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About the IEEE Systems Council Newsletter:

Engineers and scientists today start their careers with excellent technical skills and knowledge within their fields of expertise. The Systems Council Newsletter includes time-sensitive news useful to the IEEE Systems Council’s participants.
President's Message
image of Vincenzo PiuriWelcome to 2022, and to the ongoing activities of the IEEE Systems Council. My two-year term as the Council’s president has just begun, but I’ve been interested in the Systems Council and its activities since its inception in 2005. My participation began with my attendance and involvement in the inaugural offering, in 2007, of our flagship conference, SYSCON. Since 2013, I’ve been a member of the Council’s administrative committee (AdCom) in various roles. There is plenty of opportunity to participate in―and, if you’re interested, provide voluntary service to―the systems-engineering community through our IEEE Systems Council.

I was first exposed to the concepts and thought patterns of systems engineering in 1973, when, as an undergraduate, I enrolled in a digital communication theory course. The professor for that course was Dr. Don Hummels. Don was 36 at the time―young, although he didn’t seem so to us students―and he was in just his third year as a faculty member. But he came to my university with thirteen years of experience working for Motorola GED, first as a technician, and then as an engineer whose efforts were involved mainly with development of the communication systems for the US manned-space programs, the Gemini and Apollo programs in particular. He was an excellent circuit designer, but his assignments largely involved systems engineering.

Dr. Hummels never set out to teach us specifically about systems engineering, but his approach to the course’s subject matter, the types of discussions he carried out during class, the problems he gave us, and the manner in which he conducted himself and made his decisions―all these and more gave anyone paying attention ample indication of the stuff of systems engineering. I later chose him to be my major professor for both of my graduate degrees; and several years later, my spouse Ruth and I returned to that institution, having accepted faculty positions in the electrical engineering department, for which Don had recently become head. Don quietly applied basic systems-engineering principles in directing and nurturing his graduate students, and then in managing―and leading―an academic department that, under him, became a true family as he helped each of its members.

Why do I seem to be carrying on about this person? Aside from his being a caring person who assisted others quietly and confidently in reaching their sometimes-complex goals, he demonstrated by example how to go about tasks―engineering or otherwise―in a manner that took advantage of, and displayed, knowledge of and expertise in systems engineering. And systems engineering was not his principal interest.

For many of us, systems engineering as a discipline is not what we’re directly and deeply involved in, but it is a discipline that we can all learn more about, and whose principles we can apply to much of our engineering or scientific work, and to other aspects of our lives. And that’s where the IEEE Systems Council comes in: it is a gathering that offers a diversity of education, experience and networking opportunities to a diverse group of participants having a diversity of interests, backgrounds and experience. Feel free to get to know your Council better, to take advantage of the opportunities made available to its participants, and to share something of yourselves so that we, as a family, can both enjoy one another and strive further to become even more effective.

Please peruse this Newsletter. Please visit our Council’s website at www.ieeesystemscouncil.org. And please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] with any questions, comments, suggestions, or wild ideas.

All the best,

Stephen A. “Jack” Dyer
President, IEEE Systems Council
IEEE Systems Council News
Nominations Now Open for 2022 Systems Council Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Outstanding Service Awards and James O. Gray Scholarships! Nominations are due 1 April 2022.

The Outstanding Service Award honors long and distinguished service to the IEEE Systems Council at a level of dedication and achievement rarely demonstrated. The prize includes a plaque and $1,000 USD. Nominations can be submitted here.

The James O. Gray Scholarship is named in memory of James O. Gray, the scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation, or instrumentation & measurement. Each year, one graduate and one undergraduate recipient is selected and awarded a certificate and $5,000 USD. Nominations can be submitted here.
Systems Council Resource Center featured Tutorial by Paul Hershey, Ph.D.
The Systems Council is expanding its educational materials available to participants and now has a tutorial presence on its website. It features IEEE Fellow and Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Paul Hershey, and his talk entitled "The Application of Data Analytics to Assist Human Decision Making." This tutorial provides an in-depth review of the ever-evolving technical area called Data Analytics, a subset of Big Data that encompasses data analysis, data fusion, data storage, data sources, infrastructure and technology, screening and filtering algorithms, machine learning, and complexity.

*Please note that there is a small fee for people outside of the IEEE Systems Council to take this tutorial.

The Systems Council Past President Vincenzo Piuri, Ad Hoc Education Chair Steve Holt, and Senior Operations Manager Amanda Osborn worked diligently to produce this platform in order to increase access to educational material. This work was performed in cooperation with Ms. Melissa Handa of the IEEE Resource Center. If you would like a tutorial to be featured or additional information, please contact Amanda Osborn at [email protected].
Women in Systems Engineering (WISE), New Webinar Series
The Systems Council is excited to announce the IEEE Systems Council Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) 2022 webinar series. Systems Council is striving to create educational and networking opportunities for its participants and the systems engineering community.

The first webinar in the series was held on Wednesday, 23 February, featuring Saminah Chaudhry, a Systems Engineer at Texas Instruments, presenting “Functions of a Systems Engineer in the Semiconductor Industry.” For additional information or to view the webinar, visit the website.
Upcoming Talks

If you have any questions, please reach out to Holly Handley at [email protected]. We look forward to having you at our upcoming events.

WiSE Community Membership Call
Systems Council Women in Systems 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 Graduate Recipient
Named in memory of James O. Gray, the scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation or instrumentation and measurement.

Congratulations to Sepideh Kianbakht on being selected as the 2021 James O. Gray Graduate Award Recipient. Sepideh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering program at the Colorado School of Mines. Her thesis work includes control systems co-design on the ARPA-E-funded SUMR (Segmented Ultra-Light Morphing Rotor) 50 MW 2-bladed, downwind wind turbine. Sepideh's goal is to apply control system engineering to help improve human life on earth by increasing opportunity and resources through renewable energy, automation, remote medicine, and spaceflight.
Technical Operations
Systems Council Life Members Community Call
The Systems Council is forming a new Community, Systems Life Members (SLM). The SLM Community will share interesting stories related to systems and systems engineering and listen to invited lectures. Opportunities for mentoring others may be available.

SLM is actively seeking Life Members who are interested in participating in our activities and learning more about our community. If you would like to be added to the Systems Council SLM mailing list, please go to our Systems Council SLM webpage and fill out the form.
Earn a Ph.D. as a Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Doctoral Fellow
Would your employer fund you to earn a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in systems engineering at one of SERC’s 22 affiliate universities while working for a corporation that 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 [email protected] with a CC to Amanda Osborn at [email protected], if you have questions.
Call for Participation
Our Technical Communities are growing! If you would 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 each Technical Community, please visit the website.

A full list of Technical Committees and their respective chairs can be found here.
Chapter News
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, starting a new Systems Council Chapter, or hosting a Chapter event, please contact the Chapter Chair, Fabrice Labeau at [email protected].
Conference News
RASSE 2022
The 2022 IEEE International Conference on Recent Advances in Systems Science and Engineering (RASSE) will be held at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan, 2–4 November 2022. You are cordially invited to participate in the forum spanning multiple disciplines and specialty areas related to systems science and engineering, including science, technology, methodology, and applications of systems, integrated systems, cyber-physical systems, systems of systems, and much more.

Ph.D. Forum, Industrial Forum, and Full Paper Submissions are due on 15 June 2022.

The 2022 IEEE International Systems Conference (SYSCON) will be held virtually 25–28 April 2022. SYSCON caters to both practitioners and academics, providing a forum to exchange ideas and experiences on technology, methodology, applications, case studies, and practical experiences.

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is a priority. Many governments have enacted travel bans, and numerous state and local governments are prohibiting large or even moderately sized public gatherings. Such bans on travel and public gatherings are likely to increase in number and scope in the coming weeks. As a result, SYSCON 2022 will be a virtual conference.

Registration is open! For more information and to register, visit the conference website.
The 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) 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 Special-Issues Calls for Papers. Download the CFPs for submission topics, deadlines, and guest editors.
Special Issue on “Advanced Malware Analysis in IoT”

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

Paper submissions are due on 5 March 2022.
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 “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.
Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems”

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) is the technological core of the new generation of the industrial revolution. It can effectively collect, analyze and use data and information from heterogeneous physical equipment so that it can continuously and effectively manage, supervise and control the physical infrastructure of the real world. Although some attempts have been done to explore AI for next-generation ICPS, there exist various scientific and engineering challenges, including software and hardware development, computational complexity, data multi-source heterogeneity, and privacy protection.

Paper submissions are due on 30 December 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 the human condition. As an IEEE-wide effort, IEEE Brain unites engineering and computing expertise across IEEE Societies and Councils relevant to neuroscience, and it 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 established an Industry and Standards Activities Committee (ISA Committee) that is chaired by the VP of IAS, who serves at the pleasure of The CTSoc president. The current VP of ISA is Stuart Lipoff ([email protected]), and he welcomes input from CTSoc members and also from non-members among consumer-technology industry stakeholders.

Learn more about CTSoc conferences, awards, chapters, publications and more here.
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMS)
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 Ph.D. students in the field of agent technology. As a Ph.D. student, you will have the opportunity to participate in various workshops, get to know like-minded people from an international community, and build valuable relationships in your research field. All participants will have many opportunities to engage in conversations besides the main scientific program, to form new scientific partnerships and relationships, and to strengthen the network of the industrial agent community as a whole.
2022 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)
9–12 October 2022 | Prague, Czech Republic

The annual IEEE SMC Conference represents a vital interdisciplinary forum for presenting, exchanging, and discussing new ideas, for developing new approaches, and for designing new collaborative efforts. Unfortunately, in the last two years these conferences were running in a virtual space, with no face-to-face meetings. Let us hope that the 2022 Conference will happen as a real meeting in the beautiful historic city of Prague, which is ready to offer adequate conference facilities together with a unique, friendly atmosphere. The IEEE SMC 2022 is expected to foster technological innovations and engineering excellence in the fields of cybernetics, systems, human-machine interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for the benefit of humanity.
2021 IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Awards

The Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society recognizes outstanding volunteers and their significant achievements by the presentation of a number of awards. To view the 2021 award recipients, click here.
Member Society Conferences of Interest

2022 Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems
1-4 March 2022 | Santiago, Chile | Registration

2022 IEEE Radar Conference
21-25 March 2021 | New York, New York, USA | Registration

2022 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems

28 May - 1 June 20221 | Austin, Texas, USA | Registration

2022 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference

19 - 22 June 2022 | Helsinki, Finland

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 | Call for Papers
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