Message From Our President

President's Message

David Kunkee

2020-2021 IEEE GRSS President

In this, my first message as Society president, I want to start by thanking Paolo Gamba for his excellent leadership over the past years. During this period, the Society membership has grown steadily as also the number of submissions to our refereed journals. It is really great to experience the enthusiasm of GRSS volunteers as shown in the recent videos and directly to me through discussions I’ve had with the GRSS leadership over this past month and a half. I believe this shows that GRSS is a very special Society within IEEE and I will do what I can to continue the current trends for GRSS. I am very excited to see what we can do together this coming year.

Every year IEEE announces a new set of member elevations to the grade of IEEE Fellow. Achieving the rank of IEEE Fellow is a recognized standard in our community and a ‘distinction reserved for select IEEE members with extraordinary accomplishments within the IEEE fields of interest.’  Although we traditionally recognize new GRSS IEEE Fellows at our awards ceremony held during the IGARSS plenary session, I’d like to take just a moment to call out our 2021 GRSS IEEE Fellows here at the beginning of the year. This year there are 9 new GRSS IEEE Fellows:

  • Prof. Xiuping Jia, Kensington, Australia, for contributions to feature mining and classification of hyperspectral images
  • Dr. Jeffrey Piepmeier, Greenbelt, MD, USA, for contributions to microwave radiometry to improve calibration, radio frequency interference filtering,
    and polarimetry
  • Dr. Robert Shin, Cambridge, MA, USA, for leadership in electromagnetic modeling of radar systems and in microwave remote sensing
  • Dr. Jun Li, Guangzhou, China, for contributions in hyperspectral image processing
  • Dr. Luisa Verdoliva, Naples, Italy, for contribution to multimedia forensics
  • Prof. Birsen Yazici, Troy, NY, USA, for contributions to synthetic aperture radar and passive imaging
  • Prof. XiaoXiang Zhu, Munich, Germany, for contributions to artificial intelligence and data science in Earth observation and global urban mapping
  • Zhao-Liang Li, Beijing, China, for contributions to thermal infrared remote sensing
  • Dr. Lizhe Wang, Wuhan, China, for contributions to high performance computing in processing, analysis and applications of remote
    sensing imagery.


You can read their citations on the IEEE Newly Elevated Class of 2021. Please join me in congratulating the 2021 GRSS IEEE Fellows. We have many exciting changes coming in 2021 that I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months. Until then, thanks for reading, and stay safe!

David Kunkee
2021 GRSS President

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