom Jensen 2016
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
PhD Positions in 5G Wireless Communications & Networking University of Luxembourg - Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) Luxembourg City, LU Dec. 30, 2016
ERC-funded PhD and postdoc positions in machine learning & signal processing CNRS Toulouse, FR Dec. 31, 2016
PhD position - Machine learning for multimodality image segmentation University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, UK Jan. 1, 2017
Postdoc position "Speaker recognition for embedded biometric recognition" E-payment and Biometrics Research Unit, GREYC Laboratory Caen, FR Jan. 15, 2017
Ph.D. Positions Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, AU Mar. 31, 2017
PhD stipends in acoustic signal processing, machine learning, and information theory Aalborg University Aalborg, DK May. 1, 2017
contributed by Aggelos Pikrakis, EURASIP Web Services Coordinator back to top
EURASIP Treasurer's Report (21/08/2014 - 21/08/2015)
On August 21, 2015, the opening balance in Euros (€) was as specified in the table below.

Opening balance (21th August, 2015)
  Current accounts:    
    Fortis account 96,098.76  
    PayPal account 516.65  
    Total in current accounts   96,615.41
  Savings accounts:    
    Fortis savings account
Deutsche Bank account
276,359.90 105,419.78  
    Total in savings accounts   381,779.68
  Total available   478,395.09

The main EURASIP account movements during the financial period considered are documented in the following two tables, for income and expenses, respectively:

  Membership 55,694.12  
  Journal Royalties/Donations/Review charges:    
    EUSIPCO 2015 Loan return 20000,00  
  Bank interests 429.87  
  Total income   126,110.48

  Publishing in Belgian "Staatsblad" 124.63  
  EURASIP Awards (including PhD Awards)
EURASIP Seminars
  EURASIP PhD Schools
EURASIP BoD meetings expenses
  Administrative expenses/technical support
Web and membership development
  Taxes, bank costs
EUSIPCO 2017 Loan
  Total expenses   80,575.33

The closing balance on the August 21, 2016, was as specified in the table below:

Closing balance (21st August, 2016)
  Current accounts:    
    Fortis account 141,272.30  
    PayPal account 0.00  
    Total in current accounts   141,272.3
  Savings accounts:    
    Fortis savings accounts
Deutsche Bank account
276,902.39 105,755.55  
    Total in savings accounts   382,657.94
  Total available   523,930.24
contributed by Abdelhak Zoubir, EURASIP Secretary/Treasurer back to top
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