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Two UC3M researchers have been elevated to IEEE Fellow grade


UC3M professors Ana García Armada and Arrate Muñoz Barrutia have been elevated to the Fellow grade of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s most important scientific society in the field of information and communications technologies (ICT).

Arrate Muñoz Barrutia y Ana García Armada

The UC3M professors, Ana García Armada (on the right) and Arrate Muñoz Barrutia (on the left), new IEEE Fellows grade

The IEEE has almost 450,000 members and produces about one-third of the scientific literature in all fields of technological innovation. Its publications always hold the top impact positions in a multitude of scientific and technological areas. The Fellow grade is the highest recognition, and only 0.1% of its members, at most, may be elevated as such each year. Only 72 female Fellows in Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) are among the 458 listed in the IEEE Directory 2023 edition.

IEEE Fellow grades are conferred for the contributions of the researchers to a particular line of work. In the case of Ana García Armada, from UC3M’s Signal Theory and Communications Department, it is for her contributions to wireless communications transceivers. While in the case of Arrate Muñoz Barrutia, from UC3M’s Bioengineering Department, it was for her contributions to biomedical image processing. Both will take possession of this award from the 1st of January 2024, which is when the appointments are made official. 

Ana García Armada is a professor in UC3M’s Signal Theory and Communications Department and head of the Communications Research Group. With a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering, she is developing her research activity in the field of mobile communications, having led various national and international projects. Her research has resulted in nine book chapters and over 250 publications in journals and international conferences, as well as five patents. She has carried out research stays at leading institutions, such as Stanford University or Bell Labs, among others. She is part of the Expert Group of the European mobile communications platform Network Europe and has been the Spanish representative and Vice-President of the ESA Joint Board on Communication Satellite Programmes 5G Advisory Committee. She is currently the Vice-President of Member and Global Activities of the IEEE Communications Society. She has received an Excellence Award from the Social Council and a Best Teaching Practices Award from UC3M, in addition to the third Bell Labs Innovation Award 2014. She has also received the Outstanding Service Award from the Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) committee, the Outstanding Service Award from the SPCE committee of the IEEE Communications Society, and the IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and an Area Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society.

Arrate Muñoz Barrutia is a professor  in UC3M’s Bioengineering Department and Senior Researcher at the Gregorio Marañón Health Research Institute. With a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Telecommunications Engineering from the Public University of Navarre, she has dedicated her research activity to biomedical image processing, with a current emphasis on the development of tools that bring advances in artificial intelligence closer to biomedical researchers. Her research has resulted in five book chapters and over 120 publications in JCR journals and international conferences with proceedings, as well as a patent. In addition to her international experience at EPFL, she has carried out research stays at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and John Hopkins University (JHU). She has received several awards, including the Excellence Award for Young Researchers from the UC3M Social Council, a Leonardo grant from the BBVA Foundation, a Ramón y Cajal contract, and an EPFL Excellence Scholarship to study at the Doctoral School in Communication Systems. She is currently the President of the Steering Committee of the International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) and co-organiser of the IEEE SPS/EMBS International Summer School on Biomedical Imaging. She was an elected member (representing Region 8) of the IEEE EMBS Administrative Committee. She is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging journal (since 2015) and Executive Editor of the Biological Imaging journal (since 2021).