IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Newsletter | Volume 15 | Issue 3 | June 2021 | CURRENT/PAST ISSUES


IEEE CASS Awards 2021

IEEE CAS Society is pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the 2021 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Awards. The Society is especially proud and happy to honor their outstanding accomplishments and we look forward to their continued involvement and close contact with CAS. To watch the 2020-2021 CASS Awards Ceremony on-demand, please visit:


Mac Van Valkenburg Award
Feng Wu
for contributions in multimedia non-uniform coding and communications

Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award
C.-C. Jay Kuo
for contributions to visual communications and multimedia system

Industrial Pioneer Award
JB Lee
for pioneering development and mass production of DDR and related memory technologies

John Choma Education Award
Keshab Parhi
for contributions to VLSI signal processing education

Vitold Belevitch Award
Krishnendu Chakrabarty
for groundbreaking research on design-for-test of system-on-chip and 3D integrated circuits, microfluidic biochips, and wireless sensor networks

Darlington Best Paper Award
Li Du, Yuan Du, Yilei Li, Junjie Su, Yen-Cheng Kuan, Chun-Chen Liu, and MauChung Frank Chang
"A Reconfigurable Streaming Deep Convolutional Neural Network Accelerator for Internet of Things," IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers (Volume 65, Issue 1, Jan. 2018).

Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Award
Darjn Esposito, Antonio Giuseppe Maria Strollo, Ettore Napoli, Davide De Caro, and Nicola Petra
"Approximate Multipliers Based on New Approximate Compressors," in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers (Volume 65, Issue 12, Dec. 2018).

Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award
Junwei Han, Gong Cheng, Zhenpeng Li, and Dingwen Zhang
"A Unified Metric Learning-Based Framework for Co-Saliency Detection," in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (Volume 28, Issue 10, Oct. 2018).

Very Large Scale Integration Systems Best Paper Award
Rana Elnaggar, Krishnendu Chakrabarty, and Mehdi B. Tahoori
"Hardware Trojan Detection Using Changepoint-Based Anomaly Detection Techniques," in IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems (Volume 27, Issue 12, Dec. 2019).

Biomedical Circuits and Systems Best Paper Award
Saber Moradi, Ning Qia, Fabio Stefanini, and Giacomo Indiveri
"A Scalable Multicore Architecture With Heterogeneous Memory Structures for Dynamic Neuromorphic Asynchronous Processors (DYNAPs)," in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (Volume 12, Issue 1, Feb. 2018).

Outstanding Young Author Award
Zhedong Zheng, et al.
"Pedestrian Alignment Network for Large-scale Person Re-Identification," in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (Volume 29, Issue 10, Oct. 2019).

Pre-Doctoral Grant
Abdul Rehman Aslam
Theodoros Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou

Chapter of the Year Award
Bangalore Chapter
Chapter Chair, Devesh Dwivedi

Regions 1-7 Chapter of the Year Award
San Diego Chapter
Chapter Chair, Alvin Loke

Region 8 Chapter of the Year
Russia-Moscow Chapter
Chapter Chair, Roman Ivanyushkin

Region 9 Chapter of the Year
Costa Rica Chapter
Chapter Chair, Juan José Montero

Region 10 Chapter of the Year
Shenzhen Chapter
Chapter Chair, Xiaojin Zhao

The following awards were not given in 2021:
Meritorious Service Award


Call for Board of Governors Nominations (2022-2024 Term)

Each year, the members of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) elect new Governors to serve the Society starting at the beginning of the following year. I am calling on you now to nominate candidates for this year’s Board of Governors (BoG) elections.

CASS is a professional volunteer-based organization. It is essential that we elect energetic and engaged leaders who will organize activities to meet the needs of the entire Circuits and Systems community and who will guide our Society into the future. As a CASS member, you are in an excellent position to know the strengths of your fellow members and how they can best serve our community.

As you consider potential nominees, please take into account that CASS wishes to promote diversity in every possible dimension. As such, CASS would appreciate nominations that complete the current composition of BoG with respect to, to name a few, technical, gender, and geographic diversity.

Board of Governors

Five members of the CAS Society will be elected this year by the Society membership at large to serve a three-year term on the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors represents the members of the Society and approves the Society’s annual budget, amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, elects Society Officers and authorizes the expenditure of Society funds. Members of the Board of Governors are expected to attend two annual meetings, one in the first-half of the year and one in the second-half of the year. Eligibility criteria stated briefly in the CAS Society Bylaws at the end of Article IV, Section 3.1, are: the nominee is an IEEE and Society member in good standing for at least two years and meets all other requirements of the Constitution and the Bylaws.

Complete Board of Governors' nominations must be received using the process described at the end of the page by 5:00 PM EDT (UTC -4) on 5 July 2021, in order to be considered.

Nomination Process

There are two options for adding nominees to the election slate. Nominators should indicate which of the following two options they prefer.

The first option is to nominate by petition. The IEEE rule regarding the nomination petition process states: “For all positions where the electorate is less than 30,000 voting members, signatures shall be required from 2% of the eligible voters.” The number of signatures required on a petition shall depend on the number of eligible voters, as listed in the official IEEE membership records, at the end of the year preceding the election.” For CASS in this nomination cycle, this implies that we need XXX signatures on a petition for a nominee to be automatically placed on the election ballot. Note: Signatures from student members and affiliate members are not allowed. Graduate student members are eligible to sign a petition as well as vote in the election. If you wish to be nominated by petition, please email The CASS Operations Manager will then set up a web-based petitioning system that will automatically authenticate petition “signatures”. According to IEEE rules, a candidate with a valid nomination by petition is guaranteed to be on the ballot. Please note that only signatures received by close of business on 5 July 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT (UTC -4), will be considered. Sign any active petition electronically at Please use your IEEE Account to authenticate access.

The second option involves forwarding the nomination to the Nominations Committee, which may also place candidates on the ballot at its discretion.

Nomination Documents

A complete nomination must include:

  • Nomination form
  • Candidate position statement
  • Candidate biography
  • Candidate photo

(1) A completed Nomination Form is required. Eligibility criteria, stated briefly in the CAS Society Bylaws at the end of Article IV, Section 3.1, are: the nominee is an IEEE and Society member in good standing for at least 2 years and meets all other requirements of the Constitution and these Bylaws.

(2) Candidate Position Statement. The candidate’s position statement is limited to 1000 words.

  • In addition, the position statement should include answers to the following three questions. (Each answer is limited to 100 words)
  • What are, in your opinion, the three most important services that CASS should provide to its membership?
  • Mention one large long-term initiative that CASS should undertake in the next two years and that you would help to establish if elected.
  • Mention three ways for CASS to reach/serve a specific part of the CASS community that you consider of particular importance (Industry, Academia, young CASS members, members of a specific region, ..)

(3) Candidate Biography. The candidate’s biography should be limited to 500 words.

(4) An electronic photograph should be included.

Nomination Submission

Click here for the Board of Governors Nomination Form – For the Term 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024

The nomination form, biography, candidate position statement, and photo must be submitted through the CASS website by 5 July 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT (UTC -4).

The Nominations Committee greatly encourages you to recommend suitable candidates for these elections. Our strength as a society is not only in our engineering expertise but also in our societal spirit including the sharing of information with each other. This we can do best when we have a strong organization with engaged members.

Yong Lian
Chair, Nominations Committee, CAS Society