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IEEE IAS Newsletter
May 2018
In this issue
  • IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule
  • West Coast Chapter Meeting
  • Gerald Kliman Innovator Award Nominations Sought
  • 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
  • 2018 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting
  • IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems Conference
  • 2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • Offering for IAS Members
  • Uniandes Student Branch IAS Chapter
  • 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:
  • "Identifying the Requirements for Qualified, Unqualified, and Competent Persons Electrical Safety Training"
  • "Generation Scheduling Optimization of Wind-Energy Storage System Based on Wind Power Output Fluctuation Features"
  • "Improvement of Power Quality by Using Advanced Reactive Power Compensation"
  • "Intrinsically Safe Grounding Systems and Global Grounding Systems"
  • "Testing the Performance of Bus-Split Aggregation Method for Residential Loads"

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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IEEE Young Professional (YP) event held at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, TX, USA. IAS continues to support YP events and initiatives as part of the IAS Strategic Plan.

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.

IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule

There are no webinars scheduled for May 2018.

Please join us for our June webinar-"Understanding and Applying the Spirit of IEEE 519-2014"
13 June 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT, presented by Mahesh Swamy.

Abstract: Energy efficiency should remain at the core of all power system designs. This fundamental principle has been lucidly explained and forms the spirit of the latest guideline on harmonics published by IEEE. The older recommendations set in IEEE 519-1992 were confusing and subject to different interpretations, depending on one’s background and responsibility. The latest document rightly stresses energy efficiency. Reading in between the lines, one gets a feeling that the document encourages one to strive to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a given system. The introduction of statistics in the latest rendering of the IEEE 519 document is extremely important because by introducing the concept of time in the measurement method forces one to think about long term effects of current harmonics and poor power factor on energy wastage and plant efficiency. The point in the power system where statistical data should be measured and collected has also been clearly described without any ambiguity. This point, often referred to as the Point of Common Coupling (PCC) is clearly defined to be a point on the public utility system and not in front of a specific individual power converter. The webinar hopes to bring out the salient points in the new IEEE 519-2014 document and will try to contrast it with the older IEEE 519-1992 document wherever possible. The reasons and technical justifications for the much improved IEEE 519 document will be given. The webinar will also discuss some smart and cost effective ways of improving the overall system power factor, reducing input current and voltage harmonics and reducing system losses so as to help achieve the intent set forth in the new IEEE 519-2014 guideline.

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IAS West Coast Chapter Meeting 2018
ITEC 2018 Conference attendees, IAS members and nonmembers are cordially invited to take part in this free IAS Workshop organized in conjunction with the IEEE ITEC 2018 Conference. The "West Coast Chapter Meeting 2018," is the third in the series of regional IAS chapter meetings in the USA. The aim of these regional meetings is to establish direct contact between IAS members and IAS Executive Board members as well as to provide information about the current status of IAS. Your valuable feedback and ideas may be expressed to help shape the strategic plan for IAS going forward.

The meeting is hosted by the ITEC 2018 Organizing Committee-IAS Chapters and Membership Department and will be held Thursday 14 June 2018 from 4:20-5:40PM at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA, USA, Room 204.

The invited speakers are Bulent Sarlioglu, ITEC 2018 Organizing Committee General Chair, Tomy Sebastian, IAS President, Patrick McCarren, IAS Executive Director, Ahmed Rubaai, IAS Manufacturing Systems Development and Applications (MSDA) Department Chair, Steve Coppinger, Process Industries (PI) Department Chair, Andrew Hernandez, Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Department Chair, Ayman El-Refaie, Industrial Power Conversion Systems (IPCS) Department Chair, Peter Magyar, Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Chair, David Eng, CMD, IAS Chapters Area Chair Region 6, Jason Poon, CMD, IAS Student Branch Chapters Area Chair Region 4 and Region 6. The moderator will be David Eng, IAS Chapters Area Chair Region 6.

Register today by using the form IAS Workshop ITEC 2018..

If you have any questions, contact Peter Magyar, IAS CMD Chair at

IEEE IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department Gerald Kliman Innovator Award Nominations Sought
The IEEE IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department Gerald Kliman Innovator Award (one of the key awards at the IEEE IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department) is currently seeking nominations. This award may be presented annually to an individual, for meritorious contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their application to Industry.

The deadline for the Kliman Award is 1 June 2018. We encourage you to nominate your deserving colleagues for this award.

All information about the award as well as the nomination and reference forms can be found on our website.
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 1-hour modules and can accommodate an introductory to the more advanced presentation in several modules up to a maximum of 5 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 at 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 here. 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 (1 month)
Speakers to record presentations with the assistance of IAS staff (1 month)
Presentation videos and Q&A modules to be uploaded into IAS Resource Center (1 week)

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.

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting

The 2018 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 be co-located with the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) who will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Papers submission is now closed. The number of received papers indicates that the annual meeting will be a success.

The technical committees are now reviewing the received contributions. The acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent to the authors by 15 May and accepted authors should submit their final papers to ScholarOne by 15 July (instructions will be sent by 15 June).

The conference registration page will open 15 May. Visit our website to learn more about 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.

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 24-26 September 2018 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

For further information contact: Dennis Bogh, PCIC Vice-Chair and PCIC Technical Program Chair at

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

Uniandes Student Branch IAS Chapter
In March 2018, the Universidad de Los Andes Student Branch IAS Chapter led the organization of three major events. The Electric Mobility Talk, aimed at both technical and non-technical people interested in new e-mobility trends in Europe. This event was delivered by Kalle Rauma, a Ph.D. researcher at TU Dortmund, Germany. The Student Branch Chapter managed the visit of the EATON Truck, where solutions for installations that operate in island mode as mining and oil installations in the Colombian industry were presented: demonstration of the electric house, distribution cells, xStorage and more.

This was a great opportunity to bring industry applications to the academy, learning a little more about electric cars and charger types. From the Colombian industry, how are energized the facilities that operate in island mode (mining and oil fields), energy distribution with bar ducts, and electric arc.

The electric mobility talk was attended by 55 people from different universities in Bogota, including Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de la Salle, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Escuela de Ingeniería Julio Garavito, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Universidad de los Andes and Professionals.

Volunteers with the head of EATON Marketing at the EATON Truck activity in front of the Mario Laserna Building at the Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Some attendees in the EATON Truck, where they acquired knowledge about distribution cells, power storage and operation of the electric house that is installed in oil wells and mining fields.
IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
13-17 May 2018
Chicago, IL, USA

2018 International Power Electronics Conference (IPEC-Niigata 2018 ECCE Asia)
20-24 May 2018
Niigata, Japan

2018 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
13-15 June 2018
Long Beach, CA, USA

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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