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Below are the candidates for IEEE Division IX Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015; Delegate/Director, 2016-2017.

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.


K. J. Ray Liu

Ray Liu

(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland; Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology, A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD, USA

Ray received his B.S. from National Taiwan University in 1983 and Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990. His research contributions encompass broad areas of signal processing and communications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer and recipient of IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award and various best paper awards from Signal Processing Society, Communications Society, Vehicular Technology Society, and EURASIP. Recognized as a Thomson Reuters ISI Highly Cited Author, Ray is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS.

Ray has also received various teaching and research recognitions from the University of Maryland including the university-level Invention of the Year Award (three times), Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and Outstanding Faculty Service Award, all from A. James Clark School of Engineering. Ray has trained and mentored about 60 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students and has aspired many to join IEEE as their professional Society and later to grow in volunteer positions.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities



  • Technical Activities Board (TAB) (2012-13)
  • TAB Finance Committee: Member (2014); Financial Reporting Simplification/Budget Transparency (2014); New Periodicals Finance Review (2014)
  • Conference Naming Committee (2012)
  • Global Perspective AdHoc (2012)
  • Periodical Committee (2009)
  • Transactions Committee (2006-08)
  • Magazine Committee (2003-05)

Signal Processing Society:

  • Past President (2014)
  • President (2012-13)
  • President-Elect (2010-11)
  • Chair, Major Bylaws Revision AdHoc (2009)
  • Vice President-Publications (2006-08)
  • Board of Governors (2004-05)
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (2003-05)
  • Chair, Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee (1999-2001)
  • Transactions on Mobile Computing Steering (2007-08)
  • Transactions on Multimedia Steering (2007-08)
  • General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2007)

As IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Ray brought the magazine to top ranking in citation impact out of 250 journals in the electrical engineering area.

As Vice President-Publications, Ray developed processes and management structure for high-quality publications; started the SPS e-newsletter; reduced SPS journals backlogs to zero; enforced fast turnaround time in manuscript reviews; established AE training during flagship conferences, and developed an AE nomination process. He was the prime architect of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. He drafted the proposal for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

As President, through his long-range planning and follow-up implementation, Ray articulated the establishment of a new membership board to offer more values and benefits. He proposed a Chapter of the Year Award; developed Seasonal Schools; embarked on new online tutorials/educational program called SigView; created a “Signal Processing Cup” to engage students into competitions; started a new flagship conference called GlobalSIP to address newly emerging topics; developed ChinaSIP initiative as an outreach to China; championed a new initiative to provide technical repository services called SigPort; permanently established a student travel fund into the operating budget; and launched a visibility effort to gain more prominence for signal processing work.


My candidacy lies in a vision with strong conviction: Together we are stronger than apart. IEEE is highly respected for advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The membership is drawn from diverse sectors of industry, education, and government. We must recognize and leverage the diversity of technical needs and strengths of the constituents. As a true international organization, we must continue to grow and embrace membership from all over the world. It is also important to strive for fair participation from different groups and regions.

IEEE is a volunteer-based community; therefore it is essential that volunteers be the driving force of IEEE’s direction. As a not-for-profit organization, our key thrusts are promotion of technical excellence and facilitation of collaboration and networking, rather than amass profit. There is a dire need for financial transparency so that Societies can work in unison and make informed decisions.

There are strong synergies among the seven sister Societies in Division IX. How to foster close collaboration and better represent their interests will be my high priority.



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René M. Garello

Rene Garello

(Nominated by IEEE Division IX)

Institut Mines-Telecom / Telecom Bretagne
Dept Image et Traitement de l'Information
Technopôle Brest Iroise - CS 83818
BREST Cedex, France

René Garello was born in 1953. He received a Ph.D. in Signal Processing at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in 1981. From 1982 to 1984 he worked as a research associate at Aeronomy Lab, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO, USA. He joined the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (Telecom Bretagne), Brest, France, in 1985. In 1988 he became Professor in the field of signal processing and image processing and in 1995, Prof. Garello obtained his Habilitation (HDR; Habilitation to Supervise Research).

His main research interests lie in Remote Sensing, 2D signal processing, statistical and spectral analysis applied to ocean surface features detection and characterization. Prof. Garello has authored or co-authored more than 40 papers, 130 conference communications, and three books. He has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. students.

IEEE Accomplishments and Activities


Prof. Garello has been actively involved with the IEEE OES (Oceanic Engineering Society) since 1993. He started a French Chapter, of which he became chairman in 1995. He has been in the organizing committee of several international IEEE OCEANS conferences in different running aspects: Student Poster Competition (1994), Publicity, Publication, Technical Program (1998), and finally General Chair (2005).

He was an elected IEEE OES AdCom member from 1999 to 2001, from 2003 to 2005, from 2005 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2013. In 2005, he was elected Vice-President Conference Operations and then re-elected in 2006 and 2008. He was elected President of the IEEE OES in 2012 for a two-year term (2013-2014).

In early 2001, he headed the Committee on Conference Policies (CoCoPo), which was in charge of defining a new set of conference policies and procedures in order to ensure continuity between the successive OCEANS conferences. This committee came up with the concept of two Oceans-a-year (every year in Northern America, every other odd year in Europe, and every other even year in Asia-Pacific). To implement this plan a new committee was formed: the Joint Oceans Administrative Board or JOAB, which Prof. Garello co-chaired from 2002 to 2012. Prof. Garello was the General Chairman of the first OCEANS of the new Two-Oceans-a-year concept: OCEANS’05 held in Brest, France (June 2005). He received the 2006 OES Service Awards for developing and implementing the two OCEANS conference policy. During his term as VP Conference operation he supervised 10 OCEANS conferences. He was elevated to the grade of Fellow in 2006.

Garello is also an active member of the IEEE GRS (Geoscience and Remote Sensing), SP (Signal Processing), and AES (Aerospace and Electronic Systems) Societies. He has been active in GEO (Global Earth Observation) participating in the Plenaries and organizing several GEOSS workshops.


If elected, I will focus on raising “ICT and Environment” awareness among the seven Societies in Division IX. Being a member of four of the seven Division IX Societies, I am aware and involved with their fields of interest. Indeed, they are concerned with acquisition, processing, understanding, transmission, and complex systems, etc., of data and information content connected to our surrounding (near space, atmosphere, land, city structures, vehicles, coastal zones, oceans). There is an obvious overlap between these Societies and the digital perception of our world. Now, one can ask: “What are the societal benefits of the R&D activities related to these fields?”

Our present director started the Quality of Life (QoL) initiative, a first attempt to answer this question. I would like to continue supporting this globally by fostering cross- and inter-disciplinary activities for re-centering ICT (Information and Communications Technologies or the way IEEE is perceived) inside an environmental concern. I will work towards this by creating think-tank committees with representatives from all Division IX Societies and connect to our members through discussion forum.



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