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IEEE ComSoc Educational Activities Newsletter
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Published: 15 Mar 2024

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IEEE Education Week 2024


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IEEE ComSoc is proud to join in with the rest of IEEE again in celebration of the valuable educational programs offered across the organization. For this year’s IEEE Education Week, ComSoc has some exciting things planned to highlight ComSoc’s education programs and events in addition to special offerings and resources prepared especially for this week.  Check out ComSoc’s 2024 IEEE Education Week page for more details.

IEEE Educational Activities is looking for Ambassadors to help spread the word about IEEE Education Week by: sharing events and updates on social media, organizing local events, speaking at IEEE Education Week events, and more.  Want to help?  Visit the IEEE Education Week Ambassador Program page.

Pre-University STEM Education Updates

Pre-University STEM Education Grants Awarded

Each year, the TryEngineering group within IEEE administers the STEM Portal Grant Program to facilitate the delivery of STEM outreach activities around the globe. This financial support to IEEE volunteers enables them to develop new STEM programs or enhance (or maintain) existing programs. These grant funded activities engage younger students throughout the world in educational activities helping them to learn more about STEM. In 2024, IEEE ComSoc is proud to again provide significant funding to support these grant activities. Of the 53 grant programs selected for awards, ComSoc funding will be used to support 8 of those programs.  View the news announcement and full list of ComSoc funded grants.

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Manga Comics Series of Riko-Chan

In an effort to address prevailing gender disparity and promote gender diversity, IEEE Women-in-Engineering (WIE), with the support of the IEEE Japan Council and the IEEE New Initiative Committee, curated a compelling Manga story competition in 2023. The initiative aimed to explore the narratives of Riko-Chan, a bright young girl brimming with enthusiasm for solving everyday challenges using the engaging tools of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)! The winning stories have been transformed into Manga comics through Maruzen Yushodo Co. These Manga comics are available for free download.

The catalytic impact of these highly inspirational stories will endure beyond the publication of the initial set of six winning stories. These Manga stories aim to educate the youth, particularly girls, on the significance of pursuing STEM subjects. To ensure the longevity of this program and expand its reach, we warmly welcome support from organizations whose visions align with ours and encourage collaborations with other organizational units within IEEE.

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14th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference Available on demand on

ISEC is known for featuring cutting-edge research and experiences with integrated approaches to study of science, math and technology through experiences and activities based on engineering and other design disciplines.

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Join us on April 13th & 14th for an unforgettable weekend of hacking, learning, and building - MAKE NJIT

The MAKE NJIT is a Hardware Hackathon event where students and tech enthusiasts get together to create cool projects using hardware, like building robots or smart devices for your home. It's a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and let your creativity run wild.

2023 ComSoc School Series Events

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The IEEE ComSoc School Series Program is designed exclusively for IEEE ComSoc Student Members.  Programs for these events consist of lectures by world leading professors, industry leaders and executives. Each event features a highly interactive classroom environment with an intense focus on learning the cutting-edge trends in communications technology.

Please check the ComSoc School Series website for more information to be coming soon.

4MT Competition for Students

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) is thrilled to declare the return of the prestigious Four Minute Thesis (4MT) Competition at the IEEE ICC 2024. This event challenges PhD candidates to distill their doctoral research into a compelling and concise presentation that captivates a broad audience within four minutes. 

Building on the tremendous success of the 4MT Competition at IEEE ICC and GLOBECOM 2023, which gathered over 100 PhD students from across the globe, we are committed to fostering another forum for academic distinction. The competition is set to commence on 22 March, serving as a highlight of the IEEE ICC 2024 event calendar.

Stay tuned for further details, which will be published on the IEEE ICC 2024 website in the near future. We encourage all eligible PhD students to ready their entries for this exciting and stimulating contest.

ComSoc Training Updates

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Earn A Digital Badge For The Advanced Topics in Wireless Course Series

A course series focusing on 5G NR, MTC, and Open RAN that is designed for engineers and technical professionals who want to enhance their knowledge on advanced topics in Wireless.

Participants taking the three courses will develop a comprehensive view on the 5G/NR technology, a profound understanding of the implementation aspects of all the ITU-specified use case categories, i.e. enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), mIoT and URLLC, and a robust foundation on the network architecture evolution technology enablers towards fully open radio access networks.

Complete all three courses in the series to earn a digital badge!  
Register for all 3 courses in the Advanced Topics in Wireless Series in one transaction and save 15% on your registration when you use promo code ATW2024 during the checkout process or add this group of courses to your shopping cart now with the discount applied. Offer expires 22 April 2024 at 5pm EDT.

Upcoming Course Schedule:

5G RAN and Core Network: Architecture, Technology Enablers and Implementation Aspects,  24-25 April 2024

O-RAN: Disrupting the Radio Access Network through Openness and Innovation, 8-9 May 2024

Machine Type Communications in 5G and Beyond, 22-23 May 2024

Interested in purchasing this course series for your employees? Contact or view more details.

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 Zoom.  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!

Computing in Communication Networks – From Theory to Applications
20 - 22 March 2024, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT each day

Cellular Networks
3-4 April 2024, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT each day

Non-cellular Wireless Systems
10 April 2024, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT 

Beyond the Hype: How 5G & 6G Empower the Immersive XR Revolution
17 April 2024, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT 

5G RAN and Core Network: Architecture, Technology Enablers and Implementation Aspects
24-25 April 2024, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT each day

Empowering Industry 4.0 with Next Generation Optical Access Networks
2 May 2024, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT 

Introduction to Quantum Communications
3 May 2024, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT 

O-RAN: Disrupting the Radio Access Network through Openness and Innovation
8-9 May 2024, 10:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT each day

Cloud-Native Energy-Efficient 5G-Advanced & Path to 6G
16 May 2024, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT 

Machine Type Communications in 5G and Beyond
22-23 May 2024, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm EDT each day

Upcoming Webinars

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Webinar on 12 April:  QoS-Aware Resource Allocation in the Internet of Drones

Are you interested in learning about QoS-Aware Resource Allocation in the Internet of Drones?  If so, Dr. Jingjing Yao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Texas Tech University, will be a guest speaker focused on this topic on April 12, 2024 at 12:00pm EDT as part of IEEE IoT Technical Community Distinguished IoT Webinars.  Dr. Yao will highlight the role of technologies, such as deep reinforcement learning and federated learning, in optimizing the allocation of computing and communication resources.  These technologies are poised to overcome the drone battery limitations, boosting network reliability, efficiency, and data privacy in the process.

Please visit the IoT Technical Community website to register and find more information about the IEEE Distinguished IoT Webinar Series.

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IEEE Workshop on Network Automation (ONA) - 25 March 2024 9am-5:15pm ET

Free virtual Single-day workshop, Co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Princeton Central Jersey Section, offers a unique platform to gain insights into the evolving landscape of Network Automation technologies.

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)-Native Wireless Systems with Common Sense webinar – Available On Demand

Presentation on recent key results, rooted in AI, theory of mind, digital twins, and game theory, laying the groundwork for the realization of AGI-native wireless systems helping to redefine the intersection of wireless communications and AI.

ComSoc Membership Announcements & Reminders

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ComSoc Membership Special Offers

In celebration of IEEE Education Week, ComSoc is happy to offer these special discounts on members.

IEEE members who join ComSoc now through 30 April enjoy 50% off* Society dues, with promo code COMEDWEEK24. (This discount is applied to IEEE's half-year pricing for benefits through 31 December).*

Student members can join ComSoc FREE now through 30 April with promo code COMEDWEEK24S.*

*Only one promo code may be redeemed per transaction.

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Light-based Wireless Communications Course Included with ComSoc Membership in 2024!

Did you know that with your ComSoc membership in 2024 you have access to the Light-based Wireless Communications course (prerecorded) created and presented by industry expert and the “Father of LiFI,” Harald Haas?  Start your access to this course.

Select Two Additional Free Publications!

Your ComSoc membership already includes subscriptions to IEEE Communications Magazine - our award-winning, flagship publication and IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials.  You now get to select two additional FREE electronic publications subscriptions when you join or renew your 2024 ComSoc membership:

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IEEE Educational Activities Board Awards Nominations

IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Awards recognize and honor major contributions to engineering and technical education.  The nomination deadline is Monday, 6 May 2024.  There are a variety of awards available both for individuals and groups / organizational units.  View full details on the types of awards and the nomination process.

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