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IEEE IAS Newsletter
June 2018
In this issue
  • 2018 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting
  • 2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • IAS Data Center Committee
  • Overlength Page Charges
  • Call for Web-Based Tutorials
  • IEEE Smart Grid Deadlines
  • IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Roster
  • 2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference
  • IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems Conference
  • Offering for IAS Members
  • IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter-Kerala Section
  • IAS Conference Calendar
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IEEE Industry Applications Society Publications
All subscribers can access the online version of these publications using their IEEE Account.

The current issue of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "The 40-Year-Old Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline [History]"
  • "Hot Surface Ignition Temperatures: Their Impact on Electrical Area Classification Plans"
  • "How Safe Are Spot Welding Guns to Use?: An Analysis of Occupational Exposure to Their Magnetic Field"
  • "Electrical Safety of Plug-In Electric Vehicles: Shielding the Public from Shock"
  • "The Use of Combustible Gas Detection in Hazardous Locations: Additional Safety Precautions Around Flammable Gas or Vapors"

The current issue of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Optimal Scheduling and Operation of the ESS for Prosumer Market Environment in Grid-Connected Industrial Complex"
  • "Sustainable Industrial Plants: Energy-Efficient, Asset-Aware, and Waste-Averse"
  • "Stability Analysis of a Microgrid System With a Hybrid Offshore Wind and Ocean Energy Farm Fed to a Power Grid Through an HVDC Link"
  • "Design and Control of Microgrid Fed by Renewable Energy Generating Sources"
  • "An Adaptive Algorithm Based on Subharmonic and Time Domain Analysis to Prevent Mal Operation of Overcurrent Relay During Subsynchronous Resonance"

Volunteer Opportunities
IAS is seeking qualified volunteers to work on publications, committees, and conferences. Please submit an inquiry by filling out a volunteer application on the IAS website.

IEEE Senior Membership
IEEE Senior membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and requires experience reflecting professional maturity. Candidates need to be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

Congratulations to the elected IAS Senior members for 2017.

IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program
The IAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Prominent Lecturer (PL) Program allows Chapters to invite experts to visit Chapter events and give lectures. It is a great opportunity to have direct contact with the best researchers and industrial experts in our field.

The DL and PL lecturers can be reimbursed by IAS US$1,000 and US$600 per lecture travel. The monetary support of travel invitations is limited to three lectures per year.

For more information, visit our website.

Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
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IAS is a sponsoring society of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC). The TEC coordinates broad and deep activities throughout IEEE in the growing electrification revolution across transportation domains, including advances in electric and hybrid cars, more-electric ships and aircraft, rail systems, personal transport, and the motive, storage, power grid, electronic intelligence, and control technologies that make them possible.

The Community delivers engagement through leadership opportunities, professional development, standards development, and other programming for practitioners, researchers, students, and all IEEE members interested in electric transportation.

It is free to join.

As a TEC member, you will enjoy a discount on some excellent online tutorials on machines, fuel cells, batteries, and other topics.


IEEE Industry Applications Society Newsletter
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Students and Young Engineers Meeting at IPEC 2018 ECCE Asia in Niagata, Japan, 20 May 2018.

Thank you for reading this issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Newsletter. If you have IAS-specific news to share with your IAS colleagues please send us an email for possible future publication in an upcoming newsletter.

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting

The next IAS Annual Meeting will be held 23-27 September 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, USA. This year the annual Meeting will once again be co-located with the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE). This year ECCE will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The papers submission selection process is now closed, the number and the subjects of accepted papers for oral and poster sessions indicates that the annual meeting will be a big success.

Authors must submit their final papers to ScholarOne by 15 July (instructions will be sent to authors by 15 June).

Registration is now open.

2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
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The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference (PCIC) is the premier conference for practicing electrical engineers and other professionals that deals with electrical installations in the oil and gas industry. It is highly regarded for providing top-quality papers on a variety of relevant subjects aimed at the all-important electrical industry.

The 2018 PCIC Conference will be held 24-27 September 2018 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

To learn more about PCIC 2018, you can visit our website or view the conference newsletter.

View the 2019 call for abstracts.

IEEE IAS Data Center Committee
IEEE's vision is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The Data Center market segment is one of the largest and fastest-growing industry segments in the world economy. The Industry Application Society (IAS) of the IEEE recently formed a data center subcommittee under the direction of the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) department to support this important industry and to provide leadership and coordinate power distribution standards. The first meeting of this subcommittee was successfully held at the (I&CPS) annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada on 9 May 2018. The meeting was conducted as a brainstorming session and to establish the scope of the subcommittee. We are happy to announce that a second Data Center subcommittee meeting will be held during the 2018 IAS Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, USA. The goal of this meeting is to build on the ideas generated at the May meeting and to review and update the mission, vision and core charter of this new IAS I&CPS subcommittee in support of the data center industry.

This meeting will take place during the co-located IEEE IAS Annual Meeting and the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo, so please plan to attend the technical sessions and take advantage of networking and learning opportunities via several speakers offering technical presentations. To kick off this exciting new initiative, we are fortunate to have Sean James of Microsoft speaking during the conference opening plenary session on Monday 24 September. Mr. James will then join us during the IAS data center subcommittee meeting which will begin on Monday evening at 6 pm local time.

If you have questions or would like to become a charter member of our new IEEE IAS data center subcommittee, please contact Tom Johnson at or Daleep Mohla at We look forward to seeing you in Portland this September.

Overlength Page Charges Coming Into Effect
At its October 2017 meeting, the IAS Executive Board adopted a policy to impose an overlength charge on exceptionally long papers published in IEEE Industry Applications Magazine (M-IA) and IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (T-IA). Here are some details on how that practice will be implemented:
  • The target maximum length of papers published in M-IA and T-IA is nine pages.
  • For exceptionally long papers, a mandatory overlength charge will be determined at the time the page proof is approved for publication, and an invoice for that amount will be sent to the corresponding author.
  • The overlength charge will be calculated at the rate of US$120 per page for pages 11 and above of the final manuscript as formatted for publication M-IA and T-IA. Note that there will be a one-page margin between the target maximum length and the length at which the overlength charge will apply.
  • This overlength policy will apply to papers published in M-IA and T-IA beginning with the January/February 2019 issues. Authors should understand that papers submitted for review in 2018 and subsequently approved for publication may not actually be published until after this overlength policy takes effect.
Call for Web-based Tutorials
The IAS Education Department is developing a tutorial program that will appeal to a broad attendance, depending upon their experience, discipline and responsibilities. The tutorial program is intended to provide all attendees with an opportunity to enhance the education of the professional working in the field of industry applications of electrical engineering. Both experienced and younger engineers can benefit from the tutorials, either by updating or renewing their knowledge base or by accelerating their learning process on new topics. The tutorials should provide value to practicing engineers combine the theory with applications and practical solutions. The topics can range from broad to narrow in scope and can vary from introductory, intermediate or advanced in technical level. The tutorials will be arranged in one hour modules and can accommodate an introductory to the more advanced presentation in several modules up to a maximum of five modules per topic. Each module of the tutorial must have an interactive Q&A segment for self-evaluation of his/her learning by the attendee.

The tutorials will be available in the IAS Resource Center. Compensation for tutorial speakers includes an honorarium of US$1000. In the case of multiple speakers for one tutorial, the honorarium may be shared among the speakers.

The success of the tutorial will be evaluated by collecting data on the number of tutorial attendees, tutorial revenues, attendees' comments and other relevant information. A survey for tutorial attendees will be carried out to evaluate the attendees’ satisfaction with the tutorial. This information will be shared with the tutorial speaker to allow him/her to improve future versions.

Preparation of Proposals:

Tutorial proposals should be submitted as a digest containing the title, abstract (no more than 500 words), outline, contact information and a short bio of the speaker(s) and other relevant information requested in the Tutorial Information Form, which can be downloaded on our website. The speaker bio should describe the qualifications for presenting the proposed tutorial including the work and publications that are most relevant to the proposal. All tutorial proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least two experts in the matter. For this purpose, it is strongly recommended to submit a draft version of a section of the tutorial slides. Review results will be shared with the speaker to allow for further improvement of the tutorial.

Submission Procedure:
Speaker(s) should fill out the Tutorial Information Form and submit it together with a draft of the presentation slides to the IAS Tutorial Committee Chair.

The tutorial proposal will be sent for peer review
Speakers to record presentations with the assistance of IAS staff
Presentation videos and Q&A modules to be uploaded into IAS Resource Center

For additional information and submission, please contact the Web-based Tutorial Committee Chair, Marcos Alonso at

IEEE Smart Grid - June 2018 Dates/Deadlines
IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Roster
The IAS Chapters and Membership Department announces the 2018-2019 Chapter Area Chairs which cover all ten IEEE Regions. The full roster with contact information available on our website.

2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2)
The 4th annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. ISC2 2018 will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policy makers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists and academicians. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, and exhibitions. The conference theme is Systems Approach for Smarter Communities that address the complex interplay between our technology systems and our service delivery systems.

The IEEE ISC2 will contribute to further develop technical best practices across broad application and functional domains within the context of urban infrastructure systems, and disseminate them to the broad stakeholders.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contribute high-quality original full or short papers to this conference. All submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication. The papers should be written in English and formatted according to IEEE template. Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other abstracting and indexing databases.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least three program committee members. Accepted papers with confirmed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings. The overall Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be given and recognized during the conference.

IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) Call for Papers
IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) is a biennial conference that will be hosted at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madrasin Chennai in Chennai, India from 18-21 December 2018.

The conference will feature industry sessions, keynotes and special sessions. The conference is themed towards Electric Vehicles on 19 Dec, Renewable Power on 20 Dec and Industrial Drives on 21 Dec. Keynote talks, Industry sessions and Special Sessions are planned on all three days focusing on the respective theme areas. Tutorials from leading researchers/industry are planned on 18 Dec.

Offering for IAS Members
IAS Resource Center

In an effort to increase member benefits, IAS has created the IAS Resource Center. The Resource Center houses technical information such as webinars, slides and white papers. IAS members must sign in using their IEEE Account to access this information free of charge. Anyone that is not an active member of IAS will be charged a fee to access this information.

If there is information that you would like to see in the Resource Center, please send an email to

IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter-Kerala Section
The IA/IE/PELS Joint chapter, Kerala Section recently organized a series of events in association with the IAS Student Branch (SB) Chapters.
  • On 8 March, the section Chapter organized a Women's day celebration.
  • A technical talk on "Ant colony and Bee colony optimization techniques" was organized by IAS SB Chapter of St. Gits Engineering College Kottayam on 17 March 2018. The resource person for the talk was Dr. Vinod Chandra, Director Computer centre, University of Kerala.
  • The section chapter also organized a one-day workshop on "Exploring IoT with Raspberry Pi" was conducted on 18 March 2018 at College of Engineering Attingal in association with IAS SB Chapter College of Engineering Attingal. The resource person for the workshop was Dr. Sunil T T, Principal, College of Engineering Attingal. The session was well attended by students and researchers in the field.
  • The executive committee of the IA/IE/PELS Joint Chapter along with the Student Branch representatives had a face to face meeting at Kollam on 25th March 2018. The Execom discussed the various activities to be conducted in 2018 as part of the "Vision plan 2018."
  • On 11 April 2018, the Chapter conducted a seminar on "In-vehicle networking for EV technology" in conjunction with the IAS SB Chapter Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). The resource person was Mr. Sigi C. Joseph, Principal Engineer, Power Electronics group, Centre for Development of advanced Computing (C-DAC), Trivandrum.
  • We are looking to host a biennial conference on power electronics and related renewable energy, which is expected to take place in late 2019 or early 2020.
Below are some photographs of the events:

In-Vehicle networking for EV
technology at IIST Trivandrum
Mr Sigi C. Joseph, Principal Engineer,
PE division C-DAC giving a talk
IoT Workshop at College of
Engineering Attingal
Face to Face meeting

IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Engineering Sciences (ARES)
15 June 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2018 IEEE IAS Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference (PPFIC)
17-22 June 2018
Appleton, WI, USA

2018 Electrostatics Joint Conference (ESA)
18-20 June 2018
Boston, MA, USA

2018 International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM)
20-22 June 2018
Amalfi, Italy

2018 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica
28 June-2 July 2018
Capetown, South Africa

2018 IEEE 18th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (PEMC)
26-30 August 2018
Budapest, Hungary

2018 XIII International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM)
3-6 September 2018
Alexandroupoli, Greece

2018 IEEE 9th International Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives (SLED)
13-14 September 2018
Helsinki, Finland

2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC)
24-26 September 2018
Cincinnati, OH USA

2018 21st International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS)
7-10 October 2018
Jeju-si, Korea (South)

2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA)
14-17 October 2018
Paris, France

2018 International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (INDEL)
1-3 November 2018
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2018 IEEE 59th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON)
12-14 November 2018
Riga, Latvia

2018 IEEE International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES)
18-21 December 2018
Chennai, India

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