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About the IEEE Systems Council Newsletter:

Engineers today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject matter. The Systems Council Newsletter includes time sensitive news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of the IEEE Systems Journal.
President’s Message

image of Vincenzo PiuriDear Member of the IEEE Systems Council Community,

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2020 activities of our Council!

Please visit our website frequently for detailed information about our mission, vision, goals, conferences, technical events, publications, educational activities, activities for industry professionals, members activities, awards, local technical activities in chapters, and much, much more.

Our newsletter, published quarterly, will help you to remain updated on our activities as well as other information relevant for our field. I hope you find this newsletter valuable to you. Past issues can be found on our website.

If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or criticism, please do not hesitate to contact me. Everyone can help in continuously improving our technical activities: we aim to continue to have live activities for our live community. With you, we strive to serve our community. Join us to make a difference in the world!

Looking forward to working with you for the benefit of our scientific and professional community and all of humanity!

Ciao, Vin

Vincenzo Piuri
President, IEEE Systems Council
IEEE Systems Council News
Nominations for Systems Council Awards are due 1 March, 2020
The nominations for the annual awards of the IEEE Systems Council are now being accepted. The nomination deadline for all award nominations is 1 March 2020.

James O. Gray Scholarships

Named in memory of James O. Gray, the scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation or instrumentation and measurement.

Scholarship Awards:
  • US$5,000 and a certificate for a Graduate student
  • US$5,000 and a certificate for an Undergraduate student
More information including the nomination forms can be found on our website.

Outstanding Service Award

The IEEE Systems Council Outstanding Service Award honors long and distinguished service to the IEEE Systems Council at a level of dedication and achievement rarely demonstrated. This award is open to all IEEE members that support the Systems Council.

Nominees should have outstanding contributions over a substantial time period encompassing:
  • creative and invigorating leadership
  • exceptional administrative and managerial accomplishments
  • initiation of new programs to encourage wider participation in Systems Council activities
  • general communication and advocacy of System Engineering to the technical community as a whole
Further details including the nomination form can be found on our website.

IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award

The IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award of the IEEE Systems Council will be given annually to the papers deemed the best among those published in the IEEE Systems Journal during the preceding calendar year. The award will be given at the annual IEEE International Systems Conference. Details can be found here.
IEEE Systems Council Conference News
2020 IEEE Systems Security Symposium
The 2020 Systems Security Symposium will be held on 6-9 April 2020 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Crystal City, VA, USA. This symposium attempts to address the convergence of cybersecurity, safety, and engineering with interest in the effective application of security principles, methods, and tools to complex systems such as cyber-physical systems, autonomous systems, transportation vehicles, medical devices, large IoT systems, and other systems of interest.

Register online by 12 March, 2020 to receive a discounted rate. For more information, please visit the conference website.
2020 IEEE International Systems Conference
The 14th annual IEEE International Systems Conference will be held 20-23 April 2020 in Montreal, Canada. The conference caters to both practitioners and academics, providing a forum to exchange ideas and experiences on technology, methodology, applications, study cases, and practical experiences.

Register to attend before 26 March 2020 to receive a discounted rate! Visit the conference website for more information.
Young Professionals Event at SysCon 2020
Come join us for a networking event with the many national and international experts that will be attending the IEEE International Systems Conference 2020 (SysCon 2020) in Montréal, Canada. IEEE Systems Council, IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, and IEEE Young Professionals will be holding a reception at the conference venue, the Le Westin Montréal, followed by a panel on systems engineering covering the career perspectives of experienced professionals from the domain of complex systems engineering.

Register now or visit our website for more information.
2020 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering
The 6th annual IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) will be held 12-14 October 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing:
  • Applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems in topics noted below.
  • Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of systems environment
  • Research opportunities and results relating to systems-of-systems


  • System Architecture and Architectural Frameworks
  • Engineering Systems-of-Systems
  • Risk Management of Complex Systems Environment
  • Systems Reliability
  • Engineering Processes for Complex Systems - Includes Process
  • Improvement and Quality Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management Processes and Tools for System-of Systems
  • Service Oriented Architectures
  • Many more

Important Dates

  • Abstract, Manuscript and Special Session Proposal Deadline: 26 April 2020
  • Acceptance Notification: 1 August 2020
  • Final Paper Submission: 30 August 2020

View the Call for Papers on the ISSE 2020 website.

IEEE Systems Council Publications News
IEEE Systems Journal
The IEEE Systems Journal (J-SYS) is the technical journal of the IEEE Systems Council, and is published quarterly. This publication provides a systems-level, focused forum for application-oriented manuscripts that address complex systems and system-of-systems of national and global significance. It intends to encourage and facilitate cooperation and interaction among IEEE Societies with systems-level and systems engineering interest, and to attract non-IEEE contributors and readers from around the globe.

Learn more on the website or visit IEEE Xplore to read the latest issue!

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems is a new technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. These platforms offer new, low-cost ways to accomplish a wide range of sensing functions for applications ranging from agriculture to land use and ocean surveys.

Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to solving problems related to the development and use of miniaturized platforms such as drones and CubeSats. The scope includes both the sensors (across the electromagnetic spectrum) and platform systems (propulsion, navigation, power, communication, etc.). Papers may include theory, application, and operation of small platforms along with the design and development of both platforms and sensor systems. Papers covering educational activities in developing small platforms or their sensors are also encouraged.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central and should be original work within this scope. Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not have been published before and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

For more information, please visit our website or contact John Schmalzel at [email protected].
Technical Operations News
IEEE Symposium on Analytics and Risk 2020 Call for Papers
The 2020 IEEE Symposium on Analytics and Risk (ARTC) will be held in Beijing, China on July 3-5, 2020. The main topic of ARTC2020 is “Advances of Risk Analytics under B&R Initiative”. The paper submission deadline is 15 May 2020. The full Call for Papers can be found here.
Report on the 2019 International Conference on Cybernetics
The biennial International Conference on Cybernetics (CYBCONF) provides a premier international forum for researchers and practitioners to report the latest innovations, summarize the state-of-the-art, and exchange ideas and advances in all aspects of Cybernetics. Apart from the main track it includes special sessions and plenary talks by invited eminent speakers. CYBCONF-2019 was held on July 5-7, 2019 at Zhongguancun Campus of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Read more.
Council Member Societies
The Council now has 12 Member Societies! We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest member society, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.


View the full list of our Member Society Reps here.
IEEE SMCS and INCOSE Special Session/Panel in Bari, Italy
Over 25 IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) members joined INCOSE and World Academy of Art and Science representatives on 8 October 2019 at the annual SMCS symposium in Bari, IT. A special session of technical papers and follow-on panel addressed the Future of Systems Engineering (FuSE).

Five technical paper presentations described current approaches to systems engineering and posed questions for future directions. Read More.
Member Society Conferences of Interest
Systems Council Chapter Creation
The Systems Council is currently looking to expand our Chapters. Creating a Systems or Joint Chapter is easily done through a petition, submitted to IEEE. For more information on this process please visit our website or contact Marco Parvis, VP Member Services.

A current list of the Systems Council Chapters can be found on our website.
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