Obituary of Roberto Sorrentino

Roberto Sorrentino
(1947 – 2020)


Professor Roberto Sorrentino passed away on Tuesday, 3 March 2020. He was an electronics engineer who had a distinguished career in the field of microwave and millimeter wave circuits and antennas.


He received his doctoral degree in electronic engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, in 1971 and he began his career as an Assistant Professor at “La Sapienza” University in 1974. From 1986 to 1990 he was a Professor at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and in November 1990 he became a Professor at the University of Perugia. Between 1983 and 1986 he was a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007 he founded a successful spin-off company from the University of Perugia. He was the author of more than 150 technical papers in international journals and 200 refereed conference papers.


Roberto Sorrentino was an active member of the IEEE, Chair of the Central and South Italy Section, and an active member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) throughout his career. In 1990 he was elevated to IEEE Fellow. He has received several MTT-S Awards and in 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.


In January 2020 Roberto Sorrentino was awarded the prestigious honor of the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his commitment in the field of research.


Roberto Sorrentino was an outstanding member of IEEE because his achievements combined excellence in different fields. He was a gifted educator and many of his former PhD students are now well-respected members of the scientific community, in Italy and internationally.


Obituary of Elias Kyriakides

Elias Kyriakides
(August, 1975 – October, 2019)


IEEE Region 8 Committee lost on Monday October 28th, 2019, the Chair of the IEEE Cyprus Section, Elias Kyriakides, who passed away peacefully, after a long and courageous battle with cancer with his wife Stella by his side. Elias was an exceptional researcher, a great mentor, an example of a very active IEEE member, and above all a very humble and kind human being.


Elias was actively involved in IEEE, serving from January 2018 until its final days as Chair of the IEEE Cyprus Section. During May 2012-December 2017 he was chair of the IEEE Cyprus Section Power and Energy Society (PE-S) Chapter, where he received the IEEE PES High Performing Chapter Awards in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as the 2015 Region 8 Chapter of the Year Award. Elias had a significant contribution in Editorial Boards of various well established and known IEEE Journals. More specifically, he served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, an Associate Editor of the IEEE PES Letters and IEEE Systems Journal and as Editorial Board member of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. In addition to all these, he was also member of various IEEE Societies (e.g., IEEE Power and Energy Society, IEEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS), and so on). Elias served the scientific community and in particular the Cyprus Section with tremendous generosity and dedication.


Elias was a leading expert in the areas of electric power systems and critical infrastructure systems with an emphasis on wide area monitoring and control, power system operations, and the integration of renewable energy sources. His research contributions are immense and have been recognized and awarded multiple times at an international level.


He was a member of the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department since 2004 and a co-founder of the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence. Elias was an extraordinary teacher and mentor. His students will remember forever his kindness, generosity and gentle spirit. He will be remembered with love and his legacy will carry on through the excellent work of his students and the support of his colleagues and collaborators.


IEEE Region 8 Operating Committee would like to express its deepest condolences to Elias’ family, students, colleagues and friends, and to the IEEE Cyprus Section. It has been a privilege to have him as member of the Region 8 Committee.

Africa Students and Young Professionals gather in Nairobi at IEEE ASYP 2019 Congress

The second edition of the IEEE Africa Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Congress 2019 was held in Nairobi, Kenya between 19th- 20th of December, 2019 at the Strathmore University. About 85 delegates that include students, young professionals, industry leaders and academia participated in two days of congress. The Congress witnessed plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops and a gala dinner. Participants came from Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Nigeria, Poland, Turkey and Italy. IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals, Africa Council, Student Activities Committee and Women in Engineering all took part and presented, encouraged and motivated – together with IEEE Smart Village, Power and Energy Society, R8 SIGHT, IEEE MadC and many, many more.


“Imagine, fun, food, new friends and career as a combo! That was the ASYP 2019 for me. This Congress held in Nairobi-Kenya at Strathmore University was something beyond expected.

I really thank IEEE Kenya Section for making ASYP 2019 a wonderful experience, which equipped us students and young professionals with the latest technological improvements and opportunities that come with them.” – Edwin Atuhaire Banura







IEEE $1 Million Challenge

IEEE $1 Million Challenge call for proposals

Ideas are bigger today—and they should be. Technology is progressing faster than ever before. IEEE members have always created advancements that allow us to keep up with the changing world. The IEEE New Initiatives Committee (NIC) is looking for your help with the next big idea.

IEEE is looking for fresh ideas, innovations, and new concepts for: 

  • Broadening membership through engagement
  • Enhancing education in underserved communities
  • Experimenting with new style events

IEEE is not looking for just your ideas; turn your ideas into real solutions. That is what IEEE members do best and how you make a difference in the world. Creative and potentially disruptive approaches are encouraged—IEEE wants your outside-the-box, groundbreaking, and world-shattering ideas and solutions.

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Obituary of David Okereafor

Dear Region 8 members,

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the passing away of David Okereafor, IEEE Nigeria Section member and dedicated young volunteer.

I would like to share with you his obituary prepared by Rapahel Onoshakpor, IEEE Nigeria Section Chair.

Please join me in conveying our condolences to his family and his Section.

Magdalena Salazar Palma
IEEE Region 8 Delegate and Director

(December, 1990 – April, 2019)

IEEE Nigeria Section has lost a rare gem: David Tobechukwu Okereafor who was an exceptional IEEE volunteer and the youngest mentor. He was born on December 31, 1990 at Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria to late Mr Eugene Ozoemela Okereafor and Mrs Georginia Chijioke Okereafor. He was the youngest of five (5) siblings. He died on April 17, 2019, at the National Hospital, Abuja.

David graduated in 2014 from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) with B.Eng (Second Class (Hons), Upper Division) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Communication Engineering Option). He was a skilled Engineer, Embedded-Systems developer, Internet of Things (IoT), robots and unmanned ground vehicles.

David was an IEEE volunteer starting from his first year at university. He was the Chair at FUTO Student Branch (SB) from 2011 to 2013. He nurtured the FUTO SB till his graduation in 2014. During his time at university, he organised student paper contests, programming tutorials and encouraged students to participate in Extreme Programming competitions and made many other notable contributions. David was the curator of the IEEE Nigeria Section students’ robotics competitions. Until his demise, David was the IEEE Nigeria Section Webmaster and the Secretary of the Robotics and Automation Society, Nigeria Chapter. He was also the webmaster for the IEEE/PES Power Africa 2019 website. He designed and maintained websites for numerous IEEE Conferences organised in Nigeria, in addition to building conference paper submission portals and more. His work and personality will be dearly missed.

He was laid to rest on Friday 26th of April 2019. May his soul rest in peace.

Call for Paper deadline extention: IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit’18

,The IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit’18 will be held alongside the 5th IEEE CiSt Congress on October 23 – 25 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.

5th IEEE CiSt Congress

5th IEEE CiSt Congress

The main objective of the summit is to provide an exclusive platform for women researchers, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs in ICT to learn from each other, share their knowledge and experience and create an inclusive community that commonly innovates to the benefit of the society, and equally promotes the sense of collaboration, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among participants.

Topics and Submission

We solicit submission of original projects and ideas describing significant developments from women researchers and professionals in any ICT related fields, as well as showcases reporting ongoing research or projects achieving significant contributions like prototypes, products, services or applications.

Prospective authors should submit by using the online paper submission platform , a paper up to 6 pages using the IEEE Manuscript template.

NB: Submitted papers should have at least one female Author or Co-Author, and only female Authors are accepted to register and present the accepted papers.


Accepted and presented contributions will be published in the congress proceeding and submitted to IEEE Xplore Library, Scopus and DBLP. Furthermore, Authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for publication in a special issue/section of an international journal.

The 3 best papers will be awarded during the IEEE Women in Engineering International leadership summit.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline Extention:       September 07, 2018

Acceptance Notification:                                 September 12, 2018

Author Registration:                                       September 15, 2018

WIE Summit Dates:                                         October 23-25, 2018

Contact information

Detailed and up-to-date information about IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit’18, Marrakech, Morocco can be accessed through the website:

For any inquiry, contact us on:

The new initiative IEEE Region 8 Today calls for contributors


It has been noticed that great work that is being done around IEEE Region 8 in all Sections, Societies and Affinity Groups, stays mostly local since there is a lack of sharing this information around the IEEE Region 8 Members. At the same time very interesting news Regarding IEEE, Global technological breakthroughs and initiatives are not shared widely to our members. Aiming in decreasing this, a new initiative called “IEEE Region 8 Today” has been created.  It is a portal focused on IEEE Region 8 achievements, science and innovation, coming directly by IEEE Region 8 members.

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
  • Support by local Section (Recommendation letter)
  • 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 brief CV
  • A letter describing why we should pick you as a contributor
  • Samples of your published  articles
  • Recommendation letters

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

Please send us your application by email at




IEEE Region 8 – call for nominations

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

  • IEEE Region 8 2019-2020 Secretary (two year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2019-2020 Treasurer (two year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2019 Vice Chair, Member Activities (one year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2019 Vice Chair, Student Activities (one year commitment)
  • IEEE Region 8 2019 Vice Chair, Technical Activities (one year commitment)

The Region 8 N&A Subcommittee is also soliciting nominations for the members of the 2019-2020 IEEE Region 8 Nominations and Appointments Subcommittee. Candidates must fulfill one of the following criteria at the time of their election (see the Region 8 Operations Manual, section R8-6.1.2):

  • be a Section Chair in office
  • have been a Section Chair within the past 3 years
  • have been a Section Chair and currently holding an elected or appointed position of the R8 Committee.

Please submit your suggestions/nominations by filling the IEEE Region 8 Nomination form (available at the IEEE Region 8 website in the ‘Documents’ section) and sending it to Costas Stasopoulos, Chair of the IEEE Region 8 Nominations and Appointments Subcommittee, at by 1 July 2018.

These IEEE Region 8 officers and the members of the IEEE Region 8 N&A Subcommittee will be elected at the Region 8 Committee meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, in October 2018. The Region 8 Committee members and all the nominees will be informed about the recommended slate of candidates for officers 5-6 weeks prior to the meeting.

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 and R8-3.1.5-7 in the Bylaws, and the sections R8-4.4-6 ‘Secretary, Treasurer and Vice Chairs’ and R8-5 ‘Elections and appointments procedures’ in the Operations Manual.

Costas Stasopoulos,
Chair, IEEE Region 8 Nominations and Appointments Subcommittee

SPC Contest 2018 Results

The Oral Presentations  for the five finalists of the SPC 2018 were held on May 2 at Melecon 2018 at Marrakesh, Morocco.

The marks of the oral presentation, (max 30) were added to the marks from the assessment of the written paper (max 70) to give the final result. The first three prizes have also a financial reward of US$800, US$500 and US$200 respectively awarded from the IEEE Life Member Fund

First Prize

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


Second Prize

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


Third Prize

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


Congratulations to the three winners, but also to the other two finalists

Nima Taghipour Bazargani, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran SB, 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  SB, Qatar, with the paper, “Design and Implementation of Autonomous Surface Vehicle”


The SPC 2019 will be announced soon, and Student Branch Counsellors should start looking for the best student to send in a paper to the contest.