Young Professionals Track at IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress 2020

IEEE Region 8 Virtual Student and Young Professionals Congress (R8 vSYP) will be held during September 14th – 26th 2020 with three hours of daily content, and in total of more than 40 hours of keynote talks, addresses from IEEE officials, workshops and awards, supported by in-person or hybrid form of local meetings and presentations in countries throughout R8, which will be broadcasted for everyone as part of the program. Some of the content are speeches of IEEE President Elect Susan “Kathy” Land, IEEE Region 8 Director Magdalena Salazar Palma, technical presentation “Are We Alone?” by senior scientist from NASA JPL Goutama Chattopadhyay, finals of the IEEE Region 8 Entrepreneurship Initiative, and many more.


The Congress is a virtual substitute of the regular bi-annual IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress that gathers over 400 people from whole IEEE Region 8. Following the same spirit, the R8 vSYP will involve a series of plenary sessions, workshops, competitions, social activities, and many more – through separate Student, Young Professional and Women in Engineering tracks. It follows a good practice of virtual conferences, summits, and other business events, while striving to imbue the tailored focus for our students and young professionals. This implies learning from experts, learning from each other, learning both about the technology and cultures, strong networking, getting feedback from our volunteers to steer Region 8 and the whole IEEE, and of course, doing it all while having fun along the way!


Detailed program can be found at the official Congress website https://www.r8syp.com/vsyp-program and registration can be made over the registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y28ounyo, for both IEEE and non-IEEE members. Registration is free but number of attendees is limited so hurry up and save your spot.


Young Professionals Track schedule

IEEE R8 Student & Young Professional Congress History



It is important to note that prior to the Student Branch (and GOLD) Congresses, (annual) Transnational Student Meetings were organized where representatives of Region 8 Student Branches met. For instance, in the Netherlands (1985), Finland (1986), Switzerland (1987), Belgium (1988: over 40 students from Benelux, Denmark, UK, Finland, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA), Portugal (1989), the Netherlands (1991: 76 students from 12 countries) and Turkey (1992: over 45 students from 16 countries). Especially at the early student meetings, the oral finals of the Student Paper Contest were held at these meetings.
After the change of ‘‘IEEE GOLD’’ into ‘‘IEEE Young Professionals,’’ the name of the congress became ‘‘Student and Young Professional Congress.’’


1998 | Istanbul, Turkey, 10–13 August 1998

2000 | Eindhoven, Netherlands, 14–19 May 2000
2002 | Cairo, Egypt, 1–5 May 2002
2004 | Passau, Germany, 4–7 September 2004
2006 | Paris, France, 30 August – 3 September 2006
2008 | London, United Kingdom, 28–31 August 2008
2010 | Leuven, Belgium, 4–8 August 2010 (Read More)
2012 | Madrid, Spain, 25–29 July 2012 (Read More)
2014 | Kraków, Poland, 6–10 August 2014 (Read More)
2016 | Regensburg, Germany, 17–21 August 2016 (Read More)
2018 | Porto, Portugal, 22–25 July 2018 (Read More)


If you want to know how to organize one of the IEEE R8 Student & Young Professional Congress, follow the link.


Acceleration Contest 2019 Call for Participation

Call for Participation

The IEEE Region 8 Professional and Education Activities Sub-committee is calling all IEEE members in Region 8 to participate and submit their ideas in this year’s Acceleration Program contest. 

The contest calls for individuals and teams to submit proposals for the following:

  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;
  • An educational program or project in the area of Continuing Education;


The contest aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity to IEEE Region 8 members to initiate programs in Educational Activities;
  • Showcase the innovation and drive of IEEE Region 8 members to an international audience;
  • Find creative programs which provide value to IEEE membership and the general public.


IEEE Academic, IEEE Xtreme and IEEE Day were all initiated by Region 8 members;


The program or project ideas shall be new and not from the existing pool of IEEE Educational Programs.

Individuals and teams can submit up to 02 entries separately.

Participants should consider sustainability and scalability of the proposed program.

The deadline for the idea submission is 15th October, 2019 and the results will be announced by 31st of October, 2019.



The winning entries will receive the following prizes to be used as seed funding for piloting the program:


  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Pre-University Education;
    • Winner – USD 300
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of University Education;
    • Winner – USD 300
  • An educational program or project idea in the area of Continuing Education;
    • Winner – USD 300



  • Participation can be from an individual or a team (up to 04 members);
  • Teams that where winners or runner up in previous Acceleration Contests and haven’t delivered the reports requested are not qualified to apply;
  • Individuals or teams can submit up to 02 proposals;
  • At least one IEEE member needs to be part of the team. If the entry is submitted by an individual then the individual should be an IEEE member;
  • The competition is open to all member grades;
  • The proposal shall contain the following information:
    • Summary of the idea (maximum 250 words)
    • Introduction
    • Description of the idea
    • Is the program scalable and sustainable? How?
    • How does the idea align with MGA goals    (https://mga.ieee.org/board-committees ) – The idea doesn’t have to align with all goals.
    • What are the educational outcomes of the program;
    • What skills will the program develop in the participants;
    • Additional information (optional)



Idea proposals will be judged in the following areas:

  • Innovation of the idea;
  • The educational outcomes of the idea;
  • Scalability of the idea;
  • Sustainability of the idea;
  • Humanitarian aspects of the idea;
  • The number of the MGA goals the idea is aligned with;



The submission shall

  • be a maximum of 04 pages;
  • be in times new roman font and 11 font size;
  • be submitted in pdf format;
  • include the full name of all team members and the Section name;
  • If the application is submitted by a Student Branch then the Name and Location of the Student Branch must be included;
  • be endorsed by the Section Chair or the Section Educational Activities Chair;


All submissions shall be submitted to peasc@ieeer8.org by 15 October, 2019.


University Activities Works Committee


Christopher James

Prof. Christopher James is an academic from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, who has been a member and volunteer with IEEE for over 25 years. read more…

He is a Biomedical Engineer and as well as volunteering within Region 8 he is also a volunteer within the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). He is also Director of a start-up company called EMbody Biosignals Ltd.

Corresponding Member

Amith Khandakar

Amith Khandakar is working at the Electrical Engineering Department of Qatar University for the last 10 years. read more…

His specialties includes, Biomedical Sensors, Electronics, Cognitive Radio, Engineering Education. He is also a keen believer in the soft skills , which are termed currently as Essential Skills and have done various workshops, with great feedback’s, at universities in Qatar, Canada,USA, Serbia, Finland, Poland, Portugal.

University Activities Works Committee Mission

The objective of this committee, working under the tutelage of the Professional and Educational Activities Sub-Committee is to support Student members in their path to develop their non-technical and technical skills and to spread and encourage the creation of education-driven university activities by IEEE volunteers on Region 8, such as :

  • Online Educational University-level resources
  • Peer-aided engineering study groups
  • Student-papers publications development
  • University educational-activities news spreading
  • Entrepreneurship Week

More information, will be available soon.

PEAsC Programs

Professional and Educational activities have a great variety of Programs and Contests in order to serve it’s goals and mission.

PEA Speakers Program

PEA Speakers program is a platform through which distinguished and experienced professionals can share their valuable knowledge in PEAsC’s fields of interest to IEEE Region 8 members and help them by providing guidance on developing useful skills for their professional life.

The program contains two tiers of Speaker profiles: Distinguished Speakers and Experienced Speakers.


During a specific week of the year, which is called TISP Week, Sections are encouraged to organize TISP Workshops. The lesson plan materials for the workshop are reimbursed by EAB.

Acceleration Contest

Proposals on new educational programs are received, for each educational level (pre-university, university, continuing education). The proposal are evaluated by a judging committee and a Seed Funding Prize is given to the winner of each educational level.

Alpha Engineers

alphaThe program requires sections to organize activities aimed at promoting engineering to pre-university pupils, teachers, and parents.

Activities that are eligible for this project are: TISP workshops, TISP 2.0 (organizing a TISP workshop for children), career talks for pupils, talks for parents, webinars for promoting engineering in schools, training sessions for working with children for IEEE volunteers. After submitting the events they have organized and supporting evidence for the events, they will get different points depending on what activities they performed.

Entrepreneurship Week

Sections are called to organize events that promote Entrepreneurship during Global Entrepreneurship Week (NOVEMBER 18–24, 2019) where talks will be given by CEOs and start uppers, informing participants how to run a business, followed by workshops and hand on activities.

In these events Sections are encouraged to organize pitching contest and winners will have to opportunity to participate in a Regional Pitching Contest, be mentored by Action for Industry mentors and get a seed funding for their startup.
Speakers from PEA Speakers program can hold workshops in Entrepreneurship Week Events.

SPC Winners 2015

IEEE Region 8 SPC 2015 – I phase results
IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2015 was announced late June 2014. The deadline to submit Student Branches best papers to R8 contest was December 15, 2014.

Within the SPC 2015 campaign, the following activities were realized, mainly by emails:

  • Late June 2014 a SPC 2015 email call with essential SPC data and rules was sent to all R8 SB chairs.
  • The same email was also sent to all SB counselors.
  • Different versions of the SPC calls were sent to SB chairs and counselors three more times.
  • Section chairs, Section students’ representatives and student activities officers also obtained basic information about SPC, asking them to support and co-organize SPC activities. It was especially emphasized to connect when possible local SPC contests with other IEEE R8 Sections and Chapters activities.

Several other single activities were also realized in order to make SPC 2015 more successful.

Before the deadline 21 IEEE student papers were submitted, accepted and graded.
SPC 2015 contestants were from 16 Sections and 19 different Student Branches/Institutions:

  • Carlos III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez, Morocco
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Dublin City University, Dublin, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Saints Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI), St. Petersburg, Russia
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Higher School of Techology & Computer Science (ESTI), Enicarthage, Tunisia
  • Sudan University of Science and Technology, Karthoum, Sudan
  • Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
  • University of Nis, Nis, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Dubai, UAE
  • Catholique Univ of Louvain (Jt. CAS-004/ED-015), Louvain, Benelux
  • KU Leuven, Leuven, Benelux

The first phase of the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest – selection of the best five papers for Oral Finals – finished beginning of May 2015. During the I phase the International Jury:
– Prof. Carlos Lopez-Barrio, Spain, Chair (barrio@die.upm.es)
– Prof. Andrzej Pacut, Poland
– Prof. Samir Shaheen, Egypt,
– Prof. Denis Gillet, Switzerland
– Prof. Luis Torres, Spain
anonymously graded all papers. The contributions were graded as follows:
– Written paper evaluation:
* 45 points maximum for the technical and engineering content,
* 25 points maximum for the paper content presentation.

Jury selected the following five papers (in alphabetical order of the first author’s first name) for the SPC 2015 Oral Finals:

  • Ian Kavanagh (93179403): “Developing a Method of Moments Based Indoor Propagation Model”, Dublin City University SB, UK and Ireland Section.
  • Kinyua F. Wachira (92229379): “Corrective Term Usage in the Improvement of Gradient- Based Bayer CFA Demosaicking Algorithms”, University of Nairobi, Kenya Student Section, Kenya Section.
  • Quentin Cappart (93213500), Adrien Thonet (93269007): “The World Migration Network: rankings, groups and gravity models”, Catholic University of Louvain SB, Benelux.
  • Wouter Diels (93270483), Alexander Standaert (93270504): “Design of 1Mbit RRAM memory
    to replace eFlash”, KU Leuven SB, Benelux Section
  • Žiga Lesar (93253750): “Real-time ray casting of volumetric data”, University of Ljubljana SB, Slovenia Section.

The first phase of the IEEE R8 SPC – selection of the best five papers for Oral Finals – finished May 12, 2015.
IEEE Region 8 SPC 2015 – II phase results

Second phase of the Region 8 SPC 2015 – Oral Finals – was organized in Salamanca, Spain, on Wednesday September 9, 2015, during the EUROCON 2015 IEEE Conference (http://eurocon2015.usal.es/).

SPC finalists obtained up to 30 points maximum, depending on the quality of the paper presentations and given answers. Oral Finals session was well attended. The papers Power Point introductions were well prepared and presented (all within permitted 15 minutes). There were quite a number of questions, both from Jury members and from audience. The finalists’ answers were
very good.

When session finished, Jury had a private discussion and awarded three prizes, from the IEEE Life Member Fund, to:

FIRST PRICE: Diploma and 800 USD (cash award amount):
Wouter Diels (93270483), Alexander Standaert (93270504): “Design of 1Mbit RRAM memory to replace eFlash”, KU Leuven, Belgium.

KU Leuven Student Branch, from which the I prize winner of the SPC 2015 came from, will receive the Region 8 “Dick Poortvliet Award”, an amount of USD 250.

SECOND PRICE: Diploma and 500 USD (cash award amount):
Ian Kavanagh (93179403): “Developing a Method of Moments Based Indoor Propagation Model”, Dublin City University, Ireland.

THIRD PRICE: Diploma and 200 USD (cash award amount):
Žiga Lesar (93253750): “Real-time ray casting of volumetric data”, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Congratulations to all the winners.
The official recognition of the winners, finalists and SPC Jury was organized during the EUROCON 2015 Gala Dinner, September 10, 2015. SPC 2015 Coordinator Carlos A. López Barrio and EUROCON 2015 General Chair, Emilio Corchado, introduced all the SPC finalists, members of the Jury and pronounced the three winners. All finalists also obtained certificates that their papers
were selected within the five best SPC 2015 papers.

All finalists papers were included in EUROCON 2015 Proceedings and in IEEE Explore digital library.
After sending the SPC final results to IEEE services, the official prizes (diploma and money) are to be sent by IEEE Services to winners within the next period.

Professor Carlos A. López Barrio,
IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest 2015 coordinator
October 9th, 2015

SPC 2015 Finalists were from SBs/Sections
– Dublin City Univ, UK & IRL
– Nairobi Univ, Kenya
– Cath Univ Louvain, Benelux
– KU Leuven, Benelux
– Ljubljana Univ, Slovenia

[IEEE R8 YP] Successful Student Branch and GOLD Congress 2012

At the end of July, Madrid was the proud host of Region 8 SBC. The local organising committee, together with SAC and YP committees, prepared a great program during which attendees learned and acquired new technical and soft skills.
The Congress was divided in several tracks –Student, YP, Professional Activities, and plenary sessions – so every attendee was able to find something interesting. It was four very intense and demanding days where students, aside learning, had a change to network among each other. Several social events served perfectly as a platform to exchange views and ideas between attendees.
Read Full Article: R8 GOLD in Madrid, Spain
R8 YP Committee

[IEEE R8 YP] Region 8 Student Branch Congress 2012 in Madrid, Spain

This year, at the end of July, Madrid was a proud host of the Region 8 Student Branch Congress. The local organizing committee, together with SAC and YP committees, prepared a great program where attendees learned much and acquired new technical and soft skills. The Congress was divided into several tracks: Student, YP, Professional Activities, and plenary sessions; so every attendee was able to find something interesting.

Full article: R8 GOLD in Madrid


R8 YP Committee

Future City 2012 – GOLD Egypt

The GOLD Egypt organized event – Future City 2012, which included 45 teams, 150 kids, 45 teacher, 45 Engineer, 60 volunteers, 25 judges…
Kids enjoyed the sense of Engineering the sense of innovation, the sense of competition and finally all of them felt that they are the winners.

Enjoy the below short video about the finals: