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IEEE ComSoc Educational Activities Newsletter
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Published: 16 Jun 2022

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2022 IEEE ComSoc School Series and 2023 Call for Proposals

The IEEE ComSoc School Series Program is designed to provide unique opportunities for university students to learn more about cutting-edge trends in communication technologies and to connect with other students and experts currently working on these technologies.

IEEE ComSoc School Series Hybrid Kuala Lumpur Virtual Event, 20-23 June 2022
The focus of the program is on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on communication technology.

IEEE ComSoc School Series Hybrid Delhi Event, 6-9 July 2022
The theme of this event is “Technologies for Enhancing Security & Privacy in Future Communication Networks.”  Registration to participate in the online portion of the event is now open and available at no cost to ComSoc Student Members.  Learn more about this event and register.

2023 Call for Proposals for IEEE ComSoc School Series
Since 2015, the IEEE Communications Society has hosted an official international school series event(s) each year where student members can participate in unique experiences to learn about the latest technological developments in key areas of communications.

The IEEE ComSoc School Series is designed exclusively for ComSoc student members and features lectures by international experts, poster presentations, site visits, and hands-on demos on a range of fundamental to advanced and hot topics in communications.  The typical duration of an IEEE ComSoc School Series event is 3 to 5 days and can be either in-person or virtual (online only).

We are now accepting proposals through 31 August 2022 for both in-person and virtual events for the 2023 IEEE ComSoc School Series.

We invite you to submit a proposal, using the new online proposal form.  Please note the primary items requested in this form include:  Volunteer Organizer information; Date and Location of the Event; Objectives of the Event; Proposed Budget and Description of the event including the value statement for student participants. Submit your proposal here.

TryEngineering Tuesday: The Metaverse:  How Communications Engineering is Shaping Our Future

IEEE ComSoc in collaboration with IEEE Educational Activities is excited to offer on 19 July a new TryEngineering Tuesday live webinar on the topic of the Metaverse featuring Dr. Frank Fitzek, Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany.  In this webinar, Dr. Fitzek will discuss the potential of the newly discussed Metaverse for future use cases beyond pure advertising. Applications such as immersive learning or interaction with cyber physical systems are highly interesting but require new technologies such as sensors and actuators to interact in the virtual world.  We hope that you can join us for this special view into the future.  Learn more and register.

TryEngineering Tuesday webinars are designed for young students looking to explore different technology topics to get inspired about STEM as well as for their teachers or parents who would like to encourage their students to learn more about engineering.  Please share details about this webinar with anyone who you feel may be interested in learning more about these technologies.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting new webinar.  If you can't participate in the live webinar, register and you will be notified when the recording is available for viewing.


Activities On Pre-University / STEM in 2022

The Educational Services Board has adopted a 2022 strategy and action plan for Pre-University STEM Education. The 2022 goal of ComSoc’s Pre-University Program is to accelerate the creation and delivery of Pre-U activities and materials for the benefit of our members and all the communities they live and work in. The action plan is underway and you will see updates here and on the website throughout the coming months.

Currently, ComSoc is participating as a partner in the upcoming RECREA Youth Challenge STEAM 2022 taking place in the State of Jalisco, Mexico (IEEE Guadalajara Section).  The purpose of this challenge is to encourage students to create proposals, models and prototypes based on their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) knowledge, skills and attitudes, with the goal of identifying and solving in an original way, a social problem in their community, municipality or state.  As a partner, ComSoc volunteers will be reviewing student projects and providing a speaker for their event.  An innovation session and hackathon is being planned for late July 2022.  More information can be found on the RECREA Youth Challenge website.

This partnership is an example of the support that ComSoc can provide to ComSoc Chapters that perform high school outreach activities collaborating with existing programs in their local community.  ComSoc also is making plans to support events completely organized by IEEE ComSoc Chapter volunteers. 

Frequent updates and the latest news will be posted as the programs are further developed.  Stay up to date on the latest ComSoc Pre-University STEM news on our website.


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Another 2 Successful i-YES Events at IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 and ICC 2022

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, eleven successful i-YES Tracks have been organized! Currently, i-YES is being managed by Prof. Periklis Chatzimisios (International Hellenic University, Greece and University of New Mexico, USA) 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 ICC 2022 included a Session on “From Performance Modeling to Federated Learning: Lessons Learned from the Strange/Unusual” with Keynote Speeches on “Federated Learning: State of the Art, Current Trends and Challenges” by Prof. Nelson Fonseca (Institute of Computing of the University of Campinas, Brazil & IEEE ComSoc Vice President Conferences), on “Coping with Unexpected Results” by Prof. Marco Ajmone Marsan (IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain) and on “Making Cell-free Massive MIMO Competitive” by Dr. Luca Sanguinetti (University of Pisa, Italy).

Another i-YES event took place during IEEE GLOBECOM 2021 conference in Madrid and included a Session on “The Exciting Journey from 5G to 6G” that featured a Keynote Speech “Towards Connecting the Remaining 3+ Billion” by Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology- KAUST, Saudi Arabia). Furthermore, a Panel on “From 5G to 6G - Challenges and Opportunities” was also offered in which world leaders in 5G and 6G shared their experience and discussed new ideas.  Participants in this Panel session included:

  • Fabrizio Granelli (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Anwer Al-Dulaimi (EXFO Inc., Montreal, Canada)
  • Toktam Mahmoodi (King’s College London, UK)
  • R. Venkatesha Prasad (TUDelft, The Netherlands)
  • Mohamed-Slim Alouini (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

i-YES events will be planned for future IEEE GLOBECOM and IEEE ICC conferences so be sure to join us in these sessions.  If you have an interest in proposing an activity for inclusion in i-YES, please contact us. Looking forward to welcoming you to Rio de Janeiro (4–8 December 2022) for the twelfth edition of i-YES in GLOBECOM 2022!

Upcoming ComSoc Training Live, Online Courses

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. 

The following courses are being offered in the coming weeks.  Early registration discounts are available for some courses, so be sure to register soon!

Introduction to Deep Learning for the Physical Layer
Dates: 29 - 30 June 2022, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Jakob Hoydis

O-RAN: Disrupting the Radio Access Network Through Openness and Innovation
Dates: 21 - 22 July 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Instructor: Panteleimon (Padelis) Balis

Fundamentals of Wireless Communication
Dates: 27 - 28 July 2022, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Lee Vishloff

Massive and Critical Machine Type Communications in LTE and 5G/NR
Dates: 11 - 12 August 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Instructor: Panteleimon (Padelis) Balis

Network and Service Architecture
Dates: 17 - 18 August 2022, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Alan Bensky

Cellular Networks
Dates: 24 - 25 August 2022, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Alan Bensky

Non-cellular Wireless Systems
Dates: 08 September 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Instructor: Lee Vishloff

Cloud-Native 5G: Architecture, Enablers, and Roadmap
Dates: 14 September 2022, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Instructor: Javan Erfanian


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IEEE Academy on Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things: Use Cases, Applications, and Key Elements

Available On-Demand

The Internet of Things (IoT) has enormous potential for business applications, but many technical professionals don’t have the knowledge to take on this increasingly complex technology.  Watch this free webinar from IEEE for a comprehensive overview with easy-to-understand concepts regarding IoT as it pertains to our daily lives. Our subject matter experts present the latest use cases and applications of IoT, as well as illustrate key elements and features of IoT communications and artificial intelligence.

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ESB Member Profile: Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville

Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville joined ComSoc Educational Services Board in 2022, bringing his experience of more than 20 years teaching networking in undergrad and PhD programs. Currently, Lisandro is full professor at the Institute of Informatics of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and has been serving IEEE ComSoc activities in diverse roles. E.g., Lisandro was chair of the Network Operations & Management Technical Committee (CNOM), ComSoc Latin America Director, and is future GLOBECOM 2022 executive chair.

Lisandro got involved with ComSoc Educational Services Board seeking to help with strategies for attracting more people to the field. He aims specially at underdeveloped countries, where despite a visible evolution in training has happened, there is room for further and significant improvements. “I believe my experience as Professor/Advisor and my knowledge acquired from my volunteer work at ComSoc can serve the purpose of further developing ways to grab the attention of young students to the area."

For the upcoming future, Lisandro says that “the opportunities for experts in the field are largely available, but future professionals need not only to master technologies and the fundamentals behind them, but also and mainly to understand how to apply such knowledge in a diverse and globalized market. The ComSoc Educational Services Board has a key position to keep working and evolving on those matters.”

Rolland Vida

ESB Member Profile: Rolland Vida

Rolland Vida is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, and the Head of HSN Lab, an academic research laboratory that is a the strategic partner of Ericsson for three decades now.

Rolland was involved in organizing conferences within IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE Sensors Council and IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, for more than 15 years. Besides having leading roles (General Co-Chair, TPC Co-Chair, Operations Chair, etc.) in several flagship conferences of the above IEEE entities, he was also involved in the steering committees overviewing all their conference operations. He served as Operations Chair, Vice-Chair, and finally Chair of GIMS – the Globecom & ICC Management and Strategy Committee of IEEE ComSoc, he was member of ComSoc’s Conferences Council, chair of the Conferences and Events Committee of IEEE Smart Cities, and member of the Administrative Committee of IEEE Sensors Council.     

Since 2015 Rolland Vida has been coordinating the participation of PhD students from BME in the Industrial Doctoral School of the EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization. Since 2021 he is also a representative of his university in the European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA), an alliance of Higher Education Institutions (graduate engineering schools, technology universities and full-spectrum universities) from different European countries, meant to define and implement a common model of European engineer rooted in society.

Within the Educational Services Board of ComSoc, Rolland will try to make use of all his knowledge and experience gained over the years in the IEEE conference operations, and the European educational organizations he is involved with.

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