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2018 AP Regional Member-At-Large Candidate Philippa A. Martin

Candidate's Statement

If elected, I would work with dedication and focus to provide value for ComSoc members. At my university, I am known for my strategic initiatives and insights, and my ability to draw together diverse groups to turn these ideas into reality. I believe talk must be followed by action. I believe I could bring substantial value to ComSoc and its members by:

  • Focusing on programmes to increase membership value worldwide without increasing cost. This will require consulting diverse groups in order to learn how best to serve them.
  • Developing new initiatives to increase interactions between academia and industry.
  • Looking at ways to “future proof” publications and conferences. This will make sure we remain a vibrant, innovative and forward thinking society.
  • Providing support and developing mechanisms to nurture new technology directions.
  • Empowering students and young professionals (our future leaders) to have an active and impactful role in ComSoc.
  • Developing new initiatives to ensure an inclusive society with increased diversity.


Philippa A. Martin (Ph.D, B.E. Hons) is a professor at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, where she leads the Communication Research group. In addition, she is Dean of Engineering (Intermediate) where she develops strategic initiatives to encourage an inclusive, supportive, inspiring, innovative and diverse engineering college. Last year, she was the Associate Dean of Engineering (Postgraduate). On an international stage, she has been an active volunteer for ComSoc journals, conferences and technical committees. Over the past two years she has had several roles in ComSoc, including, Technical Programme Committee Co-Chair for the Communication Theory Symposium at GLOBECOM 2016; Editor for the IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications; Organizing committee member of the 3rd Women’s Workshop on Communications and Signal Processing, GLOBECOM 2016; Organising committee member for IEEE Communication Theory Workshop (CTW) 2017; and Secretary of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC), 2017.