Isabel Trancoso was appointed as the new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow Committee Chair, following her experience as Committee Vice Chair in 2023. 

The distinguished INESC ID researcher will now assume this prestigious leadership role at IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. 

From January until December 31, 2024, she will lead the Committee which is responsible for making recommendations to the IEEE Board of Directors for nominees to be elevated to the grade of Fellow, a position that recognizes her singular career and unique research contributions.

“Last year I was already part of the Committee as Vice Chair, and it was a remarkable experience. It is surely a privilege to now assume the role of Chair and lead the Committee in the evaluation of around one thousand nominees”, shares the researcher. 

Isabel Trancoso is an internationally renowned Human Language Technologies researcher from INESC-ID and a Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico. She was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011, and to ISCA Fellow in 2014.

The IEEE Fellow Committee is currently composed of 52 members, including the Chair and Vice Chair, all IEEE Fellows representing the 10 IEEE Regions, 47 IEEE Societies/Technical Councils and various affiliations. 

Election to the grade of IEEE Fellow is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon IEEE members by the Institute in recognition of their technical, educational, and leadership achievements. Only a select few IEEE members earn this prestigious honor.

According to Isabel Trancoso, “this appointment is particularly challenging at this time, given the many changes that will be implemented to enhance the Fellow program’s technical diversity and DE&I, while maintaining the program’s integrity and fairness.”

More about the new 2024 IEEE Fellow Committee here.