IEEE R8 Call for Nominations

April 3, 2021

Dear IEEE Region 8 members,

The IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments (N&A) Subcommittee is soliciting nominations for the following leadership positions:

  • IEEE Region 8 2023-2024 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect (six year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2022 Vice-Chair, Member Activities (one-year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2022 Vice-Chair, Student Activities (one-year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2022 Vice-Chair, Technical Activities (one-year commitment)

Please submit nominations by filling up the IEEE R8 Nomination Form (available at the IEEE Region 8 website in the ‘Documents’ section, and sending it to Magdalena Salazar Palma, Chair of the IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments Subcommittee (R8 N&A SC), at, and to the R8 N&A SC at, by 30 June 2021.


The IEEE Region 8 2023-2024 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect will be elected by the voting members of Region 8 in the 2022 IEEE Annual Election from the slate nominated by the R8 Committee. The Region 8 Committee will select the slate during the Region 8 Committee meeting either in the Fall of 2021 or the Spring of 2022.


The IEEE Region 8 2022 Vice-Chairs will be elected during the Region 8 Committee Meeting in the Fall of 2021. Note that the current Vice Chairs are eligible for re-election.


For all further details, including petition processes, please refer to the IEEE Region 8 Bylaws and the IEEE Region 8 Operations Manual (available at the IEEE Region 8 website in the ‘Documents’ section), in particular, the sections R8-3.1.2 ‘Director-Elect’ and R8-3.1.7 ‘Vice Chairs’ in the Bylaws and the sections R8-4.2 ‘Region 8 Director-Elect,’ R8-4.6 ‘Region 8 Vice Chairs’ and R8-5 ‘Elections and appointments procedures’ in the Operations Manual.


The individual elected to serve as the IEEE Region 8 2023-2024 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect will serve for six years: in 2023-2024 as Director-Elect, in 2025-2026 as Director, and in 2027-2028 as Past Director.


In 2023-2024 this individual will:

  • be invited to attend the IEEE Board of Directors and the IEEE MGA Board meetings (as part of the preparation and education for the later service)
  • serve (as a voting member) on the IEEE Region 8 Committee and IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee
  • serve as a member on the IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments Subcommittee (except in the process of selecting candidates for the IEEE Region 8 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect).

Additional duties may be expected and will vary.


In 2025-2026 this individual will serve on the:

  • IEEE Assembly (as delegate/representative of IEEE Region 8 members)
  • IEEE Board of Directors
  • IEEE MGA Board
  • IEEE Region 8 Committee (as chair)
  • IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee (as chair)
  • IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments Subcommittee.

Additional duties may be expected and will vary.


In 2027-2028 this individual will serve on the:

  • IEEE Region 8 Committee
  • IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee
  • IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments Subcommittee (as chair)
  • IEEE Region 8 Strategic Planning Subcommittee (as the chair or as a regular member)
  • IEEE Region 8 Awards & Recognition Subcommittee (as the chair or as a regular member).

Additional duties may be expected and will vary.


Board of Directors and MGA position descriptions are available at


Please distribute this notice among IEEE Region 8 volunteers and IEEE Region 8 Organizational Units.


Thank you and best regards,

Magdalena Salazar Palma
Chair, IEEE Region 8 Nominations & Appointments Subcommittee

IEEE Region 8 Today Call for Contributors Content

This is a Call for Contributors, for the IEEE Region 8 Today initiative which aims to be the voice of the IEEE R8 members.

A Contributor has the following very important role:

  • He or she is the one that creates the new content for the News Portal.
  • He or she is the contact person for all local members with the News Portal.
  • He or she is the one that collects the local news, translates them (if needed), and commits them to the platform.

The following skills are required and will be taken into account for the application evaluation:

  • Excellent use of English
  • Advanced writing skills (we need samples of your work and past experience)

The following skills are desired and will be taken into account for application evaluation:

  • Experience in WordPress article authoring
  • Enhanced communication skills

If you are interested in making your Section and Local Activities further known, then, you can apply to become an IEEE Region 8 Today Contributor, and have a chance to be the voice of your Section!

We need:

  • A biography brief
  • A letter describing why we should pick you as a contributor
  • At least two samples of your published articles
  • Recommendation letter from your Local Section

The above data will only be used for application evaluation and will not be shared.

Please send us your application by email at by 30 March 2021.

IEEE SSIT Webinar Series

The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology Webinar Series invites applications for Call for Student Outreach Volunteers. The IEEE SSIT Webinar Series is a pilot project activity of the Chapter’s Committee of IEEE SSIT. We are engaging with practising technologists and researcher to compile a series of interesting and engaging global webinars to facilitate understanding of the complex interaction between technology, science and society, its impact on individuals and society in general, professional and social responsibility in the practice of engineering, science, and technology, and open discussion on the resulting issues.


We are looking for energetic IEEE student members to join us as outreach volunteers.


If you wish to contribute to this activity? Please click here to apply.


Please help to promote the IEEE SSIT Webinar Series by distributing this information to your colleagues and students. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Saiteja Goud K by email at Thank you!

Join us during the Rejuvenated Region 8 2021 Spring Meeting Series!


This week, IEEE Region 8 has started its re-imagined 2021 Spring Meeting Series, which will include the 116th IEEE Region 8 Committee Meeting as well.

These meetings used to be held in-person twice per year to discuss the Region 8 strategy, operations, affairs, and to welcome its new volunteers. For the third time in a row, unfortunately, the meetings are being held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we remain optimistic to have a face-to-face meeting soon.

This spring, besides the regular meeting, we are also providing a chance to get to know the IEEE future vision of the three candidates for the 2022 IEEE President-Elect.

The meetings will take place from March 15th to March 21st with a schedule full of presentations from distinguished guests, operating committee members, subcommittee chairs, and more.

The first day of the meeting will start with a welcoming speech by the Region 8 Director, Antonio Luque, and an Orientation Session for the New Region 8 volunteers, moderated by the Region 8 Director-Elect, Vincenzo Piuri.

For the 2021 Spring meetings, Region 8 will celebrate announcing the new IEEE Region 8 Logo, and the Persian New Year (Nowruz). Moreover, a new forum, R8 Forum, will be arranged to have open and informal discussions in the context of the region’s operations and future plans with a focus on the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on regional activities.

Pencil it in your calendars and don’t forget to join us. The full agenda is available at:


Look forward to seeing you all soon 🙂

IEEE HAC/SIGHT Funding Opportunities


IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC)/IEEE SIGHT have announced the first funding opportunity of 2021! The Call for Proposals is being offered to support IEEE member grassroots humanitarian technology and sustainable development projects that utilize technology to address the COVID-19 situation.


Ready to apply? Create an account on the online funding portal to submit a proposal for any of the programs.


More details and the Call for Proposals can be found on the HAC website.

IEEE Pre-University STEM Programs Needed

Are you an IEEE Volunteer leading Pre-University STEM outreach programs?


Share your programs on the IEEE Pre-University Volunteer STEM Portal so we can demonstrate the collective impact IEEE is making to inspire the STEM professionals of tomorrow. launched a new IEEE Pre-University Volunteer STEM Portal to support IEEE volunteers in their STEM outreach initiatives as well as building local STEM communities.


The new STEM portal is the place to be for all things related to pre-university STEM programs at IEEE, featuring a searchable database of programs and  “how-to” resources developed by volunteers like you. Share your programs today!


Together, Let’s Share. Give Back. And Inspire as many students as possible.


For more information:

Get Involved with IEEE HAC/SIGHT

Get Involved with IEEE HAC/SIGHT!


There are many benefits to engaging in humanitarian technology and sustainable development activities at IEEE, such as the opportunity to learn and develop professional skills, connection and community with like-minded IEEE members around the world, working toward a greater purpose, and making a real difference!


Join the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) and IEEE SIGHT to get involved. You can become an IEEE SIGHT member; form a SIGHT Group to assess needs in your local community, apply for financial resources, and implement a sustainable technological solution; volunteer on a Committee; or help share these opportunities with others who may be interested. HAC and SIGHT also offer free, online resources on the IEEE Learning Network (ILN) and SIGHT website to equip participants with a basic understanding of humanitarian technology and sustainable development topics. Questions? Write to


If you would be interested in a longer article for a blog post or website, or a general description of either HAC or SIGHT, please let me know. I would be happy to work with you to come up with customized content to fit the medium and audience you had in mind.

IEEE Medal of Honor from IEEE Awards Board

Congratulations to Jacob Ziv for winning such a prestigious award at the 2021 Medals.


IEEE MEDAL OF HONOR, to JACOB ZIV (LFIEEE)—Andrew and Erna Viterbi
Faculty of Electrical Engineering Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


JACOB ZIV (LFIEEE)—Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel


Professor Jacob Ziv has contributed in the most fundamental and profound way to the field of information theory for more than 5 decades of his professional activity. The most notable contribution of Prof. Ziv is the Lempel-Ziv (LZ) algorithm, which was a milestone contribution, reported in three basic papers. The LZ algorithm is an innovative and practical methodology that enables data compression and reconstruction in an efficient way, without assuming availability of the statistical characterization of the data. Apart of being highly innovative, based on solid and original theoretical grounds recognized by the most prestigious IT Society Best Paper Award, it has also strong interdisciplinary aspects, as well as immense practical implications.


The LZ compression algorithm has changed the very way communications and data storage and processing, are conceived. The LZ compression algorithm has had an unparalleled impact on the daily lives of computer users, as well as in innumerable operations of commercial electronic products worldwide. The evolutions of computing and communications technology continuously pose extremely severe demands on storage, bandwidth, and speed. LZ compression plays the pivotal role in meeting these demands, making the use of lossless data compression pervasive in day-to-day computing.


Among other most prestigious world-class recognitions Prof. Ziv is the recipient of the inaugural BBVA Foundation Frontiers in Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies for his seminal, groundbreaking data compression algorithm, which is present in virtually every computer in the world.


The scientific contribution of Prof. Ziv spans way beyond the LZ monumental achievement. His studies through the many years of his activity demonstrate deep insights and exceptional originality, and they immediately turn to be classical references, just after their publications. The impact of Prof. Ziv's technical contributions is profound, in the very meaning of this word. He is one of the very few whose fundamental contribution is world acclaimed, way beyond the professional circles of the information theory society or even the whole IEEE.


It is worth noting that Jacob has been recognized as a superior educational and administrative leader in his own country, serving as President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities as well as chair for the research funding entity for all its universities. Outside his country, he has been honored by foreign membership in four of the most prestigious U.S. Academies and has been otherwise recognized with honors in Germany, Italy, Spain and the European Union.

Region 8 Fellows for the Class of 2021

Austria Section
Bernhard Jakoby
for contributions to fluidic sensor
Dieter Schmalstieg
for contributions to augmented reality


Benelux Section
Filip De Turck
for contributions to network resource management and adaptive service delivery
Jacquelien Scherpen
for contributions to nonlinear model reduction and passivity-based control
Johan Nuyts
for contributions to theory and algorithms for image reconstruction in emission and transmission tomography
Nathan Van De Wouw
for contributions to hybrid, data-based and networked control
Wim Bogaerts
for contributions to design methodologies for silicon photonics components and circuits


Denmark Section
Poul Sorensen
for contributions to wind power converter control and grid integration


Egypt Section
Salah Obayya
for contributions to computational photonics


Finland Section
Enrique Acha
for contributions to power electronics modelling and applications in electrical power systems
Mehdi Bennis
for contributions to resource optimization in heterogeneous and low-latency wireless networks
Tuomas Virtanen
for contributions to sound event detection and source separation


France Section
Claude Samson
for contributions to mobile and underactuated mechanical systems control
Laurent Larger
for contributions to optoelectronic delay oscillators and neuromorphic processing applications
Lori Lamel
for contributions to automatic speech recognition
Stephane Mangin
for contributions to ultrafast magnetisation manipulation


Germany Section
Haris Gacanin
for development of operations and management systems for home broadband networks
Mehdi Tahoori
for contributions to resilient nanoscale integrated circuits
Stephan Ten Brink
for contributions to iterative detection and decoding
Wil Van Der Aalst
for contributions to process mining and workflow processes
Wolfgang Utschick
for contributions to signal processing algorithms for multi-antenna communications systems
Xiaoxiang Zhu
for contributions to artificial intelligence and data science in Earth observation and global urban mapping


Israel Section
Sharon Gannot
for contributions to acoustical modelling and statistical learning in speech enhancement
Yakov Krasik
for contributions to plasma-based electron sources


Italy Section
Chiara Petrioli
for contributions to wireless and underwater networks
Gabriella Cincotti
for contributions to planar photonic devices and beam diffraction in anisotropic media
Gianluca Antonelli
for contributions to modeling and control of underwater robots
Gianluigi Pillonetto
for contributions to kernel-based linear system identification
Giovanni Mazzanti
for contributions to high voltage direct current cable systems
Luciano Tarricone
for contributions to microwave interactions with living systems and biomedical applications
Luisa Verdoliva
for contribution to multimedia forensics
Marco Mellia
for contributions to Internet traffic analysis
Roberto Oboe
for contributions to remote motion control systems


Portugal Section
Joao Gama
for contributions to mining data streams


South Africa Section
Saurabh Sinha
for leading micro/nanoelectronics research and education in Africa


Spain Section
Enrique Herrera-viedma
for contributions to fuzzy decision systems and linguistic modeling
Jose Lozano
for contributions to the estimation of distribution algorithms in evolutionary computation
Jose Neira
for contributions to simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for robot navigation
Oriol Gomis Bellmunt
for contributions to grid integration of renewable energy sources
Sergio Vazquez
for contributions to control techniques for power converters and drives


Sweden Section
Erik Strom
for contributions to reliable low latency communications and synchronization of code-division systems
Stefanos Kaxiras
for contributions to high-performance and power-efficient memory hierarchies
Zhinong Ying
for contributions to mobile terminal antenna technology


Switzerland Section
David Basin
for contributions to formal methods for information security
Matthias Grossglauser
for contributions to the modeling and analysis of network traffic and data


Turkey Section
Hilmi Demir
for contributions to semiconductor nanocrystal optoelectronics, colloidal nanophotonics, and lighting


United Arab Emirates Section
Ling Shao
for contributions to computer vision and representation learning


United Kingdom and Ireland Section
Ashwin Seshia
for contributions to resonant-based inertial and mode-localized sensors
Dragan Jovcic
for contributions to improvements in multi-terminal HVDC transmission grids and development of HVDC transformers
Gan Zheng
for contributions to optimization and design of multiuser multi-antenna communications
Hanyang Wang
for contributions to mobile terminal antennas
Honghai Liu
for contributions to theory and applications of human-machine systems
Jaafar M.h. Elmirghani
for contributions to energy-efficient communications
Jonathan Garibaldi
for contributions to computational intelligence techniques in data analysis and decision support
Julia Schnabel
for contributions to medical image computing
Patrick Wheeler
for contributions to matrix power converter technology
Robert Henderson
for contributions to solid-state single photon imaging
Stephen Hodges
for leadership in pervasive computing systems
Yi Huang
for contributions to rectenna technology
Zhongdong Wang
for contributions to insulating liquids and frequency response analysis methods for power transformers


Western Saudi Arabia Section
Wolfgang Heidrich
for contributions to high dynamic range display and computational cameras