4th Quarter
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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,

I hope that you and your families and friends are doing fine in this pandemic time. I really hope that the virus will be defeated soon all over the world and we can go back to our normal life. The lessons learned and the experiences in online knowledge dissemination and interactions will be useful to further expand our activities and become more inclusive, reaching out to many more people who may have difficulties in travelling internationally. This will be a benefit to everyone involved with Systems Council. Together we can make the difference.

Please visit our website frequently for detailed information about our mission, vision, goals, conferences, technical events, publications, educational activities, activities for industry professionals, member activities, awards, local technical activities in chapters, and much, much more. We revised our website to facilitate searching: if you would like to suggest further improvements, please feel free to contact me.

Our newsletter, published quarterly, will help you 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.

For more information about the various competencies and interests available through the Societies that participate in our Council, please see the complete list of participating Societies and their area of expertise on our website. We established new Technical Committees to address the needs of our community and we will continue addressing new areas in our field to better serve our scientific and professional community; please visit the website for the current list of Technical Committees. We are reaching out to our scientific and professional community in Asia, as well as in Africa and the Middle East in a more structured way, especially by planning for conferences in the next year: please look for more conferences on the website.

We are continuously working on our new life-long educational program in the area of systems, complex systems, systems of systems, and systems engineering, including tutorials and lectures from distinguished speakers, and study cases. If you have suggestions for a topic, please let me know. We also expanded the distinguished lecturer’s program and we are working in new directions to allow for regional interactions as well as online lectures.

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 every one of you. If you are interested in establishing a new Chapter or Student Branch Chapter, please let me know. We will be happy to help in the process. We are also restructuring and refocusing our activities for members of our community, addressing the emerging needs for more networking opportunities and support to underserved groups and geographical areas. Inclusivity is one of our major priorities and we created a committee focusing on promoting and monitoring diversity and inclusion. You are welcome to contact me if you have any suggestions.

We are also working on a new publication, in cooperation with other partners, to better serve you in the area of systems engineering foundations, methodologies, techniques, and applications. We will keep you informed about this new offer that is being developed.

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 as 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!

This is the last newsletter that I am sending you as President of the IEEE Systems Council, as my term will be completed at the end of this year. It has been a privilege and a true pleasure to serve our scientific and professional community. With the Vice Presidents and the entire Administrative Committee, we have started many activities to make our service more inclusive in a way that sustains the needs of each and every one of you - to be near you! We have planted many seeds which will sprout, grow, and flourish in the near future and will further grow in the coming years as technical activities, conferences, journals, educational activities, networking, and services to members.

I take this opportunity to personally thank the VPs, the AdCom, and all volunteers who dedicated their efforts and time to our community. I would like to thank the Societies which are participating in our Council and who are cooperating in serving our community. I would also like to thank the staff who helped all of us in these endeavors. Last but not least, I would like to thank each and every one of you in our scientific and professional community for this enriching opportunity, which allowed me to work with many old friends and make many new ones. THANK YOU! THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart!

Looking forward to continue to serve our community in other ways!

IEEE Systems Council News
Women in Systems Engineering (WISE)
The Systems Council has launched its Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) page and features interviews with the following:

Deborah D. Thompson, Volvo Group North America

How did you get started in the field of systems engineering?
I began my career in industrial engineering, utilizing techniques to determine the most efficient manufacturing and production processes in support of cost, quality, and safety improvement initiatives. As my career progressed, it started to become evident to me that there was a disconnect since many of the inefficiencies and issues that were occurring were attributed to operator/human error. But upon further investigation, it was often found that the process design did not account for the capabilities and limitations of the human operator which ultimately led to the issues noted. Why did the process/system design account for the interactions between various sub-processes, such as electrical, mechanical, etc., but not how the human would interact with them? Why do all the sub-processes have swim lanes so that all interactions can be reviewed, evaluated, and optimized, but the human/operator is a stick figure, “actor” in the corner? Why isn’t the human considered as important as the other components in the efficient operation of the process? Hum??!! This ah-ha moment led to the shift in my focus to human system integration.

You can read the full interviews and more on our website.

Help us share your story to motivate women to consider Systems Engineering as their area of study and career by contacting WiSE Chair, Holly Handley.
WISE Membership Call
Systems Council Women in System Engineering (WISE) is a community focused on promoting women in engineering. We are seeking to identify members who are interested in participating in our activities. More information about our group can be found on our website. If you would like to be added to our information list, please sign up here or contact, Holly Handley, WISE Chair.
2021 James O. Gray Award Undergraduate Recipient
Named in memory of James O. Gray, the scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation or instrumentation & measurement.

Congratulations to Joseph Kawiecki on being selected as the 2021 James O. Gray Undergraduate Award Recipient. Joseph is currently a junior in the honors program at Purdue University pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. He plans to pursue a career in either robotics, control systems, or automation.
Analytics and Risk Technical Committee Symposium
On 6-7 July, the 6th IEEE Symposium on Analytics and Risk was successfully held online. The theme of the conference was “Risk Perception and Intelligent Decision in Complex Social Information Networks,” which attracted more than 170 attendees from well-known universities all over the world. Thank you to Professor Desheng Wu and Professor James Lambert for co-chairing the conference and thank you to all that attended, making the symposium a huge success.
Technical Committee on Systems Engineering Methods (TC-SEM)
The TC on Systems Engineering Methods (TC-SEM) held a virtual meeting with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) and the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) to determine mutual areas of interest and collaboration. Dr. Dinesh Verma, Executive Director of the SERC, extended an invitation to SERC Workshops and to the SERC Program Review. Dr. Art Pyster, Chair of the BKCASE Governing Board of the SEBoK, also extended an invitation to submit new material for the SEBoK. IEEE participants interested in contributing to TC-SEM are welcome to join our community.
Call for SEBoK articles
The IEEE Systems Council recently created a new Technical Committee on Systems Engineering Methods (TC-SEM). TC-SEM met with the Chair of the BKCASE Governing Board, which sponsors and oversees the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). The Governing Board, which includes Systems Council representation, is looking for articles for Part 6: Related Disciplines.

SEBOK is seeking authors for the following topics:
  • SE and System Software Assurance
  • SE and Aerospace Engineering
  • SE and Electrical Engineering
  • SE and Civil Engineering
If you are interested in writing an article on one of these topics, provide a bio and a brief statement as to why you would be a good author for such an article. Send this information and any questions you may have to Stephanie White at [email protected] and CC Amanda Osborn at [email protected].
Earn a Ph.D. as a Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Doctoral Fellow
Would your employer fund you to earn a PhD. if it was earned as a Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Doctoral Fellow? SERC is interested in IEEE Systems Council Participants who would like to earn a PhD. in systems engineering at one of SERC’s 22 affiliate universities, while working for a corporation which is willing to provide one day a week off for doctoral study. Tuition may also be needed. Visit the website for the program description. If you wish to pursue this opportunity, provide two letters: a letter of interest from you and a letter from your employer expressing willingness to support. Please contact Stephanie White at s.white@computer.org with a CC to Amanda Osborn at [email protected], if you have questions.
Call for Participation
Our Technical Communities are growing!

If you like to join one of them, please sign up here. If you are interested in more information about the Technical Committees and the scope and activities of the respective Technical Community, please visit the website.

A full list of Technical Committees and their respective chairs can be found on here.
New Chapters Join the Systems Council
Please help us welcome our newest Chapters to the Systems Council:
IEEE Bangalore Section Host Successful Virtual Symposium on AI
On 21-22 October, the IEEE Bangalore Section Systems Council Chapter held the “International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence - Machine Learning in Safety Critical Systems,” with over 600 attendees. This symposium brought together experts to share their research findings and experiences on various challenges pertaining to adoption of AI-ML in safety critical systems, including implications on regulations and certification. The symposium featured Modeling and Design aspects on AI-ML for safety critical systems and focused on systems engineering lifecycle aspects including certification & regulations. Thank you to all the speakers and participants who made this a successful event!
Resources for Chapters
The Council provides technical and financial support to its Chapters for organizing events during the calendar year. To request funding or a Distinguished Lecturer or to learn more about the resources available to your Chapter, please visit our website. Additional volunteer resources can be found here.

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.
Conference News
RASSE 2021 New Dates, Registration open
With the threat of COVID-19 still prominent in many parts of the world, RASSE 2021 will be held virtually 12-14 December 2021. Registration is open until 14 December. Click here to register now!
The 2022 IEEE International Systems Conference will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 25-28 April 2022. SYSCON caters to both practitioners and academics, providing a forum to exchange ideas and experiences on technology, methodology, applications, study cases, and practical experiences.

Registration is now open! Take advantage of early registration rates by registering before 24 February 2022. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Early Registration Rates by 24 February 2022:
  • IEEE Members - US$725
  • Non-Members - US$925
  • Student and Life Members - US$125
This symposium seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. ISSE provides a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned.

Industry Paper Abstracts, Academic/Research Paper Manuscripts, Special Session Proposal Submissions are due 25 June 2022.

Visit the conference website for the call for papers, submission details, and additional information.
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.
Call for Papers
Submit a paper to the IEEE Systems Journal (ISJ). The journal is intended to stimulate awareness, appreciation and utilization of systems thinking and the supporting systems engineering disciplines, especially for complex systems, systems-of-systems, complex cyber-physical systems, and complex smart systems, across many domains and application areas.

The ISJ released three new Special Issue Call for Papers in November 2021. Download the CFPs for submission topics, deadlines, and guest editors.
Special Issue on “Control and Management of Electric Power Systems with High Shares of IBR”

The growing interest in the integration of variable renewable energy (VRE) and distributed energy resources (DER) on both policy and economic grounds is driving the transformation of electric power systems. The significant deployment of VRE and DER can effectively displace conventional synchronous generator-based power plants that for decades have been almost universally the main technology for power generation in electric power systems.

Paper submissions are due on 15 May 2022.

Special Issue on “Advanced Malware Analysis in IoT”
Malware analysis is an ever-green research area which is becoming challenging day-by-day with the evolution of new technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Cloud, Edge & Fog Computing, Virtualization, and more.

Paper submissions are due on 31 January 2022.

Special Issue on “Knowledge Graph Applications in Intelligent Decision”

Almost all decisions we make have complex backgrounds and collaborative requirements. Big data and artificial intelligence development allow machines to assist us in making decisions, enabling us to deal with problems more quickly, efficiently, and flexibly. However, the increasingly complex and unpredictable social environment brings more problems for intelligent decision, which dramatically increases the difficulty of decision-making.

Paper submissions are due on 30 September 2022.
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.
For more information, please visit our website or contact Kim Fowler at [email protected].
IEEE Brain
IEEE Brain was formed in 2015 to create a technical community to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization, and development of engineering and technology to improve our understanding of the brain to treat diseases and to improve human condition. As an IEEE-wide effort, IEEE Brain unites engineering and computing expertise across IEEE Societies and Councils relevant to neuroscience, and provides an avenue for IEEE to work with multiple constituencies in academia, industry and government to incubate and sponsor new activities, projects, and standards that facilitate bringing neurotechnology to market in an ethical and responsible manner.

For more information on events and resources or to join, click here.
Member Society News
IEEE Consumer Technology Society
IEEE Consumer Technology Society (CTSoc) has started building Technical Committees. The initial phase is under conference affairs and are called Technical Stream Committees – the foundation of multi-level technical activities. Eventually, the Technical Committees will foster research and education, ensure high quality reviews for our Conferences, provide solid networks for our members, and help Chapters in their projects. Join our international network of professionals and help bring technology to life in your prospective field!

Learn more about CTSoc conferences, awards, chapters, publications and more here.
IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (ITEC + EATS)
The IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (ITEC+EATS) invites you to participate in the 2022 ITEC+EATS Student Design Challenge. Stimulated by ambitious emission reduction goals established by our modern society due to the climate, radical technologies and revolutionary design approaches are required for the future aviation sector. Because of the severe weight and volume constraints imposed on any aircraft design and stringent reliability and safety requirements, the design of a high-voltage/high power distribution propulsion system for zero-emission aircraft needs careful examination. Such skills are now essential to engineers who design aircraft of the future.

For more information on the challenge, visit the website.
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) 2021 is an annual flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world. IEEE GHTC 2021 took place as a virtual conference from 19 - 23 October.

The program incorporated a scientific program with sessions related to Healthcare, Disaster Mitigation, Energy, Education, Agriculture, Communications, Water & Sanitation), workshops and plenary sessions.
IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2021 is the flagship conference of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology. ISTAS was hosted virtually by the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) on 28-31 October 2021.
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMS)
International Winter School on AI in Cyber-physical Systems for Industry 4.0
18–21 December 2021 | Beijing, China and Virtual

The Winter School targets concrete industry use cases, aiming to provide advanced and practical training on AI technologies in cyber-physical systems that reshape our industry with more responsive, precise, and efficient automation and autonomy. The Winter School addresses the following aspects of AI in Industry 4.0, including: Deep learning, Computer Vision, Edge Computing, and Robot Autonomy.
International Summer School on Industrial Agents 2022: Autonomous Control in logistics, production and energy applications
11-15 July 2022 | Hamburg, Germany and Virtual

The International Summer School on Industrial Agents brings together leading researchers and PhD. students in the field of agent technology. As a PhD. student you will have the opportunity to participate in different workshops, get to know like-minded people from an international community and build valuable relationships in your research field.
IEEE/AIAA Transportation Electrification Conference and Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (ITEC + EATS)
With the development of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, various smart applications have been developed, rendering a blueprint of smart cities. However, there is no uniform international standard for the performance of IoT applications, leading to the issues of security, safety, resiliency, low efficiency, low quality of services, etc. To resolve these issues, KF Tsang proposed a global standard – “IEEE P2668 IoT Index (IDex)” to regulate IoT market. To further boost standardization, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ceremony on “IEEE P2668 IDex” between Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Hong Kong was held on 21 September 2021. The MoU signing was supported by the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society.
Member Society Conferences of Interest

2021 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (ICNSC)
3-5 December 2021 | Xiamen, China | Registration

2022 International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE)
7-9 January 2022 | Virtual Conference | Call for Papers

2022 IEEE Radar Conference
21-25 March 2021 | New York, New York, USA | Call for Papers

29 August – 1 September 2022 | National Harbor, Maryland, USA | Call for Papers

2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)

9-12 October 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic
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