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IEEE PES R8 Sponsorship for Students

IEEE PES Region 8 is delighted to offer co-sponsorship of up to 8 students from the region to attend the IEEE PES PowerTech conference in Manchester, UK (18-22 June).

The sponsorship is limited to USD 850 and will cover the conference registration fee and five nights’ accommodation in a shared (twin) room in a 3* hotel.

Eligibility is as follows. Candidates must:
1. Be IEEE PES full-time postgraduate student members living and studying within region 8.
2. Not already be registered for the conference.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis (subject to eligibility).

All applications should be sent to Jovica Milanovic (jovica.milanovic@manchester.ac.uk), Chris Wall (Chris.Wall@manchester.ac.uk), and Luis Daniel Gutierrez Lagos (luisdaniel.gutierrezlagos@manchester.ac.uk).

The deadline for applications is 17:00 GMT on Monday 12 June 2017.


Region8 MD Team Workshop

The Region8 MD Team has recently organized an Membership Development Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 19-20.
The Workshop was very well attended with 25 participants from 20 countries within the Region 8 and the post event feedback suggested an extremely positive outcome! The participants were welcomed to the venue on Friday afternoon. That first day sessions included basic introduction to R8 and Membership development, with the host section presentation. Later the team was guided to a beautiful city tour followed by an exquisite networking dinner. The second day was filled with MD focused presentations, interactive sessions and brainstorming sessions. Everyone participated to the fullest and managed to learn from each other. Towards the end, a comprehensive joint action plan was generated which all the MDO’s agreed to take it to their respective sections and implement according to their own needs and customized requirements.
Current MDW was an amazing and a successful event that will go long ways in ensuring enhanced membership with the region, many thanks for all attendees and congratulations for the Czechoslovakia Section, that done a great job hosting MDW!
More similar workshops will be planned next years as well, so please consider the opportunity to join us in future!

Warmest wishes on behalf of R8 MDSC!


The First IEEE GCC SYP Congress | 2017

The word congress is originated from the Latin word congressus, which is an off-spring of the word congredi; con- meaning together and -gredi meaning walk, giving us “walk together” or “meet”. And On the 7th and 8th of May, 2017, IEEE’s youth of the GCC got to “walk together” in to the huge halls of Gulf Convention Center, Bahrain, where the first of its kind in the region, IEEE GCC SYP Congress, was held in conjunction with the 9th IEEE-GCC Conference & Exhibition.
It all started when a group of bright individuals being the UOB and KFUPM IEEE student branches, and both the Young Professionals of IEEE Bahrain and Saudi Arabia Sections, decided to join powers and be a part of organizing an event that will gather youth of the area together. Their hard work paid off eventually, when it was time for the event to come through.
The 2-day event was targeted at the students and young professionals of the region but was gladly unbounded by that target. The congress was a welcoming host of more than 300 students and professionals that are focused outside the GCC as well, which added variety to what the congress was offering. It was admirable as well as delightful to see young minds come together to share ideas, success stories, future plans and a lot more with such passion and enthusiasm.

The congress, with open arms, offered a long-awaited platform for youth to engage in conversation and present new ideas that revolve around building a better future and improving the present. Over the two days, attendees also got the chance to participate in organized competitions in the fields of Technology, innovation and Robotics, which all-in-all, displayed excellent technical skills and great sportsmanship.
The congress was also honored to have 2 of the most respected figures in IEEE as guest speakers; The first being the past IEEE R8 Director, Mr. Costas Stasopoulos, and the second being the current R8 Director of IEEE, Ms. Margaretha Eriksson. Both took part in multiple interactive sessions, gladly answered the attendees’ questions and admired the effort put in each individual session.
These were not the only speakers joining us from the R8, as we had multiple sessions being led by R8 representatives. One of the sessions was headed by an R8 SAC representative Mr. George
Papadimitriou, discussing student activities. Another session was entirely about the young professionals and their role and was also headed mainly by another R8 YP representative, Mr. Skander Mansouri.
More than 15 sessions, 3 workshops and 3 competitions took place over the span of the two days. Panel discussions were organized to discuss extremely important topics like women’s role in the field of engineering, entrepreneurship and youth’s participation, which encouraged dialogue and debate from the attendees, which was, what an engineer would call a “desired output.”
Do not be fooled, though. Just like all the workshops and panel discussions took place during the day, social events and dinners took place during the evening hours. Moreover, tours of the country took place in between breaks during morning sessions, to give the attendees of the congress the full experience and to create a friendly air.
The closing ceremony brought many, organizers and attendees, to tears as it was emotional to see all the hard work unfold before their eyes: organizers seeing what they have been working on coming to an end, and participants hearing out competition results.

All of this, of course, would not have been so wonderfully organized if it wasn’t for the organizing team behind the success, headed by Dr. Mohammed Al Muhaini, the congress chairman, under the constant guidance of IEEE veterans like Mr. Muhammad Al Dhamen, Mr. Jaafar Al Ibrahim and Dr Ibrahim Elamin.  An appreciative thank you goes out to all who got involved in bringing such an important event about.
Hoping that this IEEE SYP GCC congress has set the way for many to come in the future, bringing our youth together, to work on a better today and an even brighter tomorrow


The IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Subcommittee (EASC) is looking for volunteers on continuing education and career development

The IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Subcommittee (EASC) is looking for two volunteers to support the organisation of continuing education activities. These positions offer a good opportunity for professionals, academics or students looking for networking opportunities with education experts, industry representatives and human resource managers. Selected candidates will have the chance to get first-hand expertise on the domain and to improve soft skills and competences.

The responsibilities of the volunteers include:
•       Organising and moderating webinars in English language;
•       Liaising with industry representatives and/or stakeholders of the job market;
•       Familiarising with the state of play on skills, competencies and tools in the context of continuing education on engineering;
•       Liaising with relevant print and social media;
•       Collaborating with other branches and volunteers of the EASC team

Each candidate must be:
•       an IEEE member;
•       fluent In spoken and written English;
•       have experience with social media;
Nice to have :
•       broad knowledge in the domain of continuing education;
•       negotiation or moderation skills;
•       experience on university-business cooperation initiatives
•       experience with webinar platforms such as WebEx;

The position demands an average of 2 working hours per week, with peak periods of work when an activity is organised.

To apply, please send a covering email indicating your IEEE membership number, motivation and description of your experience to Mr.EndikaBengoetxea, the IEEE Region 8 EASC Continuing Education Committee Chair, at: endika@ehu.eus

Applycations Deadline: May 31 2017


The industrial internet quest

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Get various untouched datasets and make your predictive apps real.

Do you accept the Challenge? IEEE Region 8 and GE are proud to bring to you this Industrial Internet Quest. A real opportunity to create new apps, to go from a prototype to a start-up. Don’t miss this!
To register follow this link: http://iiotquest.bemyapp.com/


DSP 2017 – 50th Anniversary – 22nd International Conference on Digital Signal Processing – August 23-25, London, United Kingdom

DSP 2017

50th Anniversary

22nd International Conference on Digital Signal Processing

August 23-25, London, United Kingdom


Call for Papers

The 22nd International Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP 2017), the most longstanding conference in the area of DSP, technically-cosponsored by the IEEE, will be celebrated for its 50th anniversary in London, UK, where it started in 1968. DSP 2017 belongs to a series of events which had its genesis in London and continued to Florence, Nicosia, Lemessos, Santorini, Cardiff, Corfu, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beijing. In 2017 delegates will be brought right up to date in heart of London, the biggest, most vibrant and cosmopolitan capital in Europe. The conference will contain a number of special sessions organised by internationally recognised experts. The programme will also include presentations of new results in lecture and poster sessions, together with plenary sessions delivered by eminent scientists. Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Call for Papers (PDF Version)

Technical Scope

The focus will be on signal processing theory, algorithms, and applications. We invite the submission of original, unpublished technical papers on topics including but not limited to:

  • Audio and acoustic signal processing
  • Bioinspired Signal Processing
  • Communication signal processing
  • Compressive sensing, dictionary learning, and sparse reconstruction
  • Cooperative networking
  • Design and implementation of signal processing systems
  • Estimation theory and applications
  • Financial signal processing
  • Image and video processing
  • Information forensics and security
  • Language processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical signal and image processing
  • Multimedia signal processing
  • Multi-way signal processing
  • Nonlinear signal processing and adaptive filters
  • Quantum Signal processing
  • Radar and sonar signal processing
  • Signal processing for education
  • Sensor array and multichannel signal processing
  • Sensor networks
  • Signal processing applications
  • Signal processing theory and methods
  • Speech processing

Important Dates

  • Special session proposals: 20th February 2017 2nd March 2017
  • Special Sessions notification of acceptance: 10th March 2017
  • Full paper submissions: 03rd April 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 28th June 2017
  • Camera-ready papers: 10th July 2017
  • Author/early bird registration: 10th July 2017

The 24th International Conference on Telecommunications

The 24th International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT 2017, http://ict-2017.org/ ) invites world-class researchers to share their ideas and progress in addressing challenges faced in this increasingly intelligent realm of information and telecommunication technologies as part of a rich conference program including Plenary Talks, Tutorials, Workshops as well as Regular and Special Sessions. Please see attached for the Call for Papers.

The conference is hosted in the Mediterranean coastal city of Limassol in Cyprus, a top holiday destination. This year’s theme focuses on intelligence built into devices, systems, and processes. The ample computation, communication and sensing/actuation capabilities offered by increasingly miniaturized and low-cost electronic devices are enabling a myriad of new applications with transformative implications to numerous economic sectors. We have reached a point where intelligence built into these devices enables, for example, the realization of affordable and useful smart homes and smart grids, autonomous vehicles, and unmanned aerial systems; all of which have tremendous impact on their own but more importantly in conjunction with each other.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline- Extended deadline
February 26, 2017

Notification of acceptance
March 8, 2017

Camera ready deadline
March 24, 2017

Download ICT2017-CFP Brochure


The IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Subcommittee (EASC) is looking for a Digital Marketer

The IEEE Region 8 EASC is looking for a volunteer to promote our activities and manage relationships with external parties. The position will provide the candidate with a chance to improve their soft skills and to also create new contacts. The responsibilities of the volunteer will include:

  • Writing press releases in English language;
  • Contacting possible sponsors;
  • Manage our social media accounts;
  • Liaising with the print and electronic media;
  • Coordinating with all branches of the EASC team

The candidate shall:

  • Be an IEEE member;
  • Be fluent In spoken and written English;
  • Have experience managing social media accounts;
  • Have negotiation skills;
  • Be creative;
  • Be productive;
  • Have the ability to work under pressure.

In order to work in harmony and cover the position demands, 2 hours of availability per week are required. During an event organization, more volunteer time may be needed.

To apply, please send a covering email with your IEEE membership number and a description of your experience to Mr.Stamatis Dragoumanos, the IEEE Region 8 EASC Pre-University Works Committee Chair, at: sdragou@gmail.com

The submission deadline is 5/3/2017


20 openings for fully funded research positions at the KIOS Research Center

The KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks at the University of Cyprus has recently been upgraded to a European Research and Innovation Center of Excellence through a TEAMING project, with significant funding in excess of 40 million euros over the next fifteen years. As a result, we have multiple (20) openings for fully funded research positions at all levels, including PhD scholarships and post-doctoral research positions. Successful candidates are expected to carry out fundamental or/and applied research in one or more of the following areas: control systems, computational intelligence and machine learning, autonomous systems, optimization and networks, embedded systems, fault diagnosis, cyber-security, reliability, resiliency and fault tolerance, transportation networks, water networks, power and energy systems and telecommunication networks.

The applications should be submitted as soon as possible, but not later than Tuesday, 28th February, 5:00pm. The evaluation of the applications will begin immediately. For more information please contact the KIOS Research Center, by phone at +357 22893450/51 or via e-mail at kios@ucy.ac.cy

For details please see the following link:

http://www.kios.ucy.ac.cy/employment/KIOS-CoE-positions.pdf


Alexandros Osana is a panelist at the Brain Fuel plenary on February 10th

Alexandros Osana, Chair – Humanitarian Activities Subcommittee IEEE Region 8, will be one of the three panelists at the plenary session, “Brain Fuel: Issues, opportunities and challenges facing young technology professionals in industry”.

For people attending the IEEE Meetings Week in New Orleans, they can attend the session on Friday, 10 February at 5:30-7:00 PM in the Celestin Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. For those who cannot attend in-person, they can watch Alex live on ieee.tv and IEEE Collabratec™.

The Brain Fuel web page may be found at www.ieee.org/brainfuel and the registration page for the livestreaming event may be found at http://ieeetv.ieee.org/live_event/brainfuel.