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Celebrating Earth Day 2011 with IEEE GreenCom

Celebrating Earth Day 2011 with IEEE GreenCom
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2011 IEEE Communications Society, the leading worldwide professional organization dedicated to the advancement of communications technologies, will emphasize the ongoing need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by hosting the first annual IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (GreenCom) totally online from September 26 – 29, 2011. Dedicated to the latest advances in energy-efficient communications and green technologies, IEEE GreenCom’11 will enable attendees from around the world to engage in discussions on the newest networking, energy management and smart grid communications solutions without travel and from the comfort of their own home. 

Webcast to international attendees by IEEE ComSoc and then published at IEEE Xplore, IEEE GreenCom’11 was specifically designed to address global warming developments and its societal impact in an alternative, ecological conferencing model that reaches broader audiences, offers time-flexible participation and provides near-physical experiences in a powerful, virtual forum where “energy efficiency is discussed energy-efficiently.” Other distinct features include the ability of speakers to present research live and then answer audience questions with the aid of moderators.
For more information about IEEE GreenCom'11 please visit or join GreenCom on Facebook:

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ComSoc to Exhibit at the 2011 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium

ComSoc to Exhibit at the 2011 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium

Sarnoff2011The 34th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium will be held in the historic Nassau Inn in the heart of downtown Princeton, New Jersey.

ComSoc, as a co-sponsor of the IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, will staff an exhibit booth on Tuesday, 3 May 2011, providing an opportunity for attendees to collect sample copies of some of recent publications, sign up for IEEE and ComSoc membership, browse through ComSoc products and services, or drop off a card for a chance to win a practice exam for the WCET (IEEE Wireless Communication Technologies) certification program.

Here are a few special highlights for this year's Sarnoff Symposium --

1) Keynote speech by Bell Labs' Tod Sizer on the revolutionary lightRadio cube that made headlines worldwide. The 2-inch lightRadio cube Tod and his team invented, were considered by many to be the future of cellular technology, and has the potential to replace the giant cell phone towers currently in use. 

2) The registration fee for students has been lowered to US$99. 

3) Special Registration Fee for Unemployed Engineers was established to help the many fellow engineers that have been hit by the economic downturn. As  announced on the Sarnoff website, engineers that currently receive unemployment benefits will be able to register for a special fee of US$49 that entitles them to attend the symposium sessions and tutorials.

4) Free, quality tutorials for all the registrants.

To learn more or register for the conference visit: 

Come by the ComSoc booth on 3 May 2011. See you there!


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WCET Spring Exam Window closed. Fall Application Window Now Open.

WCET Spring Exam Window closed.  Fall Application Window Now Open.

The Spring 2011 IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (WCET) Certification exam window is now closed. Candidates from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates sat for the exam at local testing facilities. We wish all a successful exam. WCET Industry Relations Manager Rolf Frantz tells us in the WCET News Briefs, that those who wish to earn certification but missed the Spring deadline should not worry - the exam will be offered again this Fall. There's still plenty of time to apply, study, and be prepared to take the exam this Fall. 

The Fall 2011 WCET examination window runs from 2- 29 October. The application window is now open, and will remain open through 24 September 2011.

Rolf also points out that ComSoc is seeking to expand it's training offerings, which include in-person and online virtual courses, a variety of tutorials, and numerous textbooks, handbooks, and the like. The WCET team is eager to see that the new offerings include courses and tutorials specifically addressing topics covered by the WCET examination. In addition to providing a helpful resource to practitioners in the industry, the availability of such resources can help potential applicants assure themselves that they have the necessary knowledge to be successful when they take the WCET exam. 

ComSoc has also received a number of inquiries from such organizations as commercial training companies and college and university faculty regarding the possibility of developing training offerings specifically tailored toward preparing people for the WCET exam.

Individuals interested in getting certified will get their chance to join this elite group of credential holders later this year. Applications for the next testing window is now officially open. Updates can be found by visiting,

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Congratulations to 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fellows

Congratulations to 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fellows

Election to the grade of IEEE Fellow is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the Institute, and recognition of a member’s technical, educational, and leadership achievements is one of its major goals. Only a select few IEEE members earn this prestigious honor. 

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Congratulations to all the 58 ComSoc IEEE Fellows in 2011!

Mark Bell for contributions to signal design and processing in radar and communication systems

Qi Bi  for contributions to code division multiple access

Holger Boche for contributions to signal processing and multi-user wireless communications

Klaus Brand for contributions to substation automation and power system protection, control and operation

Guohong Cao for contributions to algorithm and protocol design for mobile ad hoc and sensor networks

Jonathon Chambers for contributions to adaptive signal processing and its applications

Marco Chiani for contributions to wireless communication systems

Horia Chiriac for contributions to technology of amorphous glass-coated magnetic microwires and nanowires

Debabani Choudhury for contributions to millimeter wave enabling technologies

Keith Chugg for contributions to adaptive and iterative data detection and decoding

Tolga Duman for contributions to coding and modulation for wireless, recording and underwater acoustic channels

Elza Erkip for contributions to multi-user and cooperative communications

Dennis Goeckel for contributions to wireless communication systems and networks

Piyush Gupta for contributions to wireless networks

Mounir Hamdi for contributions to design and analysis of high-speed packet switching

Robert Heath for contributions to multiple antenna wireless communications

Yunghsiang S. Han for contributions to decoding techniques

Douglas Jacobson for contributions to information assurance education and practice

Kiho Kim for contributions to high-speed next-generation orthogonal frequency division multiplexed multiple-antenna wireless networks

Visa Koivunen for contributions to statistical signal processing for multichannel signals and sensor arrays

Thomas Kolze for contributions to physical layer architecture in communication systems

Jae Lee for contributions to wireless communication systems

Kwang Bok Lee for contributions to high-speed wireless communication systems

Bo Li for contributions to content distribution via the internet

Shipeng Li for contributions to the advancement of image and video coding

Ying-Chang Liang for contributions to cognitive radio communications

Jean-Paul Linnartz for leadership in security with noisy data

Rainer Martin for contributions to speech enhancement for mobile communications and hearing aids

Paul Morton for contributions to optical transmitters

Sanjiv Nanda for contributions to algorithm design for wireless in wide area and local area network systems

Yasutaka Ogawa for contributions to estimation techniques and antenna signal processing

Sakae Okubo for contributions to video coding and multimedia communication systems

Shivendra Panwar for contributions to design and analysis of communication networks

James Ritcey for contributions to bit-interleaved coded modulation with iterative decoding

Catherine Rosenberg for contributions to resource management in wireless and satellite networks

Bill Ryan for contributions to channel coding for reliable data transmission and storage

John Sadowsky for contributions to commercial and military wireless communications

Jawad Salehi for contributions to fundamental principles of optical code division multiple access

Anna Scaglione for contributions to filterbank precoding for wireless transmission  and signal processing for cooperative sensor networks

Jane Simmons for contributions to optical network architecture and algorithms

Morris Sloman for contributions to adaptive policy based management of distributed and pervasive systems

Ray Simar Jr. for leadership in digital signal processor architecture development

Qibin Sun for contributions to multimedia security

Chinthananda Tellambura for contributions to physical layer wireless communication theory

Vinay Vaishampayan for contributions to error-resilient compression systems

Emanuele Viterbo for contributions to coding and decoding for wireless digital communications

Li-Chun Wang for contributions to cellular architectures and radio resource management in wireless networks

Stephen Wicker for contributions to wireless information systems

Indra Widjaja for contributions to switching and traffic engineering in communication networks

Thomas Wiegand for contributions to video coding and its standardization

Guoliang Xue for contributions to survivability and quality of service in computer networks

Yu-Dong Yao for contributions to wireless communications systems

Hirosuke Yamamoto for contributions to source coding and information-theoretic secure coding

Roy Yates for contributions to wireless network resource allocation

Herbert Zirath for contributions to microwave and millimeter wave integrated circuits and device technology

Ellen Zegura for contributions to disruption tolerant networking

Liang-Jie Zhang for contributions to service-oriented technologies and applications

Tao Zhang for contributions to wireless and infrastructure networking protocols for applications


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