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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 participants 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,

This is still a hard time for everyone around the world due to the pandemic. I hope that you and your families and friends are doing fine, and I really hope that the virus will be defeated soon and no more people will suffer. This pandemic pointed out how fragile we are and how we should care for each and everyone in our social community around the world. Together we can make a difference.

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

We have new family members in our Council. We welcome several new Member Societies who have joined the efforts in the technical field of our council. Please see the complete on the Council’s website. We are starting new Technical Committees to address the needs of our community. Please visit the Council’s website for the current list of Technical Committees and stay tuned for the coming new ones!

We are working on reaching out to our scientific and professional community in further areas of the world for when the pandemic will be over and we will be able to finally get together in person. Visit the Council’s website for more information on all of our conferences.

We are establishing a new, continuing education program in the area of systems, complex systems, systems or systems, and systems engineering, including tutorials and lectures from distinguished speakers, and study cases. We will be able to finalize the repository and the first tutorials in the next few months. If you have suggestions for topics or would like to include your tutorials, please contact Steve Holt, VP Technical Operations.

We are expanding the services to the local communities with more Chapters, joint Chapters, and Student Branch Chapters and more distinguished talks of local experts to better serve each and everyone of you. If you are interested in establishing a new Chapter or Student Branch Chapter, please contact Fabrice Labeau, Chapter Chair. We will be happy to help in the process.

If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or criticisms, please do not hesitate to contact me. Everyone can help continuously improve 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 the entire humanity!

Ciao, Vin

Vincenzo Piuri
President, IEEE Systems Council
IEEE Systems Council News
IEEE Fellows 2021 Class Announced
Congratulations to our recently elevated IEEE Fellow, Paul Hershey (Raytheon) for application of data analytic to assist human decision-making.
Nominations for the Systems Council Awards Due 1 March
The nominations for the annual awards of the IEEE Systems Council are due 1 March 2021.
James O. Gray Scholarship
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 on the award and nomination process 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. The prize includes a plaque and US$1,000.

Further details including the nomination form can be found on our website.

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Pledge

The IEEE Systems Council adopted and supports the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) pledge:

"IEEE WIE pledges to work towards gender-diversified panels at all IEEE meetings, conferences, and events, including our own."

IEEE WIE is one of the world’s leaders in changing the face of engineering. Our global network connects nearly 20,000 members in over 100 countries to advance women in technology at all points in their life and career. IEEE WIE members make lifelong friendships, acquire influential mentors, and make a difference for the benefit of humanity.

Want to learn more about Women in Systems Engineering? Contact, WISE Chair, Holly Handley for more information.
IEEE Russia Section Joint Chapter Joins the Systems Council
Please help us welcome our newest chapter to the Systems Council, the IEEE Russia Section Joint Chapter, from Region 8. The Chapter is chaired by Igor Shirokov, Sevastopol State University.

If you are interested in learning more about our chapters or starting a new Systems Council Chapter or hosting a chapter event, please contact Fabrice Labeau, Chapter Chair.
Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) V2.3 Update
On behalf of the BKCASE Editorial Board, the BKCASE Governing Board, and sponsors, welcome to SEBoK version 2.3. This version was released on 30 October 2020 and reflects the continuing evolution of the SEBoK.

The IEEE Systems Council is a steward and supporter of SEBoK. The stewards contribute resources to manage the SEBoK wiki, support new releases, and encourage SEBoK adoption. Volunteer authors from the worldwide SE community continue to propose and create new content.
New! Systems Council Company LinkedIn Page
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Systems Council Company LinkedIn Page. The Systems Council LinkedIn Group will remain in place for members to communicate with one another in a closed setting, while the LinkedIn Company Page will serve as a place to find official updates and communications from the Council. The new page will allow members to add Systems Council as a volunteer position on their LinkedIn profile and tag the Council in posts.
Technical Operations News
For specific information on, or to participate in Council Technical activities, please contact VP for Technical Operations, Steve Holt.
Status of Development of New Education Portal

The Systems Council is developing an educational portal with the IEEE Resource Center for systems engineering tutorials, lectures, and online courses for our Council participants and the community at-large. The online repository will also include educational materials from authors and speakers that have presented at conferences. Protocols are being established at this time.

Call for Technical Committee Chairs for Intelligent Transportation Design
The Intelligent Transportation Design Technical Committee is seeking individuals for its Chair position. If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Steve Holt.
Welcome! Hyper-Intelligence Technical Committee
The Systems Council welcomes the new Hyper-Intelligence Technical Committee which addresses issues related to hyper-intelligence and its related systems. To learn more about the committee and their work or to get involved, visit our website or contact H-ITC Chair, Jianhua Ma.
IEEE Systems Council Conference News
SYSCON 2021 is Going Virtual
After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, we are sorry to announce that the in-person gathering of IEEE SYSCON 2021 has been canceled. The conference will now be held as a virtual conference, to be held 15 April – 15 May 2021. Attendees will receive access to all of the presentations for the duration of the conference!

Follow the link below for more information on SYSCON 2021.
Save the Date: 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering
Information for the 2021 IEEE ISSE conference will be available on the Systems Council website soon. Check back for details.
ISSE 2020 Proceedings Now Available
Proceedings are now available on IEEE Xplore for the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering.
IEEE Systems Council Publications News
The IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ) is the technical journal of the IEEE Systems Council. 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.
The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) is a technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites.
IEEE Related News
Become an IEEE Senior Member
Senior Member is the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply. IEEE members can self-nominate, or be nominated, for Senior Member grade. Benefits include:
  • Professional recognition by your peers and the IEEE
  • Letter of commendation will be sent to your employer
  • Senior Member Plaque
  • Complimentary Society Membership
The Senior Member Committee can help you achieve your Senior Member status. Contact Walt Downing, Systems Council Senior Member Committee Chair, for more information.
IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices and IEEE Student Ethics Competition
The IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices recognizes an IEEE member or an organization employing IEEE members for: (a) exemplary ethical behavior/practices and/or (b) persuasive advocacy or promotion of ethical behavior/practices. The deadline to submit is 1 July 2021. Read More.

The IEEE Student Ethics Competition is sponsored by the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee. It was developed for use at IEEE Regional student events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics by IEEE Student Members. The call for participation and information on financial support can be found here.

AIAA/IEEE TEC EATS Student Design Challenge 2021
Calling all sustainable aviation enthusiasts! With the growing interest in Advanced Air Mobility, AIAA/IEEE EATS 2021 is hosting a student challenge that is seeking novel eVTOL design solutions that maximize payload capacity while producing zero CO2 emissions at the vehicle level. If you dream of one day flying in an electric air taxi, this competition is for you!

QUESTION = What is the max payload (in kg) that can be achieved for an eVTOL, with no CO2 emission by the vehicle, according to the specifications?

Member Society News
IEEE Transactions on System, Man and Cybernetics: Systems Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
The IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a special issue in January 2021.

Its very first issue was published in January 1971. This issue celebrates this remarkable achievement by introducing 20 survey articles from early pioneers of our field, as well as works by leading scientists conducting research at the cutting edge of systems science, with a focus on human aspects, cybernetics, with crucial societal impact.
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS)

The CAS Society recently launched a publications digital outreach video initiative that highlights groundbreaking papers published in CASS publications with short videos created by the authors. The first two videos in the series are:

"Towards a Portable Platform Integrated With Multispectral Noncontact Probes for Delineating Normal and Breast Cancer Tissue Based on Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" in this video. This paper, published in the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, discusses a novel tool based on near-infrared spectroscopy (Spectral-IRDx) is introduced as a portable, non-contact, and cost-effective system that could provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of breast cancer.

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Briefs paper "1.2-V Energy-Efficient Wireless CMOS Potentiostat for Amperometric Measurements" in this video. This brief presents a CMOS potentiostat that integrates a control amplifier, a dual-slope ADC, and a wireless unit on the same chip.

We invite you to explore all of the current CAS publications' active Calls for Papers.

IEEE Consumer Technology Society
The IEEE CTSoc supports local Chapters all over the globe. These local Chapters hold meetings, invite technical speakers, organize workshops, and participate in many other activities. Many Chapters publish regular newsletters and have their own websites to keep their local members informed of their activities. For more details, read here.

Learn more about CTSoC conferences, awards, Chapters, publications and more here.
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society

The I&M Society introduced a new website in January 2021. The new site features events, conferences, calls for contributions, news and publications from the Society.

Member Society Conferences of Interest
2021 IEEE AUTOTESTCON | 30 August - 2 September 2021
Gaylord National Harbor Resort, National Harbor, MD, USA

Papers and sessions should cover appropriate topics dealing with increasing DoD systems availability and automatic test technology in particular. Deadline to Submit Paper Abstracts: 30 March

2021 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) | 22-28 May 2021 | Daegu, Korea

ISCAS is the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society and the world’s premiere networking forum for researchers in the highly-active fields of theory, design and implementation of circuits and systems. ISCAS 2021 will be driven by the theme "Smart Technology for an Intelligent Society." For details and registration, please visit the conference website.

2021 IEEE GLOBECOM | 7-11 December 2021 | Madrid, Spain

Themed “Connecting Cultures around the Globe,” this flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society will feature a comprehensive high-quality technical program including 12 symposia, selected areas in communications track and a variety of tutorials and workshops. IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 will also include an attractive Industry program aimed at practitioners, with keynotes and panels from prominent research, industry and government leaders, business and industry panels, and vendor exhibits.

1st IEEE Symposium on Joint Communications and Sensing | 23 -24 February 2021 | Virtual
(A new symposium on the topic of developing the 6G PHY.)

2021 IEEE Radar Conference | 10-14 May 2021 | Virtual Conference

2021 IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) | 17-20 May 2021 | Virtual Conference

2021 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) | 17-20 October 2021 | Melbourne, Australia | Call for Papers

2021 IEEE International Conference on Communication | 14-23 June 2021 | Virtual | Call for Papers
(Registration is now open)
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