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Two Rochester members receive 2018 IEEE Region 1 Awards!

On behalf of the Region 1 Awards and Recognition Committee, I am pleased to inform you of the following 2018 IEEE Region 1 Award Rochester Section recipients.  All recipients have been notified.  Please feel free to congratulate the following individuals for their dedication and service to IEEE.

Linte
Cristian Linte

Cristian A. Linte
Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest (University or College) Award
For contributions to the biomedical engineering profession and to educating and training future generation of engineers, in particular, to the field of medical image computing, modeling, and visualization for computer-aided diagnosis and image-guided surgery

 

Luo
Jiebo Luo

Jiebo Luo
Technological Innovation (Academic) Award
For contributions in computer vision and data mining

 

 

Jason Hui
Region 1 Awards and Recognition Chair
jason.k.hui@ieee.org

2018 WESTERN NEW YORK IMAGE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING WORKSHOP

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Don’t miss one of Rochester’s largest IEEE technical events!

The paper submission deadline is quickly approaching!

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The Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop (WNYISPW) is a venue for promoting image and signal processing research in our area and for facilitating interaction between academic researchers, industry researchers, and students.  The workshop comprises both oral and poster presentations.

The workshop, building off of 20 successful years of the Western New York Image Processing Workshop (WNYIPW), is sponsored by the Rochester chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing Society with technical cooperation from the Rochester chapter of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

The workshop will be held on Friday, October 05, 2018, in Louise Slaughter Hall (Building SLA/078) at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Topics

  • Formation, Processing, and/or Analysis of Signals, Images, or Video
  • Computer Vision
  • Information Retrieval
  • Image and Color Science
  • Applications of Image and Signal Processing, including:
    • Medical Image and Signal Analysis
    • Audio Processing and Analysis
    • Remote Sensing
    • Archival Imaging
    • Printing
    • Consumer Devices
    • Security
    • Surveillance
    • Document Imaging
    • Art Restoration and Analysis
    • Astronomy

Invited speakers include:

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Please visit our website for more information!

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

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Registration fees:

Non-IEEE Members:

General Registration: $60 (with online registration by 09/21), $70 (online after 11/9 or onsite)
Student Registration: $40 (with online registration by 09/21), $50 (online after 11/9 or onsite)
(Students, please consider joining IEEE! —  save $10 on this event by joining!   student members only pay $30 to join IEEE!)

IEEE Members:

IEEE or IS&T Membership: $40 (with online registration by 09/21), $50 (online after 11/9 or onsite)
IEEE or IS&T Student Membership: $30 (with online registration by 09/21), $40 (online after 11/9 or onsite)

Onsite registration will be also available, with onsite registration fees payable by cash or check. Fees enable attendance to all sessions and include breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Date and Time

    • Date: 05 October 2018
    • Time: 08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
    • All times are America/New_York

Location

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rochestester, New York
  • United States
  • Building: Louise Slaughter Hall (Building SLA/078)

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Contact

Registration

  • Admission fee applies
  • Starts 25 August 2018 08:54 AM
  • Ends 05 October 2018 05:00 PM
  • All times are America/New_York

Agenda

Important Dates

Paper submission opens: August 13, 2018
Paper submission closes: September 14, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: September 24, 2018
Early (online) registration deadline: September 21, 2018
Submission of camera-ready paper: October 8, 2018
Workshop: Octover 05, 2018

Tentative Conference at a Glance 

    • 8:30-8:55am, Registration, breakfast 
    • 8:55-9am, Welcome
    • 9am-12:30pm, Oral presentations
    • 10:30-12:30am, Tutorial
    • 12:30-2pm, Lunch and posters
    • 2-3pm, Keynote
    • 3-5pm, Oral presentations
    • 3-5pm, Tutorial
    • 5-5:15pm, Awards

Awards

To encourage student participation, a best student paper and best student poster award will be given. 

2018 Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop 

 


2018 IEEE REGION 1 ANNUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE ON MARCH 23-25TH

2018 IEEE REGION 1 ANNUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE ON MARCH 23-25TH – NYIT (OLD WESTBURY)

Click here for the Conference Flyer!

The IEEE Region 1 Student Conference is the premier annual event where all student branches from the eight states of IEEE Region 1 (Northeastern US) meet to discuss mutual challenges and compete in regional competitions. The conference objective is to encourage lively student engagement and provide opportunities for students to network and learn from other students from across Region 1, while applying practical engineering knowledge in the various competitions. It also provides a great opportunity for student members to network with Industry Professionals and IEEE Leaders.

Start time: 23 March 2018 12:00 PM
End time: 25 March 2018 12:00 PM
New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury)
Northern Boulevard at Valentines Lane, Old Westbury, New York

Register Now 

More information coming soon……..

Conference Highlights:

  • Undergraduate Student Paper Contest  — Click here to submit a paper online.
  • MicroMouse Workshop for Newbies and Pros: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (9:00am to 1:00pm). To register: email Soon Wan.
  • Regional MicroMouse Competition: Saturday, March 24, 2018. To register: Team leader, email Soon Wan with team member names, IEEE membership#, school, and micromouse name. 
  • Student Ethics Competition — Team leader, please email Bruce Hecht with team member names, and IEEE membership#. Team also can sign up for the competition on site.
  • T-shirt Design Contest — A student branch representative can check in the T-Shirt on-site.
  • iTryRobotic Workshop: For 3rd to 7th grade children Saturday, March 24, 2018 (3:00pm to 4:30pm). To register: Email Soon Wan.
  • Award Ceremony and Dinner
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Meet IEEE Leaders and Industry Professionals

NEW in 2018:

Hackathon: Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2018 (Friday 6:00pm to Saturday 12:00noon) To register: Email Roshan Mary Varghese. Space is limited.

Drones Workshop: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (9:00am to 1:00pm) To register: Email Vince Socci. Limited to first 40 signing up.

 Hotel Registration Deadline: February 16, 2018

Conference Registration Deadline:  February 31, 2018

Hotel Accommodations:Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn

3 Harbor Park Drive, Port Washington NY 11050

Hotel accommodations will be provided (via a rooming list – do NOT book directly with the hotel) on a first come first serve basis for those traveling more than 100 miles each way. Teams will be required to share a room (4 students per room). Hotel accommodations will not be provided for local participants but meals will be provided during the conference. Those non-students wanting a room should email Dr. Rubenstein to obtain one within our block at $140/night, taxes included.

 2018 Region Drones Workshop is proudly sponsored by IEEE Foundation

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Registration:

Fee will include all meals, breaks and the Award Ceremony and Dinner at the conference.

Early Bird Register by March 18, 2018 (IEEE Member = $60 Non-Member = $100)

Late and On-Site Registration => (IEEE Member = $75 Non-Member = $120)

Email event contact

Charles Rubenstein, Region 1 Student Activities Coordinator (c.rubenstein@ieee.org)Soon Wan, Micromouse Competition Chair (gimsoon@ieee.org)Ali Abedi (ali.abedi@maine.edu) & Jason Hui (jason.k.hui@ieee.org), Student Paper Contest Co-ChairsBruce Hecht, Ethics Competition Chair (bruce.hecht@ieee.org)

Co-sponsored by IEEE Region 1 and IEEE Long Island Section


 

2017 Rochester IEEE Summer Event at Seabreeze on July 13th

Join the Rochester Section during their casual summer event at Seabreeze!

The only goal of this event is to have FUN!  Bring your entire family!

Register today!

Cost: Going to Seabreeze with dinner normally costs $30/person.
Enjoy large savings in joining IEEE during their summer family event!
Register before June 30th and enjoy savings for you and your family.  Only $5/person.  The rate increases to $10/person on June 30th!

About Seabreeze
Give your family all the fun and excitement of more than 70 great attractions. You’ll find thrilling adult rides and classic family rides – plus some cool kiddie rides too. Make a splash in the waterpark, play great games, enjoy classic summertime food, and attend live shows as part of the ultimate family fun experience in Upstate New York.

Seabreeze is clean, safe, and manageable. It’s not too big and not too small – just the right size for your family. The park is close by, easy to get to with highway access, and there’s plenty of free parking. Whether you want to experience all the great rides and slides, or just relax and take in the spectacular views and cool summer breezes off Lake Ontario, you’ll have a wonderful, memorable day with your family. And it’s all yours at a price that will make you smile.

          Date: 13 July 2017
          Time: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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Location
4600 Culver Road
Rochester, New York

Contact:    Email event contact

Registration
Admission fee applies
Starts 10 March 2017 12:00 AM
                  Ends 03 July 2017 12:00 AM

                  Register Now


Nothing but fun and great company!

Agenda

  • 10AM-11PM                 Enjoy the park all day long!
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm     Join us for dinner!

Screamin’ Eagle Dinner Special
Once Through The Line Buffet
Choice of either

  • Chicken or Italian Sausage
  • Texas Hot Dogs
  • Fresh-Ground Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice Cream Dessert
  • Unlimited Soda

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2017 IEEE Region 1 ExCom is soliciting nominations for the area chair positions!

2017 IEEE Region 1 Area Chair Nominations

Due Date: 17 May 2017

 

IEEE Region 1 ExCom is soliciting nominations for the area chair positions.  Voting will occur at the R1 BoG meeting on June 10.

 

Area Chair Responsibilities:

  • Provide an informal and direct communication link between the Director and the Sections, Society Chapters, Councils, Subsections and members.
  • Meet with the Section Chairs within their Area during Region 1 meetings
  • Routinely visit each section within the area, typically at an ExCom meeting and/or annual awards meeting
  • Serve as “middle management” reminding the Sections within their Area to prepare the Section report for the Region 1 meeting, submit annual reports to the IEEE, and other items as requested by the Region Director and/or Region Secretary.
  • Promote exchange of information and ideas among the Sections within an
  • Area and represent the interests of the Sections in their Areas. They will also act as the representatives of the Region Director at the local Area level in matters delegated to them by the Region Director
  • Work with the Director-Elect to prepare an agenda for volunteer training sessions 
  • Work with the Director-Elect and Section Vitality Coordinator to ensure that all existing Chapters within their Area are removed from the action-required list (sort of a probation list) through rejuvenation (not dissolution).
  • Work with the various Region 1 Committee Coordinators.
  • Serve as members of the Region 1 Awards Committee

 

Nominations may be sent to Vince Socci at socci@ieee.org no later than 5/17/17.  Nominations should include the following:

  • Nominee contact info (phone, address, email, home section)
  • Qualifications for the position
  • Position Statement.

 

The attached document summarizes the procedure that will be used for Area Chair nominations.

 

 

doc icon Area-Chair-2018-CFN2.docx

Syracuse Fellows Night April 13th, 2017


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Thursday, April 13th
6:15 pm
University Sheraton
801 University Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Cost to attend:
Members and 1st guest- $20 each
Fellows, Life Members, Student Members and 1 guest- $10 each
Non-members (other than 1st guest of a member) $35 each

Join us for an evening to honor the IEEE Syracuse Section's Fellows with dinner, socializing, and a special presentation.

6:15 pm Registration and Social Hour (with music by CNY Jazz quartet)

7:30 pm Dinner

Invited lecture:

The IMAX Laser Projection System: From 0 to Insane in Under 2 Years

Barry Silverstein, IMAX Business Unit, IMAX Rochester

Out of the ashes of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging business was born the world’s first cinema-quality laser projection prototype. Learn about the creation of the newly formed IMAX business unit, IMAX Rochester. Follow the technical journey (adventure) of taking a prototype 10,000 lumen, 2k resolution laser projector and turbo charging it to deliver six times the brightness in order to light screens that are more than 100 feet wide at 4k resolution. The projection system born out of this effort is currently delivering stunning images at IMAX’s most iconic locations around the globe…. a mere two years later. The revolutionary optical-mechanical system is unlike anything ever built for a projector and was designed in Rochester. It is currently in production in Canada by a simultaneously created custom assembly line. IMAX, in conjunction with local suppliers, managed to deliver this system on time while working across three countries and two continents. The performance of this system has exceeded expectations and is receiving accolades from the industries experts.
 

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2017 IEEE Region 1 Annual Student Conference April 7-9, 2017 –University at Buffalo (SUNY)

2017 IEEE Region 1 Annual Student Conference

 

Date: 7-9 April 2017

University of Buffalo (SUNY)

4-9PM

Buffalo, NY

 

The IEEE Region 1 Student Conference is the premier annual event where all student branches from IEEE Region 1 (Northeastern United States) meet to discuss mutual challenges and compete in regional competitions.   Please visit the conference web site!

 

The conference objective is to encourage lively student engagement and provide an opportunity for the students to network and learn from other students from

across the Region 1, while applying practical engineering knowledge in the various competitions.

 

It also provides the great opportunity for the student members to network with the Industry Professionals and the IEEE Leaders.

 

·         Conference Highlights:

·         Undergraduate Student Paper Contest

·         MicroMouse Workshop for Newbies and Pros

·         Regional MicroMouse Competition

·         Student Ethics Competition

·         Award Ceremony and Dinner

·         Networking Opportunity

·         Meet IEEE Leaders and Industry Professionals

 

To submit a paper for the Student Paper Contest or register for other Competitions, follow the directions on the Hotel and Conference Registration Page at:

meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/44086

 

Hotel Registration Deadline: March 16, 2017

Conference Registration Deadline: March 31, 2017

 

About the Hotel Accommodations:

DoubleTree by Hilton Buffalo-Amherst (10 Flint Road, Amherst, New York 14226). Hotel accommodations will be provided (via a rooming list – do NOT book directly with the hotel) on a first come first serve basis for those traveling more than 100 miles each way. Teams will be required to share a room (4 students per room). Hotel

accommodations will not be provided for local participants but meals will be provided during the conference. Those non-students wanting a room should contact Dr. Rubenstein at mailto:c.rubenstein@ieee.org to obtain one within our block at $120/night.

 

Deadline to request for accommodation (group or individual) = March 17, 2017 
https://goo.gl/forms/yUFhiXHBT3qT8imz1

 

 

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Undergraduate Student Paper Contest:
To submit paper online: https://goo.gl/forms/IlUGJsAyNu85Cz1u1

 

All Competitions and Student Paper Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2017

 

Micromouse Competition: 
Team leader, please email Soon Wan (gimsoon@ieee.org) with team member names, IEEE membership#, and micromouse name. 

 

Ethics Competition: 
Team leader, please email Bruce Hecht (bruce.hecht@analog.com) with team member names, and IEEE membership#. Team also can sign up for the competition on site.

 

T-Shirt Design Contest: 
A student branch representative can check in the T-Shirt on site.

 

iTryRobotic Workshop: For 3rd to 7th grade children
Saturday, April 9, 2017 (3:00pm to 4:30pm)
To register: Email Soon Wan (gimsoon@ieee.org)

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Agenda

Friday (April 7, 2017) – 5:00pm to 10:00pm (Subject to Change)
1. Ice Cream Party (at Davis Hall, Salvatore Atrium)
2. Micromouse Practice (at Davis Hall, Bansai Atrium)

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Saturday (April 8, 2017) Program (Subject to Change)

1. Registration, Breakfast

Competitions:
2. Student Paper Contest (1st=$800, 2nd=$500, 3rd=$200) 
3. Ethics Competition (1st=$300, 2nd=$150 for Student Branch) 
4. Micromouse Competition (1st=$800, 2nd=$500, 3rd=$200) 
5. T-Shirt Design (Highest number of votes by attendees = $200)

6. Lunch and Networking

7. Keynote Plenary Session
8. iTryRobotic Workshop for grade 3 to 7 kids (Sponsored by IEEE-USA)
9. Student Branch Showcase and Training
10. Award Ceremony and Dinner

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Sunday (April 9, 2017) Program (Subject to Change)

1. TBD

 

 

 

 

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Rochester Section Joint Chapters Meeting on April 5th, 2017

Date: 5 April 2017

Louise Slaughter Hall

78 Rochester Institute of Technology

4-9PM

Rochester, NY

 

The IEEE Rochester Section is having its joint meeting for all IEEE chapters on April 5th, 2017 that is open to the general public. The meeting will feature a keynote presentation and two parallel sessions with technical presentations from different chapters and societies. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and network with people from all engineering disciplines and to learn more about the activities of the different IEEE chapters and societies in the Rochester area. The technical sessions are free to attend for IEEE members. Reservations are required to attend the dinner and keynote presentation.  Please click here for more information on the JCM.  

 

Join us at one our outstanding yearly events – Registration for the technical presentations is not required.

However, if you wish to attend what looks to be a truly spectacular keynote presentation, please register early for the dinner.   

 

Click this link to register today!

 

Registration 

  • Dinner Reservations are required (Fee increases after March 20th, 2017).
  • No charge for attending technical presentations for IEEE Members.
  • LAST DAY FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS IS MARCH 31, 2017

Early Registration Fee until March 20th: 

  • $25.00 (IEEE Member or IEEE Member significant other), $20 (IEEE Fellow or Senior Member),
  • $10.00 (IEEE Student Member), $15.00 (Full-Time Student Non-members)
  • $35.00 (Non-members) 

Regular Registration between March 20th-31st: 

  • $30.00 (IEEE Member or IEEE Member significant other), $25 (IEEE Fellow or Senior Member)
  • $15.00 (IEEE Student Member), $20.00 (Student Non-members)
  • $40.00 (Non-members)

 

Keynote Presentation:


Rick Fremming of New York Power Authority

 

Topic:  Robert Moses Niagara Falls Hydroelectric Plant

Biography: Rick’s role is to monitor and support the safe, reliable and efficient operation of 13 hydro generators (225 MVA each), 12 pump generators, 20 billion gallon reservoir & 21 transmission lines. He is also responsible for troubleshooting these systems and finding engineering solutions. He has been with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for 18 years.

 

 

Agenda

4:00 – 4:30 PM  REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS      

4:30 – 5:30 PM  CHAPTER TECHNICAL SESSION  I  

    Room 2120  CS-CIS         “A Vision for Human-Centered Cybersecurity” by Dr. M. Wright

    Room 2130  APS/MTTS   “Gallium Nitride Power MMICs – Fact and Fiction” by Dr. Charles Campbell

    Room 2140  SPS              “Analyzing/Tracking Persons 3D  Gaze”  by Gabriel Diaz          

5:30 – 6:30 PM  CHAPTER TECHNICAL SESSION  II

    Room 2120  EMBS           “An Adaptable Framework to Extract Abnormal Brain Networks” by Dr. Archana Venkataraman

    Room 2130  GRSS           “Multi-modal unmanned aerial system development and applied research at RIT” by Dr. Jan Aardt

    Room 2140  PES/IAS      “IEEE SMART Village Initiative” and “HVDC – Powering the future”  by Girish Behal     

5:30 – 7:15 PM  NETWORKING SESSION (CASH BAR) AND CHAPTER POSTER SESSION                     

7:15 – 9:00 PM DINNER AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION  

 

 Local research will be on display for interactive Q/A.  Best student poster prize of $100.

*PDH Credit approved (check back for updates)


DINNER: 

“ALL AMERICAN BUFFET” including sliced strip loin, roasted salmon, vegetarian penne arrabiata and much, much more.

 

 

SECTION POSTER SESSION (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

                        

Local research will be on display for interactive Q/A.  Best student poster prize of $100.

 

Announcements: ComSoc Rochester Section – Panos Markopoulos, L1-normPrincipal-Component Analysis; New Options for Outlier-resistant SignalProcessing and Learning NOV 30th

Date: 30 November 2016

University of Rochester

Computer Studies Building 209, from 12PM to 1PM.

Rochester, NY

Title

L1-norm Principal-Component Analysis: New Options for Outlier-resistant Signal Processing and Learning

Abstract

Principal-Component Analysis (PCA) has been a mainstay of modern signal processing, machine learning, pattern recognition, and classification for more than a century. Numerous important applications of PCA can be found in the fields of wireless communications, computer networks, computer vision, image processing, bioinformatics/genomics, and neuroscience, to name a few.

In the advent of the big-data era, datasets often include grossly corrupted, highly deviating, irregular data points (outliers), due to a variety of causes such as transient sensor malfunctions, errors in data transmission/transcription, and errors in training data labeling, to name a few. Regretfully, standard PCA is well-known to be very fragile in the presence of such faulty points, even when they appear in a vanishingly small fractions of the training set. The reason is that the L2-norm objective of standard PCA (minimization of error variance or maximization of squared projection magnitude) gives squared importance on the magnitude of every datum, thus overemphasizing peripheral data points. To remedy the impact of outliers, researchers from the fields of data analysis and signal processing have long focused on calculating subspaces of minimum absolute error deviations, instead of minimum error variances. Important early theoretical studies date back to the 1940s.

In this talk, we will discuss L1-norm Principal-Component Analysis (L1-PCA), a L1-norm-based alternative to standard PCA that exhibits remarkable resistance against outliers in the processed data, while it attains performance almost identical to PCA when the processed data are nominal/corruption-free. Specifically, we will motivate the formulation of L1-PCA, discuss its hardness, and present its newly found optimal solution. In addition, we will summarize efficient algorithms for solving L1-PCA. We will conclude with numerical and experimental results on dimensionality reduction, sensor-array processing, and genomic data processing that illustrate the effectiveness of L1-PCA.

Biography

Dr. Panos P. Markopoulos was born in Athens, Greece, on August 29, 1986. He received the Diploma degree (5-year program) and M.Sc. degree (2-year program), both in Electronic and Computer Engineering, from the Technical University of Crete, Greece, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Markopoulos received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, in 2015. Since August 2015, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Co-Director of the Communications Laboratory of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Dr. Markopoulos’s research interests are in the areas adaptive signal processing, data analysis, and wireless communications, with applications to outlier-resistant data analysis and learning, learning from short training data, antenna arrays, and adaptive design of wireless transceivers for multiple-access and interference channels. Dr. Markopoulos is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Computer Societies, as well as a member of the IEEE Technical Committee for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE Computer Society) and an Affiliate Member of IEEE Technical Com¬¬mittee on Sensor Array and Multichannel (IEEE Signal Processing Society). Dr. Markopoulos has served as reviewer to IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. In 2017, Dr. Markopoulos is co-organizing the 1st IEEE International Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking in Extreme Environments (IEEE WCNEE 2017).

In August 2013, Dr. Markopoulos received the Best Paper Award of the 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems for the paper “Some options for L1-subspace signal processing.”