IEEE-THEMES: A New Kind of Conference from the Signal Processing Society
V. John Mathews and Ali H. Sayed
SLTC Newsletter, July 2009
For nearly sixty years, the IEEE Signal Processing Society has provided its members access to the latest technologies and scientific breakthroughs through the quality of its conferences and publications. In the past, the conferencing and publication arms of the Society have worked independently for the most part. We are pleased to announce a joint initiative of the Conference Board and the Publication Board of the Society -- IEEE Thematic Meetings on Signal Processing (IEEE-THEMES).
IEEE-THEMES are one-day meetings, devoted to a specific theme. The first meeting will be held on March 15, 2010 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The theme for this first meeting is Signal and Information Processing for Social Networking. More information about the meeting can be found at www.ieee-themes.org.
How are IEEE-THEMES different from other conferences? There are several ways in which the new series will distinguish itself from others. The Proceedings of IEEE-THEMES will be published as a special issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing (J-STSP). The papers presented at the meeting will be selected based on a thorough and rigorous review of full-length manuscripts submitted to J-STSP in response to the call-for-papers for IEEE-THEMES. This means that the quality of the papers presented at the conference will be comparable to those in archival journals. We are committed to ensuring the highest quality for all our conferences, and expect IEEE-THEMES to serve as a model for achieving this goal.
IEEE-THEMES will provide a true learning experience to the attendees of the meeting. The meetings will run in single track (no parallel sections), with each presentation lasting for about 30 minutes. Because the learning aspect of the conference is as important as the novelty of the research results presented at the meeting, we are requiring that the papers be presented by experienced, senior authors of the paper and not students. Of course, students may be first authors, and may present their papers at the meeting if they are sole authors.
For the first time in the history of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, we will provide live feeds of the IEEE-THEMES for virtual attendance. The video and audio feeds from the meeting will also be available for future downloads.
We have made the cost of attending the meeting as low as possible for members of the Signal Processing Society. For both on-site and virtual attendance, the Society members will receive a 50% discount over the full registration rates. This is a significant reduction over IEEE member rates for registration. This is yet another benefit of membership of the Society.
It is easy for you to attend the first IEEE-THEMES if you are planning to attend ICASSP 2010 in Dallas. The meeting takes place on the day of tutorials at ICASSP If you are one of many who cannot stay away from work for more than a day, the one-day format may be especially suited for you. For all of you who have a technical interest in social networks or want to learn about signal and information processing in social networks, we look forward to seeing you on site or virtually on March 15, 2010.
V. John Mathews is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Utah. He is also Vice-President (Conferences) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Email: email@example.com
Ali H. Sayed is Professor and Chairman in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. He is also Vice-President (Publications) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org