2nd Quarter
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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 PiuriMy message in the previous issue (1st Quarter 2022) of our newsletter spoke about my introduction, as an undergraduate, to the principles of systems engineering by Don Hummels, who turned out to be a most-important mentor to me. First, he was one of my course instructors; then he became my major professor; and later yet, upon my return to my “home” institution, he had the role of being my department head. As far as I can recall, he never, throughout all those years, used the words “systems engineering,” but his actions and his expectations―his way of thinking, designing, and otherwise doing business―all exemplified the stuff of the discipline of systems engineering.

I didn’t have the concise descriptor in my previous message to capture the essence of such actions and expectations. But between then and now, our Systems Council went through its most-recent five-year review with IEEE’s Society and Council Review Committee (SCRC). Our review meeting was congenial, everything went well, and we recently received 23 recommendations to consider. Those recommendations, if followed, are expected to result in improvements that will make our Council even more effective. We have already acted upon and completed several of those recommendations.

The one recommendation that I personally appreciated was the following: SCRC recommends consideration for a broader approach to systems engineering, to possibly encompass systems thinking.

I like this recommendation because it speaks to what our Council tries to be about anyway. But it gives me the (now-obvious) concise denotation―systems thinking―to capsulize the essence of the patterns, processes, methodologies and attitudes present in systems engineering. Systems thinking.

An online search can yield many definitions of systems thinking, but the one that particularly strikes me is the introductory statement of the Wikipedia entry, “Systems thinking,” which goes as follows:

Systems thinking is a way of making sense of the complexity of the world by looking at it in terms of wholes and relationships rather than by splitting it down into its parts. It has been used as a way of exploring and developing effective action in complex contexts. Systems thinking draws on and contributes to systems theory and the system sciences.

Indeed, the IEEE Systems Council fits right 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. The Systems Council is, at its core, about systems thinking.

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
Congratulations to 2021 IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award
Congratulations to Zhou Gu, Shen Yan, Choon Ki Ahn, Dong Yue, and Xiangpeng Xie on their selection for the 2021 IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award for the paper entitled, "Event-Triggered Dissipative Tracking Control of Networked Control Systems With Distributed Communication Delay." Read the paper on IEEE Xplore here.
Call for Participation: Life Member Affinity Groups
An IEEE Life Members Affinity Group (LMAG) is a local unit of an IEEE Section constituted by IEEE members who have obtained Life Member, Life Senior Member or Life Fellow Member status. LMAG's are organized to fulfill the needs of this group of members and retain active IEEE associations. LMAG's allow members to enjoy each other's company through professional, educational, and social activities.

About the Lone Star Section Life Member Affinity Group

The Lone Star Section LMAG (formerly Central Texas, San Antonio, Region 5) won the 2019 LMAG Achievement Award and is an example of a group that is very active and has a good time together. They organize monthly luncheon meetings with speakers on topics of general interest to the group and their families. Learn more here.

IEEE NTC WIN – Virtual Round Table, DEI Prospects and Challenges


IEEE Nanotechnology Council Women in Nanotechnology (WIN) organized the virtual round table discussion on DEI prospects and challenges to explore the prospects with the Visionary leaders. Here are some key takeaways of the round table discussions: 

  • Focus on the multigenerational membership
  • Understanding the impact of Unconscious Bias and breaking the bias
  • Supporting gender identity and expression, going beyond gender balance
  • Shifting from Diversity and Inclusion to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Diversity chair encompasses more than just gender balance 
  • Under-represented countries and provide funding for travel, race, age, etc.
  • Relationship between WIE and DEI
  • Women in Nanotechnology Committee to establish an ad hoc DEI committee to encourage and promote the IEEE DEI vision and mission
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 second webinar in the series was held on Wednesday, 27 April, featuring Shamsnaz V. Bhada, an Assistant Professor at the Engineering Worchester Polytechnic Institute, presenting “A Model Centric Framework and Approach for Complex Systems Policy.” For additional information or to view the webinar, visit the website.
Upcoming Talks
  • WIE Extraordinary Women Series
    Friday, 16 September 2022 | TBD
    Holly Handley
    Old Dominion University
    Learn more here.
  • Women and Intellectual Property
    Friday, 26 October 2022 | 11:00 AM ET
    Cynthia Burham
    University of Texas

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.
Spring 2022 AdCom Meeting Recap

The Spring 2022 AdCom meeting was held virtually on Friday, 22 April 2022. The AdCom is composed of the Officers and two representatives from the Council’s 18 member Societies (1 voting member and 1 non-voting member), a Young Professionals representative, and other key committee chairs such as the Women in Systems Engineering (WiSE) and Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair.

Officers and chairs reported on the past year’s activities and plans for 2022-2023 including publications, conferences, finance, awards, technical operations, WiSE, and education. There were also four, new Distinguished Lecturers selected – Rami Ghannan, Burak Kantarci, Joongheon Kim, and Somayeh Sojoudi.

The Fall 2022 AdCom meeting will be held in conjunction with AUTOTESTCON 2022 on Thursday, 1 September and Friday, 2 September 2022 in National Harbor, MD, USA.
Congrats to the New Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers
Congratulations to the following individuals on being selected Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers: Rami Ghannan (University of Glasgow), Burak Kantarci (University of Ottawa), Joongheon Kim (Korea University), and Somayeh Sojoudi (University of California at Berkeley). If you are interested in hosting a Distinguished Lecturer at your next event or would like to apply to become a Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer, visit: SYSC Distinguished Lecturer Website.
Technical Operations
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
Lone Star Section Joint Chapter (AESS/SMC/SYSC) Hosts Drone Lab Tour at St. Mary’s University
To celebrate Engineering Week 2022, the IEEE Lone Star Section’s Joint Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, AESS, and Systems Council Chapters held a drone lab tour at St. Mary’s University. The tour started with a presentation from Dr. Dante Tezza. The presentation covered his initiatives in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at the university. Following the presentation, a diverse group ranging from middle school students to retirees participated in an interactive demonstration of the drones. Concurrent with the demo, Dr. Dante Tezza showcased the various drones used for research in his laboratory.
Systems Council ETSIG Webinar | What the Ukraine War Means for Fossil Fuels’ Supply in Europe
The Climate Change and Environmental Technology Special Interest Group (ETSIG) held a webinar on “What Ukraine War Means for Fossil Fuels Supply in Europe” presented by Dr. Ehsan Daneshaver. The event was centered around the current war in Ukraine could affect the energy sector in Europe and the potential short and long-term impacts of a Russian invasion.

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 IEEE RASSE 2022 conference will be held at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, the southern part of Taiwan. The meeting was held in hybrid mode with the international committee members joining virtually. The conference will feature an Industry Forum. The Industry Forum is a new integration for IEEE Systems Council’s conferences. It is designed to help facilitate a bridge between research and industry. The Industry Forum will feature industry speakers and panels that discuss the technical directions of the industry and, most importantly, its challenges.

Ph.D. Forum, Industrial Forum, and Full Paper Submissions are due on 15 June 2022.
SYSCON 2022 was successfully held virtually 25-28 April. There was a total of 92 attendees which represented 28 countries. Proceedings will be available on IEEE Xplore.
ISSE 2022
Important Dates:
  • Industry Paper Abstract Submissions – 25 June 2022
  • Academic/Research Paper Manuscript Submissions – 25 June 2022
  • Special Session Proposal Submissions - 25 June 2022
  • Final Paper Submissions – 10 August 2022
Visit the conference website for the call for papers, submission details, and additional information.
SYSCON 2023: Save the Date
Save the Date! The 2022 IEEE International Systems Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 17-20 April 2023. SYSCON caters to both practitioners and academics, providing a forum to exchange ideas and experiences on technology, methodology, applications, study cases, and practical experiences.

Important Dates:

  • Tutorial Submissions Deadline – 16 September 2022
  • Special Session Submissions – 16 September 2022
  • Abstract and Full Paper Submissions Deadline - 14 October 2022
  • Full Manuscript and Early Registration – 24 February 2023
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 “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 decisions, 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].

New IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, and IEEE Systems Council are jointly sponsoring the new IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering (OJSE) that is an open access technical journal devoted to the multidisciplinary aspects of systems engineering. Systems engineering involves elements of model-based systems engineering; digital thread; requirements generation, flowdown, tracking, needs analysis, and validation/verification; integration and test; and full life cycle support of the target system. The V model illustrates this systems engineering process. OJSE deals primarily with the science, methodology, and tools of systems engineering, rather than the results of the application of systems engineering that is the focus of other IEEE journals.


Special Issue on “Front-end Need Analysis”

This special issue seeks papers that contribute to establishing references that formalize the activities, concepts, and techniques around front-end need analysis, sharing good examples of their use, addressing the gaps in need analysis approaches, and providing a vision for their evolution in the context of model-based and digital environments.

Paper submissions are due on 15 July 2022.


Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence and Systems Engineering”

This special issue seeks original papers that address the challenges in realizing SE4AI and AI4SE. Topics under consideration include: life-cycle ready AI; hybrid human/AI systems; cognitive bias in AI systems; systems approaches to AI architecting; systems theory and AI; multi-modal AI; security in AI; adversarial machine learning; trustworthy AI; AI resilience; AI risk analysis; test & evaluation of learning-based systems; automated model-building and simulation; anticipatory design; automation of digital twins; AI-enabled evidence building; AI/SE Workforce Development; and model curation.

Paper submissions are due on 1 September 2022.

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
The IEEE Awards Program provides peer recognition to individuals whose contributions to the art and science of electro- and information technologies worldwide have improved the quality of life.

Learn more about CTSoc conferences, awards, Chapters, publications and more here.
IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC)
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.
Great news the IEEE SMCS resource center has officially launched! Here is the link to access the resource center: https://resourcecenter.smcs.ieee.org/
Member Society Conferences of Interest

2022 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference

19 - 22 June 2022 | Helsinki, Finland

International Summer School on Industrial Agents 2022: Autonomous Control in Logistics, Production and Energy Applications

11-15 July 2022 | Hamburg, Germany

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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