Positions Statements

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, for which Societies/Councils have played the leading role in many ways. Therefore, societies/councils should continually strive as the role model of IEEE to drive the technological growth and excellence in defining the future directions.

We shall work together to achieve a higher common goal to make IEEE a better place.

Refocus on membership

Our strength is diversity, we must continue to grow and embrace membership from all over the world, including academics, industry, genders, and young professionals, to be a true international organization.

• Develop global strategies to be truly international.
• Reconsider IEEE membership models to better suit personalized needs and accommodate different demands of our diverse constituents.
• Strive for fair participation from different groups and regions, especially those under-represented.
• IEEE is a volunteer-based community; therefore it is essential that IEEE’s directions remain strong to be members-driven.

Lead with transparency and consensus building

As a non-profit organization, our key thrusts are promotion of technical excellence, thought leadership, and facilitation of collaboration and networking, rather than amass profit.

• Champion lowering IEEE overhead structure in its business model to relieve burden for societies and members.
• Articulate transparency in all decision making processes.
• Foster open discussion and consensus building for major policy issues, by ensuring fair participation from all parties.
• Lead societies to work more closely together to achieve higher goals than simply working individually.

Create more products/services for more values

• Develop new business opportunities, such as IEEE DataPort for data repository, new platforms, and new services, especially Continuing Education, for IEEE to continue to increase its effectiveness.
• Leverage new technology to lower cost in publications and conference, as well as membership services.
• Embrace social media to reach out to members, especially to young professionals, industry, and under-represented groups.
• Create more values to retain and grow industry members.
• Facilitate societies conducting long-term investment projects.

About Me

I received the B.S. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1990, both in electrical engineering. I was named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher of University of Maryland in 2007, where I am Christine Kim Eminent Professor of Information Technology.

I lead the Maryland Signals and Information Group (SIG) with research contributions that encompass broad aspects of signal processing and communications, including wireless communications; network science; multimedia signal processing; information forensics and security; bioinformatics; and signal processing algorithms and architectures, in which I have published over 10 books and 700 refereed papers. The citations impact to my works, as measured in H values, for Thomson Reutter and Google Scholars are 52/83, respectively.

Over the years, I have trained over 60 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students, of which eight of them are now IEEE fellows, and most of whom are active members of major universities, industrial institutions, or start-up entrepreneurs worldwide. I have also inspired many to join IEEE as their professional Society and to grow in volunteer positions.

I am the recipient of 2016 IEEE Leon Kirchmayer Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society 2009 Technical Achievement Award, 2014 Society Award for “influential technical contributions and profound leadership impact”, and over a dozen best paper awards. Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher, I am a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS. I am an entrepreneur who has been a founder of high-tech start-ups.

I have also received various recognitions from University of Maryland including the university-level Invention of the Year Award, Poole and Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and Outstanding Faculty Service Award, all from A. James Clark School of Engineering.

For more details, please visit http://www.cspl.umd.edu/kjrliu/.

In my leisure time, I love gardening. Once of my hobbies is to collect Japanese maples. At one point, I had more than 40 different kinds of cultivars, some of which can be seen from http://www.cspl.umd.edu/kjrliu/Maples/. I used to grow many trees from finding seedlings from garden and backyard, and then give away in hope of a greener and better world.

I also traveled around the world and enjoy different cultures and humanity from around the globe. Some of my impressions of places can be found here: http://www.cspl.umd.edu/kjrliu/travel/.

As a cooking enthusiast, I have over 60 recipe cook books from all different regions and a collection of spices from all over the world.

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IEEE Activities and Accomplishments

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 Committee (2007-08)

• Transactions on Multimedia Steering Committee (2007-08)

• General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2007)

IEEE Board/Committees:

• Board of Directors as Division IX Director (2016-)

• Chair, TAB New Business Models and Services Ad Hoc Committee (2016)

• Fellow Committee (2015-16)

• Founder of FinTrans Group (2013-16)

• Lead, IEEE DataPort (2013-16)

• TAB Finance Committee Member (2014-16)

• Global Perspective AdHoc (2012)

• Periodical Committee (2009)

• Transactions Committee (2006-08)

• Magazine Committee (2003-05)


• Co-founder, IEEE Washington DC Signal Processing Chapter (2005)

Launch financial transparency initiatives at TAB/IEEE

It has not been well understood that IEEE has a very high overhead, which makes us less competitive with membership, publications, and services. What even worst is that overheads are not visible due to outdated accounting systems and lack of understanding of its significant implication on IEEE’s ultimate survivability. As a TAB member while serving as President of Signal Processing Society and Division IX Director, I overtook the leadership role in forming a financial transparency group consisting of 70+ past/current volunteer leaders by articulating the significance of the issues, educating the community with data/facts, and spearheading with motions to establish committees and efforts to tackle the problem with perseverance. Now the financial transparency issues have been well received and some solutions have been proposed and jointly tackled by volunteers and IEEE staff.

Lead IEEE DataPort development

In research, industry and in the global society as a whole, there are growing needs of data, without which research cannot be carried out and products cannot be designed. Many data repositories cannot or will not support the storage of very large datasets. Some available data repositories are not trusted and there is fear of data misuse. Academic institutions and other entities cannot support long-term data storage and data access needs of researchers for cost reasons. Scientists cannot easily meet government requirements to make data easily accessible and open to the public at no cost. I proposed and led the development effort of IEEE DataPort, under the Big Data Initives, which is a trusted, valuable and easily accessible web-based repository which enables engineers, researchers and members of industry to share datasets and data analyses; locate and utilize datasets to further research; perform analysis on all sizes and types of datasets leveraging integration with AWS Cloud; host and facilitate Data Competitions; and support research reproducibility. Most importantly, DataPort will be an important IEEE future product that can augment Xplore, which is a content center, as a data resource.

Develop major initiatives to engage and serve the community

As President, through my long-range planning and follow-up implementation, I articulated the establishment of new membership board to offer more values and benefits. I proposed a Chapter of the Year Award; developed Seasonal Schools; embarked a 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 student travel fund into the operating budget; and launched a visibility effort to gain more prominence for signal processing work.

Establishment of Membership Board in SPS

As chair of the major revision of SPS Bylaws in 2009, I envisioned and articulated the establishment of new membership board in SPS to address membership service and create more values and benefits to attract and retain membership. Since the membership was created in 2010, SPS saw the first upward trend in membership since its steadfast decline from 1997.

Develop new journals and process/management for high quality publication

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

Bring Signal Processing Magazine to top one ranking in citation impact

As EiC of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, I enlarged the scope, restructured the Magazine into three areas including special issue, features, and column/forum, and significantly strengthened the editorial board. The Magazine reached to top one ISI journal citation ranking the first time under my leadership, out of 250 journals in EE area, and ever since maintained and enjoyed very high impact factors and ranking.


As the Vice President for Technical Activities, I will continue to work hard to make sure IEEE is our home for professional growth with the highest technical quality, and for our noble dream of advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

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