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IEEE Communications Society Elections Term Beginning January 2014
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|VP Technical Activities||VP Member Relations||VP Conferences||VP Publications||VP Standards|
|Khaled B. Letaief||Stefano Bregni||Hikmet Sari||Nelson Fonseca||Robert S. (Rob) Fish|
|Mehmet Ulema||Stanley L. Moyer||Guoliang (Larry) Xue||Abbas Jamalipour||Kevin Lu|
|Robert Shapiro||Sarah Kate Wilson|
Note: The candidates running for Member-at-Large are listed by ComSoc Region
MEMBER-AT-LARGE- AP/LA/EMEA (IEEE Region 8-10)
LATIN AMERICA REGION
Araceli Garcia Gomez
Technical activities not only represent the life blood of IEEE but they also comprise its core values and as such they are of paramount importance towards our members’ well-being.
I had the privilege to serve IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) in particular as a long time and tireless volunteer. If elected as Vice-President for Technical Activities, it will be my honor to continue serving IEEE ComSoc while sustaining its role as a major resource supporting members’ needs throughout the world. I will rely on my diverse background and extensive leadership experience to:
Dr. Letaief received the B.S. with Distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, USA. He is currently Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering at HKUST, Hong Kong. He has over 450 IEEE papers, 13 patents, and 6 technical contributions to IEEE standards. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; IEEE Harold Sobol Award; IEEE ComSoc Publications Exemplary Award; Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award (2010); IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award (2011); 10 IEEE Best Paper Awards, and 6 Teaching Awards.
He served in many IEEE leadership positions including ComSoc Vice-President for Conferences; Member ComSoc Board of Governors; ComSoc Treasurer; Member IEEE Publication Services and Products Board; Founding Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications; Editor-in-Chief IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications-Wireless Series; General/Technical Program Chair of IEEE flagship conferences (e.g., WCNC’07, ICC’08; ICC’10); Chair IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications; Chair IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering committee; Member IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee; and Member IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee. He also served on numerous other IEEE committees (e.g., Recertification, Ontology, Technical Activity Council, Conference Council, Publications/Conference Board, Asia-Pacific Board, Finance Committee, IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, etc.). He is an IEEE Fellow and ISI Highly Cited Author.
Technical activities are the foundation of ComSoc. With my over three decades of experience in ComSoc, academia and industry, I believe I’m well prepared to serve as your next VP-Technical Activities and to further advance ComSoc's technical leadership. As Technical Activities Council Vice-chair, Technical Program Chair of ICC2006 and Globecom2009, Director of Membership Programs Development, and Chair of IEEE P-1903 Next Generation Services Overlay Networks Standards Working Group, I introduced new activities and perspectives. I also have extensive expertise on editorial boards of ComSoc journals, technical committees, and diverse ComSoc conferences.
If elected, I shall:
I shall work with technical leaders and Board of Governors to set directions and policies to help ComSoc become a more effective and dynamic organization for providing higher value to you, our members, and to humanity.
Mehmet is a professor at Manhattan College, NY. Previously, he held management and technical positions in Bell Labs, Bellcore, Hazeltine, and Daewoo.
Currently he is Comsoc’s Director of Membership Programs Development. Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Technical Activities Council, Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Selection and Humanitarian Communications Technology committees. He has served on many other ComSoc committees including GITC, the On-Line Content Board, the Education Board, and the Meeting and Conferences Board.
He served as Technical Program Chair of two premier ComSoc conferences: GLOBECOM’2009 and ICC’2006. He also served as Technical Program Chair for a number of other conferences including the first IEEE Consumer Communications Networking Conference (CCNC) in 2004 and IEEE NOMS’2002. He also served as General Co-chair of ISCC’2012 and NOMS’2008.
Mehmet served on the editorial board of several journals including the IEEE Transactions on Network & Service Management, Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks, ACM/Springer Journal of Wireless Network, and the Springer Journal of Network & Services Management.
Mehmet received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Istanbul Technical University.
I always felt the IEEE Communications Society as our global home, where we find information, network with international experts, publish our best research. Since 20+ years as ComSoc member and enthusiast volunteer, I have contributed significantly to serve better our Community.
In GITC, I worked to define the ICC/GLOBECOM standard paper review procedure. As conference technical program chair, I strictly ensured that papers were peer-reviewed along established and transparent procedures.
As IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, in 7 years I visited 14 countries and 29 Sections/Chapters worldwide, always preferring areas where young students have smaller opportunities to meet international experts, e.g. in Latin America and Asia. Serving as Distinguished Lecturer in all those countries has been one of my most rewarding experiences! As BoG Member-at-Large and Director Education, I strove to strengthen ComSoc globalization by facilitating participation of members from all countries. I coordinated the proposal to bring ICC2016 to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I am member of the LATINCOM Steering Committee. I promoted efforts in the Education Board to set up new online programs and to widen participation to Distinguished Lecturer Tours by experimenting online education tools.
If elected, I will pursue my work to:
Stefano Bregni is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Born in 1965, he is graduated in Electronics Engineering. He worked in industry with SIRTI and CEFRIEL, before joining Politecnico in 1999.
Stefano is IEEE Senior Member (1999). He has been IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (2003-2009). As IEEE ComSoc officer, he served as: Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors (2010-12, 2013-15); Director of Education (2008-11); Chair of the Transmission, Access and Optical Systems TC (2008-09; Secretary/ViceChair 2002-07); Member-at-Large of the GLOBECOM/ICC Technical Content (GITC) Committee (2006-09).
He has been Technical Program Vice-Chair of GLOBECOM2012, Technical Program Co-Chair of LATINCOM2011, Symposia Chair of GLOBECOM2009, and Symposium Co-Chair in 9 other ICC/GLOBECOMs. He is Editor of the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter. He contributed to ETSI/ITU-T standards on network synchronization. He is author of 80+ refereed papers and of the book "Synchronization of Digital Telecommunications Networks" (Wiley, 2002).
One of ComSoc’s struggles is how to remain relevant to the practicing engineer. If elected to the position of VP of Member Relations, I will use my vast IEEE and industry experience to support the needs of the engineers in industry while continuing to promote academic engineering research that enables and feeds advances in industry. Coming from the commercial world, where I have been program manager for commercial R&D programs and now manage four industry alliances, I understand the importance of fundamental technical research and the potential impact it can have if focused correctly.
Additionally, ComSoc must ensure that its many constituencies; which include young engineers, women engineers, engineers in developing countries, and engineers around the globe; are all served by ComSoc and the ComSoc community at large. As VP of Member Relations I will leverage the learnings and wisdom of these different constituencies to share lessons learned and experiences that will benefit the various constituencies and ComSoc as a whole. I will continue to expand ComSoc programs and services to meet the needs of the newer and emerging communities while ensuring continued services to the established communities. It will be my pleasure to continue to serve the ComSoc community!
Stan Moyer is currently Vice President and Executive Director at Global Inventures where he manages and advises several industry technology alliances including: SD Card Association, Smart TV Alliance, OVCC, and ONVIF. Previously, he was Executive Director and strategic research program manager in the Applied Research area of Telcordia for over 20 years. Stan is also past-president of the OSGi™ Alliance.
Stan received an M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine.
Stan has served ComSoc and IEEE in a large number of capacities: IEEE: TAB Finance Committee Member (2008-09) and Corresponding Member (2007) COMSOC: Director of Marketing & Industry Relations (2010-13); Vice-Chair GIMS (2013-2014); Treasurer (2006-10); Board of Governors Member-at-Large (2004-06); IEEE Communications Magazine Series Editor (2001-05,08-11); Multimedia Communications TC Chair (2001-03); Communications Software TC Chair (1997-99) and Secretary (1995-97); Enterprise Networking TC Vice-Chair (1996-98); Standards Board Member (2006-11); CCNC Co-Chair (2008); Steering Committee Chair (2002-03); Steering Committee Vice Chair (2005-11); ICME Steering Committee member (2002-05); ICC Next Generation Internet Symposium Program Chair (2001-02); Technical Program Committee Member for many ICCs and GLOBECOMs (1994-2001).
Leveraging the Communications Society’s strengths and my experience and leadership skills, I will help promote a robust culture. My focus as the Vice President, Member Relations will be to:
Robert C. Shapiro, P.E. is an Independent Land Mobile Radio and Wireless Engineer and Consultant professional serving the Public Safety, Electric Utility, Energy, Transportation and Telecommunications industries based in Plano, Texas, USA. He is on the TIA TR8.18 committee as the Vice Chair and he is the Chair of Technology Education for the National Public Safety Telecommunications Counsel.
Current IEEE volunteer leadership activities are Member at Large (MAL) of the Communications Society, VP Membership Development for the Vehicular Technology Society and South Area Chair of IEEE Region 5. He is the Communications Society e-News EIC. and Chair of the Industry Promotion and Training committees and Membership Development Chair for the Dallas Chapter.
His past IEEE leadership volunteer activities were Communications Society Director, North America and Marketing / Industry Relations, Dallas Chapter Chair. He also served as Vice President Conferences for the Technology Management Council and Vice President, Mobile Radio for the Vehicular Technology Society.
Robert has held his Professional Engineering Certification Texas since 1990. He is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America and a Member of the IEEE since 1981 and Senior Member since 2003. He has over 30 articles published in industry magazines and in IEEE conferences as poster sessions.
A major challenge of the IEEE Communication Society today is to increase its attractiveness to people from industry while maintaining its position as the premier source of information for academic researchers. Our conferences and publications must address this challenge and make our Society the undisputed leader in communication and information technologies. Also, our Society should continue to strengthen its globalization efforts and increase exchanges and co-operations with local technical societies worldwide, and this should be reflected in its conference portfolio and geographical locations of the conferences.
As a long-time volunteer in the IEEE Communication Society, with a 25-year experience in industry, and now in an academic position, I believe I have the right experience to help our Society address these challenges. As Vice-President - Conferences, I would be committed to:
Hikmet Sari received his Engineering Diploma and Ph.D. from the ENST, Paris, France, and the Habilitation degree from the University of Paris-Sud. He held various research and management positions at Philips, SAT, Alcatel, Pacific Broadband Communications and Juniper Networks. He is currently Professor and Head of the Telecommunications Department at SUPELEC and also Chief Scientist of Sequans Communications.
Dr. Sari has served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Guest Editor of the European Transactions on Telecommunications, Guest Editor of IEEE JSAC, Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium of ICC 2002, Technical Program Chair of ICC 2004, Vice General Chair of ICC 2006, General Chair of PIMRC 2010, General Chair of WCNC 2012, Chair of the GITC in 2010 – 2011, Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2001 - 2006), Member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee (2002 - 2007), and Member of the Awards Committee (2005 – 2007). His distinctions include the IEEE Fellow Grade and the Andre Blondel Medal in 1995, the Edwin H. Armstrong Award in 2003, the Harold Sobol Award in 2012, and election to the European Academy and to the Science Academy of Turkey in 2012.
High-quality technical conferences are important to researchers and practitioners in the fast-changing field of communications and networks. People attend ComSoc conferences to present new results, exchange ideas, and learn new developments. Maintaining high integrity and reputation, identifying new research topics, ensuring a fair review process for paper selection, and keeping registration fees affordable are the key factors for the success of ComSoc conferences.
As a long time ComSoc volunteer, I want to have the opportunity to sustain the best and improve the other ComSoc conferences so that each of them can best serve the ComSoc community. If elected, I will strive to:
Guoliang (Larry) Xue is a Full Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (USA). He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1991, the M.S. and B.S. degrees from Qufu Normal University (China) in 1984 and 1981, respectively. He has published over 200 refereed technical papers, many of which appeared in top journals such as IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and top conferences such as ICNP, INFOCOM, MobiCom, MobiHoc, and NDSS. He has received Best Paper Awards at ICC'2012, GLOBECOM'2011, ICC'2011, and MASS'2011, as well as a Best Paper Runner-up Award at ICNP'2010. Larry was a Keynote Speaker at LCN'2011-IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks. He was a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2010 - 2011. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Larry is Chair of the Technical Committee on Communications Switching & Routing and has extensive experience in conference organizations. He served as a TPC co-Chair of INFOCOM'2010, Workshops co-Chair of GLOBECOM'2012, and a Symposium co-Chair of ICC'2013, ICC'2009, ICC'2007, and GLOBECOM'2006. He served as a TPC co-Chair of HPSR'2004 and the General Chair of HPSR'2008. He is an associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and an associate editor of IEEE Network, and a past associate editor and advisory board member of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE INFOCOM Standing Committee.
ComSoc publication assets make ComSoc the leading publisher with high quality technical content. Nonetheless, maintaining the value of its publications and coping with the pace of technological changes brings several challenges, which I plan to address.
For that, if elected I will:
To accomplish this proposed program, I intend to capitalize on my ComSoc history of service to members as well as on my 15 years of experience in working with ComSoc publications. I introduced the HTML format for ComSoc e-News, which is distributed to all ComSoc members. Moreover, during my term as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, the number of submissions quadrupled and it became the journal with the second highest impact factor of all IEEE journals.
Nelson Fonseca received his Ph.D degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Southern California in 1994. He is Full Professor of Institute of Computing, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil. He has published 300+ papers and supervised 50+ graduate students. Currently, he is ComSoc Vice President of Member Relations. He served as: Member-at-Large in ComSoc Board of Governors, Director of Latin America Region, Director of Online Services. He is the recipient of the 2012 IEEE ComSoc Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications and the 2011 the Elsevier Computer Network Journal Editor of Year 2001 award. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, past Editor-in-Chief of ComSoc Electronic Newsletter and past Editor of the Global Communications Newsletter. He is Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and for the IEEE Communications Magazine. He served in the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. He is a member of the editorial board of four non-IEEE journals.
I have been involved in IEEE publications as an Editor-in-Chief, editor, reviewer, and author for over twenty years. I have talked with many of our members and authors, listened, and learned a lot from them on what they want and expect from ComSoc transactions and magazines. I understand that members want fair review processes, sound editorial decisions, and timely publications. I know members want to get equal opportunity in publications and read papers authored and well-balanced by people from both industry and academia. I know you want ComSoc publications as a place to foster your career, initiate new ideas, and get real technical feedback from reviewers within reasonable times. We must make ComSoc publications the best and rewarding place for our members to submit their valuable works.
Therefore, as the VP-Publications, if elected, I will:
Abbas Jamalipour is a Fellow of IEEE, IEICE, and IEAust, an ACM Professional Member, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is the Professor of Ubiquitous Mobile Networking at the University of Sydney and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan. He is the author of six technical books, nine book chapters, and over 300 technical papers in the area of wireless communications.
He was the Editor-in-Chief IEEE Wireless Communications and has been an editor for several journals. He is the Vice President-Conferences, IEEE Communications Society. Previously he has held positions of the Chair of the Communication Switching & Routing and the Satellite & Space Communications Technical Committees and Vice Director of the Asia Pacific Board, in ComSoc. He was a General Chair or Technical Program Chair for several IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC and PIMRC conferences. Dr. Jamalipour is a voting member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, Education Board, Conference Boards, and the On-Line Contents Board. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the 2010 IEEE ComSoc Harold Sobol Award, the 2006 IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Contribution to Satellite Communications Award, the 2006 IEEE ComSoc Best Tutorial Paper Award, among other awards.
Publications and conferences are the complementary jewels in ComSoc's crown, offering innovation, insight, and inspiration building knowledge needed to make life better for people everywhere. The VP of Publications is responsible for ensuring the success of ComSoc's diverse portfolio of journals, magazines and on-line content.
As VP of Publications, I will
Publications are moving to online-only and “open access” - making publications available to more readers at little or no cost. The success of ComSoc's publications lies in balancing the tried and true with the requirements of the new. I want to ensure that ComSoc readers have the benefits of the digital age and receive increasing value for their membership. I plan to expand current initiatives such as ComSoc Technology News, adding features, social network sharing and search capabilities that are built on expert guidance. I will work to ensure that our publications are responsive to the needs of both academic and industry members, and remain the world's best in our field of interest.
Sarah Kate Wilson earned her AB in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College in 1979 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and 1994, respectively. She has worked in industry and academia both in the United States and Sweden. She is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research areas include OFDM and optical wireless communications.
She has served on several technical and membership committees within ComSoc and is a member of the IEEE Teaching Awards committee.
Katie has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Communications Letters. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters from 2009-2012, and is currently the Director-of-Journals for the IEEE Communications Society. As the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, she implemented the rapid review team, the Reviewer Appreciation Program, and formalized guidelines and mentorship for associate editors. As the Director of Journals she has initiated a procedure for sanctioning authors who submit the same manuscript to multiple journals, streamlined the publication process via online methods, and authored documents on Ethics and Editing and Guidelines for Editors-in-Chief.
ComSoc’s Standards Activities are a distinctive feature of our society. Standards activity is a great way for academic and industry-focused members to partner for the benefit of both. As VP-Standards, I will emphasize a full cycle approach to standards including both pre-standards emerging technology scholarship, market-driven open standardization, and post-standards education and follow-up research.
ComSoc should expand from its current three standards developing committees in Dynamic Spectrum, Powerline Communications, and Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems, to more standards committees that reflect the full range of interests of our technical committees. In addition, emerging technology areas such as Smart Grids, Cloud Computing, and the Internet of Things should be a focus for new efforts. These efforts can involve our members in emerging technologies research groups that focus on identifying gaps in technology and standards. Complementary to these efforts will be conference sessions on standards education, standardization workshops, and a journal concentrating on innovation and standardization research in communications and information technologies.
I should add that, as a BoG member of the IEEE Standards Association, I can help coordinate ComSoc standards activities with those of the IEEE. Institute-wide new initiative funding can be leveraged to support ComSoc member’s activities in emerging standards.
Robert S. Fish received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Currently, Dr. Fish is President of NETovations, LLC. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior VP at Mformation, Inc. From 1997 to 2007, Rob was Vice President and Managing Director of Panasonic US R&D laboratories. Prior to this, Rob was Executive Director, Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Fish has over 30 publications and 8 US patents.
During his career, Dr. Fish and his organizations have initiated and managed standards development activities in IEEE, 3GPP, OMA, IETF, ATSC, CableLabs, OSGi, and SDRF.
Rob is a member of the ComSoc Standards Board. He co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE standards in communications and networking. He is a former member of the ComSoc BoG and Chair of GIMS. Rob is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association, Chair of IEEE-SA’s Global Coordination Committee, and a founding member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He is Co-founder and Steering Committee Chair of ComSoc’s CCNC Conference. For his leadership and contributions to the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, Rob was the recipient of MMTC’s Distinguished Service Award.
I’m honored to be a candidate for the 2014-2015 ComSoc VP of Standards Activities. The 2012-2013 ComSoc Standards Development Board has already received several approvals by the IEEE Standards Board including DySPAN Standards Committee as a Sponsor, individual standards balloting process for 1903 and 1907.1 Working Groups, joint sponsorship for P1858, and the new ComSoc SDB policies and procedures with a sustainable financial model. We can still move further.
In support of the strategic directions articulated by the ComSoc leadership, I am committed to broadening opportunities for engaging members in relevant, timely, and useful standards. We can systematically facilitate early and frequent communications between standards developers and users in all phases of standards activities, including:
In addition, timeliness and adaptability of standards development process are critical to the standards’ relevance and usefulness since both user needs and technologies are rapidly evolving. We can use online communications to further expedite contribution, peer-review, discussion, revision, and publication. Most importantly, I want to know your ideas on improving our standards activities, and any current and ongoing issues that you care about.
Dr. Kevin W. Lu is a senior principal scientist at Broadcom Mobile Wireless Group. He has served as ComSoc Director of Standards Development and Chair of ComSoc Standards Development Board (SDB) in 2012 and 2013, and as a member of the IEEE-SA Standards Board’s New Standards Committee (NesCom) in 2013.
Kevin received his B.S. in control engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, and M.S. and D.Sc. in systems science and mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis. He was a chief scientist and executive director at Ericsson/Telcordia Applied Research, and Chair (2007–2010) of the TIA TR-48 Engineering Committee on Vehicular Telematics. He authored “All-in-one: Making connected vehicles possible” in the February 2012 issue of ISO Focus+. He also contributed to the 2011 ATIS Machine-to-Machine Focus Group and the 2011–2014 Strategic Plan for the USDOT Intelligent Transportation System Standards Program.
Kevin’s previous ComSoc services include Chair of the ComSoc/OFC Coordinating Committee (1993–1994), Chair of Optical Communications Committee’s Technical Program Subcommittee (1991–1994), and Secretary of Optical Communications Committee (1990–1991). He represented Optical Communications Committee at the ICC 1991 Technical Program Committee. He also served as Session Organizer and Chair for ICC (1994) and GLOBECOM (1989, 1993, and 1994).
I have been an active ComSoc volunteer for over 25 years. I served in diverse positions, including local Chapter Chair; TPC Co-Chair of ComSoc conferences; Chair of ComSoc Technical Committees; and current Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. As a producer and consumer of the technical knowledge for which ComSoc is famous, I believe I understand the fundamental needs of ComSoc members. ComSoc, a non-profit professional society, must dedicate itself to serving all its members and the profession as a whole.
If I am elected, I will be a humble listener and a strong advocate for all ComSoc members, promoting their best interests within the Society and returning to them as much value as possible while encouraging their participation as volunteers. Within its financial limitations, ComSoc should offer exactly what its members want in their professional activities, and certainly the best and most accessible knowledge, and a welcoming technical community. This is the only way to attract more ComSoc volunteers from both industry and academia. I believe that my rich experience at different volunteer levels in ComSoc will help me to serve the needs of all members effectively as an elected member of the Board of Governors.
Hsiao-Hwa Chen is a Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Science, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Oulu, Finland, in 1991. He has been a very active ComSoc volunteer for over 25 years, serving as general Co-Chair or TPC Co-Chair in IEEE conferences, the Chair for ComSoc Radio Communications Committee (RCC) during 2007-2008, and the Chair for Communications & Information Security Technical Committee during 2010-2011. He was the recipient of the ComSoc RCC Outstanding Service Award in 2008. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
To uphold the decade-long illustrious legacy of ComSoc, it is of paramount importance to deal with challenges emanating from technical and operational perspectives. We are en-route to unchartered territories as emerging next-generation communication technologies and cutting-edge applications continue to overwhelm us. Envisioning a sound technical roadmap is imperative to guide our community through this yet-to-be-anticipated era of communication technologies. Operationally, as the ComSoc gets larger and larger, a more efficient way to manage our community and connect academicians with their industrial partners becomes indispensable for the sake of gaining the maximum benefit. If elected, I will try with my best effort and enthusiasm to address both these challenges based on my experiences as a long-time volunteer in ComSoc and my innovative ideas to continuously review and improve the current system by fostering spirited volunteerism. For gaining the opportunity to serve our society, I sincerely seek your strong support.
Nei Kato is a full Professor, since 2003, at Tohoku University, Japan, from where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1991. In his activities for ComSoc, he currently serves as vice chair of AHSN TC, GITC voting member, chair of Sendai Chapter. He also served as past chair of SSC TC, and more than ten times as symposia/track chair in major conferences including GC/ICC/WCNC/PIMRC/ICCC. He received many prestigious awards including Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from IEEE ComSoc SSC TC, KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award, best paper awards from GC/WCNC/IEICE/others. He is a co-PI of A3 foresight Program, started in 2011, sponsored by Japan/Korea/China governments, and PI of numerous national projects. He is chair of ITU-R SG4 and a panel member of Telecommunications Council, Ministry of International Affairs and Communications, Japan. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc and a fellow of IEEE and IEICE.
The Communications Society has a big impact around the world, and we must demonstrate this to our members and the Society. Active members and students are the present and future of ComSoc; and hence we must foster their participation in Society activities through supporting local chapters.
If elected, I will work to:
Araceli received her B.Sc. in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Guadalajara and a Masters in applied computer science from the ITESO University.
In Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, an office of the Mexican Government, she worked in activities related to radioelectric spectrum administration, 1987-1989. She has been a professor at different universities in Guadalajara since 1993, and professor in the Electronics, Systems & Informatics Department (DESI) at ITESO since 1996. Araceli was academic coordinator of the Undergraduate Program of Electronics Engineering, 2001-2005 and a member of the Department Council of the DESI. She served on the Consultative Council of Cadena de la Industria Electrónica (CADELEC) Guadalajara, 2007-2009. Currently, Araceli teaches courses on Computer Networks and participates in several academic and profesional projects in different universities and organizations.
IEEE ComSoc activities/Committees/Boards: Chapter Chair of Guadalajara ComSoc, 2001-2004; LA Region Board coordinating DLTs, 2003-2005; Guadalajara Section Vice Chair, 2004-2006; ComSoc LA Regional Director, 2006-2007; Guadalajara Section Chair, 2007-2008; Student Branch Counselor ITESO, 2012-2013. Currently, Araceli is Chapter Chair of Guadalajara. Conferences and Awards include Co-Chair for several IEEE Conferences (CIEP 2002, IMWS 2009, PIMRC 2010, WCNC 2011). Her chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award in 2003; Araceli was named Engineer of the Year in 2004.
For over 20 years I have been active in the IEEE Communications Society, serving as a reviewer and guest editor of papers in several journals and magazines, as well as a technical program committee member or track and symposia co-chair of major ComSoc conferences. I also serve on IEEE’s Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee. If elected Member-at-Large, I will focus on promoting the excellence and leading role of ComSoc in the community of telecommunication researchers, engineers and students, particularly in ComSoc underrepresented regions. I will also emphasize providing encouragement and support to junior and female researchers to involve them more in our technical and organizational activities. I intend to promote new Society’s activities, such as interdisciplinary and emerging-topics conferences, discussion panels, and other activities bridging theory and practice, addressing new telecommunication technologies and sustainable development. :
Hanna Bogucka received her Ph.D. degree and Doctor Habilitus degree in Telecommunications from Poznan University of Technology (PUT), Poland in 1995 and 2006 respectively. Currently, she is a professor and a Deputy‐Dean for Research at the Faculty of Electronics & Telecommunications at PUT. Hanna is involved in research activities in the area of wireless and mobile communications. She is the author of 4 handbooks, the book chapters and over 120 papers, published in major IEEE journals and magazines, and in the proceedings of international conferences.
Prof. Bogucka has been involved in many activities within the IEEE Communications Society. She has been a technical program committee member or track co-chair of major IEEE ComSoc and Vehicular Technology Society conferences (ICC, GLOBECOM, PIMRC, VTC) over last years. She is a member of the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award Committee. She acts as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.
In line with ComSoc’s vision to be the organization of choice for communications and related professionals worldwide, I will work to make this vision a reality. I recruited the highest number (23) of candidates to write the IEEE WCET exam in 2009 and will achieve record breaking results in other areas. My focus will be recruiting new members and ensuring current members are serviced. I will use my industry experience/network to suggest initiatives improving ComSoc’s relationship with industry and IEEE entities. I will ensure that our conference offerings are of high value to academia and industry to facilitate growth in attendance. As an active volunteer since 2006, I will continue working with volunteers/staff to position ComSoc for sustainable structured financial opportunities. My international exposure and background from the emerging world will bring diversity to the team and ensure a global perspective.
Ugo Ogwo is a dynamic MBA professional with a track record of outstanding performance in the industry. She distinguished herself working for Airtel (Nigeria) and LM Ericsson (Nigeria) as a GSM BSS Radio Network Engineer, a rare field for female engineers, consistently meeting and exceeding network maintenance and quality set targets. Ugo received her Bachelors (Electrical) and Masters (Telecommunications) in Engineering from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Her MBA is from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.
Ugo has been involved as a ComSoc volunteer in Nigeria since 2006. Due to her passion for serving the Comsoc Nigeria, she was invited to join the EXCO as Technical Programs Director. Since then, she has been actively providing technical resources and learning experiences for IEEE’s Nigeria Section members and non-members including her work colleagues.
She is currently driving benefit changes adding value in the planning process at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer business; sales forecast and performance are better tracked and analyzed; and she is playing a key role as business expands into new markets in French West Africa countries.
The IEEE Communications Society is a world community of experts and interested people on all communications technologies, gathering individuals from both Industry and Academia to foster original work in all aspects of communications science, engineering, and technology. I am really committed to ComSoc’s mission serving, as a volunteer, in many ComSoc activities, including the leadership of technical committees, major conferences organizations, and high-level publications. Then, I am pleased to continue serving our Society as a member-at-large contributing to enlarge the services to members, listening and encouraging participation. Moreover, ComSoc should be visible in Web 2.0: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, ResearchGate, etc. If elected, I will give you my dedication to step up ComSoc as a world reference for excellence on technical activities related to communications increasing industry involvement, students interest, excellence of publications and conferences, standards and emerging technologies TCs promotion, support the Distinguished Lecturer Program, and global membership participation at affordable prices. To attain this, I sincerely request your vote.
Joel Rodrigues is a professor at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal, researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal, and worked in industry for 5 years (1995-2000). He is the leader of NetGNA Research Group, the Chair of ComSoc’s Technical Committee on Communications Software, the Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee on eHealth, and Member Representative of ComSoc on the IEEE Biometrics Council. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on E-Health and Medical Communications and Recent Patents on Telecommunications, and an editorial board member for several journals (including IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials). He has been General Chair and TPC Chair of many international conferences. He has authored or coauthored over 250 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, a book, and two patents. He has been awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award of IEEE GLOBECOM 2010 and several best papers awards.
For over two decades, I have served ComSoc in various volunteer positions contributing to better serving our community. Whether as an editor, GITC member, or Technical Program/Symposium co-Chair of flagship conferences, I strictly ensured that papers were thoroughly peer-reviewed and prospective authors received constructive feedback. Today, I appeal to you to support my candidacy for Member-at-Large. If elected, I will seek to fulfill the “call” by:
Sonia Aissa received her Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada. Since then, she has been a Full Professor with the National Institute of Scientific Research-Energy, Materials, & Telecommunications, University of Quebec. She was a Researcher with E&C Department Kyoto University, and Wireless Systems Laboratories of NTT, and a Research Associate at INRS-EMT, Montreal. Sonia was Principal Investigator (2000-02) in the personal/mobile communications program at Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research, and Adjunct Professor with Concordia University. Her research interests are in wireless and mobile communications.
Dr. Aissa was Founding Chair of the Montreal Chapter IEEE Women in Engineering Society. She serves/served as Technical Program Leading Chair or co-Chair for Wireless Communications Symposiums at several ICC’s; PHY/MAC Program Chair for WCNC’07, TPC co-Chair of VTC’13, and Symposia co-Chair of GLOBECOM’14. Sonia was Associate Editor, Wireless Communications Magazine, and Editor, Transactions on Wireless Communications. She is Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and a Distinguished Lecturer.
Distinctions include: Quebec Government FQRNT Strategic Fellowship for Professors-Researchers; INRS-EMT Performance Award for outstanding achievements; ComSoc Certificate of Appreciation; Technical Community Service Award from FQRNT Center for Advanced Systems & Technologies in Communications. Sonia is co-recipient of five Best Paper Awards and recipient of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award.
Communication Society should play a pivotal role in empowering its members to contribute towards the advancement of technology for humanity by way of invention, innovation, and service. If elected to serve, I will work with my colleagues to focus on developing these core areas.
I will utilize my industry and academic experience and build upon my IEEE leadership, pre-university, and industry liaison activities to promote ComSoc’s goals and objectives.
Ashutosh Dutta (www.ashutoshdutta.org) obtained his Ph.D. in EE from Columbia University, M.S. in Computer Science from NJIT, USA and BSEE from NIT, India. His career spanning 25 years includes LMTS at AT&T (current); CTO Wireless at NIKSUN; Senior Scientist in Telcordia Technology; CRF Director at Columbia University and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors.
Ashutosh has served as an IEEE volunteer at the section, region, chapter, society, MGA, and EAB level. As the PCJS chair Ashutosh established a sister section agreement between PCJS and Bangalore section to improve cross regional collaboration. As the MGA Industry Relation Chair, Ashutosh enhanced the relationship between IEEE and Industry (www.ieee-industry.org). He served as the chair for the ComSoc Ad Hoc Public Visibility Committee, associate technical editor for IEEE Communication Magazine, co-chair and TPC Co-Chair for multiple IEEE sponsored conferences. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair for ComSoc and EdSoc Chapter of PCJS, and as MGA Pre-University Liaison for EAB. Ashutosh holds 17 patents and has more than 80 publications. He is recipient of the 2009 IEEE MGA and 2010 IEEE-USA Leadership Awards.
To maintain the vitality of ComSoc as a quality professional Society in this challenging economy requires addressing the needs and expectation of the current membership, and creating value and opportunities through new programs and initiatives for the professionals from both industry and academia to ensure participation in ComSoc activities. The technical areas in communications and networks spanning under ComSoc are evolving and rapidly changing. ComSoc needs to be ahead of these changes and provide guidance to and possibly prepare its current and potential membership, for the future. We can take effective measures to foster volunteerism globally, to achieve this cost effectively. I have been a volunteer for nearly 30 years in ComSoc technical activities, conferences and publications. This experience combined with my background in both academia and industry, as well as my drive and perseverance provides me with a unique opportunity to effectively address these key issues as a member-at-large.
Bijan Jabbari received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He began his involvement with ComSoc in the Communication Theory Technical Committee in 1979 and then the Technical Committee on Computer Communications in 1982. During 1994-1996, he served as the chair of Technical Committee on Communications Switching & Routing. He was one of the founding members of the Wireless Communications (aka Personal Communications) Committee. He served as the editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Multiple Access Area (1997-2007), an Associate Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters (1997-2000) and Division Editor for Wireless Communications, JCN (2003-2007). He was on the editorial board of Proceedings of the IEEE (1995-2004). He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2008 for contributions to resource management and mobility in wireless networks, and in 2000 received the IEEE Millennium Medal. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University (USA).
I have actively participated in various volunteer activities in ComSoc for 16 years. I serve as IEEE Network Editor-in-Chief, IEEE INFOCOM’14 TPC Co-Chair, voting member of GITC, and past Chair of ComSoc’s Wireless Communications TC. If elected Member-at-Large, I will focus on promoting the excellence of our community, and providing strong support to junior researchers, engineers, and students for their career development. Specifically, I will focus on:
My extensive service to ComSoc and dedication to member benefits will enable me to effectively promote the excellence of our community.
Xuemin (Sherman) Shen received his B.Sc.(1982) degree from Dalian Maritime University (China), the M.Sc. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) from Rutgers University, NJ, all in electrical engineering. He is Professor & University Research Chair and was Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the E&CE Department, University of Waterloo. Dr. Shen serves/served as Technical Program Committee Chair for INFOCOM ’14, GLOBECOM '07, Symposia Chair for ICC ’10, and Tutorial Chair for ICC ’08. He is Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Network, was a Founding Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC, IEEE Wireless Communications, and IEEE Communications Magazine. Dr. Shen received the 2006 Excellent Graduate Supervision Award and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2004, 2007 and 2010 from University of Waterloo; the Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2003 from the Province of Ontario, Canada. He is an IEEE Fellow, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, Canada, and was a ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.
I agreed to run for this position because those who nominated me convinced me that my experiences as IEEE President, journal editor, conferences chair, standards chair; and my knowledge of best practices in other societies, would benefit ComSoc. I shall propose new activities in ComSoc – as I have done recently with initiation of the Internet of Things Journal, and my participation in starting the World Forum on Internet of Things – in Korea in 2014. Another example of new activities I have started was the recent experiment to record conference presentations (slides synchronized with the authors’ voices) at a conference that had six parallel sessions. Participants who missed presentations one day could download them for free the following day. Within a few days, more than 10,000 presentations were downloaded by the attendees. Recorded presentations have the potential to enhance ComSoc’s educational and professional development activities; membership benefits and retention; and globalization.
John Vig served as IEEE President and CEO in 2009, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. He was born in Hungary. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Rutgers - The State University, USA. He spent his professional career developing high stability crystal resonators, oscillators, and sensors.
He has been awarded 54 patents and is author of 100+ publications, including nine book chapters. Since 2006, he has been a consultant to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for programs ranging from micro- and nanoresonators to chip-scale atomic clocks.
He has served IEEE as VP, Technical Activities; Founding President of the IEEE Sensors Council; President of UFFC Society; editor of two journals, general chair and technical program chair of conferences, and standards chair. Currently, he is in the midst of starting the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Journal and the IEEE World Forum on IoT. ComSoc is cosponsoring both.
I have held many leadership positions in IEEE – Boston Section, Chapter, Region 1, MGA GOLD, TAB, N&A, ComSoc, and Conferences. If elected, I will use my experience gained from serving many committees in IEEE to enhance the experience of ComSoc membership. Recognizing members’ needs and expectations have been changed over years, I want to focus on increasing ComSoc membership in North America to have the greatest effect in influencing trends affecting our members’ interests and well-being. I have a strategic plan with 4 action items, and the highest priority is to partner with the local Sections and Technical Chapters to encourage the professional and personal development of ComSoc members. I will use the ComSoc cutting-edge publications, career and professional development programs, technical conferences, pre-university programs, and student activities to help our members in developing new technologies, new concepts, and hence develop new products that will need manufacturing facilities in the USA.
Soon Wan graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) as the top student with the highest merit diploma in 1992. Then, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree at Merrimack University, and once again, as the top graduate student in 2000. Currently, Soon is a Senior Design Engineer in the Research and Development Engineering group at VICOR Corporation. He works with a team to design and develop high power density DC/DC power converter with innovative technologies and patented topologies. Soon was the MGA GOLD Committee Chair from 2007-2008. He has been an active ComSoc GOLD volunteer for ComSoc Member Program Standing Committee. He assisted the formation of the ComSoc GOLD Committee in 2007, and he has been scouting and recruiting young leaders for ComSoc. Soon has also served on ComSoc Social Media Adhoc Committee, and using social media such as facebook to promote ComSoc membership.