Changes for MGA Technically Co-Sponsored Conferences (TCS)

In 2015, the IEEE Board of Directors adopted a motion to recover some of the costs incurred in supporting technically co-sponsored conferences (TCS) and publication of their papers in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

In January 2016, recovery of these costs began for all Society/Technical Council technically co-sponsored conferences. The IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) team developed and deployed procedures to collect these expenses during the conference application process.

Until recently, IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) had been absorbing the TCS expenses for its geographic units. The MGA Board has now approved a final policy for handling fees for all MGA Geographic Unit technically co-sponsored conferences.

For all conference applications received 1 January 2018 or later, in which an MGA Geographic Unit is a technical co-sponsor and there is no IEEE financial sponsorship, the MGA TCS Fee policy shall apply.

  • This fee will be $1000 per TCS conference, and $15 per paper sent to IEEE Xplore
  • If multiple IEEE Organizational Units (OUs) technically co-sponsor the same conference, the fee will be divided equally between all IEEE sponsors (i.e.: Society, Council, MGA Geographic Units)
  • MGA Geographic Units will have the option to bill the TCS fees directly to the Conference
  • An exception to this general policy – MGA will continue to pay these fees if the external (non-IEEE) financial sponsor has a National Society Agreement with IEEE or has a Sister Society Agreement with one or more of the IEEE Societies
  • Starting 1 March 2018, IEEE MCE will retroactively deploy processes to collect the TCS fees for any conference application with technical co-sponsorship by an MGA Geographic Unit received on or after 1 January 2018

Understanding MGA Technical Co-Sponsorship (TCS) Costs presentation slides [PDF]

New GDPR Regulation: Impacts for IEEE Conferences

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), originating in the European Union, is expected to have far-reaching implications on how organizations, like IEEE, conduct business worldwide, including conferences.

This regulation places new obligations on organizations that market, track, or handle personal data. This legislation goes into effect on 25 May 2018.

IEEE is reviewing policies and business processes that involve personal data and continues to take steps towards compliance.

IEEE aims to ensure that we are able to communicate with our conference related audiences in our volunteer activities in a compliant and efficient manner. One of the key items for compliance is ensuring your current IEEE data is compliant with the GDPR.

Personal data collected without consent of an individual may not be compliant. This means that use of existing lists may no longer be allowed. (Attendee lists, Excel spreadsheets, Listserv, etc.)

IEEE will be providing solutions over the next several weeks and months. In addition, training will be available shortly.

More information is available here:


SPC2018 – Finalists

This year there were 21 papers submitted by the closing date of December 1 2017.

The papers were seen by four jury members-

  • Prof Anastas Mishev from Macedonia,
  • Prof Christos Schizas from Cyprus
  • Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco
  • Prof Paul Micallef from Malta who is also the SPC Coordinator


The jury members are rotated over a period of time depending on where Melecon and Eurocon are held.

The participants where from the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jordan, Malta, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain  and Turkey.

The five finalists who will be presenting their paper at Melecon 2018 in Marrakech are.


Ahmed Abdelraouf Mohamed, Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport Cairo, Egypt, with the paper , “A Multi-Objective Distributed Generation Allocation and Sizing using Swarm Intelligence Based Algorithms”

Benjamin Chiêm, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with the paper, “Supervised classification of structural brain networks reveals gender differences”

Marko Mihajlovic and co-author Nikola Popovic, University of Niš, Serbia, with the paper, “Fooling a neural network with common adversarial noise”

Nima Taghipour Bazargani, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, with the paper, “A Novel Approach for Probabilistic Hurricane Resiliency Assessment of an Active Distribution System Using Point Estimate Method”

Yazan Qiblawey with co-authors Ruslan Abu Sneineh, Majd Ahmed Abduljabbar and Yousef Jamal Orabi, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, with the paper, “Design and Implementation of Autonomous Surface Vehicle”

List of student branches that submitted a paper to SPC2018

Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

KU Leuven, Belgium

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt

University of Thessaly, Greece

Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Al-Balqa Applied University, Amman, Jordan

University of Malta, Malta

Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Russia

University of Niš, Serbia

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

University of Maribor, Slovenia

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


IEEE Region 8 Acceleration Program 2017-18 – Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the IEEE Region 8 Acceleration Program 2017-18.

Pre-University Education Category

1. Animation in Education (Egypt Section – Zewail City Student Branch) – Winner

A regional website offering animated educational resources from qualified instructors to teach concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

2. Arduino A to Z (Greece Section – IEEE Student Branch of Thrace) – Runner-up

A coordinated 4-month long training program, run by university students and supervised by professors, to introduce programming and robotics to school students.

3. Career Training Campus (Jordan Section – Al-Balqa Applied University Student Branch) – Runner-up

A week-long camp organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Jordan to introduce engineering and science careers to high school students in different schools spread throughout the country.

University Education Category

1. Piece of Game (Greece Section – University of Thessaly Student Branch) – Winner

Development of a multi-lingual platform which enhances the learning of university level educational content through the use of video games.

2. Robotic Operating System (Turkey Section – Eastern Mediterranean University Student Branch) – Runner-up

A training program and competition aimed at developing the skill of university students in 3D modelling, programming, algorithms and interfacing to create robotic systems.

Congratulations to all!

IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon)

The IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon) is the premier annual event where all student branches from the eight states of IEEE Region 1 (Northeastern US) meet to discuss mutual challenges and compete in regional competitions.
The conference objective is to encourage lively student engagement and provide opportunities for students to network and learn from other students from across Region 1, while applying practical engineering knowledge in the various competitions. StuCon also provides a great opportunity for student members to network with Industry Professionals and IEEE Leaders.

Conference Highlights:

  • Undergraduate Student Paper Contest
  • Regional MicroMouse Competition
  • Student Ethics Competition
  • Fri-Sat Hackathon
  • MicroMouse Workshop for Newbies and Pros
  • Sunday Drones Workshop
  • Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Meet IEEE Leaders and Industry Professionals

IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon) Flyer

To submit a paper for the Undergraduate Student Paper Contest or to register for other Competitions, follow the directions on the conference Hotel and Conference Registration Page at:

Hotel Registration Deadline: March 7, 2018
Conference Registration Deadline: March 15, 2018

Higher Education, Entrepreneurship and Globalization

“Higher Education, Entrepreneurship and Globalization”

Join us for:

A discussion with a distinguished panel of experts in the engineering field. Our Expert Guest Presenters include:

  • Luis Fernandez-Luque, Qatar Computing Research Institute-Qatar Foundation (Twitter@luisluque)
  • Marios Antoniou, Open University of Cyprus
  • Jose Carlos Quadrado, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP)


The panel, featuring an array of recognized experts in the field, will help you:

  • Acquire tips and guidance that you can put into action immediately
  • Gain the knowledge you need to develop critical student assessment competencies
  • Get answers to your career and professional development questions
  • Expand your global network of colleagues


  • Early Career Faculty
  • Graduate Students


  • 23 January 2018
  • 1100 – 1200 EST (UTC -5)


View it live from your home or office, or on-demand anytime at your


Don’t miss this opportunity to Enhance Your Career!


For more information


2018 ECFD Flyer

R8 Young Professionals Newsletter 2017 [3rd edition]

Yet another Region 8 Young Professionals Newsletter issue! This time, we have refreshed the design of the newsletter to match the new Young Professionals logo; we hope you like it!

Throughout this newsletter, you will get the chance to run into some already known familiar sections, as well as some brand new topics, like our role in humanitarian activities and how to handle a career shift in your professional life. And no, we didn’t forget, hot hot hot: Cross-Sectional Student and Young Professionals Congresses took place this year! You can read about our adventures in this issue. When finished, pick the one closest to you and meet us there in 2019!

To download the .pdf version, click here R8YP_Newsletter_2017.pdf

If you wish to contribute with material for the next edition (2018), you can reach us at Feedback and input for improvements are always most welcome!

Yours truly,

Region 8 Young Professionals team


Energycon 2018 at Limassol, Cyprus

3 – 7 June, 2018
Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy SystemsENERGYCON 2018 is the 5th IEEE International Energy Conference and will be held between 3-7 June 2018. It is organized by the IEEE Cyprus Section, the IEEE PES Cyprus Chapter, and the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus, in partnership with IEEE Region 8.ENERGYCON covers a broad range of electric power and energy systems topics and is open to contributions that are related to the theme “Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy Systems”.

ENERGYCON aims to attract scientists, professional engineers and engineering students from all over the world and give them the opportunity to present and publish their work, discuss, exchange ideas and knowledge as well as network for future collaborations. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

More: http://www.energycon2018.

Happy IEEE Day 2017

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2017 is the 8th edition of the same and will be celebrated on 3rd October 2017.

Worldwide celebrations demonstrate the ways thousands of IEEE members in local communities join together to collaborate on ideas that leverage technology for a better tomorrow. We celebrate IEEE members!



Nigeria hosts the first African Student and Young Professional Congress


Nigeria takes the lead to host the first IEEE African Student and Young Professional Congress (ASYPC 2017). The IEEE Student and Young Professionals Congress was held in Africa for the first time after the final approval by Region 8 and the Ad-hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (AHCAA) in July, 2017.

The Team led by the YP Chair of IEEE Nigeria Section, Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu and seven other members comprised of experienced and new volunteers. Finances was a big challenge, but the team did not give up. With the full support of the Region 8 and IEEE Nigeria Section, ASYPC 2017 turned out a huge success.

The Congress was held from 8th – 10th September, 2017 at Baze University, in the beautiful city of Abuja, with 102 IEEE members and 20 invited guest in attendance. Amongst the ten plenary/keynote speakers were the Nigeria Minister of Communication Technology, Barr. Adebayo Shittu and the IEEE MGA Vice President Elect, Martin Bastiaans. There were 6 workshops and 1 panel discussion on Women in Africa: Success and Challenges. Other activities during the memorable 3 days include: a city tour, visit to Lower Usman Dam, Katempe Hill (Center of Nigeria), and Nike Art Gallery where delegates were welcomed in the African fashion and they had the opportunity to inspect artefacts and take memorable photos.

The IEEE PES Workshop on renewable energy was facilitated by Engr. Tunde Salihu (Nigeria), Continuous Education by Rading Reinhardt (Kenya), IEEE SIGHT by Engr. John Funso Adebayo (Nigeria), TISP and EPICS by Assoc. Prof. Tamer Moneir Mousa Nassef (Egypt). The Strategy of Work was done by Mr. Olabode Ojo, the Director of Engineering of Phase3 Telecom (Nigeria) while the workshops for Entrepreneurship and Young Professionals were facilitated by Mohammed El-Dallal (Egypt). A presentation on “Getting Ready for the Digital Economy” was made by John Matogo, the IBM University Leader for East Africa.

The WIE panel session featured 5 panellists that discussed extensively on “Women in Africa: Challenges and Successes”. The panellists include Prof. Gloria Chukuwdebe, Dr. Amina Batagarawa, Lebogang MM Madise, Patience Enahoro and Engr. Mrs. Chidimma Ibeh-Dimnwobi. The discussion was moderated by Toyin Oluwaniyi, Co-founder of Edu-teen foundation.

A poster session was held with seven student branches contesting. Ten judges inspected their works and University of Ibadan, STB28371 was announced as the winner while the first runner up was Obafemi Awolowo University, STB89601. Prizes for the poster session were sponsored by Smile Telecom.

The attendees of the ASYP Congress cut cross the following countries; Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, and the Netherlands. It was a dream come true for the organizer, the Nigeria section, Region 8 and MGA. We hope this is the beginning of a new era in IEEE activities in Africa. We are very grateful to our sponsors: Prof Mamman Tahir, the Vice-Chancellor of Baze University, Phase3 Telecom, Smile, Ntel, GreenICTi, IAS, IEEE PES, IEEE Nigeria Section, AHCAA, Young Professional AG, WIE, IEEE SIGHT and IEEE- EAB.

Abdullateef Aliyu, YP Chair – IEEE Nigeria Section