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IEEE Systems Council Newsletter
 2nd 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.

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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.

IEEE Systems Council Chapter Creation
The Systems Council currently is looking to expand our Chapters. Creating a Systems or Joint Chapter is easily done through a petition, submitted to IEEE. For more information on this process please visit our website or contact Marco Parvis, VP Member Services.

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


About the IEEE Systems Council Newsletter

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 If you are an active participant in the IEEE Systems Council, thank you for your support of our activities. If not, I hope you will become more active in Systems Council. All members of a Council's Member Societies are Participants of the Council. Therefore, if you are a member of one of the Societies listed here, you are an official Systems Council participant.

If there is a Systems Council Chapter in your area, I hope you are attending meetings. If not, I recommend that you go to a meeting and meet interesting people. Please visit our website for more information on our Chapters.

If there are no Systems Council Chapters in your area, I recommend that you find a group of interested people in your area and start a Chapter. Forming a Chapter is easy and great for networking. You only need 12 petitioners to sign the petition with their IEEE member number. More information can be found online, or Marco Parvis, VP of Systems Council Member Services, can answer questions about forming a Systems Council Chapter.

If you are not already a Systems Council Technical Committee member, we hope you will join one of our TCs. For a list of Systems Council TCs and links to their web pages, visit our website. Walt Downing is the VP of Systems Council Technical Operations. Please contact him if you would like to start a new Systems Council TC.

If you are a member of an IEEE Society which is not a member of Systems Council and know a number of your Society's members interested in Systems, please contact me and we will work with you to add your Society to the list of Systems Council Member Societies.

Thank you for your interest in Systems Council. Please let me or our VPs know if you need help to become a more active participant.

Stephanie White
IEEE Systems Council President
Long Island University

2018 Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations to Vincenzo Piuri, Universita' degli Studi di Milano; the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Service Award. This award honors long and distinguished service to the IEEE Systems Council at a level of dedication and achievement rarely demonstrated.

2018 IEEE James O. Gray Scholarship
Congratulations to the IEEE Systems Council James O. Gray Scholarship recipient, Bruno Carvalho, Concordia University. This scholarship recognizes students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation, or instrumentation and measurement.

2018 IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Awards

This year the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award was awarded to five papers:
  • Debiao He, Sherali Zeadally, Neeraj Kumar, and Jong-Hyouk Lee
    For the paper entitled, Anonymous Authentication for Wireless Body Area Networks with Provable Security

  • Yang Liu, Shiyan Hu, Han Huang, Rajiv Ranjan, Albert Y. Zomaya, and Lizhe Wang
    For the paper entitled, Game-Theoretic Market-Driven Smart Home Scheduling Considering Energy Balancing

  • Sudip Misra, P. Venkata Krishna, Vankadara Saritha, Harshit Agarwal, Athanasios V. Vasilakos, Mohammad S. Obaidat
    For the paper entitled, Learning Automata-Based Fault-Tolerant System for Dynamic Autonomous Unmanned Vehicular Networks

  • Lei Shu, Lei Wang, Jianwei Niu, Chunsheng Zhu, Mithun Mukherjee
    For the paper entitled, Releasing Network Isolation Problem in Group-Based Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Yin Zhang, Meikang Qiu, Chun-Wei Tsai, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan, and Atif Alamri
    For the paper entitled, Health-CPS: Healthcare Cyber-Physical System Assisted by Cloud and Big Data

While the nominations are now closed for the 2019 class of IEEE Fellows, the Systems Council encourages you to begin thinking about your nominations for the 2020 class. If you know someone who is a Senior Member whose experience is in the systems engineering field we welcome you to nominate them for the class of 2020 and identify the Systems Council as their evaluating unit. Nominations for the 2020 class of Fellows will open in September. More information can be found on the IEEE website.

2018 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)

The 12th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference was held 23-26 April 2018 in Vancouver, Canada and attracted almost 200 attendees. Thank you to all the organizers, authors and attendees who helped make IEEE SysCon 2018 a success!

Young Professional Event at SysCon 2018

The IEEE Systems Council and IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) co-hosted a Young Professionals event in conjunction with the 2018 IEEE Systems Conference in Vancouver, Canada. This event brought together young professions and students from the Vancouver section of IEEE to network and talk with industry leaders. The panel of industry leaders included Paul C. Hershey, Ph.D., Principal Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services; and Robert C. Rassa, Director, Engineering Programs, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. The students had a chance to ask the panel question related to job searching, resumes, and what kind of career paths they took. The event was a great success.

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. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing:
  • Applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems in a variety of topics
  • Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of-systems environment
  • Research opportunities and results relating to systems-of-systems
View the Call for Papers, or visit the conference website for more information.

2019 IEEE International Systems Conference

The 13th annual IEEE International Systems Conference will be held in Orlando, FL, USA 8-11 April 2019 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel. For more information, view the Call for Papers.

Important Dates:
  • Special Session Proposal Deadline: 12 October 2018
  • Initial Manuscript Deadline: 16 November 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: 14 December 2018
  • Final Paper Deadline: 13 February 2019
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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

Call for Papers for IEEE Journal of Miniaturized Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)

The IEEE Journal of Miniaturized Air and Space Systems is a new technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. These platforms offer new, low-cost ways to accomplish a wide range of sensing functions for applications ranging from agriculture to land use and ocean surveys.

Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to solving problems related to the development and use of miniaturized platforms such as drones and CubeSats. The scope includes both the sensors (across the electromagnetic spectrum) and platform systems (propulsion, navigation, power, communication, etc.). Papers may include theory, application, and operation of small platforms along with the design and development of both platforms and sensor systems. Papers covering educational activities in developing small platforms or their sensors are also encouraged.

Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central and should be original work within this scope. Manuscripts submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Further information is available as Instructions for Authors at the same URL for manuscript preparation, submission, and tracking. Official launch date: 2019, but may start earlier with sufficient papers.

IEEE Copyright Form:
Since the policy of the IEEE is to own the copyright to the technical contributions that it publishes, an electronic Copyright Form must be submitted at the time of manuscript submission.

Guide to Estimating Number of Article Pages:
Approximately three double-spaced (12-point font, 26 lines per page) typewritten pages will make one article page. Approximately six single-column figures having a 1:1 aspect ratio will fit on one page.

Overlength Fees:
Up to seven pages are published for no charge; articles that exceed the seven page limit are charged an overlength page charge.

About the Journal:
The J-MASS sponsorship consortium includes IEEE Systems Council, IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society, and IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

For more information, please contact: John Schmalzel at

TC Chair Elected as Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Professor Desheng Dash Wu, the Chair of Analytics and Risk Technical Committee, IEEE Systems Council was elected as Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts because of his research work in risk-based decision making. He studies mathematical modeling of management systems under risks and uncertainty, especially for maximizing operational and financial goals using the methodologies of game theory and large-scale optimization. He published more than 150 papers in refereed journals such as the Decision Sciences, Risk Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems (IEEE TSMC). Several of his papers were recognized as some of the best in respective journals. Prof. Wu's papers are selected as "10 Big Impact Articles," "Top 25 Hottest Article in Elsevier Journals," "Top 20 Most Cited Articles." There are more than 6400 Google Scholar literature citations to his publications. He developed a comprehensive risk management methodology, which was termed as "W-O" ERM Model and Methodology by international scholars.

He is an internationally-renowned scholar and teacher focusing on the area of risk analysis, with a particular interest in operations and finance interface. He is the Editor of Springer Book Series on "Computational Risk Management" with David Olson and John Birge. He has been an Associate Editor/Guest Editor for more than 15 journals including the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, Annals of Operations Research, Computers and Operations Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Risk Analysis, and Omega. He is the Chair of the IEEE Social and Economic Security Technical Committee, IEEE Analytics and Risk Technical Committee, and leads more than 15 international committees and meetings.

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. 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.

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