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Introducing the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine

Introducing the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine
I would like to introduce the IEEE Communications Standards Magazine. This is the result of the work of many people committed to the creation of a magazine that focuses on standards relevant to the ICT industry. The concept started in December 2014 as a supplement to IEEE Communications Magazine.  As a result of this successful “standards development,” the value of this market was confirmed, and it is time to publish the “approved standard.”
It is clear to me that standards enable the global market place to offer interoperable products and services at affordable cost.  Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) bring together stake holders to develop consensus standards for use by a global industry. The importance of standards to the work and careers of ICT practitioners motivated the creation of this publication on standards. 
The magazine is organized around nine series, with the series editor teams seeking out relevant articles on standardization in their area, and several of these series will publish multiple times during the year. In this inaugural issue, three series are included: Networking standards, Access and home networking, and Management and Orchestration. You will enjoy an editorial from each series editorial team as well as their summary of the articles in this issue related to each series. 
Readers will notice a Commentary section focusing on standards strategy and vision from several leading SDOs, including a view from the IEEE-SA President. A new Industry section will provide a similar platform for industry forums and consortia. The IEEE Standards Education section continues to create awareness and understanding of the importance of standardization and the critical role standards play in industry and society. The Standards News section offers the current status of standards work in several SDOs relevant to synchronization, 5G and more, as well as pointers to SDO material. I trust that the reader will find these informative and illustrative of the fundamental role standards play in the communications networking ecosystem. …and recommend some or all of the content to your colleagues.  
Glenn Parsons

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REACH Illuminates Technologies’ Role in Society

REACH Illuminates Technologies’ Role in Society

High school students know how to use the latest gadgets, but most are unaware of who invented the technology, and how it impacts their lives.

To fill the gap, the IEEE History Center developed REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History). This program, funded by donations to the IEEE Foundation, provides the necessary tools for high school history teachers to easily weave the history of technology and the critical role of engineers in our society, into their lessons.

An academic advisory panel composed of high school teachers and administrators provided important direction to the IEEE History Center in selecting its first three inquiry units: Early Maritime Navigation (Transportation), Triremes (Warfare) and the Printing Press (Communications). The units all align with the National Council for the Social Studies.

All three units, including lesson plans, oral histories, videos and hands-on activities, are available via the REACH site. Thus far, teachers from 30+ states and 4 countries are registered to use them. Two more inquiry units, Radio (Communications) and Drones (Multiple Categories) will be available by August. The IEEE History Center compiled a Top Ten Technology list, which will guide the direction of future inquiry units.

REACH helps students become better-informed citizens in today’s technology-oriented society by answering this important question: “How have scientific and technological developments changed the way people live and the way economies and governments function?” 

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IEEE ICC 2017 Announces its Industry Program

IEEE ICC 2017 Announces its Industry Program

Hundreds of Communications Experts to Discuss Next Wave 5G, IoT, AI, Big Data & Spectrum Sharing Innovations in Paris, France from 21-25 May

IEEE ICC 2017(, the leading international venue dedicated to the advancement of wireless and wireline communications worldwide, will host nearly 20 industry sessions devoted to the latest developments in next wave technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI, Big Data & spectrum sharing. Held this year from 21-25 May at the Paris Congress Center (Palais des Congrès) in Paris, France, IEEE ICC is recognized globally as an annual showcase of innovation exploring the latest in communications technologies and policies.

This year, the Industry Program will address a wide array of topics ranging from standardization to propagation challenges, including security, artificial intelligence in networks, and spectrum, among others, most of them addressing 5G, but not entirely. The program will begin on Monday, 22 May with two panels on 5G and IoT, followed by the CTO Forum addressing “From Myth to Reality: Rapid Deployment at Scale toward 5G Global Success.” This forum brings together high-level representatives from leading mobile operators and manufacturers to critically assess such measures, from standardization pace to over-the-air trials and interoperability testing for validation, in order to drive the ecosystem toward rapid and wide-scale commercialization, which are the basis for making 5G success.  The session is intended to be an open and frank debate among developers, operators and vendors about the timeline and potentials for 5G to address the larger vision beyond 2020. 

These highly focused panels will continue through Wednesday, 24 May with a broad range of experts from operators, vendors, service providers, consultants, among other industry players, as well as academia, research centers, standardization bodies and regulators. Discussions center on topics such as:

  • Big Data Analytics for Smart and Connected Health
  • 5G C-RAN and X-Haul
  • Spectrum Sharing in Future Wireless Communications Systems
  • ComTech Innovation and Trends towards Smart Connected Car Environment
  • Challenges and Opportunities in SDN/NFV and 5G Security
  • 5G: What Architecture to Serve Vertical Industries?
  • The Path to and Obstacles in Network Virtualization
  • Propagation Challenges in New 5G Use Cases
  • 5G Progress and Challenges
  • Network AI

The program also offers two seminars dedicated to simulation tools and measurement equipment and testbeds. One, “The Road to 5G: Design, Simulate and Prototype Wireless Systems using MATLAB and Simulink,” will be given by John Wang of MathWorks. The talk will discuss how MATLAB and Simulink provide an integrated environment for designing, simulating, and prototyping 5G wireless systems, giving up to-date progress on MATLAB and Simulink in the 5G area and how it can address engineers’ and researchers’ challenge in 5G areas, such as mm Waves, Massive MIMO, and prototyping. The other, “Real-Time Prototyping of Massive MIMO,” will be presented by Douglas Kim of National Instruments. It will provide insights into Massive MIMO and rarely shared information on the implementation of such a complex system, presenting information on the practical challenges associated with the implementation of such systems, and a close examination of a test bed, using real-world over-the-air channels and true real-time data rates.

Other significant events to be held during the heart of the conference will include the presentation of nearly 1,200 original scientific papers, as well as the keynotes of leading industry executives and researchers. For instance, Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and CTO of Nokia, will share insights on driving technological and architectural innovations during the opening and keynote session. Over next few days Marcus will be joined by:

  • Georges Karam, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sequans Communications, who will speak on “4G Wireless Enabling the Internet of Things (IoT)”
  • Wen Tong, Huawei Fellow, Head of Huawei Wireless Research and CTO of Huawei Wireless, who will detail “The Blueprint of 5G - A Global Standard”
  • Alain Aspect, Director of Research at CNRS and Professor at École Polytechnique, who will talk about “From Einstein’s Doubts to Quantum Information: A New Quantum Revolution”
  • Serge Willenegger, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies, who will address “The On the Path to 5G”
  • Giuseppe Caire, Professor at Technical University of Berlin, who will discuss “Wireless Edge Caching: Promises and Recent Advances”

For more information about IEEE ICC 2017 including program updates and registration information, please visit All website visitors are also invited to network with colleagues and peers, share their professional experiences through the conference’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

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The IEEE Communications Society’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE Communications Society’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE Communications Society, or ComSoc, is currently the third largest Society (29,000+ members) within the 420,000 member IEEE.  IEEE itself was formed on January 1, 1963 from the combination of the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers, founded 1884) and the IRE, (Institute of Radio Engineers, founded 1912). 

Founded in 1952 (65 years ago) with the formation of the IRE’s Professional Group on Communications Systems, ComSoc was approved for elevation to Society status in the fall of 1971 and officially began operations on January 1, 1972.

The Society currently operates with a 21-voting member Board of Governors. We are heavily involved in the communications area through our many conferences, workshops/symposiums, technical committees, publications, and standards activities.

Our conferences embrace cutting-edge technologies at ComSoc sponsored global events. Every year, thousands of participants come to discover new ideas, explore innovative solutions, and network with the leaders who are changing the world of communications. Our workshops and symposiums provide small, intimate settings and a relaxed ambiance, where participants can concentrate on technical interchange with their colleagues and enjoy unique social events and experiences.

For many years, ComSoc has been a leader within IEEE in developing and delivering innovative and effective educational offerings with a global reach. ComSoc’s educational activities facilitate professional development opportunities for both learners and instructors through a variety of programs, like the IEEE ComSoc Training Program, that allows practitioners to grow through various stages of their careers whether that be from the perspective of gaining or sharing knowledge and expertise. Programs engage practitioners throughout the lifetime of their career, from establishing university accreditation in telecommunications; hosting ComSoc Summer Schools and Young Engineer & Scientist Initiative (i-YES) Panel Sessions at conferences for graduate students and young professionals; to IEEE WCET professional certification and continuing education programs helping practitioners stay up to date and competitive in the industry. Students, young professionals and practitioners from every IEEE Region have participated in ComSoc’s educational programs and continue to benefit from the technical leadership of the Society.

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 our technical committees. These committees, networks of professionals with common interests in communications, usually meet twice each 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.

Our flagship publication is IEEE Communications Magazine, which was first published in 1975. It offers technical and general interest articles, Society news and events, featured topics, and advertising that partially subsidizes its cost. It is sent to all ComSoc members as an added benefit of membership. Originally a paper publication, IEEE Communications Magazine is now also available in a digital version and 80% of our members receive it in this form.

Communication standards enable the global marketplace to offer interoperable products and services at an affordable cost. Standards Development Organizations bring together stakeholders to develop consensus standards for use by a global industry. Because of this, standards are extremely important to the work and careers of communications practitioners and are an important part of ComSoc’s effort to bring more practitioners into the Society.

What is new for the IEEE Communications Society going forward is our work with IEEE on new initiatives.  We are developing these new areas, covering multiple Societies, as major areas of interest and work. Foremost is our current IoT Initiative consisting of seven major Society contributors (ComSoc, Signal Processing, Consumer Electronics, and 4 others) and 10 minor contributors (Power, Industrial Electronics, and 8 others). Meetings, conferences, a magazine, and other related offerings are in the pipeline.  Other initiatives that we are working on are 5G, Green ICT, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, and Fog Computing.

From telephone communications advances in 1962 to today’s gigabit transmissions, wireless phones, miniaturization, and other technological advances, our Society has been a major contributor.  We look forward to being a part of these game-changing industry advances by our 75th Anniversary.




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