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IEEE Systems Council Newsletter
 1st Quarter 2018
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IEEE Systems Journal
The latest issue of IEEE Systems Journal is in the mail and retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE Systems Journal subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "A Conceptual Methodology for Selecting the Preferred System of Systems"
  • "Adaptive Multiscale Optimization: Concept and Case Study on Simulated UAV Surveillance Operations"
  • "A Prescriptive Approach to Quality-Focused System Architecture"
  • "Static Resilience of Large Flexible Engineering Systems: Axiomatic Design Model and Measures"
  • "Generic System Description and Problem Solving in Systems Engineering"
  • "Dynamic IEEE Test Systems for Transient Analysis"
  • "The Tension Matrix and the Concept of Elemental Decomposition: Improving Identification of Conflicting Requirements"
Distinguished Lecturers
The Systems Council currently has eleven active Distinguished Lecturers (DLs). The purpose of this program is to increase awareness about topics relevant to Systems Council by creating a pool of subject matter experts who are willing to speak to IEEE Chapters, Sections, Societies and Councils.

To view the DLs, find out how to request a DL speech, or apply to become a DL, visit our website.

Systems Engineering Workshops
Would you like to set up a workshop on the topic of Systems Engineering? If so, contact Bob Rassa at


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The IEEE Systems Council Newsletter includes time sensitive news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of the IEEE Systems Journal.


image of Stephanie White Greetings! I have just started my term as IEEE Systems Council President for 2018-2019, and hope to hear from you about ways we can better serve you. The following Systems Council activities may be of interest to you:

Our 12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon 2018) is being held at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, Canada 23-26 April 2018. Visit our website for conference details, including special sessions and tutorials.

Consider submitting a paper to our second conference of the year, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering which will be held in the Rome Marriott Park Hotel in Rome, Italy 1-3 October 2018. Initial submissions are due by 4 May. Visit our website for further details.

In November 2017, IEEE approved our proposal for a new journal - the IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS). The tremendous growth in the numbers, complexity, and sophistication of highly miniaturized airborne and spaceborne systems, which include sensors and associated instrumentation, control, power, and guidance/propulsion systems, among many others, suggests that a dedicated publication for developers and users of such systems is warranted. This electronic journal will launch in 2019 and be published four times a year

Systems Council is pleased to host the James O. Gray scholarship program, in which US$5000 is awarded to a graduate student annually. Under this program, Systems Council is also sponsoring an annual scholarship for an undergraduate student. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2018. Awards will be announced at SysCon 2018. Information on the nomination process can be found on our website.

Stephanie White
Long Island University

View the full list of our Member Society Representatives.

2018 Class of IEEE Systems Council Fellows

Congratulations to our newly elevated IEEE Fellows! Thank you for your many contributions to IEEE Systems Council.
  • Ni-bin Chang
    University of Central Florida
    for contributions to computational techniques for the analysis of environmental sustainability

  • Stephen Welby
    US Department of Defense
    for leadership in defense and aerospace systems engineering

Call for Nominations for 2018 IEEE Systems Council Awards

The IEEE Systems Council is soliciting nominations for the Outstanding Service Award and the James O. Gray Scholarship. The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2018.

Call for Nominations for IEEE Fellows Class of 2019

The 2019 nomination for IEEE Fellows is now open! Any candidate nominated with Systems Engineering as part of his/her experience may request that their evaluation be completed by the IEEE Systems Council. All nominations are due on 1 March 2018. More information on the nomination process can be found on the IEEE website.

2018 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)

The 12th annual IEEE International Systems Conference will be held 23-26 April 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, view the conference website.

Register for the conference today!

IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE)

The 4th annual IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering will be held 1-3 October 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Important Dates:
  • Initial Manuscript Deadline: 4 May 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: 1 August 2018
  • Full Manuscript and Author Registration Deadline: 31 August 2018
If you would like to join the Technical Program Committee for the International Symposium on Systems Engineering, please contact Cynda Covert.

IEEE Aerospace Conference
3-10 March 2018
Big Sky, MT, USA

2018 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR)
18-22 March 2018
Tuebingen/Reutlingen, Germany

2018 IEEE Conference on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (MIPR)
21-23 March 2018
Miami, FL, USA

2018 IEEE Radar Conference
23-27 April 2018
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

2018 IEEE 21st International Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits & Systems (DDECS)
25-27 April 2018
Budapest, Hungary

2018 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
14-16 May 2018
San Jose, CA, USA

2018 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
14-17 May 2018
Houston, TX, USA

2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
27-30 May 2018
Florence, Italy

2018 International Microwave Symposium
10-15 June 2018
Philadelphia, PA, USA

2018 International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems
25-28 June 2018
Charlotte, NC, USA

2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME)
23-27 July 2018
San Diego, CA, USA

2018 Smart Cities and Communities Conference (SCCIC)
24-26 July 2018
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2018 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
20-24 August 2018
Munich, Germany

2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
7-10 October 2018
Miyazaki, Japan

The 2017 International Symposium on Wearable & Rehabilitation Robotics (WeRob2017) was held for the first time in the USA. It was co-sponsored by the IEEE Systems Council and the Automation Society through the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on Wearable Robotics, and endorsed by International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), the scope of WeRob expanded this year to include rehabilitation robotics. Through the sponsorship of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann and the organization of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Education Academy, the Symposium was hosted 5-8 November 2017, in Houston, TX, USA.

WeRob2017 hosted nearly 200 attendees representing 15 countries and 30 nationalities, seven government affairs agencies, 12 medical facilities, 16 sponsors and/or exhibitors, 40 academic institutions, and 80 poster platform presentations. The symposium committee was led by symposium co-chairs Gerard Francisco MD, from TIRR Memorial Hermann and UT Health Medical School, Jose L. Contreras, Ph.D., IEEE Senior Member from University of Houston, Maria O’Malley, Ph.D. from Rice University, and Jose Luis Pons Rovira, Ph.D, from the Cajal Institute and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) in Spain. A group of 30 noted experts guided the symposium as part of the Scientific Advisory Committee.

Keynote speakers set the pace for this engaging and thought provoking symposium as Paolo Bonato, Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital led discussions for pediatric application of robots; B.J. Fregly, Ph.D. and Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar from Rice University discussed the complimentary topics of Neuromusculoskeletal Modeling and Rehabilitation Robotics; Robert Riener, Ph.D. from Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Robotics and University of Zurich, shared the provocative topic of who leads clinical applications (patient, robot, therapist), Vivek Pinto, Ph.D., Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Devices Branch of the Food and Drug Administration shared regulatory points to consider when bringing wearable robotics to the market place; and Rob Ambrose, Ph.D. from NASA's Robotics Initiative brought the symposium to a close with his engaging talk on robotics and space exploration.

The symposium showcased the expertise of international speakers from academia, government, industry, and rehabilitation centers, as well as the experience and feedback of end users of robotic devices through talks, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. Symposium highlighted topics included recent innovations in wearable robotic technology, human-robot interaction and interfaces, solutions for the needs of persons with disabilities and the aging population. A product theater demonstrating the latest in wearable exoskeletons and rehabilitation robots was a highlight for the exhibitors and sponsors, and two poster sessions engaged all professionals.

Thank you to our Academic Partners, University of Texas (UT) Health McGovern Medical School, University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, Rice University Robotics Initiative, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas for their support and guidance, leading WeRob2017 to its successful conclusion. We look forward to future endeavors together.

New Journal coming in 2019!

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Airborne and Space Systems (J-MASS) provides a forum for manuscripts that focus on airborne and spaceborne miniaturized systems. This electronic journal will launch in 2019 and be published four times a year. The tremendous growth in the numbers, complexity, and sophistication of highly miniaturized airborne and spaceborne systems, which include sensors and associated instrumentation, control, power, and guidance/propulsion systems, among many others, suggests that a dedicated publication for developers and users of such systems is warranted.

J-MASS is sponsored by IEEE Systems Council and the following organizational units: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Please contact Editor-in-Chief, John Schmalzel with any questions at

IEEE is committed to excellence and the IEEE Systems Council Technical Committees (TCs) are designed to flexibly respond to any engineering interests whether they be long or short term.

Current list of Technical Committees:
To participate in one of the TCs, please contact Walt Downing, Vice President, Technical Operations for the Systems Council. Please view our website for more information.

IEEE Systems Council Technical Committee News:

The Technical Committee on Analytics and Risk of the IEEE Systems Council invites papers for a topical track at the 16th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research, held in Charlottesville, VA, USA, 8-9 May 2018. Corresponding authors should designate the TC with their paper submissions that are due by 9 February 2018. Visit our website for more information.

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Systems Education Technical Committee. The committee is meant to provide both a forum for the exchange of ideas on systems topics including systems thinking, systems education, system dynamics and system engineering; in short, all systems related educational activities associated with the IEEE Systems Council and IEEE.

Initial ideas include:
  • Establish a forum (blog/wiki) for systems educators to share ideas and resources for teaching systems subjects
  • Establish databases to store and share systems education presentations and models
  • Organize and conduct technical sessions during IEEE Systems Council conferences on systems education topics
  • Recognize outstanding system educators from K-12 to Graduate programs by establishing an awards system
  • Establish a tutorial structure for live and virtual attendance on systems education topics
  • Serve as a resource for organizations, public and private seeking information on systems thinking, education, modeling and engineering topics
If you are interested in joining us to contribute to building this committee, please visit our website or send an email to Charles Pickar.

The Human System Integration (HSI) Technical Committee focuses on identifying and improving methods to integrate human concerns into the conceptualization and design of systems. It encourages early understanding of human roles and responsibilities, along with limitations and constraints that may impact system design. It also investigates human performance models that augment model-based system engineering processes to evaluate both system and human requirements.

The HSI TC has sponsored a special paper track at SysCon 2018 to focus on HSI in Systems Engineering. HSI is listed as one of the enablers of System Engineering in the System Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK); participants in this session will gain an understanding of some of the topics encompassed by the domain of Human System Integration.

Additionally, there will be a HSI TC general membership meeting at SysCon 2018 - all are welcome to attend. Of particular interest for this committee is an approach to HSI that includes the perspective of design engineers who may be removed from the end user and unaware of potential HSI concerns. Additionally, the committee strives to provide discussion forums, lessons learned, and a community of resources to address current HSI issues. For more information please contact the committee chair, Holly A. H. Handley, Ph.D., PE from Old Dominion University.

An IEEE Chapter is a geographical subunit of an IEEE entity and is established by petition to the IEEE. Chapters are concerned with representing and fulfilling the needs of the member in their specific geographical area. Chapters allow members to meet face-to-face and host local activities. The Systems Council is looking to expand through the use of chapters. Creating a Systems or Joint Chapter is easily done through a petition, submitted to IEEE. For more information on this process please visit the IEEE website or contact Marco Parvis, VP Member Services at

The IEEE Systems Council currently has ten Chapters: IEEE Italy Section Chapter, IEEE Mohawk Valley Section Chapter, IEEE Coastal Los Angeles Chapter, IEEE Toronto Chapter, IEEE Shanghai Section Joint Chapter, IEEE South Africa Section Joint Chapter, Systems Council Chapter, UK and Ireland Section, IEEE Long Island Chapter, IEEE Washington Chapter, IEEE Mexico Chapter.

Please visit our website for more information.

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