Newsletter – Vol. 33, January 2022
Goodbye Message of Resigning President
Welcome Message New President
TAC-ASMSP Call for 2022 nominations
Calendar of Events
EURASIP Seasonal Schools
Open Special Issues
Recent Ph.D. Theses
Job Posts
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Goodbye Message of Resigning President
This is a moment for me to reflect on EURASIP as I end my term as president. I have had the honour of leading our association since 2019, and I sincerely thank all those members of the Board of Directors of EURASIP who have served with me during my term. EURASIP is run by volunteers, as you may already know, and BoD members give significant time and expertise to fulfilling their roles. For this, the association is truly grateful to all BoD members and volunteers. You have all made my job not only easier but also a very great pleasure. Thank you.

During the last few years, EURASIP has consolidated its position as the leading European scholarly association for signal processing and (increasingly) essential topics around machine learning. The EURASIP journals have been the subject of considerable scrutiny and subsequent efforts of the BoD, particularly the Directors for Publications, Kostas Berberides and previously Alle-Jan van der Veen, working closely with our publishers. Scientific publishing is undoubtedly going through a period of change and uncertainty. Still, I am pleased that the EURASIP journals have remained strong and have gained some ground in terms of impact, thanks in large part to the efforts of the Editors-in-Chief and their editorial boards. We have also seen developments in several of the 'back office' functions of EURASIP that have resulted in smooth running and updated systems for the website and membership database. I particularly want to thank the Director for Finance and Operations, Toon van Waterschoot, for his tireless efforts and great achievements, as well as Aldona Niemiro-Sznajder for her many efficient and effective contributions to EURASIP over the years.

I'm delighted that our flagship EUSIPCO conference has been able to continue with great success even during the pandemic years. Of course, we all hope to be back to in-person conferences as soon as this is safe and practical - EUSIPCO in Belgrade being in sight next August as the first and most significant post-pandemic European signal processing conference. Organizing online and hybrid conferences brings additional work and has required the rapid development of new approaches. I particularly thank all the conference organizers and the EURASIP Director for Conferences, Augusto Sarti, for their remarkable achievements during this period of unprecedented uncertainty and disruption.

The EURASIP Technical Area Committees, formed from EURASIP members who are technical experts and leaders, have been strengthened significantly during the last few years. As a result, the TACs, under the superb guidance of the Director for Technical Activities, Björn Ottersten, now represent a significant 'powerhouse' of technical expertise. The committees are effective in driving and steering the technical strategy of EURASIP. The TACs are now increasingly involved in maintaining and improving the technical quality of our conferences and publications. Furthermore, these committees helpfully contribute award nominations from their respective scientific communities. The EURASIP Awards programme spans all levels of scientific achievement from PhD and Early Career right through to the most senior level at which outstanding contributions are recognized by the prestigious EURASIP Fellow award. I thank the EURASIP Director for Awards, Maria Sabrina Greco and her predecessor Kostas Berberidis, for operating all the award schemes with the highest levels of diligence and quality.

Whereas it has been a great pleasure to serve as EURASIP President, the time has come to pass this role to my successor Jean-Yves Tourneret. As Past-President Abdelhak Zoubir so helpfully handed over, guided, and supported me - a thousand thanks Abdelhak! - I will endeavour to provide Jean-Yves with what guidance I can offer as I myself now move to the Past-President's position. Of course, Jean-Yves is very well known in EURASIP, having served highly successfully as Director for Technical Programs and Membership. He will bring his vast experience, foresight, and wealth of knowledge to this position and, without any doubt, will lead EURASIP to ever more success in the future.

With my very best wishes Patrick Naylor
Patrick Naylor, EURASIP Past President back to top
Welcome Message New President
Welcome to the first EURASIP newsletter of 2022. It is my honour to write this message as the new president of EURASIP and I commit myself, over the next three years, to serve the association in every way I can towards its mission: “to improve communication between groups and individuals that work within the multidisciplinary, fast-growing field of Signal Processing in Europe and elsewhere, and to exchange and disseminate information in the field all over the world.” I will work in close relationships with the EURASIP Board of Directors (BoD): Kostas Berberidis as director for Publications, Maria Sabrina Greco as Director for Awards, Steve McLaughlin as Director for Technical Programs and Membership, Björn Ottersten as Director for Technical Activities, Augusto Sarti as Director for Conferences, and Toon van Waterschoot as Director for Finance and Operations. I will also work closely with the past president Patrick Naylor, whose experience will be important for me. I am convinced that the activities conducted by this very experienced Board of Directors will be important during my term of president.

We are very grateful for the support in all the IT and website related issues to Antoon Frehe and Evelyne Vanraes, who work silently behind the scenes and are always there to provide assistance when needed.

My understanding of EURASIP is based around five pillars. First of all, an important aspect of the Association is the membership and I shall, with the help of the Board of Directors, focus on the ways in which EURASIP serves its members through technical activities including workshops, conferences, publications, seasonal schools and awards. Due to the increasing number of activities conducted remotely, the Board of Directors will also have to think of new activities such as webinars.

Secondly, the Association’s publications are, for many, a measure of EURASIP’s standing. Working with our publishers and editorial boards, we will be examining the on-going dilemmas of quality vs. quantity, and open vs. toll access publishing in this period of fast-moving evolution in scientific publishing. The quality of the family of EURASIP journals has been steadily increasing over the years. We are very grateful for the successful work of the editorial boards of the journals and in particular the Editors-in-Chief. At this time, let me thank all the EICs of the EURASIP journals:

  • Maria Sabrina Greco, EiC of the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
  • Geert Leus, EiC of Signal Processing
  • Mads Christensen, EiC of the journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing
  • Eduard Jorswieck, EiC of the Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
  • Jean-Luc Dugelay, EiC of the Journal on Image and Video Processing
  • Fernando Pérez-Gonzalez, EiC of the Journal on Information Security
  • Andrea Cavallaro, EiC of Signal Processing: Image Communication
  • Frédéric Bimbot, EiC of Speech Communication

  • The third pillar is the EUSIPCO conference. Also in line with the mission statement, EUSIPCO is our flagship event and, alongside our publications, is EURASIP’s other main route for dissemination of scientific research. It takes place every year between the end of August and the start of September and attracts around 700-800 delegates. We will continue to work to keep this a vital, engaging, nourishing, fruitful and enjoyable event of high quality and, for this, we thank the many past and future organizers of EUSIPCO whose voluntary efforts are so crucial to the success of EUSIPCO and EURASIP.

    It is timely to mention EUSIPCO 2022 to be held in Belgrade, Serbia. The paper submission deadline of February 20th, 2022. I am sure that it will be a great EUSIPCO organized by an excellent and dedicated team. We anticipate a multi-disciplinary technical programme comprising keynotes, oral and poster sessions, tutorials and satellite workshops. It will provide an ideal forum for scientific discussion and dissemination of new findings and results. This will be the 30th edition of EUSIPCO and I look forward to the chance of meeting you there.

    The fourth pillar is the EURASIP Award program, which pays tribute to those people who have made outstanding technical contributions and achievements, or those institutions that enabled the development of remarkable research and dissemination, leading to the advancement of the signal processing domain. The EURASIP Award program includes Best Paper Awards, Society Awards, EURASIP Fellowships and Best PhD Awards. EURASIP has also set a 3 Minutes Thesis contest during the EUSIPCO conference that is receiving more and more attention.

    The last pillar is centered around technical activities that are structured by technical area committees (TACs). I would like to thank the chairs of all the TACs for their amazing work conducted to animate the EURASIP activities in signal and image processing.

    To finish, I would like to wish you all a happy new year full of new signal and image processing experiences.

    Jean-Yves Tourneret, EURASIP President back to top
    TAC-ASMSP Call for 2022 membership nominations
    EURASIP Technical Area Committee on Acoustic, Speech and Music Signal Processing (TAC-ASMSP)
    Call for 2022 membership nominations.

    The EURASIP Technical Area Committee (TAC) on Acoustic, Speech and Music Signal Processing (ASMSP) is seeking nominations for members (either new or reelected). The objectives of the TAC-ASMSP is to foster research in the wide range of audio and acoustic signal processing, to provide technical leadership in the field, and to support EURASIP-sponsored events (e.g. EUSIPCO, EURASIP seminars and seasonal schools) and journals (e.g. EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing, Speech Communication, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Signal Processing).
    The membership term is 3 years and may include:

  • Contributing as reviewer and/or Area Chair for EUSIPCO conferences, and more broadly to serve in the organization committees for EURASIP-sponsored events.
  • Serving on the editorial boards of EURASIP-sponsored journals.
  • Proposing/organizing special sessions and tutorials in EURASIP-sponsored events.
  • Proposing/organizing special issues in EURASIP-sponsored journals.
  • Regular attendance at the SAT-ASMSP face-to-face meeting during EUSIPCO conferences.
  • To be a EURASIP member.

  • The candidates must send the nomination form by February 10, 2022. The nomination form must include information on the area of expertise, a short bio (max. 300 words), a statement of the nominee (max. 300 words) and a supporting statement by a member of the TAC-ASMSP. The elections will take place between February 17, 2022 and February 28, 2022. Voters are the members of the TAC-ASMSP.

    The ballot will be divided in two parts. The first will ask the voters to approve the eligibility of the candidates, and then to cast votes to the candidates that have been considered eligible. Up to 12 candidates will be elected as members to TAC-ASMSPS.
    Björn Ottersten, EURASIP Director for Technical Activities 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 Director for Technical Programs and Membership, 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 (subject to changes due to corona virus) Date Location
    2022 EuCNC & 6G Summit , Connectivity for a Sustainable World
    (Paper submission deadline: February 11, 2022)
    Jun. 7 - 10, 2022 Grenoble, France
    EUSIPCO 2022, 30th European Signal Processing Conference
    (Paper submission deadline: February 20, 2022)
    Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, 2022 Belgrade, Serbia
    IWAENC 2022, 17th International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement
    (Paper submission deadline: April 22, 2022)
    Sep. 5 - 8, 2022 Bamberg, Germany
    EUVIP 2022, 10th European Workshop on Visual Information Processing
    (Paper submission deadline: June 6, 2022)
    Sep. 11 - 14, 2022 Lisbon, Portugal
    contributed by ‪Steve McLaughlin‬, EURASIP Director for Technical Programs and Membership back to top
    EURASIP Seasonal Schools

    The EURASIP BoD welcomes proposals from prospective organizers of seasonal schools. For more information, click here.
    Name & Link (subject to changes due to corona virus) Date Location
    Harmonic and Multifractal Analyses: From Mathematics to Quantitative Neurosciences Postponed to 2022 (TBA) Montréal, Canada
    contributed by ‪Steve McLaughlin‬, EURASIP Director for Technical Programs and Membership back to top
    Open Special Issues of EURASIP Journals
    If you are interested in organizing a special issue in one of the EURASIP journals, please contact the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
    Signal Processing: Image Communication Deadline
    Special Issue on Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Image Understanding
    Apr. 30, 2022
    EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Deadline
    Signal Processing over Higher Order Networks Mar. 15, 2022
    Sparse/Low-rank Tensor Signal Processing for Communication and Radar Systems Mar. 31, 2022
    Radar Signal Processing for Resource Aware Management Mar. 31, 2022
    Signal Processing over Higher Order Networks May. 1, 2022
    EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Deadline
    Cell-Free Massive MIMO for 6G Feb. 15, 2022
    Intelligent Systems and Smart Network Computing for Commercial and Industrial IoT May 31, 2022
    Machine Learning for Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications Jun. 30, 2022
    EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing Deadline
    Recent advances in computational sound scene analysis Apr. 1, 2022
    contributed by Filip Elvander, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
    Recently submitted Ph.D. Theses in EURASIP Library
    Author Title & Link University Supervisors Publication Year
    Werner, Nils Lapped Nonuniform Orthogonal Transforms with Compact Support Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Bernd Edler 2021
    Krasnowski, Piotr Joint Source-Cryptographic-Channel Coding for Real-Time Secure Voice Communications on Voice Channels Université Côte d'Azur Bruno Martin, Jerome Lebrun 2021
    Coutino, Mario Advances in graph signal processing: Graph filtering and network identification Delft University of Technology Geert Leus 2021
    Liu, Hui Biosignal processing and activity modeling for multimodal human activity recognition University of Bremen Tanja Schultz,
    Hugo Gamboa
    Tsinganos, Panagiotis Multi-channel EMG pattern classification based on deep learning University of Patras, Greece
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    Athanassios Skodras,
    Bart Jansen
    contributed by Filip Elvander, EURASIP Newsletter Editor 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 student positions in Machine Learning Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden Mar. 31, 2022
    PhD: Representation Learning for Visual Brain-Computer Interfaces KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium Mar. 31, 2022
    PhD: Signal Processing for Eeg-Based Brain-Computer Interfaces KU Leuven Leuven, Belgium Mar. 31, 2022
    Assistant or Associate Professor in speech and language technology (tenure track) Aalto University Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland Apr. 3, 2022
    contributed by Filip Elvander, EURASIP Newsletter Editor back to top
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