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IEEE ComSoc Educational Activities Newsletter
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Published: 7 May 2021

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2021 Welcome Message

Yuanqiu Luo and Swades De

A message from Nirwan Ansari, ComSoc Educational Services Board Director

2021 is an exciting year for ComSoc Educational Activities.  First we are happy to welcome two new Educational Services Board (ESB) members this year, Yuanqiu Luo of Futurewei Technologies and Swades De of India Institute of Technology at Delhi.

The ComSoc ESB has been busy planning many activities this year including creating new partnerships, courses, and projects for the ComSoc community.  In the coming months, there will be two ComSoc School Series events, both completely online / virtual, making it easy for ComSoc Student Members to learn from world leading professors and industry leaders about the latest communication technologies.  ComSoc Training has released two new courses on 5G and has more new content coming soon.  There’s also an online education session for young professionals, iYES, taking place at IEEE ICC 2021 in June.  We hope that you can join us for these offerings and that you will stay tuned for more that is being planned for the second half of 2021!

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ComSoc School Series Bangalore Virtual Event, 10-12 June

The 8th Edition of the IEEE ComSoc School Series is being organized by the IEEE ComSoc Bangalore Chapter and will take place on 10-12 June 2021 completely online. This 3-day virtual event will feature lectures by world leading professors, industry leaders and executives, with a focus on topics addressing the cutting-edge trends within the theme of “Beyond-5G and IoT: Human-Machine Communication.”

Registration is now open for this event.  Please note that this event is available only to active IEEE ComSoc Student Members and there is no cost to participate.  Interested students must register by 3 June 2021 at 5pm EDT (New York).  Seats are limited to the first 150 students who register.  To view the full program and register for the event, please visit the ComSoc School Series Bangalore Virtual Event web page.

2020 IEEE ComSoc Summer School Presentations now on IEEE.TV

Videos of presentations delivered during the 2020 IEEE ComSoc Summer School UK & Ireland Virtual Event are now available on  The 7th Edition of the IEEE ComSoc School Series was organized by the IEEE ComSoc UK & Ireland Chapter and University of Glasgow, which took place completely online on 17-19th August 2020. The program focused on topics addressing cutting-edge trends in 5G, IoT, and AI technologies.  View the entire list of  2020 ComSoc Summer School UK & Ireland videos on


Upcoming ComSoc Training Live, Online Courses

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IEEE ComSoc has regularly scheduled live, instructor-led continuing education courses focusing on the latest communication technologies.  These courses are 100% online instruction via WebEx.  Courses include the option to earn IEEE CEUs for participation.  Special note:  many courses offer discounts if you register early for the course.  Click on the individual course titles to learn more about available discounts.

The following courses are being offered in the coming weeks:

Optical Communication Technologies in the 5G Era
Date: 20 May 2021
Instructor: Xiang Liu

Optical Wireless Communications: Recent Applications in Terrestrial, Space, Satellite and Underwater
Date: 27 May 2021
Instructor: Arun Majumdar        

Wi-Fi Security
Dates: 17 - 18 June 2021
Instructor: Daniel Wong

Computing in Communication Networks – From Theory to Applications
Dates: 24 - 25 June 2021
Instructors: Fabrizio Granelli and Frank Fitzek

Wireless Positioning and Location
Dates: 30 June - 1 July 2021
Instructor: Alan Bensky

5G Security
Dates: 7-8 July 2021
Instructor: Daniel Wong

i-YES (Young Engineers and Scientists) Initiative

The i-YES (Young Engineers and Scientists) Education & Training Program was created to inspire PhD students, researchers and young professionals through opportunities to interact with industry professionals and academics and learn about the benefits of and how to get involved in various volunteering, educational and standardization activities. i-YES events generally take place during the annual IEEE GLOBECOM and ICC conferences (every December and May/June, respectively).

i-YES was founded back in 2016 and since then, eight successful i-YES Tracks have been organized. Currently, i-YES is being managed by Prof. Periklis Chatzimisios (International Hellenic University, Greece) and Prof. Stefano Giordano (University of Pisa, Italy). The program of i-YES includes Keynote Speeches and Inspiring Talks from well-known academics and researchers, Panels, Hands-on sessions as well as time for Q&A.

The most recent i-YES event during IEEE Globecom 2020 conference included a Keynote Speech on “Future Network Architectures and Influences of the Pandemic – Technical, Funding, Regulations and Policies” by Prof. Vincent W.S. Chan (President, IEEE Communication Society). A session on “Technologies and Activities to Turn the Pandemic to a Great Opportunity” was offered which featured inspiring talks by Tomas O'Raghallaigh (Teledyne LeCroy) and Christopher Stapels (Mathworks).

Furthermore, a Panel on “Education and Teaching in Communication Engineering During Covid-19 Times” was also offered in which educational leaders shared their experience and discussed new ideas for online learning and supporting engineering education during the pandemic.  Participants in this Panel session included:

  • Manuel Castro (Past Director, IEEE Division VI)
  • Jennifer Fong (Director, Education Product, Sales, and Marketing, IEEE)
  • Stefano Giordano (Member, IEEE ComSoc Educational Service Board)

i-YES events will be planned for future IEEE GLOBECOM and IEEE ICC conferences so be sure to join us in these sessions. In IEEE ICC 2021 conference, i-YES will take place on June 18, featuring two Panels on “Softwarized 5G” and “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Globalization in Communications Engineering” having excellent academics and researchers as Keynote Speakers and Panelists. If you have an interest in proposing an activity for inclusion in i-YES, please contact us.


IEEE Mobile App Expands the “COMSOC EXPERIENCE” to Include All Videos and Magazines

All ComSoc videos and magazines are now available via the IEEE Mobile App. Exclusive to Communications Society members, select “Society Experience” to enjoy curated content and stay connected to news, magazines, people, and virtual events. The IEEE Mobile app is available at the App Store and on Google Play.


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