Below are the candidates for IEEE Division IX Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2021; Delegate/Director, 2022-2023.

Division IX:

  • Signal Processing Society
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
  • Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
  • Information Theory Society
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Society
  • Oceanic Engineering Society
  • Vehicular Technology Society

The sequence of candidates was determined by lottery and indicates no preference.

Ali H. Sayed

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Dean of Engineering

Ecole Politechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Lausanne, Switzerland


A. H. Sayed is Dean of Engineering at EPFL where he also leads the Adaptive Systems Laboratory. He has served as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, Los Angeles. He is recognized as Highly-Cited Researcher and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He served as President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2018,2019). An author of 550+ scholarly publications and six books, his research covers adaptation and learning theories, data and network sciences, and statistical inference. His work has received several awards including the Technical Achievement Award (2012), Meritorious Service Award (2013), and Education Award (2015) from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Papoulis Award from the European Association for Signal Processing (2014), the Terman Award (2005) from the American Society for Engineering Education, and several Best Paper Awards from IEEE (1996, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2014). He is Fellow of IEEE, EURASIP, and AAAS.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

1.       Extensive working knowledge of IEEE.

2.       Served on several IEEE and Society level positions such as TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (2019-2020), Committee on TAB in 2030 (2016), TAB Periodicals Review Committee (2007-2009), President and President-Elect of Signal Processing Society (2016-2019), Vice-President Publications (2009-2011), BOG member (2007-2011), and Conferences Board member (2007-2011) of SP Society, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2003-2005).

3.       As Signal Processing Society President, led and implemented policies to make the Society more inclusive to its members, more supportive of open science, and better focused on educational and industry outreach:

a.       Instituted direct elections by members to the position of President.

b.       Established US$1 standing annual membership policy for students.

c.       Capped student tutorial and registration fees at conferences.

d.       Reduced Society dues by 50% to members from IEEE-qualifying low-income countries.

e.       Launched regional meetings worldwide to enable members to organize local technical meetings, summer           and winter schools, and industry forums in their neighborhoods with Society support.

f.        Moved major conferences to new locations. For the first time, flagship conferences by the Society will be           held in India and Malaysia. Elected the first Society Vice-President Officer who is physically located in           India.

g.       Established a new Vice-President of Education position to strengthen online continuing educational and           training activities, especially to industry members.

h.       Supported a new conference event targeting industry members, investors, and Society entrepreneurs.           Supported new awards for industry members.

i.        Promoted open science and launched the new IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing with the lowest           open access fees within IEEE.

j.        Supported and promoted female volunteer leaders. Several Society journals are led by female EiCs. The           Awards Board, a VP officer position, and the Society’s President-Elect are female volunteer leaders.

k.       Established new awards to recognize younger members and teachers.




I have served in several IEEE leadership positions, including more recently as President of the Signal Processing Society (2018-2019), which is the oldest and one of the largest technical societies within IEEE. I am familiar with the needs of our members, especially students, young professionals, and industry. During my term as President, I pursued policies that made our Society more inclusive and also more affordable. I will leverage these experiences to exert a positive influence on the IEEE Board of Directors.  IEEE is an impressive network of professionals from academia, industry, government, and the private sector. Their knowledge is a formidable force for the common good. I will promote policies that (a) make IEEE less bureaucratic; (b) strengthen educational and job-training opportunities; (c) create new modes of interaction with IEEE events; (d) target the needs of industry members, recognize their achievements, organize industry-focused events, and create opportunities for stronger connections with academia and government; (e) strengthen student mentorship and industry internship programs; (f) embrace student-led activities; and (g) support open access and open science policies.

John R. Treichler

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Chief Technical Officer
Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, Inc
Sunnyvale, CA, USA



John Treichler received his BA and MEE degrees from Rice University, Houston, TX in 1970 and his PhDEE from Stanford in 1977. He served as a line officer aboard destroyers in the US Navy from 1970 to 1974.  In 1977, he joined ARGOSystems in Sunnyvale CA and then, in 1983, joined the EE faculty at Cornell as an Associate Professor. In 1984, he co-founded Applied Signal Technology, now a business unit within Raytheon Technologies. It designs and builds advanced signal processing equipment used by the United States government and its allies for foreign intelligence collection.  For 2½ years, he was the President of the Raytheon Applied Signal Technology business unit and continues as its Chief Technical Officer. In 2016, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He also serves on advisory boards for several ECE departments and university engineering schools.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

I joined the IEEE as a Student member 50 years ago and am now a Life Fellow. I have been a member, and then a leader, in TAB organizations for that whole time. My tenure on the IEEE Foundation Board over the past 6 years (currently serving as President and Chair) has exposed me to the broad range of IEEE policy and financial issues.



        IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Evaluation Committee (2007-2011)

        IEEE Awards Board (2015)




        Information Theory (1970-1988)

        Communications (1970-present)

        Signal Processing Society (SPS) (1974-present); Many roles in the SPS leadership from 1988 through 2013



        IEEE Foundation (2014-present); President and Board Chair of the IEEE Foundation (2017-present)



        IEEE Fellow: 1992

        IEEE Third Millennium Award: 2000

        IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award: 2000

        IEEE SPS Industrial Leader Award: 2016 (the first such award)

        IEEE SPS Norbert Weiner Society Award: 2019



1)   Helped establish the SPS Signal Processing in Communications Society Technical Committee in recognition of the growing potential of using DSP in communications hardware and systems

2)   Working with the leadership of the SPS and the IEEE Awards Board, gained the approval to establish the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing.

3)   As SPS Vice President-Awards and Membership, worked with SPS President Ray Liu to establish several new SPS educational and product offerings. The success of this work was recognized in 2016 by the EAB with their Professional Development Award.

4)   As Member and then Chair of the IEEE Foundation have led the Foundation’s “Realize the Full Potential of the IEEE” campaign. This campaign, aimed at raising USD$30M to support IEEE-volunteer-directed humanitarian and educational activities, is very close to its successful conclusion.



My positions coalesce to these ---

1)      IEEE should be by and for its members. While the IEEE is legally a corporation, the fact that it is led by its volunteer members makes it different from for-profit companies and not-for-profit universities. Those differences are important and we must avoid the trap of falling into either of those other operational models.

2)      The value proposition within the IEEE for its academic members is far clearer than it is for many other IEEE members -- for example, the practicing engineers working in industry. This imbalance distorts many aspects of how the IEEE operates. The board needs to move toward solving this imbalance and properly addressing the whole IEEE membership.       

3)      With more than 400K members spread all of over the world, the IEEE has enormous potential to ‘do good’ as well as meeting the needs and desires of its membership. What this balance should be, and how to achieve it within the IEEE, and with the IEEE Foundation, are important questions for the IEEE’s volunteer leadership going forward.


Fabrice Labeau

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(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Deputy Provost

McGill University

Montreal, Canada


F. Labeau is a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, McGill University, where he holds the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the Power Grid. His research interests are in applications of signal processing to healthcare, power grids, communications and signal compression. He has (co-) authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas.


He has held several administrative and management positions at McGill University, including Associate Dean, Interim Chair and Acting Dean. He is currently Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning); in this role, he manages a team of 600 employees in all areas of student life. He received in 2015 and 2017 the McGill University Equity and Community Building Award (team category), the 2008 and 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and the 2017 W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award from IEEE Canada.


IEEE Accomplishments and Activities

I am the Past President of the IEEE Sensors Council, a former President (2014-2015) of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and former Chair (2015-2016) of the IEEE Montréal Section. Over my career, I have acquired extensive management experience, through different positions at my university and my participation in many different instances of IEEE.

My leadership experience outside of IEEE includes management of large budgets and operational units, strategic responsibilities over whole areas of the university and emergency management and preparedness. Within IEEE, I have been involved in the different operational units and across major boards of IEEE, dealing with many of the key areas of the Institute: Membership and Geographic Activities (at the Region and Section level, but also as VP Membership Development of the VT-Society), Publications (as a long-time member of the TAB Periodicals Committee and a member of the 2019 TAB Ad-Hoc on Publications Strategy), Conferences (as conference organizer [including as general co-chair of ICIP 2021, GlobalSIP 2019 and VTC2016-Fall], member of the SP-Society Conferences Board or as the main conference coordinator in my section), Education (as a member of review committees in the IEEE Educational Activities Board) and Operations (as a Society and Technical Council President and an executive committee member of the informal Financial Transparency group).

As Sensors Council President (2018-2019), I successfully led the Council through its 5-year review, during which the review committee “thank[ed] the Council for its effective practices, in particular in setting an example of how Councils can work in collaboration with the member Societies and show they are delivering value to their members”.

As VTS president (2014-2015), I have led the society through strong growth in our transactions, increased numbers of new initiatives, both society-led and externally driven, as well as a revival of our VPPC Conference.




IEEE faces challenges in many of its areas of operation:


  • IEEE is at a crossroads in terms of its publications. Facing open access mandates, we need to focus on our core added values and potentially reinvent our publications.
  • Younger audiences have little interest in membership-based participation. We need to focus on better ways to serve the community, through meaningful, long- and short-term commitment as a participant in IEEE activities.
  • IEEE’s educational activities are not only an imperative given our tagline, they may also be the next opportunity for IEEE to develop new markets and value-added services.
  • The power of IEEE is in its volunteers; they very often identify with their community (section, region, society) more that with IEEE itself. We need to find the balance between a sound corporate governance and the recognition of the power of our distributed creativity and communities.


If elected as Division IX Director, I plan on bringing to bear my experience to foster discussions on these key subjects, and help effect change throughout the Institute.