The Signal Processing Society sponsors 10-12 conferences and workshops every year, all over the world. ICASSP and ICIP are the society's "flagship" conferences, and attract thousands of paper submissions and attendees. There are also a number of smaller meetings that are focused on specialized topics within the society, and even these require significant planning and a large volunteer force. Click here for a list of upcoming conferences and workshops sponsored by the society. Opportunities to be involved include the following:
Conference & Workshop Organization - Proposals for hosting ICASSP and ICIP must be submitted to the society's Conference Board several years in advance. Proposals for workshops are submitted to the appropriate Technical Committee, and typically require a lead time of 1-2 years. Information about how to organize a conference or workshop can be found here.
Paper Reviews - The Technical Committees are charged with handling the reviews of papers submitted to all of the society's conferences and workshops. One does not, however, need to be a member of a Technical Committee in order to help with the review process. Some committees have a set of associate or adjunct members in addition to their regular membership whose role is specifically to help with the committee's review load. If you would like to participate in the review of conference papers, contact the chair of the Technical Committee most closely allied with your research interests. The qualifications for reviewing conference papers are similar to those for regular journal papers.
Exhibits - Help is needed in finding companies and other organizations to participate as exhibitors at ICASSP and ICIP. Contact the Exhibits Chair of the conference for information and suggestions on how to proceed.
Publicity - Advertise upcoming conferences and workshops on your personal web page, distribute Calls for Papers to colleagues at your business or university, or in your local society chapter, etc. For additional suggestions on publicity for ICASSP and ICIP, contact the Publicity Chair of the conference. For workshops, contact the General Chair directly.
Special Sessions & Tutorials - Proposal deadlines for special sessions and tutorials at ICASSP and ICIP are listed on the conference Call for Papers. Proposals should be sent to the appropriate chair on the organizing committee. Proposals for special sessions at a workshop should be sent directly to the Technical Program Chair of the workshop.
Local Arrangements - If you live near the location of an upcoming meeting, volunteer to help with generating lists describing local hotels, restaurants and places to visit, organizing sight-seeing tours, suggesting possible entertainment for social events, etc. Contact the Local Arrangements Chair for additional ideas.
Registration - Volunteers are needed to help the conference management service or workshop organizers set up and run registration booths at each meeting. ICASSP and ICIP have a Registration Chair that you can contact directly to volunteer; for workshops, contact the General Chair.