Monthly Archives: November 2022

Student Paper Contest 2023: Call for Papers


The Student Paper Contest (SPC) is one of the main technical activities in Region 8. It was established in 1967 and since then it is an excellent occasion for personal leadership and involvement of student members in a prospective IEEE scientific/technical activity. The contest increases the visibility of student branches and allows for wider promotion of IEEE among students. The success of the SPC relies heavily on the input from the Student Branch Officers, especially the Student Branch Counselor and the Student Branch Chair.


Once every year, each IEEE R8 Student Branch (SB) may hold and organize a local Student Paper Contest under its own responsibility. The organization of a local SPC generally means that the contest should be announced publicly in advance and that all submitted papers are to be locally reviewed by qualified specialists. Additionally, all R8/Sections/Chapters IEEE Conferences, having student papers sessions included in their programs, could and should also be used to get additional proposals for SPC. As long as an SB is formally supporting and accepting any type of student papers contest activity, it is in line with the existing SPC rules. Student Branch Counselors should be fully involved in all local SPC activities, as well as all other local IEEE officers (Section Chairs, Chapter Chairs, student activities officers, members of executive committees, etc.).


The winner(s) of each local Student Branch Contest may compete in the Region 8 Contest. A Student Branch may submit one paper per every 100 Student Branch members or part thereof, with a maximum of three papers per SB. At the same time, especially in small branches where the managing a local contest is difficult, the IEEE section officers can encourage students to submit their work as a paper to the regional SPC. This is a good exercise for students, especially those who intend to continue to a doctorate. Starting this year, the IEEE Region 8 Student Activities Committee offers funding to IEEE Region 8 Sections and Student Branches to establish local student paper contests, through the Local Student Paper Contest Events Program. The aim of this new program is to increase student paper contest awareness and participation.



IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest is intended for IEEE R8 student members or graduate student members who have not yet started their Ph.D. The work presented in the paper has to be completed before the student receives the engineering degree that entitles her/him to start preparing a doctoral thesis and it should be not published previously. The submission of a paper for SPC must be no later than 12 months after graduation. 


Papers should cover technical and engineering aspects of a subject within or related to the areas with which the IEEE is concerned. The work need not be strictly original in the scientific sense, but it should be original in the treatment of a certain topic and the author’s contribution to that topic should be clearly seen.


At initial submission, only students can be authors of the IEEE R8 SPC papers and each author must be a member of an IEEE Student Branch. However, in the second SPC phase, after five finalists are selected, the rules allow a supervisor/mentor to be added as a co-author in the final version of the paper which will be included in the conference proceedings and IEEE Xplore Library. This does not change in any way the basic rule that the submitted paper is the work of the student. At the time of the oral finals, which is normally about a half year after the initial submission, each finalist must be still a member of IEEE.



Submitted papers will be graded by an international jury composed of 4-5 experts who are usually university professors from different Region 8 countries. The review will be double-blind, which means that the judges will handle the papers without knowledge of the identity of the authors/institutions. Jury members can engage other reviewers who are specialists in the corresponding fields. Based on grading, the top 5 papers will be selected. All five finalists (one author per paper) will be invited to present their papers at the IEEE R8 flagship conference EUROCON 2023 in Turin, Italy, on July 6-8, 2023.


The oral presentations will be graded by the same international jury as in the first part of the contest. On the basis of both the written and oral parts of the competition, the final ranking list and the decision about the winner will be made. There are prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of $800, $500, and $200, respectively. In addition, the student branch where the winner comes from will be awarded $250. The top 5 papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and included in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.



The paper submitted for SPC must not contain any data about authors and their institutions. It should not exceed 6 pages and must be written using the two-column IEEE Transaction style (with the space between columns equal to 4.1 mm). Please, carefully read AUTHORS GUIDELINES ON PAPER LAYOUT which is a part of “SPC rules”.


The paper must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • COVER PAGE (send as a Word document)
  • PAPER SUPPLEMENT (send as a Word document)
  • COUNSELOR CERTIFICATE (send as a pdf document)
  • IEEE Copyright form (send as a pdf document)


The deadline to send full papers to IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2023 is December 1st December 15th, 2022. Please send papers and supporting documents by email to [email protected].



IEEE WIE Africa joins in the global WIE@25 celebrations!

WIE section Chairs across the continent have collaboratively put together again a second exciting end-of-the-year event where leaders from Africa will give presentations and talks under the topic ” Reflecting on our lives as women in the STEM career”. In addition to that, winners from the student writing competition will be announced!


This second celebration will be on Saturday 10th December 2022 at 11:00 A.M EAT.

So, what are you waiting for? It promises to be epic, register now:

Pre-University Educational Activities are changing the game for Girls in STEM

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Portugal Affinity Group and its Student Branch from Instituto Superior de Lisboa, WIE-IST, are co-organizing a series of webinars, as a hybrid event, free of charge.


You can now fill in the form below to register for the second webinar!


Title: Pre-University Educational Activities are changing the game for Girls in STEM
Date & Time: Nov 30, 2022 5:00 PM UTC+0 (Lisbon time)
Local: Online
Speaker: Stamatis Dragoumanos


About this webinar Stereotyping is an operation of the human mind which is established to process information more quickly. It is a skill and a curse that is being developed while we grow up and it depends on our experiences and the environment we grow up in. STEM education and especially student-centric collaborative educational methods motivate young students to question stereotypes, express their creativity freely and value each other not by their sex or color but by their kindness, their will to collaborate, and their personality. Pre-University Educational Activities encourage young students to go through that process and exploration providing aftermath of refreshing results to observe!


Stamatis Dragoumanos is a Software Engineer and Software Developer. He has a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering and Informatics and an MSc in Computer Science and Technology from University of Patras, Computer Engineering and Informatics Department. He also has a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Patras Chemical Engineering Department and an MSc in Computational Fluid Dynamics from the National Technical University of Athens, Chemical Engineering Department.
He has 16 years of working experience in software development and he is currently working as a Software architect in the Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus”. He also has 12 years of experience in teaching programming languages, algorithms, and data structures on a variety of student ages and education levels. He is an inquiry-based learning enthusiast and he strongly believes that soft skills development is one of the most important concepts that are missing in today’s Educational System. He is a certified Soft Skill Trainer by Erasmus+ and a certified Professional Scrum Master by Stamatis is the 2022 recipient of the IEEE EAB Meritorious Achievement in Outreach and Informal Education Award and is currently serving as a volunteer in the following committees:
– IEEE EAB PreUniversity Education Coordination Committee, member
– IEEE Potentials Magazine Editorial Board, member
– IEEE The Institute Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, member
– IEEE Region 8 Professional and Educational Activities Committee, member


Register HERE

The Role of Data and Computer Science in the Training of Young Engineers

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Portugal Affinity Group and its Student Branch from Instituto Superior de Lisboa, WIE-IST, are co-organizing a series of webinars, as a hybrid event, free of charge.


You can now fill in the form below to register for the first webinar!


Topic: Data Science’s importance for young women
Title: The Role of Data and Computer Science in the Training of Young Engineers
Date & Time: Nov 22, 2022 12:30 PM GMT (Lisbon)
Local: Online or presential at IST Campus Alameda
Speaker: Cláudia Antunes


Cláudia Antunes is an Associate Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa. She is PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering by the same university. Her research interests are in the area of Data Science, in particular to what concerns to the usage of knowledge domain and the exploration of the temporality to enrich the classification task. She has more than seventy papers published in journals and international conferences, and has supervised more than thirty Master thesis and a few PhDs. She has been lecturing data science courses for twenty years, both in graduation and post-graduation programs.


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IEEE R8 WiE in IEEE R8 Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt

On October 15th 2022, during IEEE R8 Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Maria-Alexandra Paun, Chair of R8 WIE Committee, presented the activities of her amazing team for the promotion of women in engineering at Region 8 level.


As she finishes her term at the end of the year, the take-away message and key word of two-year activity of R8 WIE team is the visibility we gained as speakers at various international and R8 flagship IEEE conferences. We emphasize the importance of being technical speakers and have such interventions, on top of our other current activities.

A big thank you to the whole team at R8 WIE! You have been really amazing!



Ambassador Program – 2022 IEEE International Humanitarian Technologies Conference (IHTC)

The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference is a Multi-Regional Conference Series rotating between R7 (Canada), R8 (Africa, Europe, and Middle East), and R9 (Latin America and Caribbean).This interdisciplinary conference series focuses on showcasing challenges, success stories, lessons learnt, case studies and technological innovation related to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICT4D and the application of Humanitarian Technologies (including Disaster Relief and Disaster Recovery) and facilitating engagement of stakeholders from the public, private, education and research and societal sectors around the world. We place a particular emphasis on facilitating participation by key stakeholder groups from low and lower middle-income countries as well as low resource communities.

IEEE IHTC organizing Committee is pleased to open a call for ambassadors for the year 2022.

The responsibilities of an ambassador are as follows:
1. Awareness of IEEE IHTC in the community.
2. Promote the video contest.
3. Urge your Institutions/Friends to participate in Conference

Perks of being an ambassador
1. Chance to work with IHTC conference committee.
2. Electronic certificate on completion of conference.
3. Free access to the IHTC sessions/activities.
If you are interested to register yourself as ambassador:

Deadline to submit the ambassador application: 20th November 2022