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Technical Committees

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 | Hacene Fouchal

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 Liaisons | 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


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

Emerging Technical Subcommittees

The Emerging Technologies Committee (ETC) is responsible for identifying and nurturing new technology directions through various activities, including the formation of subcommittees in emerging technology areas that are of high interest to ComSoc members.  Members with common interest in a new technology area are strongly encouraged to form a subcommittee with the expectation that such a group may eventually evolve into a full-fledged technical committee under the Society's Technical Affairs Council (TAC).

5G Mobile Wireless Internet

The 5G “Mobile Wireless Internet” Technical Subcommittee will focus on exploring and elucidating all facets of the next generation of 5G Mobile Wireless Internet technologies, business and societal gaps and challenges between the current 3G-4G-LTE access-only Internet models and the proper vision of 5G, evolutionary or revolutionary, to go beyond just access by embracing and facilitating the upfront integration of all new technologies (IOT, SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing, ..) to be user-transparent, app-oriented, service-ready, ubiquitous and lowest cost.

The objectives of this committee are to facilitate the worldwide harmonization of industry research and best practices for deployment user scenarios of the global 5G industry ecosystem, the built-in security and privacy by design in 5G, and explore the different ways to enable next generation Internet protocols over the next generation of empowered devices in order to reach convergence and end to end transparency.

This committee will also pursue a grander collaboration with IEEE TCs and non-IEEE industry standardization organizations as well as research enrichments from academia. For this purpose, it will invite at the next GLOBECOM and ICC events 5G experts and IP designers from the IETF. This multi-discipline of the members from this subTC will promote a common understanding to enable the convergence, governance, integration and security of 5G.

Chair | Latif Ladid
Vice Chairs | Fredrik Garneij | Pascal Thubert Secretary | Maria-Rita Palatella

Autonomic Communications

The purpose of this sub-committee is to support the research, discussions and developments technologies, principles, and applications of Autonomic Communications - a new paradigm for new networks in the fixed as well the mobile world. This sub-committee focuses on mechanisms to achieve intelligent behavior for network control and services based on self-organization, automatic configuration, and smart network and service elements. Since network users interact with numerous, often-dynamic networks or virtual networks, these structures should also be represented in the control structure of the networks. The goals are to understand how autonomic behaviors can be provided (identified, influenced, changed, and eventually learned) and how, in turn, these affect other elements, groups and the network and its services. Such self-organizing networks will be able to sense their environment to perceive these changes to understand the meaning of these changes and to react in an adaptive manner. This facilitates new ways to perform network control, management, service creation, etc. Autonomic networking naturally also applies to mission critical distributed systems, since autonomic behavior allows for immediate corrections of any problems.

Chair | Raouf Boutaba
Vice ChairMarcus Brunner
SecretaryNazim Agoulmine
Standards LiaisonSpyros Denazis
Student Competition ProgramRaouf Boutaba

Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications

Description: There are considerable market interests on the development of small cell backhaul/fronthaul solutions that are an evolution of the existing backhaul/fronthaul technologies, i.e. SDH, ATM, MPLS and Ethernet. One of the main considerations the operators are faced with today is how to migrate existing backhaul/fronthaul infrastructure toward adaptive and smart backhauling/fronthauling solutions that optimize their operations jointly with the access network for the next generation of cellular technology. The deployment availability, cross layer convergence, and economics of smart backhauling/fronthauling systems are the most important factors in selecting the appropriate backhaul/fronthaul technologies for multiple networks (Cellular, WiFi, WiMax, WiGig, etc.); variety of cell sizes (macro, micro, pico, femto) and multiple technologies (Visible light communications, D2D, distributed antennas, etc.).

The aim of the new sub-TC on Backhaul Networking and Communications is to put forward IEEEs’ agenda and contribution in the research and standardization activities on future backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. This sub-TC will create a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners from both academia and industry to identify and discuss the backhaul/fronthaul requirements, challenges, recent development and smart end-to-end solutions pertaining to fifth-generation (5G) of mobile communication networks. The sub-TC will serve as a prolific opportunity to educate about, promote and accelerate the evolution of next generation of backhaul/fronthaul networking and communications by fostering technical activities in the related area.

Chair | Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir
Vice Chair - UK & IR | Muhammad Ali Imran
Vice Chair - Canada | Ekram Hossain
Vice Chair - Middle East | Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Vice Chair - North America | Amitava Ghosh
Vice Chair - Europe | Xavier Costa
Vice Chair - Far East | Kei Sakaguchi
Standardization Chair | Ali Sadri
Secretary | Syed Ali Raza Zaidi

Big Data

The goal of the Technical Subcommittee on Big Data (TSCBD), IEEE Communications Society, is to provide a premier platform for its members, and the research, development, services, applications, and standardization communities of big data processing, analysis, analytics, integration, retrieval, and networking, to interact and exchange technical ideas, to identify relevant challenges, and to collaborate and investigate solutions in the development of methodology and solution for the sciences and technologies of big data processing, analysis, analytics, integration, retrieval, and networking.

The technical issues addressed by the sub-committee include all aspects of big data processing, analysis, analytics, integration, retrieval, related research issues, such as theories, algorithms, solutions, practices, applications, and challenges for big data big data processing, analysis, analytics, integration, retrieval on information and communications technologies; machine learning, data mining, web mining, graph mining, and processing; computational intelligence for big data; knowledge discovery for big data; big data for cloud computing and networking; big data for network design and architectures; big data for network protocols; big data for green information and communication technologies; big data for security, privacy, and trust; crowdsourcing and crowd intelligence using big data; big data maintenance; data science; big data platform design; data-intensive workflows; big data benchmarks; reliability for systems with big data; big data for wireless access and mobility; big data for Internet of Things, big data for software-defined networking; big data for cognitive communications and computing; big data for smart homes; big data for smart sensing; big data for smart grids; big data for relevant signal processing techniques; big data for biomedical and health technologies; big data for social networks; and so on.

The technical sub-committee also coordinate with other IEEE Societies and the IEEE FDC (Future Direction Committee) in the related areas.

Chair | Jie Li
Vice Chairs | Jinsong Wu | Periklis Chatzimisios | Shui Yu | Kwang-Cheng Chen | Mahmoud Daneshmand 
Secretary | Song Guo

Cable Networks & Services

Its mission is to provide a platform for its members from industry, academia and research communities worldwide to exchange ideas and develop solutions for challenges of the cable industry, organize, participate and stimulate conferences, sessions, workshops, publications and standards activities to disseminate information, and contribute to the research and development of systems and applications for the cable industry.

Chair | Mehmet Toy
Vice ChairRob Fish

Cloud Communications & Networking

The sub-committee (herein referred to as "committee") is tasked to lead and coordinate ComSoc's efforts in various communications/networking issues related to Cloud Computing. Several of our existing Technical Committees likely have an interest in this topic. Therefore, the members of this new committee will include volunteers from the appropriate/interested Technical Committees and Communities. As part of providing a focal point in ComSoc for cloud communications/networking, the committee will contribute to IEEE-wide efforts in this area, e.g., the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. It will help organize conference sessions, propose keynote/guest speakers, serve on relevant conference committees and tracking/liaising with Cloud Communications/Networking related Standards organizations. It will also help encourage participation with and paper submissions to IEEE periodicals devoted to cloud computing, e.g., IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. Finally, it will actively endorse and help organize conferences sponsored by ComSoc in the cloud computing/networking area.

Chair Masum Z. Hasan
Vice ChairGerard Parr
Vice ChairRavindran Kaliappa
Standards Chair | Markus Brunner
Advisory Board Chair | Doug Zuckerman

Integrated Fiber & Wireless Technologies

- request change to Fiber-Wireless Integration (FIWI) (pending)

The subcommittee on Fiber-Wireless Integration addresses architectures, techniques, and interfaces for the integration of fiber and  wireless network segments in a unified wired-wireless infrastructure. Such integration could be at access, metro and long-haul scales and includes end-to-end connectivity.  Its objective is to enhance interoperability and resource sharing among wired and wireless segments so that mixed wired and wireless networks can provide better support for converged multimedia services irrespective of users' locations, terminal device capabilities, and access media.  It does not address architectures or techniques specific to individual optical or wireless networks.

The subcommittee FiWi organizes, sponsors, and promotes conferences, workshops, tutorials, publications, standardization activities and other forms of information exchange in the multi-disciplinary field of mixed wired and wireless networking, and collaborates for mutual benefit with technical committees focused on the individual wired or wireless networks that are components of an integrated wired-wireless infrastructure.

Chair | Hussein Mouftah
Vice Chair | Sudhir Dixit
Secretary | Gangxiang (Steven) Shen
Membership Development | Wai-Pang Ng
Standards Liaison | Steve Weinstein
Workshop Chair | Nathan Gomez
Past Chair | Chunming Qiao


Internet of Things

The objective of this subcommittee is to facilitate a global definition of IOT architecture and governance; investigate the sensitive security and privacy issues; and explore the different technology scenarios and impacts when enabling Internet protocols over the emerging generations of IoT devices and networks in order to reach harmonization and end to end transparency.

This subcommittee will pursue a global collaboration with IEEE ComSoc and non- IEEE organizations from academia and industry. For this purpose, current members from the TPCs in the GLOBECOM 2013 IoT Symposium track will be invited as well as members from industrial alliances such as IPSO Alliance, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and standardization groups such as ETSI M2M, oneM2M and IETF. The worldwide research community such as the European IERC community will be invited ( ). This multi-discipline of the members from this subcommittee will promote a common understanding to enable harmonization and convergence on governance, integration and security of the Internet of Things.

Chair | Latif Ladid
Vice ChairsAntonio Jara | Antonio Skarmeta | Sebastien Ziegler
SecretaryYunchuan Sun

Nano-Scale, Molecular & Quantum Networking

The scope of this subcommittee is communication on the nano-scale, including nano-scale media and wireless nano-scale media in support of nano-robotics. Example media include carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, biological structures, and harnessing the advantages of quantum and hybrid classical/quantum effects for applications such as security and coding. This includes the goal of aiding the development of smart materials, nanoscale bio-medical applications, and nano-robotics.

This subcommittee exists to support the emerging community of engineers, academics, scientists and others who are developing communications on the nano-scale. Activities such as special sessions, symposia, tutorials and workshops in leading conferences will be vastly expanded to help provide the community with continuing updates about the burgeoning field of nanotechnology and nano-scale telecommunications in particular.  For an example, see

A goal of this committee will be to provide a network for required diverse specialties, some of which are in fields typically found outside the IEEE, to come together to advance nano-scale communications. Joint events, special journal issues and dedicated topical meetings will also be organized with relevant IEEE societies.

Chair | Andrew Eckford
Co-Chairs Bio | Tatsuya Suda | Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
Co-Chair Quantum | Alexander Sergienko
Co-Chairs Neuromorphic | Alexandre Schmid | Wei Lu | Wei Wang
Vice-Chairs | Sanjay Goel | Maggie Cheng | Alhussein Abouzeid | Tadashi Nakano | Lei Liu | Jian-Qin Liu | Danilo Gligoroski | Yu Wei

Quantum Communications & Information Technology

This sub-TC aims at fostering engineering in the newly upcoming quantum technology by applying our (ComSoc’s) technical knowledge in areas like RF technology, coding theory, communications and information theory, photonic communications technology, interconnection and complexity theory, error correction, control instrumentation, modeling and simulation, communication systems architecture and hardware, optimized algorithms and applications, which all are highly required to drive quantum technology forward and get it ready for applications)

Chair | Lajos Hanzo
Secretary | Andrea Conti
Media | Michael Ng

Situation Management

The aim of this subcommittee is to sponsor research, engineering, standards and educational activities of collaborative man-machine systems whose behaviors depend on real-time situations, events and goal-directed actions. Examples of such systems include complex terrestrial, marine and satellite communication networks, physical and cyber security systems, humanitarian assistance and disaster recovery systems, Earth observation and operations support systems, intelligent transportation systems, and tactical battlefield command and control systems. Common to these systems is the need to adequately sense, perceive, reflect and act according to the situational changes that are happening the surrounding environment and within the systems themselves.

The subcommittee sees its mission in fostering cross-domain ideas and solutions among different scientific and engineering communities, including situation awareness, decision support, cognitive situation modeling, situation control, semantic information fusion, human factors modeling, and social networking.

Chair | Gabriel Jakobson
Vice Chair | Mitch Kokar
Vice Chair | Kristin Schaefer
Vice Chair | Scott Fouse
Secretary | Galina Rogova
Webmaster | Jacob Whitney

Smart Grid Communications

The goal is to provide technical support to the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative and secure ComSoc’s position in the development and promotion of Smart Grid related technologies, and particularly, in Smart Grid Communications.  The activities include conferences and journal publications, standardization and policies, industry outreach programs, academic curriculum development, realization of an IEEE ComSoc Smart Grid  portal.

Chair - Vincent Wong
Vice ChairStephen Bush
Vice ChairLutz Lampe
Secretary | George Michailidis
Mentor | Mark Karol

Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization

The Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Technical Sub-committee will focus on exploring next generation networking technologies enabling software defined service delivery, network virtualization, network function virtualization, and the enablement of mobility. The subcommittee will analyze and drive integration around the touch points with all the other major IT inflexion points such as next generation IP, compute and storage virtualization, cloud, mobility and the next generation applications. The key challenge to be addressed is to support multivendor networks in a software defined infrastructure that meets the demands of the next generation IT environments.

Topics addressed by the subcommittee will include network architecture, protocols and implementations that fully leverage the SDN/NFV concepts, strengths and weakness of current standards such as OpenFlow, alignment with cloud standards and IPv6 concepts, security considerations of SDN/NFV, innovative architectures, operations and service assurance in SDN/NFV-enabled environments; and education to develop the engineering talent needed to design, deploy and operate SDN/NFV environments. This committee will harmonize its work with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), IEEE and non-IEEE organizations from academia and industry including the academic research community, SDN/NFV and next-generation infrastructure projects, and standardization bodies.

Chair Ciprian Popoviciu
Vice Chairs | Adam Johnson | Dan Torbet | Latif Ladid | Zoltán Lajos Kis
Secretary | Jeffry Handal

Tactile Internet

The Tactile Internet (TI) sub-committee will focus on exploring and elucidating all facets of the next generation of “Tactile Internet” technology, business and societal gaps and challenges. The objectives of the TI Sub-committee are to facilitate the worldwide harmonization of research, pre-standardization and best practices for deployment user scenarios of the global TI ecosystem, to design the built-in security and privacy and to explore ways the tactile technology can be realized in different segments such as in engineering, automobile, transport and logistics, health service, and public. The TI Sub-committee will target the understanding of the tactile requirements, the specification and identification of tactile use cases, defining system specifications to meet these requirements, developing breakthrough technology to the identified challenges of the tactile internet, and enabling of Internet protocols over the next generation of empowered devices in order to reach convergence and end to end transparency through IPv6.

Chair Meryem Simsek
Vice Chairs | Mischa Dohler | Latif Ladid
Secretary | Falko Dressler

Vehicular Networks & Telematics Applications

The subcommittee addresses the confluence of transportation technologies with communications technologies. Its charter is to actively promote technical activities in the field of vehicular networks, V2V, V2R and V2I communications, standards, communications-enabled road / vehicle safety, real-time traffic monitoring, intersection management technologies, and future telematics applications, and ITS-based services.

Chair Tao Zhang
Vice ChairsXiang Cheng | C.K. Toh | Daniel Wong
Student Competition ProgramTao Zhang