Women in Signal Processing

Topic : How to make it professionally and personally

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 15:00-17:00 (Abu Dhabi local time)

Women in Signal (Image) Processing aims to enhance the experience of women in image processing, and thereby increase the number and impact of women in image processing. We aim to increase awareness and appreciation of women achievements and promote a more gender-balanced research environment in imaging processing. At ICIP 2020, we strive to promote women visibility in image processing and acknowledge their contributions to advancing cutting-edge research in our community.

At ICIP 2020, a panel on “How to make it professionally and personally” will be a lively discussion and a virtual networking opportunity led by 4 highly successful female engineers. The goal of this panel is to learn about the success stories of prominent female scientists and researchers, discuss challenges they met along their career evolution trajectories and how they addressed them. Both men and women are welcome to attend the live session online.

For panel related questions, please contact ICIP Women in Image Processing Co-Chairs:

  • Dr. Fatma Taher (fatma_taher@ieee.org)
  • Dr. Islem Rekik (islem.rekik@gmail.com)

Add your name to the new Women in Signal Processing Directory and join the WISP mailing list! Visit the WISP website to learn more.


  • Professor Lina Karam, Dean of the School of Engineering, Lebanese American University, Lebanon. (lina.karam@lau.edu.lb)
  • Professor Supavadee Aramvith, Department of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Supavadee.A@chula.ac.th)
  • Professor Namrata Vaswani, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, USA, (namrata@iastate.edu)
  • Professor Fotouh Al-Ragom , Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. (fotouh@alragom.com)

Panelists Profiles

Prof. Lina Karam

Prof. Lina J. Karam is the Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Lebanese American University. She is an IEEE Fellow and Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing (IEEE JSTSP). Prior to joining LAU, Prof. Karam was a Full Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, where she also served as Computer Engineering Director for Industry Engagement. Prof. Karam was awarded a U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a NASA Technical Innovation Award, IEEE Region 6 Award, IEEE SPS Best Paper Award, Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, and IEEE Phoenix Section Outstanding Faculty Award. Prof. Karam’s industrial experience includes video compression R&D at AT&T Bell Labs, multidimensional data processing and visualization at Schlumberger, and collaborations on computer vision, machine learning, image/video processing, compression, and transmission projects with various industries. She served as General Chair of IEEE ICIP 2016 and as General Co-Chair of IEEE ICME 2019. She helped initiate the World’s First Visual Innovation Award that was presented for the first time at IEEE ICIP 2016 and more recently the World’s First Multimedia Star Innovator Award that was presented at IEEE ICME 2019. Prof. Karam has over 220 technical publications and she is an inventor on 7 issued US patents. She served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Strategic Planning Committee, IEEE SPS Board of Governors, IEEE CAS Fellow Evaluation Committee, and the IEEE SPS Conference Board.  In addition to serving as EiC of IEEE JSTSP, Prof. Karam is currently serving on the IEEE TechRxiv Advisory Board, IEEE Access Journal Editorial Board, IEEE SPS Awards and Publications Boards, IEEE SPS IVMSP TC, and IEEE CAS DSP TC.

Prof. Supavadee Aramvith

Supavadee Aramvith received the B.S. (first class honors) degree in Computer Science from Ma-hidol University in 1993. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She joined Chulalongkorn University in June 2001. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering with specialization Video Technology. She has successfully advised 9 Ph.D., 27 Master’s, and 32 Bachelor’s Graduates. She published over 130 papers in International Confer-ence Proceedings and Journals with 4 International Book Chapters. She has rich project manage-ment experiences as the project leader and former technical committee chairs to the Thailand Government bodies in Telecommunications and ICT. She is very active in the international arena with the leadership positions in the international network such as JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, and the professional organizations such as IEEE, IEICE, APSIPA, and ITU. She is currently a member, IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) and Chair, IEEE EAB Section Education Out-reach Committee. She is also a member of Board of Governors of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (2019-2021), Communications Chair, IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, IEEE New Initiative Committee member. She also chairs Region 10 Sections & Chapters Committee and is the candidate for 2021-2022 Region 10 Director-Elect.  She formerly led Educational Activities and Women in Engineering for IEEE Asia Pacific (Region 10) from 2011-2016.

Prof. Vaswani Namrata

Namrata Vaswani is the Anderlik Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. She received a Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi) in India in 1999. Her research interests lie in a data science, with a particular focus on statistical Machine Learning, statistical Signal Processing, and Computer Vision. She has served two terms as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing; as a lead guest-editor for a Proceedings of the IEEE Special Issue (on Rethinking PCA for modern datasets); and is currently serving as an Area Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Vaswani is a recipient of the Iowa State University Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award (2019); the University of Maryland’s ECE Distinguished Alumni Award (2019); the Iowa State Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award (2014); and the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award (2014) for her IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing paper on “Modified-CS: Modifying Compressive Sensing for Problems with Partially Known Support” coauthored with her graduate student Lu. Vaswani is a Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2019) for contributions to dynamic structured high dimensional data recovery. For more information: https://www.ece.iastate.edu/~namrata/

Prof. Fotouh Al- Ragom

Fotouh Al-Ragom is a Manager of the Energy Efficiency Technologies Program and a research scientist at the Energy and Building Research Center (EBRC) of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). She obtained her B.Sc. from Kuwait University in Mechanical engineering, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. She is a CEM, CSDP, CEA and REP. She authored several articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and holds a shared patent. She is the recipient of several national, regional and international awards including the 2017 International Professional Development Award from the Association of Energy Engineers, USA, the 2016 Kuwait’s Distinguished Female Engineer from the Federation of Arab Engineers and the 2008 Energy Engineer Award from the Emirates Energy Award (EEA). She is a founder of Kuwait’s local chapter for the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and currently serving as the President. She serves on several professional national and international committees, expert panels and technical boards including the AEE certification board and acts as the Assistant Director of the International Membership Development for the Middle East Region for the AEE. She is a member of several professional organizations including ASHRAE, ASME, and AEE.