Visual Innovation Award at ICIP 2016


The Visual Innovation Award was created to recognize pioneers of transformative technologies and business models in areas within the technical scope of the IEEE ICIP conference series. The Award showcases innovations that have had great impact on human experiences or are anticipated to do so in the near future. To reflect widespread appreciation by the community, the winner is selected through voting by registered attendees of the conference, from among finalists selected by an award committee.


The Visual Innovation Award is open to individuals and teams (with up to four members) responsible for business and technology innovations in areas including but not limited to the following:

  • Visual sensing and processing
  • Coding and Communications of visual data
  • Visual data storage, retrieval, and authentication
  • Computer vision
  • Computational imaging
  • Visual user experience innovations
  • Business model innovations related to visual technology

The award consists of certificates and an honorarium of $5000 (in total for all awardees).

Nomination Process

Nominations are to be submitted online no later than 31 March 2016. The nominations will be forwarded to the Visual Innovation Award Committee for selection of finalists. Required nomination materials and optional supplementary materials (including up to five supporting endorsement letters) can be uploaded in the form of pdf files and links to videos or web pages to convey the merits and impact of the nominated innovation.

The following factors will be weighted heavily in the evaluation of the nominations:

  • the current impact (or potential impact) of the innovation on society through new/improved products and services, and/or economic benefits;
  • the novelty of the innovation relative to public prior art (e.g., publications, published patents and patent applications); and
  • the quality of the nomination.

The nomination and endorsements should be specific and concise yet provide adequate context to appreciate the innovation and the role of the nominated individual or team. Keep in mind that those involved in the selection process may have no personal knowledge of some nominated individual(s) and may seek additional opinions and verifications of attributions. Self-nomination is permitted.

Evaluation Process

An independent Award Committee will be formed (nominated by the Innovation Program Chairs and approved by the General Chair) by 1 November 2015, consisting of up to 15 voting members:

  • Industrial executives or research leaders from leading companies in visual technology
  • Successful venture capitalists and visionary entrepreneurs
  • World-recognized scholars from academia

The ICIP 2016 Innovation Program Chairs will act as non-voting members.

The Award Committee will review the nomination material and select up to five finalists by 31 May 2016. The finalists are invited to present their innovations in a designated session of the Visual Technology Showcase at IEEE ICIP 2016. In addition, they are invited to campaign for the award through the ICIP 2016 website and the ICIP 2016 social media groups (e.g.,, providing supporting materials in addition to the nomination material submitted earlier).

Election Process

The election will be conducted through on-line electronic means, with all registered ICIP 2016 attendees eligible to vote. Attendees are invited to view the nomination/campaign material of the finalists online, attend the Award Competition Session in the morning of the first day of the main program, and also attend the demo session in the Visual Technology Showcase. The deadline for voting will be 17:00 of 27 September 2016. The winner will be announced and recognized at the Banquet on the same night.

Important Dates

1 November 2015Finalize the Award Committee
1 January 2016Start to publicize the Award Call for Nominations via IEEE Signal Processing mailing list and magazines, and social networks
31 March 2016Deadline for nominations
31 May 2016Finalists chosen by the Award Committee
15 June 2016Confirmation received from the finalists to attend the conference
1 July 2016All related sessions are finalized in the main program; all campaign materials are ready online at ICIP 2016 website; Start to publicize the Award Finalist via IEEE Signal Processing mailing list and magazines and social list, and call for participation for on-site Award election; the conference staff needs to prepare onsite signs to guide the onsite attendees to do online voting
15 July 2016All ICIP 2016 attendees are notified of the Award competition with the online campaign materials for the finalists
22 September 2016Send reminder emails to all conference attendees to participate in the on-site Award election
26 September 2016Remind the attendees at the opening remark to participate in the Award election; online voting closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 27 September, and the Award(s) and rankings are announced at the Banquet.