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Technical Communities

Our technical committees define and implement the technical directions of the Society. As a fundamental element of the Society all members are invited - and encouraged - to participate in one or more of its technical committees. These committees - networks of professionals with common interests in communications - usually meet twice a year at major conferences. Throughout the year, these committees also play a major role in determining which events (conferences, workshops, etc.) are technically co-sponsored by ComSoc.

Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks *

The Committee will serve as ComSoc’s focal point in the area of wireless ad hoc and sensor networks technologies, stimulating and organizing leading-edge wireless ad hoc and sensor networks symposia, workshops, sessions and tutorials at ComSoc conferences. It will also serve as a proactive facilitator in the dissemination of evolving wireless ad hoc and sensor networking standards.

Chair | Nei Kato
Vice Chair | Jalel Ben Othman
Secretary | Cheng Li
Standards Liaison | RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad
Student Competition Program | Azzedine Boukerche


Cognitive Networks*

The goal of TCCN is to provide a platform for its members in particular, and the cognitive networking research, development, policy making and standardization community in general, to interact and exchange technical ideas to identify major challenges and also derive solutions in the development of cognitive networking technologies.

Chair | Ying Chang Liang
Vice Chair Asia Pacific | Jianwei Huang
Vice Chair North America | Octavia Dobre
Vice Chair Europe/Africa | R. Venkatesha Prasad
Secretary | Oliver Holland
Standards Liaison | Mouli Chandramouli
Student Competition Program | Venkatesha Prasad


Communications & Information Security *

This committee will promote security of all types of communication networks and forms of information transported by them and through them, end to end. Our security interests start from the network physical layer and they end on the end user application layer. The committee will support conferences, symposia, technical sessions, publications, etc., where information is exchanged within the scope of interest of the TC.

Chair | Yi Qian
Vice Chair - Conferences | Kejie Lu
Vice Chair - Publications | Xiaodong Lin
Secretary | Francesco Chiti
Standards Liaison | Neeli Prasad
Student Competition Program | Kai Zheng


Communications Quality and Reliability *

This committee focuses on and advocates worldwide communications quality and reliability on behalf of, and within, the Communications Society. CQR serves as the catalyst for global awareness and the exchange of information relative to technical and management-related aspects of communications quality and reliability.

Chair | Hideaki Yoshino
Chair-Elect | Carol Davids
Vice Chair - Operations | Tetsuya Yokotani
Vice Chair - Publications | Weider Yu
Secretary | Scott Poretsky
Treasurer | Kevin Krantz
Standards Liaison | Hideaki Yoshino
Chair - Advisory Board | Kelly Krick
Student Competition Program | Katsunori Yamaoka


Communications Software *

The mission of this committee is to advance the state of the art in communications software and its various aspects and applications. It serves as the major forum for discussion among communications software professionals in both of the communications and computer industries.

Chair | Lynda Mokdad
Vice Chair | Hacene Fouchal
Secretary | Adlen Ksentini
Standards Liaison | Jaime Lloret
Student Competition Program | Abdallah Shami


Communications Switching & Routing *

The objective of this committee is to sponsor publications, conference technical sessions, workshops and topical meetings and discussions in the theory and applications of information switching. Specific areas include, but are not limited to theory, architecture, traffic, performance, signaling protocol and networks, call and mobility control, services and features, planning, economic factors and management of switching systems.

Chair | Mohammed Atiquzzaman
Vice Chair | Abdelhamid Mellouk
Secretary | Jun Zheng
Conferences Chair | Nirwan Ansari
Standards Liaison | Henry Suthon
Student Competition Program | Roberto Rojas-Cessa


Communications Systems Integration & Modeling *

This committee is concerned with the systems disciplines and modeling tools that facilitate the integration of information-transport equipment, subsystems, and networks into communications systems. The committee particularly addresses computer-aided modeling of integrated subsystems to answer architectural and performance questions

Chair | Christos Verikoukis
Vice Chair | Dzmitry Kliazovich
Secretary | Burak Kantarci
Standards Liaison | John Vardakas & Stefano Giordano
Student Competition Program | Marco Di Renzo


Communication Theory *

This committee sponsors conference sessions, workshops, tutorials, as well as promoting and reviewing papers in the broad area of communication theory, with emphasis on applications to practical systems. The technical content of these sessions and papers focuses on the analytical and theoretical aspects of many diverse areas that include modulation, coding, synchronization, equalization, signal processing and neural networks, transmission over all media, source and channel coding, spread spectrum and multiple access, data communications, and communication networks.

Chair | Matthew Valenti
Vice Chair | Erik Perrins
Secretary | Maite Brandt-Pearce
Standards Liaison | Sana Sfar
Student Competition Program | Hideki Ochiai


Computer Communications *

This committee (TCCC) sponsors papers, discussions, and standards on all aspects of computer-communication systems. It provides a forum for members to broaden professional contacts and for technical discussions and interactions. Its areas of interest include performance of computer network and switch architectures, interfaces and protocols, configuration control, scheduling and buffer management, routing, flow control and admission control algorithms, error control, and network security, reliability, and management.

Chair | James P.G. Sterbenz
Vice Chair | Joerg Ott
Secretary | Dan Massey
Standards Liaison | R. Venkatesha Prasad
Student Competition Program | Falko Dressler


Data Storage *

This committee (DS) promotes advances in the state of the art of coding and signal processing to enhance digital data storage systems, in order to achieve high storage densities, fast access, and low error rates. The committee is also interested in VLSI implementations of read/write channel electronics.

Chair | Bane Vasic
Vice Chair (Academia) | Kui Cai
Vice Chair (Industry) | Xinde Hu
Secretary | Brian M. Kurkoski
Treasurer | Qi Qi
Standards Liaison | Lara Dolecek
Student Competition Program | Edward Au | Yiwei Song



This committee focuses on exploring ICT solution gaps and business models supporting emerging eHealth applications and services, as well as exploring project collaboration opportunities addressing global health challenges with IEEE sister societies and governments around the globe. The focused technical areas include eHealth network and system infrastructures (e.g., health grid, cloud computing, etc), net-centric health and healthcare application developments, ICT-enabled personalized healthcare and management, and ICT-enabled smart medical devices and systems. This committee provides a platform to ComSoc members not only for technical information exchange (e.g., conferences and workshops) but also for project-based collaborations with IEEE and non-IEEE organizations.

Chair | Joel Rodrigues
Vice Chair | Nazim Agoulmine
Secretary | His-Pin Ma
Standards Liaison | His-Pin Ma
Student Competition Program | Joel Rodrigues


Green Communications & Computing

The goal of Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing (TCGCC), IEEE Communications Society,  is to provide a platform for its members, and the whole research, development, standardization, and service community of energy- and/or resource- efficient and/or environment-sustainable communications, computing, and relevant systems, to interact and exchange technical ideas, to identify major research and development challenges, and to collaborate and investigate solutions in the development of energy-sustainable, resource-saving, and environment-friendly green communications and computing technologies. The areas this committee addresses are quite inter-disciplinary due to the inherent features of the relevant green topics. This committee not only addresses greening communications, computing, and relevant systems but also investigate using communications, computing, and relevant systems to achieve green objectives for the sustainable world.

Chair | Jinsong Wu
Vice Chair - Asia/Pacific | Chih-Lin I
Vice Chair - Americas | Fei Richard Yu
Vice Chair - Europe/Africa | Chuan Heng Foh
Vice Chair - Standards Activities | Shengjie Zhao
Standard Liaisons | Shengjie Zhao | Jinsong Wu
Secretary | Sumei Sun
Student Competition Program | Jinsong Wu 

Information Infrastructure & Networking *

Working in concert with other ComSoc Technical Committees, the objective of IIN is to facilitate the cohesive advancement of information infrastructures and supportive technologies to enable global networking to guarantee distribution and accessibility of any kind of data in any format, to anywhere, at anytime, on any media, and with any access tool.  Social responsibility, including green operations and the narrowing of the “digital divide” are key precepts.

Chair | Sidi Mohammed Senouci
Vice Chair | Nidal Nasser
Secretary | Rami Langar
Student Competition Program | Sidi Mohamed Senouci


Innovation & Standards in Information & Communication Technologies (ISICT)

The goal of this committee is to foster and promote research related to theory and methodology of innovation and standardization in information and communication technologies; to foster contributions from academic and industrial research organizations to global standards activities; and to foster undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and continuing education in innovation and standardization areas. The committee organizes conferences and workshops, articles for journals and magazines, as well as tutorials, short courses, and Distinguished Lectures on the topic of innovations and standards in Information and Communication Technologies.

Chair | SM Hasan
Vice-Chair | TBD
Secretary | Dinesh Datla


Internet *

This committee is a joint committee of the Internet Society and the IEEE Communications Society for stimulating interdisciplinary exchanges and applications of state of the art communications and related technologies to Internet infrastructure and services. The committee contributes to the emergence of an ubiquitous, multimedia, and high-performance Internet serving large segments of the world's population.

Chair | Jaime Lloret Mauri
Vice Chair | Stefano Secci
Secretary | Dijiang Huang
Standards Liaison | Jaime Lloret
Student Competition Program | Jaime Lloret Mauri


Multimedia Communications *

This committee examines systems, applications, services and techniques in which two or more media are used in the same session. These media include, but are not restricted to, voice, video, image, music, data, and executable code. The scope of the committee includes conversational, presentational, and transactional applications and the underlying networking systems to support them.

Chair | Yonggang Wen
Steering Committee Chair | Luigi Atzori
Vice Chair - North America | Khaled El-Maleh
Vice Chair - Asia | Liang Zhou
Vice Chair - Europe | Maria G. Martini
Vice Chair - Letters & Member Communications | Shiwen Mao
Secretary | Fen Hou
Standard Liaison | Zhu Li 
Student Competition Program | Fen Hou


Network Operations & Management *

This committee (CNOM) focuses on network and service operations and management. It encourages the exchange of information on the operational and technical management aspects of public and private networks for voice, data, image, and video, and organizes and sponsors publications and discussions of these topics. Specific technical interests include automation of network operations, customer network management and control, knowledge-based technologies, real-time management of networks, network-operations architecture, service management, and end-to-end management across several jurisdictional boundaries.

Chair | Lisandro Z. Granville
Vice Chair | Deep Medhi
Technical Program Chair | Filip De Turck
Secretary | Shingo Ata
Standards Liaison | Marcus Brunner
Student Competition Program | Filip De Turck


Optical Networking *

The committee will serve as ComSoc’s focal point in the area of optical networking technologies and play an active role in stimulating/organizing leading-edge optical networking symposia, workshops, sessions and tutorials serving OFC and other premier M&C venues. ONTC will also serve as a proactive facilitator in the dissemination of evolving optical networking standards by working closely with standards forums such as OIF, IETF, and ITU/T1.

Chair | Admela Jukan
Vice Chair | George Rouskas
Secretary | Xiaojun (Matt) Cao
Standards Liaison | Josue Kuri
Student Competition Program | Vinod Vokkarane


Power Line Communications *

The Committee sponsors conference sessions, special issues, workshops, tutorials, and promotes the dissemination of technical information in the broad area of communications over power lines. Our primary goal is to serve as a focal point for all activities in the area of power line communications.

Chair | Andrea Tonello
Vice Chair | Haniph Latchman
Secretary | Gerd Bumiller
Standards Liaison | Haniph Latchman
Student Competition Program | Bamidele Adebisi


Radio Communications *

The IEEE Communications Society’s Radio Communications Committee (RCC) is primarily interested in physical layer wireless communications. Its areas of interest include engineering aspects of communication and localization systems, equipment, and operation with involvement in standardization, spectrum, and regulatory efforts. Technologies considered span point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, multipoint-to-multipoint, mobile radio access, and adaptive diversity systems. The RCC sponsors and promotes technical publications, conferences, symposia, workshops, tutorials, and other related activities on
the aforementioned aspects. The committee also assumes the proactive duty to nominate suitable candidates for Communications Society and IEEE awards, propose distinguished lecturer candidates, and endorse deserving candidates for the election to IEEE Senior Member and Fellow grade.

Chair | Hanna Bogucka
Vice Chair | Andrea Giorgetti
Secretary | Yuan Shen
Standards Liaison | George Chrisikos
Student Competition Program | Alberto Rabbachin


Satellite & Space Communications *

This committee facilitates technical exchange in the field of satellite and space communications and maintains a keen interest in the development and maintenance of standards in this area. It explores the evolution of new satellite and space-based systems and the application of new and emerging technologies.

Chair | Igor Bisio
Vice Chair | Tomaso de Cola
Secretary | Song Guo
Student Competition Program | Song Guo


Signal Processing & Communications Electronics*

This committee (SPCE) sponsors papers, participates in the organization of conferences, and promotes technical workshops on those aspects of communications that pertain to the innovation, development and application of algorithms and electronic and photonic devices or subsystems for generation, processing, storage, transmission, recovery, and presentation of communications signals. In so doing, the committee also has as a goal the professional development of committee members and other practitioners that work in the above areas.

Chair | Hai Lin
Vice Chair | Octavia Dobre
Secretary | Xianbin Wang
Standards Liaison | Rath Vannithamby
Student Competition Program | Shaodan Ma


Social Networks

The Social Networks committee promotes interdisciplinary researches among social science, information theory and computer science.  The main scope of the committee is to encourage study and research activities that answer the very fundamental questions in human and telecommunication networks including:

  • Formation and evolution of human social network
  • Information propagation and dissemination un human social network
  • Small world phenomenon and its implication in telecommunication networks
  • Convergence of telecommunication networks and human social networks
  • New applications and services

Chair | Kwang-Cheng Chen
Vice Chairs | Symeon Papavassiliou | Steven Wicker Secretary | Chunting Chou


Transmission, Access, & Optical Systems *

This committee sponsors and organizes papers, conference sessions, workshops and standards development relating to both optical and metallic guided media transmission and access systems for the transport of speech, data, andvisual information of any bandwidth. Specific areas of interest include: testing and performance of analog and digitally transmitted signals; systems and equipment for subscriber access over fiber, coaxial cable, and twistedcopper pairs; analog and digital subscriber lines over wires and interfaces to wireless media; inductive coordination and electrical protection of wired media; network synchronization; and development of IEEE-oriented standards.

Chair | Ahmed Kamal
Vice Chair | Athanassios Manikas
Secretary | Fabrizio Granelli
Standards Liaison | Frank J. Effenberger
Student Competition Program | Walter Cerroni


Wireless Communications *

The mission of the committee TCPC is to sponsor publications, conferences, technical sessions, workshops, and other information exchanges on architectures, applications, systems, terminals and technologies to provide personal, location-independent communication and computing in voice, data and visual media. Its areas of interest include techniques for achieving portability, ubiquity and transparency using wireless networks ranging from microcellular to satellite, and wired networks ranging from narrow to broadband.

Chair | Tarik Taleb
Vice Chair | Shuguang Cui
Secretary | Wei Zhang
Standards Liaison | Anass Benjebbour
Student Competition Program | Zouheir Rezki


* Recertified by ComSoc 2013
e-Health created 2009
TCO dissolved 2013
HPN merged/ON 2013