Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

Call for Papers (Download CFP PDF here)

Abstracts Due: March 31, 2015

The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship IEEE conference for presenting, discussing, and developing technological solutions to global humanitarian challenges. GHTC invites presenters and attendees who work to meet the needs of populations affected by poverty, disaster, conflict, environmental change, and other impacts resulting in their needs being unmet or underserved. The conference’s focus is to create and promote appropriate, sustainable, and holistic solutions to humanitarian challenges by integrating technical science with broader disciplines such as economics, policy, culture, and environment. GHTC encourages practice and research oriented engineers, scientists, and practitioners with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. We welcome a diversity of participants from academia, for-profit and non-profit business, governmental and non-governmental organizations to present research, lessons learned, case studies, ideas, and other considerations for the creation of effective humanitarian technology.

The Conference theme of “Technology for the Benefit of Humanity” is presented in eight focus areas:

  1. Energy—Electrification, renewable energy technologies, energy and power infrastructures, off-grid power, lighting, cooking, heating
  2. Health—Medical technology, telemedicine, mobile care, primary care, nutrition
  3. Disaster Management—Disaster preparedness and planning, early warning, response systems, needs analysis and assessment, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation
  4. Connectivity & Communication—Information networks, information technologies and systems, communication technologies, social media
  5. Humanitarian Challenges & Opportunities—Logistics and transportation, security (infrastructure, information, human), shelter, interagency coordination, human-centered system design, participatory methods
  6. Water & Sanitation—Clean water, sanitation, solid waste management, vector control, drainage, hygiene
  7. Agriculture—Agricultural technologies, irrigation, farming practices
  8. Education—Training and capacity building, programs and methods, service learning

Authors may submit content in the form of a technical paper, poster, or special session (panel, workshop, or demonstration). We especially encourage the inclusion of practitioner’s case studies to be included in this year’s practitioner forum, and are seeking proposed technical challenge statements for this year’s hackathon. Please see the links below for more information.

Submission Schedule:

March 31
Abstract submissions (for all entries) and hackathon challenge statements
May 27 Complete draft submission for review (papers only)
July 16 Final copy-ready submission (papers only)
  • All submissions require an abstract for review
  • At least one author of the submission must attend and present at the conference
  • All submissions must be submitted online at
  • All submissions must follow content & length guidelines available at
  • Necessary revisions must be completed before final acceptance
  • Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent via email
  • International attendees are responsible for obtaining the proper visas; the conference will send a standard invitation letter on request.

Accepted and presented papers will be published and included in IEEE Xplore. Electronic media containing all accepted GHTC abstracts and papers will be distributed to registered attendees.

More information on session submission requirements and deadlines, registration for the conference, hotel reservations and exhibiting is available on the GHTC website. See this page for information on submitting hackathon challenge statements.

[EGYPT-GOLD] NASA Space Apps | | Cairo Local Finals Announcement

We are delighted to announce that the NASA Space Apps Challenge has been officially launched for the first time in Egypt. Organized by Spaceapps Cairo and IEEE Egypt Section
The Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.

NASA is leading this global collaboration along with a number of additional government collaborators.

This year, Cairo is part of the global challenge with 125 other cities around the world

Our event will include scientists, entrepreneurs, data analysis experts, developers, designers and students from all over Egypt, we believe we could make Egypt listed in the winners of 2015.

200 Participants from Egypt will formulate 40 teams and tackle posted challenges in contentious 48 hours competition at the Nile University on 11-12 April.


Local winners will be nominated for global finals, judging done by NASA’s panel and winners will be entitled to attend a NASA launch event.

We are calling for participants, mentors, judges and sponsors.  if you think you can help in making it a successful event, visit us at 

8th IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition Successfully Concludes in Muscat

By Engr. Arnold Santos, IEEE Oman Secretary

MUSCAT.  The four-day IEEE GCC Conference and Exhibition organized by IEEE section and hosted by Sultan Qaboos University under the patronage of HE Dr. Ahmed Al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications successfully concluded on 4th February 2015. Over 300 participants attended the conference, representing over 150 authors. Apart from the domestic participants, the event was warmly attended by overseas delegates from over 30 countries.

It was the first time for Oman to hold and host this international conference, which distinguished itself by an unprecedented scale, a record number of papers received for review and approved for presentation and the introduction of the mobile app to facilitate the activities.

The four-day event deeply impressed participants with the Omani hospitality and the excellent conference settings and organizations. Pre-conference tutorials, keynote speeches, industry presentations and exhibitions and student poster competition were part of the activities held to deal with the aspects and developments in Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering in resonance with the theme “Towards Smart Sustainable Solutions.”

In addition to the technical activities, a grand gala dinner was held on the 3rd day at the SQU open grounds to allow participants to socialize and interact among others. After the closing ceremonies, the participants were guided to a tour of Rustaq, a culture-enriched Wilayat of Oman. This concluding activity added value to the list of memorable and unforgettable firsts that the participants will reminisce about the 8th IEEE GCC conference in Oman.


Photo from the 8th IEEE GCC Opening Ceremonies

Message from the IEEE Region 8 Director

Stasopoulos 2015 like every New Year presents new beginnings, new challenges and new opportunities within the global IEEE community. These may vary across the Regions as needs and resources also vary across IEEE’s spectrum of activities and presence around the world. But united under one core purpose and mission to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity”, each Region should take upon this opportunity to evaluate the past, rethink for the future and realign strategies, goals and directions. This of course can get challenging for IEEE Region 8, which is the biggest Geographic Region and the most diverse one. But we feel happy and privileged to take upon this challenge, as our Region brings together people from across many different geographic, ethnic and religious boarders. Throughout the years Region 8 has repeatedly proven that diversity can lead to creativity, innovation and fruitful collaborations. What has contributed to this success which I would like to stress as of utmost importance for the coming months is that we all work as a team and we aim at one thing: to provide service to our members and to humanity as a whole.

So having all of the above as an appropriate underlying framework, what are some key opportunities or focus areas for IEEE Region 8 for the year 2015?

Getting closer to Industry

As more than 50% our members work in the Industry (as opposed to Academia), we need to focus on the needs of the contemporary and future engineers and related professionals and define new IEEE products and services that support them and stimulate their interest. This action will aim to activate IEEE relevance to industry in Region 8. In order to achieve this we will need change within IEEE, we will need to rejuvenate IEEE involvement with Industry, enhance engagement with Sections throughout the R8 and appoint active Industry Ambassadors. We have set up a strong “Action for Industry” committee. The task is challenging but the potential is great. Commitment, open mindedness, collaborative spirit and the support from the whole community are vital for its success. Chapters and Affinity groups can contribute to this and new ways of collaboration must be explored.

Students and Young Professionals

Students and Young professionals are in the heart of Region 8. Having recognised that the quality of their experience within the association can determine and even shape the future of IEEE, we need to inspire them and find new ways to appeal to them. The first step is already accomplished; we have set up very strong and potent teams in our Students and Young Professionals Committees. The next objective is to make sure that these committees are truly dedicated and have all possible tools, resources and support available to them, so as to effectively direct their efforts towards increased activities with special emphasis on added value to membership. It is of great importance that we plan various Regional Congresses, that will aim to stimulate and inspire the student community and also provide them with plenty of opportunities for interchange of ideas and friendships. Region 8 has had several extremely successful experiences in the area of Student Regional Congresses and we are very proud that we have actually started to be used as a Model by various USA Regions planning similar actions. But success is not a title or a privilege and it is surely not given. Every event needs to be carefully planned with the following key objectives: to find new ways to motivate our members, create new competitions and find ways for a smooth transition from students to Young Professionals. Chapters, Affinity groups and Sections will play a vital role here.

Section Vitality

Section vitality is the corner stone of all activities. We need to have alive and active Sections in order to have and maintain the Chapters, Affinity groups and Student Branches. This has been long recognised of course, but a more dedicated and focused initiative started as of last year and I would like to see this to continue strongly into 2015 as well. The aim here is to drive efforts, ideas and resources into the empowerment and rejuvenation of Sections in order to help them and motivate them to become more active and more diverse. Again, in order to be successful in something as big as this, a large number of volunteers will need to be stirred and motivated for action. We have started with a top down approach and looking for effective and inspiring leadership to take it from there. Executive committees should be a mixture of young and old, academic and Industry people from various areas of the Section. All the appointed positions should be filled with capable people. The Chapter, Affinity group and Branch chairs should be invited to the Executive committee meetings. Sometimes it is hard to find the right or any volunteers but if we create that right mix of professionalism, technical knowledge and social atmosphere we can achieve it.

I urge you all as IEEE members both at local and regional level to take active part in IEEE to make the world a better place for all.

Costas Stasopoulos
IEEE Region 8 Director 2015-2016

ProComm 2015

Join us as we share ideas and make new international connections in Limerick, Ireland, 12-15 July 2015

. View the details on our Web site.

  • Early Registration ends on 11 March 2015 – take advantage of significant savings!
    Registration Before 11 March 2015 After 11
    March 2015
    Members of IEEE, CPTSC and ACM €375 €415
    Non-Members €500 €540
    Students/Retirees €150 €170
    One Day €170 €190

    Note: Fees do not include Irish BBQ on Sunday (€34) or Tuesday night banquet (€78, including transportation).

  • Members of IEEE and ACM get great discounts if you register early.
  • Don’t miss the wonderful Social Programs: the Irish Barbecue and Music, and the Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet. There’s a limit on availability, so sign up as you register and assure that you will not miss these wonderful events.
  • Housing on campus is a bargain, and it’s most convenient. Reserve your room now. In addition to single rooms, a limited number of double rooms are available. Other housing options are listed on the conference web site as well-you will need to make those reservations directly with the hotel of your choice.

Register for ProComm 2015!

Questions? Here are some key contacts:

Program: Tracy Nathans
Housing on Campus: Limerick Travel

We look forward to seeing you there!

ProComm 2015 Chairs
George Hayhoe
Helen Grady

2nd IEEE Tunisian Student Branches Congress (TSBC) 2014

The IEEE Tunisia section and the IEEE Student Branch of the National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS) had the honor of hosting the second IEEE Tunisian Student Branches Congress (TSBC) on December 22-23, 2014 in Sousse – Tunisia.


The TSBC 2014 was the biggest engineering event in Tunisia which brought hundreds of IEEE students from different student branches in Tunisia. The aim of the congress is to learn more about IEEE, to boost IEEE activities by training and motivating the student branch members, to exchange ideas and experiences and thoughts, to collaborate, to increase effective networking, to enhance technical and soft skills, and to Share skills and methods.

During two days, 260 attendees from 15 student branches in Tunisia attended the high quality talks presented by 8 distinguished speakers.

The program featured professional and technical activities. Participants enjoyed the following plenary talks and workshops:

  • IEEE” & “Project Management Skills”, By Margaretha Eriksson, 2015/16 IEEE R8 Director‑Elect, Sweden
  • How develop your leadership skills?” & “Oral Presentation Skills” By Kurt Richter, IEEE Life Fellow, 1991/92 IEEE Director Region 8, Professor Emeritus from Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Benefits of IEEE Student Chapters”, “IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES)”, and “IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE)” By Simay Akar, IEEE R8 Student chapter coordinator, Turkey
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS)” & “Nuclear Energy Today and the Future – What in the World is Going on?” By David J. Vaglia, IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer, Westinghouse Electric Company, USA
  • How to Succeed as a Young Entrepreneur” By Lassaad Mezghani, Counselor of Entrepreneurship Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and ICT, Tunisia
  • IEEE Pre-University Activities: EPICS-in-IEEE Program” & “IEEE Technology Engineering and Management Society (TEMS)” By Sohaib Qamar Sheikh, IEEE R8 Pre-University Activities Coordinator, Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, United Kingdom
  • ITU, Innovating Together” By Bilel Jamoussi, Chief, Study Groups Department, ITU-T, Switzerland
  • The Black Dog & Indiscipline Tree” By Nadhem Bardaa, IEEE R8 Professional Speaker, NTraining Manager, Tunisia

An IEEE booth was ready during two days to present the IEEE student transition & elevation benefits and to congratulate the recent IEEE graduates members.

Furthermore, a SB contest was organized: On the first day, 3 student branches (ENET’Com, ESTI, and INSAT) were selected as the best student branches in Tunisia according to their activities on 2014. At the end of the congress, a debate was organized between them following their TSBC’15 hosting proposals. After voting session, the winning student branch is the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT) student branch and it will be hosting the next TSBC 2015.

We trust all speakers and members who participated in this year’s congress had an amazing time and we look for a greater congress next year!

Gratitude was expressed to our IEEE partners: Region 8, Sfax subsection, YP and WIE Tunisian affinity groups, and the Industry Applications Society; and our sponsors: Interface Group, International Institute of Technology (IIT Sfax) and International School of Business (ISB Sfax).

Habib M. Kammoun, TSBC 2014 General Chair.


  • Photo 1: Participants’ Group photo
  • Photo 2: Welcome Speech by Habib M Kammoun
  • Photos 3: Kurt and Margaretha during the opening session
  • Photos 4-12: Speakers presenting their talks
  • Photos 13-20: Speakers receiving their awards
  • Photo 21: Margaretha discussing with students during the coffee break
  • Photo 22: 3 student branches competing to organize the next TSBC 2015
  • Photo 23: Awards for Student branch finalists
  • Photo 24: Simay with IEEE women in engineering student members
  • Photo 25: Participants during the first talk presented by Margaretha

Students and Young Professionals: Welcome to Krakow!

This year’s edition of the biggest student and young professional event in Region 8, the Student and Young Professional Congress – SYP 2014, was hosted in the beautiful Polish city Krakow, from the 6th to the 10th of August.

SYP-2014-01Around 400 students and young professionals from 52 IEEE sections attended the SYP. So did IEEE officials such as IEEE President Roberto De Marca, the three President-Elect Candidates, many other global volunteers, and staff members. Special guests included representatives from industry, and a group of high school students!

The SYP (previously called Student Branch and Gold Congress – SBC) welcomed speakers from various fields, who held a wide variety of interesting technical and non-technical workshops. The program also included cultural visits and plenary sessions, providing the attendees with great networking opportunities, and allowing them to develop their skills on diverse levels. A special event was the poster session where 115 student branches, IEEE societies, and industrial firms presented over 150 posters to exchange ideas and to learn from each other.

Moreover, awards were presented to outstanding Student Branches and Young Professionals.


In summary, the R8 SYP 2014 was about three goals:

  • Bringing IEEE students and young professionals closer to industry
  • Engaging students and young professionals, and getting them excited about IEEE
  • Motivating students and young professionals to reach out and also get engaged in pre-university activities

Many, many thanks to the organizing committee, and to everyone who joined the congress, making it one of the best experiences in our lives. A big thank you to all the attendees… you made this event so special!

Check out the SYP photos on J

2013-2014 SAC Team: Pablo, Christian, Efthymia, Piotr, Djordje, Elias, and Youmna




HISTELCON – HIStory of ELectrotechnolgy CONference – is a flagship Conference of IEEE Region 8 and IEEE History Center, and is planned to be shared in the future by IEEE Tokyo Section and more IEEE Regions.
HISTELCON 2015 is the 4th in the series (after HISTELCON 2008 in Paris, HISTELCON 2010 in Madrid and HISTELCON 2012 in Pavia). It is held in conjunction with ICOHTEC (International Committee on History of Technology) 42th Symposium, and with the 10th Historical Conference of IEEE History Committee and History Center, with cooperation of the Cohen Institute for History and Philosophy of Science at Tel-Aviv University, the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar-Ilan University and the EE Section of the AEAI (Israel National Engineering Society). The official language of the conference will be English.

Conference Theme
HISTELCON 2015 is designed to explore the phenomenon of “High Technologies” at various historical epochs from multiple historical and contemporary perspectives. We aspire to a comprehensive picture of the development of such technologies, their employment and spread and the interactions with scientific knowledge, economic and social interest and the cultural, social, military, economic and scientific effects.
Recognized as a major force in the modern world, Hi-Tech attracts the attention of experts from many fields. This joint Conference will allow interaction of historians and sociologists of technology and science, with practicing engineers, scientists and technical experts, reflecting their experience and discipline. It aims to create a network between researchers and practitioners from Academia and Industry that encourage interdisciplinary activities. Young Historians, Researchers and Engineers are mostly welcome.

The main theme of “History of High-Technologies and their Socio-Cultural contexts”.
Original and innovative contributions are invited in areas including, but not restricted to:

  • Origins and early developments of High-Technologies
  • The Cultural/Social/Economical Drivers for the development of High-Technologies.
  • The impact of High-Technologies on Culture/Society/Economics.
  • Governmental Policies to foster High-Technologies in different cultures/societies.

Participants with various backgrounds such as historians, technologists and researchers are welcome.

Abstracts Submission
Interested participants are invited to submit an extended abstract for oral or poster presentations to the Technical Program Committee by electronically sending a 500 word abstract, written in English, with the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) in Word format. All abstracts will be reviewed and acceptance notifications will be sent to the author. Full papers are not mandatory. A book of abstracts will be distributed to Conference attendees and full papers presented at the Conference will be included in IEEE Xplore. For each presented paper or poster, one presenter will have to fully register to the Conference. Guidelines for preparation of full papers will be provided in due time.

Special Sessions and Panels
Proposals to organize a special session and/or a Discussion Panel on a specific subject (e.g. related to an IEEE Technical Society) are welcome. Special Session presentation abstracts will be reviewed in a similar way to regular presentations. The duration of a session or a Panel discussion will be 90 minutes.

Important Dates

  • Extended Abstracts & Session proposal submission – 01 February 2015
  • Notification of Abstract acceptance – 15 March 2015
  • Preliminary program – 15 April 2015
  • Advance registration deadline – 15 June 2015
  • Final program – 30 June 2015

Submission address: Abstracts and proposal for Sessions should be submitted to:
Communication services to Israel: Ben-Gurion (TLV) airport, 20 minutes from Tel-Aviv, is served by many regular and “low-cost” companies. Cost from main European cities is from $500 and lower, due to the new “open skies” policies.
Venue: Tel-Aviv University (TAU) will host the conference. The university is situated in northern Tel-Aviv and is easily reached by public transportation (buses) from all parts of the city, 20-30 minutes ride on the average. TAU will provide all of the required rooms (for the some 8 or more parallel sessions) within the same or adjoining buildings and a hall for hosting the opening session, with the expected 250 attendees. The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, which is one of the main hosts, is situated in the Gilman humanities building. The chosen halls and rooms will be in the proximity to the Gilman building or in the building itself.
Accommodations: Some rooms in the TAU dormitories will be reserved for the conference (The dormitories are less than 10 minutes walking distance from the conference venue). 2-5 Stars Hotels are situated in different parts of Tel-Aviv, mostly near the waterfront, about 30 minutes ride by bus.
Lunches and coffee brakes will be provided at the venue.
Visits: HISTELCON 2015 provides also a special opportunity to experience Israel culture and to visit its archaeological and historic sites as well as its Academic and Research Institutions.
Companion’s program: Registered companions will be invited to all official events of the Conference. Arrangements will be provided for companions interested in different activities (tours, etc.)


General Chairs

  • IEEE Co-Chair – Jacob Baal-Schem (Israel)
  • ICOHTEC Co-Chair – Yoel Bergman (Israel)

Technical Program Committee


  • Mike Geselowitz – IEEE History Center (USA)
  • Antonio Savini, University of Pavia (Italy)


  • Eiju Matsumoto (Japan).
  • Noah Efron, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Pierre Mounier (France}

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Simon Litsyn – IEEE Israel Chair
  • Prof. Leo Corry – Tel-Aviv University
  • Dr. Marc T. Apter – IEEE-USA
  • Shaul Katzir – Cohn Inst. Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Shmuel Auster – Elta Systems, AEAI(Association Of Israel Engineers)-EEE Chair
  • Eran Socher – IEEE Israel Section – Treasurer
  • Rafi Hoyda – IEEE Israel Section

General contact:

Download Call in PDF format HISTELCON 2015 Call for Papers

Life Member Technical Tour 2015

The IEEE Life Member Committee has organised a technical tour, the 5th in the series, that includes visits to sites of special interest to those interested in the history of engineering and technology in Western Europe. The Tour begins in Paris on May 6th, moves on to Geneva, and ends in Munich on May 17th. It is open to all IEEE members and their partners. More details are available on the Life Member Committee website. Queries can be addressed to:
Charles Turner (
(Coordinator for the 2015 IEEE Life Member Technical Tour)