IEEE ICASSP 2018 || Calgary, Alberta, Canada || 15-20 April 2018

Women in Signal Processing Luncheon

WiSP Panel Discussion: What Is Needed to Become an IEEE Fellow and Beyond - Theory vs. Practice

Wednesday, 18 April 12:00 - 13:30

Location: Glen 208-209

Join the IEEE Women in Signal Processing (WISP) Committee for lunch followed by a panel discussion with distinguished SPS members as they shed light on the IEEE Fellow elevation process, including how to start preparing years ahead before you may think you should. Panelists to be announced soon!

For any panel related questions, please contact Women in Signal Processing Committee Chair, Namrata Vaswani (

SPS Women: Please add your name to the new Women in Signal Processing Directory, visit the WISP website.


Maria Sabrina Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998, from University of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar where she carried on research activity in the field of radar detection in non-Gaussian background.

In 1993 she joined the Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, where she is Full Professor since Dec. 2016. She’s IEEE fellow since Jan. 2011 and she was co-recipient of the 2001 and 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society’s Barry Carlton Awards for Best Paper and recipient of the 2008 Fred Nathanson Young Engineer of the Year award for contributions to signal processing, estimation, and detection theory. In May-June 2015 and in January-February 2018 she visited as invited Professor the Université Paris-Sud, CentraleSupélec, Paris, France.

She has been general-chair, technical program chair and organizing committee member of many international conferences over the last 10 years. She’s guest editor of the upcoming special issue on “Machine Learning for Cognition in Radio Communications and Radar” of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing and she has been lead guest editor of the special issue on "Advanced Signal Processing for Radar Applications" of the IEEE Journal on Special Topics of Signal Processing, December 2015, guest co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of the IEEE Signal Processing Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing on "Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication," published in June 2007 and lead guest editor of the special issue of International Journal of Navigation and Observation on” Modelling and Processing of Radar Signals for Earth Observation published in August 2008. She’s Associate Editor of IET Proceedings – Sonar, Radar and Navigation, member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Journal of Advances in Signal Processing (JASP), and Senior Editorial board member of IEEE Journal on Selected Topics of Signal Processing (J-STSP) and Senior area chair of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. She has been member of the IEEE AES and IEEE SP Board of Governors (2015-17) and she’s Past Chair of the IEEE AESS Radar Panel. She has been as well SP Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2014-2015, and now she's AESS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2015-2018, member of the IEEE Fellow Committee and AESS VP Publications.

Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include clutter models, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter, CFAR techniques, radar waveform diversity and bistatic/mustistatic active and passive radars, cognitive radars. She co-authored many book chapters and more than 190 journal and conference papers.

Rabab Kreidieh Ward has over 40 years of post-doctoral experience in education, research, development and leadership. She is a Professor Emeritus in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Her research interests are in broad areas of signal and image processing and their applications. She has published well over 500 refereed journal and conference papers and holds eight patents. Some of her work has been licensed to US and Canadian industries.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineers and the Engineering Institute of Canada. She has received top research, mentoring and service awards from her university, IEEE Signal Processing Society, various women organizations, British Columbia’s Association of Professional Engineers and Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

She was the first woman to be appointed as professor in engineering in British Columbia, Canada (1981) and in Zimbabwe (1975). She was Director of a research institute of 160 professors (1996-2007) and President of IEEE Signal Processing Society. She held high leadership positions at University of British Columbia, IEEE and was as member of advisory committees of international organizations.

Mari Ostendorf is an Endowed Professor of System Design Methodologies and Associate Vice Provost for Research at the University of Washington. She received her BS, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, BBN Laboratories and later Boston University. She joined the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington in 1999, and currently also holds Adjunct Professor appointments in Linguistics and in Computer Science and Engineering. From 2009-2012, she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering. She has been a visiting researcher at the ATR Interpreting Telecommunications Laboratory and at the University of Karlsruhe, a Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Distinguished Visiting Fellow, and an Australia-America Fulbright Scholar at Macquarie University. Prof. Ostendorf's research interests are in dynamic statistical models for speech and language processing. Her work seeks to integrate acoustic, prosodic and language cues for both speech understanding and generation, and to leverage similarities of spontaneous speech and informal text in data-driven learning. Her work has resulted in over 260 publications and 2 paper awards. She has served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing and Computer Speech and Language, as the VP Publications for the IEEE Signal Processing Society, as a member of the IEEE Periodicals Committee, and on several other IEEE committees. Prof. Ostendorf is a Fellow of the IEEE and ISCA, a recipient of the 2010 IEEE HP Harriett B. Rigas Award, a 2013-2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, and a recipient of the 2018 IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award.

Anna Scaglione (M.Sc.'95, Ph.D. '99) is currently a professor in electrical and computer engineering at Arizona State University. She was Professor of Electrical Engineering previously at the University of California at Davis (2008-2014), and at Cornell University, (2001-2008). Prior to joining the engineering faculty at Cornell, Scaglione was an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico (2000-2001).

Dr. Scaglione’s expertise is in the broad area of statistical signal processing with application to communication networks, electric power systems/intelligent infrastructure and network science.

Dr. Scaglione was elected an IEEE fellow in 2011, honored by both the Signal Processing and the Communication Societies. She was editor in chief in (2012-2013) of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2002 to 2005. From 2008 to 2011, she served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2008, where she was area editor in 2010-11. She is currently serving as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Control over Networked Systems. She was general chair of the SPAWC 2005 workshop and on the Signal Processing for Communication Committee from 2004 to 2009. She has been an IEEE SmartGridComm conference steering committee member since 2010, and was on board of governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society during 2011-2014.

Dr. Scaglione received the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award and the 2013, IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for the best review paper in that year in the IEEE publications. Her research with her students was also honored with the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (Lin Li), and two conference best paper awards: the Ellersick Best Paper Award (MILCOM 2005) and the student best paper award at Smartgridcomm 2014. She was also a recipient of the NSF CAREER grant (2002). Since 2001, Dr. Scaglione has been a frequent keynote and plenary speaker and invited speaker to international conferences programs.