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BACKGROUND, MOTIVATION & AIMS

The Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing (NSIP) Board was born in 1992 from an idea of Yrjo Neuvo of Tampere University of Technology to organize a workshop in the area of nonlinear signal processing in Finland. In cooperation with Y. Neuvo, Petri Haavisto and Moncef Gabbouj, organized the first IEEE Winter Workshop on Nonlinear Signal Processing held at Murikka Educational Center, Tampere, Finland in January 1993. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and by the European Project ESPRIT BRA 7130 NAT (Nonlinear and Adaptive Techniques in Digital Image Processing, Analysis and Computer Vision).

NAT adopted the workshop as a major NAT event and informally decided to hold the workshop periodically once every two years. NAT then organized the second workshop, the 1995 IEEE Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing at Halkidiki, Greece in June 1995. The workshop was chaired by Ioannis Pitas of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece. During this event, the acronyms NSIP were first used.

The EU ESPRIT LTR 20229 NOBLESSE (Nonlinear Model-Based Analysis and Description of Images for Multimedia Applications) project, NAT successor, carried over the commitment to NSIP Workshop and supported the foundation of this Board. During one of the meetings of this project it was decided to constitute a commission formed by Hans Burkhardt, Moncef Gabbouj and Giovanni Sicuranza with the aim of creating a formal Board. This decision was motivated by the large response during the previous workshops, and it was recognized that there is a need for forming a community for that subject and to support the necessary dialogue in the future. Nonlinear techniques and system theory are in fact still a very young field of research; however, it starts to mature and we are beginning to find structures and solid results in interesting new application fields.

The purpose of the Board is to solicit tenders for future organizers and sites and to coordinate efforts related to future NSIP events. Board members are also to assist in defining the scope of each event and offer technical and practical assistance. NSIP events shall be organized under the auspices of the IEEE and EURASIP societies. Additional co-sponsorship by other national or international organizations may be solicited for each event. First Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the NSIP Board for the two-year term (1997-1999) were elected Giovanni Sicuranza of the University of Trieste, Italy, and Anastasios N. Venetsanopoulos of the University of Toronto, Canada, respectively.
Message of Prof. Giovanni Sicuranza, the first NSIP Board Chairperson (1997-1999).

The first formal meeting of the Board was held at Mackinac Island (Michigan) during the 1997 IEEE Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing organized by Ed Coyle of Purdue University in September 1997.

The 1999 IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing was organized at Antalya, Turkey, by Enis Cetin of the Bilkent University in 1999.

Anastasios N. Venetsanopoulos of the University of Toronto, Canada, and Moncef Gabbouj of Tampere University of Technology, Finland were served as Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the NSIP Board, respectively, for the two-year term (1999-2001).

The 2001 IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Proocessing, the first NSIP Workshop of the new millennium, was held at Baltimore, U.S.A. by Kenneth Barner and Gonzalo Arce of the University of Delaware.

According to the NSIP Board Bylaws, the Chairperson of the NSIP Board for the two-year period (2001-2003) was Moncef Gabbouj of Tampere University of Technology, Finland. The election of the Vice-Chairperson for the same term took place in February 2001 by an e-mail voting. The result of the voting was in favour of Hans Burkhardt of Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Germany who served as Vice-Chairperson of the NSIP Board.

The 2003 IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing, the sixth biennial international workshop on nonlinear signal and image processing, was held at Grado, Italy on June 8-11, 2003. It was organized by Prof. Giovanni Sicuranza of the University of Trieste, and Prof. Gianni Vernazza of the University of Genova.

Chairperson of the NSIP Board for the two-year period (2003-2005) is Moncef Gabbouj of Tampere University of Technology, Finland, replacing Hans Burkhardt. Vice-Chairperson of the NSIP Board for the same term has been elected Akira Taguchi of the Musashi Institute of Technology, Japan.

The 2005 IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing, the seventh biennial international workshop on nonlinear signal and image processing, will be held at Sapporo, Japan on May 18-20, 2005. It is organized by Prof. Akira Taguchi of the Musashi Institute of Technology, Japan.


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