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The AFI Industry Events program focuses (a) on promoting IEEE events relevant to industries, and (b) seeks to engage with IEEE sponsored conferences to produce industry relevant program, such as workshops or site visits, to the conference agenda.

IEEE Region8 Action for industry Webinar on «Intelligent industry»


Welcome to the first IEEE Region8 Action for industry Webinar on «Intelligent industry»!


Moderated by Nihel Ben Youssef, IEEE R8 Action for Industry Committee member, industry Events and initiatives Lead, and Industry ambassador at IEEE Tunisia Section


With Toni Mattila, IEEE R8 Action for industry Committee Chair.
Toni is the Head of Sustainable Manufacturing at Business Finland, which is a governmental agency for R&D and innovation funding, business development and internationalization services. At Business Finland, Toni leads a national business development program with the goal of transforming Finnish manufacturing industries towards sustainable development. Before joining the investment promotion division of Business Finland eight years ago, Toni worked for fourteen years in academia as a researcher in the field of microelectronics. Toni is still an active member of IEEE, especially in the Electronics Packaging Society, and a frequent attendee of various electronics conferences.


Our Guest Speakers:

Danilo Pau, Technical Director, IEEE & ST Fellow – System Research and Applications at STMicroelectronics, Italy Danilo PAU (h-index 25, i10-index 68) graduated in 1992 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. One year before his graduation, he joined SGS-THOMSONS (now STMicroelectronics) as interns on Advanced Multimedia Architectures, and he worked on memory reduced HDMAC HW design. Then MPEG2 video memory reduction. Next, on video coding, transcoding, embedded 2/3 graphics, and computer vision. Currently, his work focuses on developing solutions for tiny machine learning tools. Since 2019 Danilo is an IEEE Fellow; he served as Industry Ambassador coordinator for IEEE Region 8 South Europe, was vice-chairman of the “Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems” Task Force within IEEE CIS, was IEEE R8 AfI member in charge of internship initiative. Today he is a Member of the Machine Learning, Deep Learning and AI in the CE (MDA) Technical Stream Committee CESoc. He was AE of IEEE TNNLS. He wrote the IEEE Milestone on Multiple Silicon Technologies on a chip, 1985 which was ratified by IEEE BoD in 2021 and IEEE Milestone on MPEG Multimedia Integrated Circuits, 1984-1993 which was ratified in 2022. He served as TPC member to TinyML EMEA forum and is the chair of the TinyML on Device Learning working group. He serves as 2023 IEEE Computer Society Fellow Evaluating Committee Members With over 83 application patents, 153 publications, 113 MPEG authored documents and 67 invited talks/seminars at various Universities and Conferences, Danilo’s favorite activity remains supervising undergraduate students, MSc engineers and PhDs.


Zmorda Djedidi, Senior Innovation Consultant at Novation City, Tunisia Zmorda JEDIDI is a dedicated innovation consultant driven by her passion for leveraging data and AI to create meaningful change. With a strong background in supply chain management and a Master’ss degree in data science from Paris Sorbonne University, as well as an engineering degree from the National Engineering School of Monastir, she has consistently delivered exceptional results throughout her career. Zmorda’s journey began as a supply chain production leader in leading industry giants such as Decathlon and United Colors of Benetton, where she honed her expertise in optimizing operations and driving efficiency. During her time at Instadeep, she made valuable contributions as a data science consultant, working with clients in the ME and Africa section. Currently, as a key member of the Novation Industry 4.0 Center, Zmorda remains committed to accelerating the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among Tunisian industrial companies, fostering growth and enhancing competitiveness. Her track record of success, combined with her unwavering dedication, positions her as an invaluable asset in leading the charge towards a transformative and prosperous future for Tunisian industries.


IEEE AFRICON 2023 is co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8 and the IEEE Kenya Section and is the flagship conference for the African continent.


It will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 20th – 22nd September 2023 under the theme:

“Advancing Technology in Africa Towards Presence on the Global Stage”.


This conference will feature world-class plenary speakers, major technical symposiums, industry and academic panels, workshops, tutorials and invited tracks on emerging technologies.


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IEEE REGION 8 Action for Industry Initiative

IEEE brings people and technology together for mutual benefit since industry members are traditional majority of IEEE and important contributors to all IEEE actions.


Action for Industry (AfI) Sub-Committee is focused on providing membership value to companies. The essential programs currently include Mentorships, Internships, Industry Events & Initiatives, Industry Awards, Entrepreneurship etc.


IEEE can provide value for companies in many ways: Whether you are seeking career advancement, looking to start your own company, or need research and trend insights into emerging technologies, IEEE can help those who work in the engineering sciences, research, and technology areas.


If your company engaged with the IEEE Action for Industry, can benefit from the following:


1. Access the Internstional Talent Pool through the AfI Internship Program


  • The lifeblood of any company lies on capable young engineers.
  • The membership of IEEE includes over 84,000 student and graduate student members. These students are all highly educated, young professionals from wide range of technical backgrounds. Over 17,000 of them reside in Region 8.
  • Internships provide mutual benefits: young engineers gain valuable work experience and IEEE AfI can reach out these highly able young engineers with your job offers.
  • IEEE AfI leadership facilitates the placement process both by obtaining job descriptions from companies and vetting the student base to offer to the companies a selection of able young engineers to be matched by to the roles.


2. Skills Development though AfI Mentoring Program


  • The 400 000+ members of IEEE include highly experienced professionals from all levels of organizations across wide field of industries
  • Mentoring is support and guidance by some of these experienced professionals to develop the professionalism of those less experienced
  • The IEEE Mentoring Program is an online program that facilitates the matching of IEEE members for the purpose of establishing a mentoring. The platform is accessible through IEEE Collaboratec®


3. Influence and Access Standards Essential to Your Business


  • Engagement with development of standards provides you an opportunity to influence technical development of your business sector and make sure that your insights are taken into account in the standards.
  • Engaging with development of global IEEE standards can provide you significant competitive advantage over your competitors. IEEE nurtures, develops, and advances the building of global technologies and consumers around the world enjoy the benefits (ex: IEEE 802.11 – the WiFi standard, IEEE 802.3 – the Ethernet standard, etc.)


4. Skills Development through Education Programs

  • Educational programs of IEEE are a great way to develop skills & competences of your employees.
  • IEEE educational programs enable students and professionals to achieve their goals (Career Preparation, Continuing Education, iTunes U, Pre-University Programs, Professional Certification Programs, etc.)
  • IEEE programs open the eyes of youth to the possibilities of today’s and tomorrow’s technologies (,, Teacher In-Service, etc.)


5. Knowledge and insight through IEEE Publications


  • IEEE publications, such as the IEEE Spectrum Magazine, provides you with an insight into a wide range of technical fields and helps you to develop your own vision of the future.
  • Technical articles from all IEEE journals and conferences made available to you via IEEE Xplore digital library, on the other hand, provides you with up-to-date undestanding of the state the technical domain relevant to your industry. IEEE Xplore is an IEEE intellectual property, with powerful search tools, nearly 4 million full-text articles and papers and users download more than 8 million documents per month.


6. Latest information and new contacts from Technical Conferences

  • Participation in conferences provides you an opportunity to hear state-of-the-art of research and technical development in your field
  • Conferences are also a great opportunity to network with both academics and companies in your technical field.
  • IEEE sponsors more than 1,800 conferences, attracting over 465,000 attendees from around the globe while publishing over 180,000 conference papers each year
  • IEEE offers technical events and scholarly conferences, providing an opportunity to both learn the latest on technologies and network with leading experts. The events often contain technical exhibitions that provide an opportunity for companies to present their commercial offering and also provide an opportunity to present own work to peers and submit technical papers to IEEE for publication.


7. Continued professional development through training activities


  • IEEE provides continued professional development for your staff through various training activities.
    • Continuing professional education online courses through the IEEE eLearning Library and the IEEE Learning Network
      • Online courses enable you to get up-to-date quickly on emerging technologies and trends.
      • Learners who pass course assessments through the IEEE Learning Network can earn IEEE digital certificates, including Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
      • Course topics span a wide array of technologies including machine learning, digital transformation, 5G, cyber security, ethical hacking, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, edge computing, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, smart grid, and more.
    • IEEE Courses | IEEE Xplore
  • IEEE, the world’s leading standard developer, is also a leading source of education and informational resources on standards, their applications, and their impact on designing new products, processes, and services.


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EUROCON is a major international forum for the exchange of ideas, theory basics, design methodologies, techniques and experimental results between academia, research institutions and practitioners from industry. It covers all fields of electrical and electronic engineering, ICT and computer science covered by IEEE Societies.


IEEE EUROCON 2023 is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Region 8 (the largest region of IEEE, including Europe, Africa, and Middle East). IEEE EUROCON 2023 provides a unique opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners from different fields, to discuss on the latest developments in these fields and promote cross-disciplinary interactions needed in today’s engineering activities. IEEE Eurocon 2023 is the 20th edition or the Eurocon Conferences.


The conference will be held 6-8 July 2023 in Torino, Italy.


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IEEE ISIE (International Symposium on Industrial Electronics) 2023

The IEEE ISIE 2023 is the 32nd International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), focusing on frontier technologies for industries, applications of electronics, controls, communications, instrumentation and computational intelligence. The objectives of the conference are to provide high quality research and professional interactions for the advancement of science, technology, and fellowship.


An industry session and visits to local industries will be organized during the event.


The event will be held 19-21 June 2023 in Helsinki-Espoo, Finland.


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Industry Ambassadors

IEEE R8 Action for Industry will be enabled by engagement with Sections throughout R8. To achieve this engagement each Section is asked to appoint an Industry Ambassador amongst their local members to liaise with the AfI SIA Coordination team. The Industry Ambassadors are the main contact point to local industries. They are local representatives of AfI and the primary contact point to the local industries. Engagement of all Sections is vital to build strong relations with industry in the nations of R8.


SIA Coordination program is to nurture the network of Industry Ambassadors by providing support for their work. The SIA Coordination team maintains the record of SIAs, inducts new SIAs, supports SIA with their outreach to companies, for example, by providing them with relevant information on the value of engaging with IEEE and support for performing the formally engagement with companies by signing and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Number of meetings organized and MoUs signed are the KPIs for this program.


There are number of actions and activities organized around entrepreneurship both inside and outside of IEEE. This program seeks to engage and collaborate with relevant IEEE activities on internship and select activities external to IEEE in reaching out to entrepreneurs.