3rd Quarter
The IEEE 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 Stephanie WhiteGreetings!
The 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) will be held 1-3 October 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. We hope you are planning to attend. The keynote speaker is Dr. Dinesh Verma, Professor of Systems Engineering, School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE), Stevens Institute of Technology, Executive Director, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). He will be giving a fascinating talk that you won’t want to miss. Additionally, a free Young Professionals Networking Event will also be held during the conference on 2 October from 5-8 pm. This event offers a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with, the systems engineering community.

You may also be interested in attending one of our conferences next spring. Our 14th annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon) will be held 20-23 April 2020 in Montreal, Canada and the IEEE-INCOSE-NDIA Systems Security Symposium (SSS) will be held on 6-9 April 2020 in Crystal City, VA, USA. Papers are still being accepted for both conferences.

Watch for the announcement of the 2020 James O. Gray Scholarship on the IEEE Systems Council website. The scholarship recognizes graduate students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation or instrumentation and measurement and undergraduate students pursuing studies in systems engineering.

Finally, please consider submitting a paper to our newest journal, the IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS). Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to solving problems related to the development and use of miniaturized platforms such as drones and CubeSats. More information can be found on their website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming conferences!

Best regards,

Stephanie White
IEEE Systems Council President
Long Island University
[email protected]
IEEE Systems Council Awards News
James O. Gray Scholarship
Applications for the 2020 Graduate Level Scholarship in Process Control Systems Engineering, Plant Automation or Instrumentation & Measurement, or the 2020 Undergraduate Level Scholarship in Electrical Engineering, may submit applications starting September 2019. For more information, visit the Systems Council website.
IEEE Systems Council Conference News
2019 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering
The 5th annual IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) will be held 1-3 October 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Registration for the conference is now open. Register by 31 August to receive the discounted rate. Please visit the conference website for more information.
Young Professionals Event at ISSE 2019
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student? Have you graduated in the last 15 years? Are you interested in a career path revolving around “the big picture” of the systems you work on, viewing the system as a whole? Local systems engineering professionals are also invited! We are offering a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with, the systems engineering community.

Come join us for a networking event with the many national and international experts that will be attending the IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering 2019 (ISSE 2019) in Edinburgh, Scotland on 2 October 2019. IEEE Systems Council, The IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society, and IEEE Young Professionals will be holding a reception at the conference venue, The Principal Hotel, followed by a panel on systems engineering covering the career perspectives of experienced professionals from the domain of complex systems engineering.

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering, focused on the design, management, and analysis of complex engineering projects and systems over their entire life cycle. Systems engineering is applicable to many disciplines of engineering and is sometimes regarded as a discipline in itself. This field deals with issues such as robustness, reliability, safety, maintainability, manufacturability, risk management, requirements management, systems of systems, and more. An understanding of the systems engineering approach is important in all engineering disciplines and work in this field is rewarding, challenging, and exciting. The panel that will be held following the networking reception will give attendees the opportunity to explore systems engineering through the eyes of the practitioners and discover how this exciting field has shaped their careers.
2020 IEEE Systems Security Symposium
The 2020 Systems Security Symposium will be held 6-9 April 2020 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Crystal City, VA, USA. The IEEE-INCOSE-NDIA Systems Security Symposium seeks research papers and application studies which focus on the development of secure, safe, and resilient systems.

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. Preference will be given to papers and case studies which bridge theory to practice.

Important Dates:
Initial Manuscript & Abstract: 30 September 2019
Acceptance Notification: 30 November 2019

View the Call for Papers.
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.

Paper Submission is Open. To view the Call for Papers, please visit the conference website.

Important Dates:
Special Session Submission Deadline: 10 August 2019
Abstract & full paper submission: 13 September 2019
Acceptance notification: 2 December 2019
Full manuscript & early registration: 14 February 2020
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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 latest issue of IEEE Systems Journal is in the mail and retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE Systems Journal subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

Call for Papers for IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)
Original manuscripts are being solicited for the IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems. The scope of the journal includes the many key subsystems and applications for the rapidly expanding technologies associated with drones, nano-sats, and similar systems. General information about the journal can be found on our website. Authors should submit their manuscripts through Manuscript Central. Please contact John Schmalzel for any additional information.
IEEE Systems Council Technical Committee News

The Long Island (NY) Chapter of the Systems Council hosted a technical presentation on 18 June, jointly with the IEEE LI Section, IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society LI Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and International Society of Automation (ISA).  

A tour of the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) engineering facility in Melville, NY included approximately 30 attendees including engineers, scientists, researchers, and other technical professionals, as well as professors and students.  

The tour covered selected laboratory facilities used for a variety of tests on many products intended for use in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Test demonstrations included some with dramatic, though expected, results:

  • Robotic arm – power distribution/control/protection switching devices
  • Cone calorimetry – wire & cable heat release, smoke effluents, etc.
  • Flammability – combustion rate of polymeric insulating materials 
  • Hot wire ignition – polymer resistance to ignition from conducted thermal energy
  • Smoke density – e.g., impacting safe egress
  • Plug overload – power distribution cables
  • Water ingress-protection – outdoor electrical boxes
  • Ground/bond fault current – incl. building grounding electrodes
  • GFCI – for the protection of personnel against electric shock (ventricular fibrillation)
  • Short circuit testing (5-10 kA) – on circuit breakers to protect power conductors 

The overarching theme was to show the value of UL safety certification work from a systems perspective, with respect to the UL mission of safety, security and sustainability for people, products and places.  Demonstrations addressed critical performance and interactions among materials, components, assemblies, devices, products and systems – involved in energy distribution, control, protection, and utilization equipment in building infrastructures.  

Test conditions and criteria span across design cycle and product lifecycle stages – for which products need to perform safety functions, perform functions safely – and even fail safely.  

For example, the system-level safety impact of this work was demonstrated in terms of 

  • What is done, e.g., 
    • What tests are performed? 
    • What do these tests & conditions represent in terms of product usage?
    • What are the critical product properties/characteristics of interest?
    • What are the critical performance criteria?
    • What does pass or fail “look” like?
    • What are the challenges? 
  • Why it matters, e.g., 
    • Why is this test important?
    • How does failure to comply translate to risk of harm (fire, shock, injury) – involving the product and its installation/use in the field? 
    • How does compliance with this test reduce risk of harm – involving the product and its installation/use in the field?  

Participants were interested and engaged, with thought-provoking questions, positive feedback, and requests for more.

Systems Council Chapter Creation
The Systems Council currently is 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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