The Impacts

IEEE Board/Committees

Among many things, I am proud to share three major impacts of my volunteer work. One was that I started the financial transparency movement in 2013 with the support of over 100+ society/council presidents to demand transparency in finance and decision making so that one can understand the real financial impact to make informed decisions. After many years of struggle, it is now fully recognized by most volunteer leaders and IEEE Board of Directors that it is critically important to us to make informed decisions.


Another is that I proposed and created the IEEE DataPort to offer data repository services as a new benefit and value proposition for our members. It supports open science and reproducible research by hosting data that are citable and useful for our community. The number of users and data have grown exponentially to over 400,000+ users in just over one year.


And the other is that I proposed and co-led the development of the IEEE app as a mobile strategy and infrastructure in an ad hoc committee commissioned by the Board of Directors. The IEEE app is now available at as “Your Global Gateway to IEEE”. The IEEE App is for you to discover IEEE and its quality assets. As a leader, volunteer, member, contributor, non-member, student, or someone with a technical interest, the app can be personalized allowing you to see, read, and choose how you want to engage and connect all things in IEEE, as well as network globally.

Signal Processing Society

  • IEEE Vice President – Technical Activities, 2019 (Elect 2018; Past 2020)

  • Co-Chair, New Engagement Model and Opportunities, (2019)

  • IEEE Board of Directors as Division IX Director 2016-17 (Elect 15)

  • 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)

  • 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)


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


Create IEEE DataPort

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 Initiatives, 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.

Co-Lead the Development of IEEE App – a mobile strategy and infrastructure

IEEE should engage broadly and communicate more effectively with our communities about our value proposition, services, and opportunities. IEEE should engage effectively with millions of users. In order to engage effectively this large number of individuals, a new mobile infrastructure and strategy for engagement is needed. This infrastructure should knit together our current apps into One IEEE app, allowing us to share information such as IP, event logistics, and profile data and to provide a single access to user services.  I proposed and co-led the development of a mobile strategy and infrastructure in an ad hoc committee commissioned by Board of Directors. The IEEE app is now available at as “Your Global Gateway to IEEE”.

Start financial transparency movement 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.

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 tutorial/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.

© 2020 by  K.J.Ray Liu

​The opinions expressed are the opinions of the author and not necessarily the opinions of the IEEE.

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