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IEEE Africon 2023

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”.

 

Website: https://2023.ieee-africon.org/

 


IEEE Education Week

IEEE Education Week, taking place 2-8 April 2023, is a celebration of the many ways that IEEE Volunteers and Members make an impact on education at every level around the globe. The Education Week website, at https://educationweek.ieee.org/, offers links to live and virtual events, educational resources, and special offers. During the week, IEEE Members will have the opportunity to earn participation points and a digital badge while experiencing the many educational offerings IEEE makes available, from continuing education, to university offerings for faculty and students, to STEM educational initiatives. IEEE President Saifur Rahman will also present a special virtual event to help kick off the week on Monday, 3 April 2023.

 

Make sure that your Region’s educational offerings and events are featured

 

All IEEE-affiliated groups, including Regions, are invited to submit content to be featured on the Education Week website. Simply visit the website and click Submit on the top menu to get started. You can also submit events using IEEE vTools.Events.


IEEE COMCAS 2023

We are delighted to inform you that IEEE COMCAS 2023 is now open for manuscript submission.

 

Please find HERE the IEEE COMCAS 2023 Call For Papers.

 

Below you may find our conference website and social media channels. We invite you to follow for constant updates and more ongoing information about IEEE COMCAS. Please feel free to share them amongst your communities as well.

1. Conference Website: your dedicated link HERE

2. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ieee.comcas/

3. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/18143029/

4. Twitter: https://twitter.com/IEEECOMCAS

 


EPPC / Future Tech Forum Roundtable on the Digitalization of the Energy Sector

ICT and Energy in the Energy Transition Roundtable

6 December 2022 • 9:00am ET

IEEE Future Tech Forum: ICT and Energy in the Energy Transition Roundtable

Participate in a discussion on ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and Energy in the Energy Transition. Hear from subject matter experts on this important topic of ICT and energy, and moderated by Mike Hinchey, 2022-2023 Chair of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee. This complimentary live, 90-minute virtual event will be held on 6 December 2022 at 9 AM ET. This event in the IEEE Future Tech Forum series is organized by IEEE Future Directions and in collaboration with the IEEE European Public Policy Committee.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the massive deployment of Edge-to-Cloud information processing have had major impacts in digitalizing our society and economy, offering new opportunities for improved efficiency and creating new jobs. On the other hand, the electricity system and the energy system in general are going through a period of unprecedented changes and challenges. These changes are making the operation of power systems fundamentally more complex. Power electronics is transforming the network from a system of slow reacting mechanical generators controlled by people in control rooms to a distributed system that requires complex interaction of electronic components equipped with intelligence.

As a result, the data generated, collected, and transmitted to allow the functioning of such a system will grow significantly. This growth in data management is not marginal and it is happening while ICT infrastructures are already facing unprecedented growth in the amount of data they handle. While the power grid in the (near) future will depend on ICT to operate properly, it is also true that ICT infrastructure will become more of a significant share of the load for the electricity system itself.

Is it necessary to consider the potential for maximizing energy efficiency by using ICT in all situations where it has not already been applied (industry, homes, offices) as a key enabler for the energy transition?

Who will benefit from making ICT manufacturing and operations green and more energy efficient?

The overall situation brings us to a fundamental question of sustainability; can we find the right synergies between ICT and energy to achieve the environmental goals?

Moderator: Mike Hinchey, 2022-2023 Chair IEEE Global Public Policy Committee

 

Featured Panelists:

 

Event Moderator

Mike HincheyProfessor Mike Hinchey is Professor of Software Engineering and Head, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems at University of Limerick, Ireland, where he is also Emeritus Director of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software. Prior to joining the University, Professor Hinchey was the Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory. In 2009, he was awarded NASA’s Kerley Award as Innovator of the Year and is one of only 36 people recognized in the NASA Inventors Hall of Fame. Professor Hinchey holds a B.Sc. in Computer Systems from University of Limerick, an M.Sc. in Computation from University of Oxford and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. Professor Hinchey is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Engineering Professional, Chartered Mathematician and Charted Information Technology Professional, as well as a Fellow of the IET, British Computer Society, Engineers Australia, Engineers Ireland, and Irish Computer Society, of which he was also President (2018-2021). Hinchey is Past President of IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing (www.ifip.org) , 2016-2022. He is Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. In January 2018, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Computer Society of India and was the SEARCC Global ICT Professional of the Year 2018. He was elected to the 2022-2025 IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and is Chair of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee in 2022 and 2023 and the IEEE Conduct Review Committee in 2023. He is IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect (2023-2024) and Director (2025-2026).

 

Panelists

Adrian IonescuAdrian M. Ionescu is a Full Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He received the BS & MS in Electronics and Telecommunications in 1989 from University ‘Politehnica’ Bucharest, Romania. He holds two PhDs: in Microelectronics, from UPB (1994) and in Physics of semiconductors from National Polytechnic Institute Grenoble (1997). He is director of Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory of EPFL, Switzerland. His group pioneered steep slope devices, phage change devices, sensors and MEMS resonators for energy efficient Edge AI applications. He published more than 600 articles. He is recipient of IBM Faculty Award 2013 and of André Blondel Medal 2009. In 2015 he was elected member of Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. He received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2016 and the EDL IEEE George Smith Award in 2017. He is an IEEE Fellow and he served as Editor of IEEE TED and as member of PUB committee of EDS. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Proceedings of IEEE and serves in the ICT sub-committee of IEEE European Public Policy (EPPC).

 

Antonello MontiAntonello Monti received his Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1994. He started his career with Ansaldo Industria and then moved in 1995 to the Politecnico di Milano as an Assistant Professor. In 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA, as an Associate Professor and then Full Professor. Since 2008, he has been the Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System, E.ON Energy Research Center, RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Since 2019 he has a joined appointment at Fraunhofer FIT, Center for Digital Energy Aachen.

 

Massimo PellegrinoMassimo Pellegrino is the IEEE European Public Policy Program Manager. Prior to joining IEEE, he served as political affairs officer on emerging security and technology policy matters at the United Nations Office at Geneva. From 2015 to 2016, Mr Pellegrino directed the work of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in the area of outer space and security issues. From 2009 to 2014, he worked in different capacities at the European Space Agency (ESA), European GNSS Agency (GSA), European Commission (EC), and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Pellegrino received a Master’s Degree in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU), as well as a Master’s Degree in Economics, and a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Technology Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II.

 


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:  https://ihtc2022.ieee.ca/ambassador-program/

Deadline to submit the ambassador application: 20th November 2022

IEEE Region 8 – Strategy Retreat 2022 – Geneva

Some photos from the organization of the 2022 IEEE R8 Strategy Retreat for identifying possible approaches to creating and maintaining a healthy volunteer pipeline, improve student retention, and expand financial sources.

 


IEEE RTSI 2022

 

After 6 editions of being the flagship conference of the IEEE Italy Section, the RTSI2022 (Research and Technologies for Society and Industry) forum has been held August 24-26, 2022 in the Jussieu Campus of Sorbonne University Paris, France.

 

 

It was organized by IEEE France Section and co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, Italy and UKRI Sections. RTSI2022 was able to gather around hundred participants coming from all around the world.

 

 

The main objective of RTSI2022 was to bring together researchers and industry practitioners in the technical fields covered by IEEE in order to:

  • promote and strengthen partnerships and cooperation between academia and industry;
  • increase understanding and awareness of how engineering and technology can have a positive impact on the quality of life;
  • promote discussion in between the research community and government agencies on effective and successful research policies;
  • disseminate the latest progress, discoveries and innovative applications;
  • promote cooperation between researchers working in different fields of research.

The R8 Director, Antonio Luque did chair the opening session. Then RTSI2022 gave the opportunity to attend:

  • 4 Special Sessions:
    • Antennas Design for Communication, Sensing and Characterization Methods
    • Intelligence Artificial and the COVID’19 Crisis
    • Sensors for a Smarter World
    • Smart Medical Devices

  • 5 Technical Tracks:
    • Communication Systems
    • Computer Engineering
    • Control, Robotics & Signal Processing
    • Electronics, Microelectronics & System Integration
    • Power & Energy

 

  • 4 Tutorials :
    • Humans and Semiconductors Interface: Energy Efficiency and Edge Artificial Intelligence
    • Context Awarness and Collaborative Work
    • Power-to-X: an Opportunity for Cross-Sectoral Integration
    • The IoT World and 5G Networking Concepts

 

  • 4 Panels:
    • Prediction of Failures in the Industrial Sector
    • Action for Industry (AFI from IEEE R8)
    • Ethical Assurance of Autonomous Algorithmic Systems
    • Future Directions of Communications: Vision, Standards and Requirements

  • 1 Student Forum


2023-2024 R8 OpCom and 2023-2024 R8 N&A Committee Candidates

Dear Region 8 Committee members,

On behalf of the 2021-2022 Region 8 (R8) Nominations and Appointments Committee (N&AC) it is my pleasure to announce the slate of candidates for the incoming elections of the 2023-2024 R8 Operating Committee (OpCom) members and the 2023-2024 R8 N&AC members:

  • R8 Secretary (one position):

o   Ljupco Karadzinov, North Macedonia Section

  • R8 Treasurer (one position):

o   Adam Jastrzebski, UK & Ireland Section

  • R8 Vice Chair (VC) for Member Activities (MA) (one position):

o   Vinko Lesic, Croatia Section

o   Andrejs Romanovs, Latvia Section

  • R8 Vice Chair (VC) for Student Activities (SA) (one position):

o   Abdullateef Aliyu, Nigeria Section

o   Theodoros Panagiotis Chatzinikolaou, Greece Section

  • R8 Vice Chair (VC) for Technical Activities (TA) (one position):

o   Marios Antoniou, Cyprus Section

o   Albert Lysko, South Africa Section

  • R8 N&AC (3 positions):

o   Vicent Egessa, Kenya Section

o   Jan Haase, Germany Section

o   Ilhem Kallel, Tunisia Section

o   Dalius Navakauskas, Lithuania Section

o   Sergio Rapuano, Italy Section

o   Catarina Silva, Portugal Section

 

Note that to the previous slate, the names of any successful candidate by petition (for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and the three Vice Chairs) will be added, as mentioned on the R8 Operations Manual R8M-5:

“… In the case of the R8 Secretary, R8 Treasurer and the three R8 Vice Chairs (MA, SA, TA) a candidate may be added to the slate provided by the R8 N&A Committee by a petition including the signatures of at least 15 voting members of the R8 Committee. Valid signatories comprise anyone who is a voting member of the Committee during the calendar year in which the petition is submitted. If the petition is not submitted by the candidate, it must be accompanied by the written confirmation of the willingness of the candidate to serve if elected. The petition must be submitted to the Director or Secretary twenty-one (21) days before the election is due to take place, and after verification of validity, awareness of the additional candidate(s) must be made available to the R8 Committee fourteen (14) days before the election.”

This year, nominations by petition must reach the Region 8 Director by 25 September, 2022. Note that during the R8 Committee meeting, petition candidates from the floor will not be accepted.

 

All candidates’ biographies/IEEE activities/statements will be distributed to the R8 Committee members prior to the R8 Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, 14-16 October, 2022.

For all further details please refer to the IEEE R8 Bylaws and the IEEE R8 Operations Manual, available at the R8 website (http://www.ieeer8.org) in the documents section (http://www.ieeer8.org/category/documents/). In particular I would like to highlight that the R8 OpCom members (Secretary, Treasurer, VC MA, VC SA, VC TA) will be elected by the R8 Committee voting members (OpCom members and Section Chairs or their alternates), while the R8 N&AC members will be elected by the Section Chairs (or their alternates).

 

During the incoming R8 Committee meeting for those positions with just one candidate and for the R8 N&AC, no oral presentations will be necessary. The candidates for R8 VCs (MA, SA and TA) are expected to give a 5-minute presentation of themselves. Questions and Answers (Q&A) will follow.

 

If you have any question or comment please feel free to contact the R8 N&AC Chair, Magdalena Salazar Palma, at salazar@tsc.uc3m.es, or the R8 N&A Committee at nominations.and.appointments.sc@ieeer8.org .

Best regards,

 

 

Magdalena Salazar Palma

IEEE Region 8 Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair