SPC2018 – Finalists

This year there were 21 papers submitted by the closing date of December 1 2017.

The papers were seen by four jury members-

  • Prof Anastas Mishev from Macedonia,
  • Prof Christos Schizas from Cyprus
  • Prof Mustapha Benjallali from Morocco
  • Prof Paul Micallef from Malta who is also the SPC Coordinator


The jury members are rotated over a period of time depending on where Melecon and Eurocon are held.

The participants where from the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jordan, Malta, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain  and Turkey.

The five finalists who will be presenting their paper at Melecon 2018 in Marrakech are.


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

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

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

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

List of student branches that submitted a paper to SPC2018

Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

KU Leuven, Belgium

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Cairo, Egypt

University of Thessaly, Greece

Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Al-Balqa Applied University, Amman, Jordan

University of Malta, Malta

Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Russia

University of Niš, Serbia

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

University of Maribor, Slovenia

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


IEEE Region 8 Acceleration Program 2017-18 – Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the IEEE Region 8 Acceleration Program 2017-18.

Pre-University Education Category

1. Animation in Education (Egypt Section – Zewail City Student Branch) – Winner

A regional website offering animated educational resources from qualified instructors to teach concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

2. Arduino A to Z (Greece Section – IEEE Student Branch of Thrace) – Runner-up

A coordinated 4-month long training program, run by university students and supervised by professors, to introduce programming and robotics to school students.

3. Career Training Campus (Jordan Section – Al-Balqa Applied University Student Branch) – Runner-up

A week-long camp organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Jordan to introduce engineering and science careers to high school students in different schools spread throughout the country.

University Education Category

1. Piece of Game (Greece Section – University of Thessaly Student Branch) – Winner

Development of a multi-lingual platform which enhances the learning of university level educational content through the use of video games.

2. Robotic Operating System (Turkey Section – Eastern Mediterranean University Student Branch) – Runner-up

A training program and competition aimed at developing the skill of university students in 3D modelling, programming, algorithms and interfacing to create robotic systems.

Congratulations to all!

IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon)

The IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon) is the premier annual event where all student branches from the eight states of IEEE Region 1 (Northeastern US) meet to discuss mutual challenges and compete in regional competitions.
The conference objective is to encourage lively student engagement and provide opportunities for students to network and learn from other students from across Region 1, while applying practical engineering knowledge in the various competitions. StuCon also provides a great opportunity for student members to network with Industry Professionals and IEEE Leaders.

Conference Highlights:

  • Undergraduate Student Paper Contest
  • Regional MicroMouse Competition
  • Student Ethics Competition
  • Fri-Sat Hackathon
  • MicroMouse Workshop for Newbies and Pros
  • Sunday Drones Workshop
  • Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Meet IEEE Leaders and Industry Professionals

IEEE Region 1 Student Conference (StuCon) Flyer

To submit a paper for the Undergraduate Student Paper Contest or to register for other Competitions, follow the directions on the conference Hotel and Conference Registration Page at:

Hotel Registration Deadline: March 7, 2018
Conference Registration Deadline: March 15, 2018

Higher Education, Entrepreneurship and Globalization

“Higher Education, Entrepreneurship and Globalization”

Join us for:

A discussion with a distinguished panel of experts in the engineering field. Our Expert Guest Presenters include:

  • Luis Fernandez-Luque, Qatar Computing Research Institute-Qatar Foundation (Twitter@luisluque)
  • Marios Antoniou, Open University of Cyprus
  • Jose Carlos Quadrado, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP)


The panel, featuring an array of recognized experts in the field, will help you:

  • Acquire tips and guidance that you can put into action immediately
  • Gain the knowledge you need to develop critical student assessment competencies
  • Get answers to your career and professional development questions
  • Expand your global network of colleagues


  • Early Career Faculty
  • Graduate Students


  • 23 January 2018
  • 1100 – 1200 EST (UTC -5)


View it live from your home or office, or on-demand anytime at your


Don’t miss this opportunity to Enhance Your Career!


For more information


2018 ECFD Flyer

Energycon 2018 at Limassol, Cyprus

3 – 7 June, 2018
Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy SystemsENERGYCON 2018 is the 5th IEEE International Energy Conference and will be held between 3-7 June 2018. It is organized by the IEEE Cyprus Section, the IEEE PES Cyprus Chapter, and the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence of the University of Cyprus, in partnership with IEEE Region 8.ENERGYCON covers a broad range of electric power and energy systems topics and is open to contributions that are related to the theme “Towards Self-healing, Resilient and Green Electric Power and Energy Systems”.ENERGYCON aims to attract scientists, professional engineers and engineering students from all over the world and give them the opportunity to present and publish their work, discuss, exchange ideas and knowledge as well as network for future collaborations. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

More: http://www.energycon2018.

Happy IEEE Day 2017

IEEE Day: Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884.IEEE Day’s theme is: “Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow”. While the world benefits from what’s new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. IEEE Day 2017 is the 8th edition of the same and will be celebrated on 3rd October 2017.

Worldwide celebrations demonstrate the ways thousands of IEEE members in local communities join together to collaborate on ideas that leverage technology for a better tomorrow. We celebrate IEEE members!



Nigeria hosts the first African Student and Young Professional Congress


Nigeria takes the lead to host the first IEEE African Student and Young Professional Congress (ASYPC 2017). The IEEE Student and Young Professionals Congress was held in Africa for the first time after the final approval by Region 8 and the Ad-hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (AHCAA) in July, 2017.

The Team led by the YP Chair of IEEE Nigeria Section, Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu and seven other members comprised of experienced and new volunteers. Finances was a big challenge, but the team did not give up. With the full support of the Region 8 and IEEE Nigeria Section, ASYPC 2017 turned out a huge success.

The Congress was held from 8th – 10th September, 2017 at Baze University, in the beautiful city of Abuja, with 102 IEEE members and 20 invited guest in attendance. Amongst the ten plenary/keynote speakers were the Nigeria Minister of Communication Technology, Barr. Adebayo Shittu and the IEEE MGA Vice President Elect, Martin Bastiaans. There were 6 workshops and 1 panel discussion on Women in Africa: Success and Challenges. Other activities during the memorable 3 days include: a city tour, visit to Lower Usman Dam, Katempe Hill (Center of Nigeria), and Nike Art Gallery where delegates were welcomed in the African fashion and they had the opportunity to inspect artefacts and take memorable photos.

The IEEE PES Workshop on renewable energy was facilitated by Engr. Tunde Salihu (Nigeria), Continuous Education by Rading Reinhardt (Kenya), IEEE SIGHT by Engr. John Funso Adebayo (Nigeria), TISP and EPICS by Assoc. Prof. Tamer Moneir Mousa Nassef (Egypt). The Strategy of Work was done by Mr. Olabode Ojo, the Director of Engineering of Phase3 Telecom (Nigeria) while the workshops for Entrepreneurship and Young Professionals were facilitated by Mohammed El-Dallal (Egypt). A presentation on “Getting Ready for the Digital Economy” was made by John Matogo, the IBM University Leader for East Africa.

The WIE panel session featured 5 panellists that discussed extensively on “Women in Africa: Challenges and Successes”. The panellists include Prof. Gloria Chukuwdebe, Dr. Amina Batagarawa, Lebogang MM Madise, Patience Enahoro and Engr. Mrs. Chidimma Ibeh-Dimnwobi. The discussion was moderated by Toyin Oluwaniyi, Co-founder of Edu-teen foundation.

A poster session was held with seven student branches contesting. Ten judges inspected their works and University of Ibadan, STB28371 was announced as the winner while the first runner up was Obafemi Awolowo University, STB89601. Prizes for the poster session were sponsored by Smile Telecom.

The attendees of the ASYP Congress cut cross the following countries; Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, and the Netherlands. It was a dream come true for the organizer, the Nigeria section, Region 8 and MGA. We hope this is the beginning of a new era in IEEE activities in Africa. We are very grateful to our sponsors: Prof Mamman Tahir, the Vice-Chancellor of Baze University, Phase3 Telecom, Smile, Ntel, GreenICTi, IAS, IEEE PES, IEEE Nigeria Section, AHCAA, Young Professional AG, WIE, IEEE SIGHT and IEEE- EAB.

Abdullateef Aliyu, YP Chair – IEEE Nigeria Section

IEEE PES R8 Sponsorship for Students

IEEE PES Region 8 is delighted to offer co-sponsorship of up to 8 students from the region to attend the IEEE PES PowerTech conference in Manchester, UK (18-22 June).

The sponsorship is limited to USD 850 and will cover the conference registration fee and five nights’ accommodation in a shared (twin) room in a 3* hotel.

Eligibility is as follows. Candidates must:
1. Be IEEE PES full-time postgraduate student members living and studying within region 8.
2. Not already be registered for the conference.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis (subject to eligibility).

All applications should be sent to Jovica Milanovic (, Chris Wall (, and Luis Daniel Gutierrez Lagos (

The deadline for applications is 17:00 GMT on Monday 12 June 2017.

Region8 MD Team Workshop

The Region8 MD Team has recently organized an Membership Development Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 19-20.
The Workshop was very well attended with 25 participants from 20 countries within the Region 8 and the post event feedback suggested an extremely positive outcome! The participants were welcomed to the venue on Friday afternoon. That first day sessions included basic introduction to R8 and Membership development, with the host section presentation. Later the team was guided to a beautiful city tour followed by an exquisite networking dinner. The second day was filled with MD focused presentations, interactive sessions and brainstorming sessions. Everyone participated to the fullest and managed to learn from each other. Towards the end, a comprehensive joint action plan was generated which all the MDO’s agreed to take it to their respective sections and implement according to their own needs and customized requirements.
Current MDW was an amazing and a successful event that will go long ways in ensuring enhanced membership with the region, many thanks for all attendees and congratulations for the Czechoslovakia Section, that done a great job hosting MDW!
More similar workshops will be planned next years as well, so please consider the opportunity to join us in future!

Warmest wishes on behalf of R8 MDSC!

The First IEEE GCC SYP Congress | 2017

The word congress is originated from the Latin word congressus, which is an off-spring of the word congredi; con- meaning together and -gredi meaning walk, giving us “walk together” or “meet”. And On the 7th and 8th of May, 2017, IEEE’s youth of the GCC got to “walk together” in to the huge halls of Gulf Convention Center, Bahrain, where the first of its kind in the region, IEEE GCC SYP Congress, was held in conjunction with the 9th IEEE-GCC Conference & Exhibition.
It all started when a group of bright individuals being the UOB and KFUPM IEEE student branches, and both the Young Professionals of IEEE Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Sections, decided to join powers and be a part of organizing an event that will gather youth of the area together. Their hard work paid off eventually, when it was time for the event to come through.
The 2-day event was targeted at the students and young professionals of the region but was gladly unbounded by that target. The congress was a welcoming host of more than 300 students and professionals that are focused outside the GCC as well, which added variety to what the congress was offering. It was admirable as well as delightful to see young minds come together to share ideas, success stories, future plans and a lot more with such passion and enthusiasm.

The congress, with open arms, offered a long-awaited platform for youth to engage in conversation and present new ideas that revolve around building a better future and improving the present. Over the two days, attendees also got the chance to participate in organized competitions in the fields of Technology, innovation and Robotics, which all-in-all, displayed excellent technical skills and great sportsmanship.
The congress was also honored to have 2 of the most respected figures in IEEE as guest speakers; The first being the past IEEE R8 Director, Mr. Costas Stasopoulos, and the second being the current R8 Director of IEEE, Ms. Margaretha Eriksson. Both took part in multiple interactive sessions, gladly answered the attendees’ questions and admired the effort put in each individual session.
These were not the only speakers joining us from the R8, as we had multiple sessions being led by R8 representatives. One of the sessions was headed by an R8 SAC representative Mr. George
Papadimitriou, discussing student activities. Another session was entirely about the young professionals and their role and was also headed mainly by another R8 YP representative, Mr. Skander Mansouri.
More than 15 sessions, 3 workshops and 3 competitions took place over the span of the two days. Panel discussions were organized to discuss extremely important topics like women’s role in the field of engineering, entrepreneurship and youth’s participation, which encouraged dialogue and debate from the attendees, which was, what an engineer would call a “desired output.”
Do not be fooled, though. Just like all the workshops and panel discussions took place during the day, social events and dinners took place during the evening hours. Moreover, tours of the country took place in between breaks during morning sessions, to give the attendees of the congress the full experience and to create a friendly air.
The closing ceremony brought many, organizers and attendees, to tears as it was emotional to see all the hard work unfold before their eyes: organizers seeing what they have been working on coming to an end, and participants hearing out competition results.

All of this, of course, would not have been so wonderfully organized if it wasn’t for the organizing team behind the success, headed by Dr. Mohammed Al Muhaini, the congress chairman, under the constant guidance of IEEE veterans like Mr. Muhammad Al Dhamen, Mr. Jaafar Al Ibrahim and Dr Ibrahim Elamin.  An appreciative thank you goes out to all who got involved in bringing such an important event about.
Hoping that this IEEE SYP GCC congress has set the way for many to come in the future, bringing our youth together, to work on a better today and an even brighter tomorrow