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IEEE Systems Council Newsletter
 4th Quarter 2018
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Feature articles in this issue include:
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.

A current list of the Systems Council Chapters can be found on our website.
IEEE Systems Council Technical Committees
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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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!

Join us at the 13th Annual IEEE Systems Conference which will be held 8-11 April 2019 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL, USA. I hope to see you there. The call for papers can be downloaded from the IEEE Systems Conference website.

Watch for the announcement of this year's James O. Gray Scholarship on the IEEE Systems Council website. The scholarship recognizes graduate and undergraduate students pursuing studies in process control systems engineering, plant automation or instrumentation and measurement and undergraduate students pursuing studies in systems engineering. The prize is US$5,000 and a certificate for a Graduate and undergraduate student. Funds will be paid to the school on behalf of the student.

The 4th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering was held 1-3 October 2018 in Rome, Italy. Dr. Marina Ruggieri gave an inspiring keynote talk on the fascinating future of Space System Engineering, titled "The Software-Defined-Everything (SDE) revolution in the Space Systems: Softwarized Satellites, Cloud above the clouds and Human-Robot Cooperation." Two excellent tutorials were provided. One was on System Security and the other was on Systems Engineering and Sociotechnical Systems for IT Professionals. Symposium attendees and local systems engineering students and professionals who graduated in the last 15 years networked with the systems engineering community at the ISSE Young Professionals Networking Event.

Please visit our website frequently for conference announcements and other updates.

Our newsletters are published quarterly and include information on IEEE Systems Council activities plus a list of other conferences of interest. I hope you find this newsletter of interest. Past newsletters can be found on our website.

Best regards,

Stephanie White
IEEE Systems Council President
Long Island University

IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE)

The IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) is an annual European event with growing interest and participation. This year, systems engineers, professionals and researchers met in Rome to attend ISSE 2018, held 1-3 October 2018. The Rome event was the fourth conference organized under the chairmanship of Bob Rassa with Paolo Carbone serving as the Technical Program Chair.

Three tutorials were presented with a large number of attendees. There were about 85 other presentations by systems engineer enthusiasts. Presentations gave the opportunities for many discussions and illustration of various viewpoints. The best paper award was given to the paper entitled, "From Models of Structures to Structures of Models" authored by Tatiana Prosvirnova (CentraleSupelec, France), Michel Batteux (IRT SystemX, France), Antoine Rauzy (NTNU, Norway).

A very interesting session was organized by James Ritchie, the Young Professionals Representative of the IEEE Systems Council, who gathered experts and professionals to help younger engineers benefit from their experience.

Finally, a special thanks goes to Marina Ruggieri, IEEE Past Vice President, Technical Activities, who delivered a very interesting keynote speech and challenged the audience to envision the future opportunities of Systems Engineering.

Save the Date: 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering

The 5th annual IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE) will be held 1-3 October 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. More information on this conference will be available shortly.

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. Papers are now being accepted for IEEE SysCon 2019! More information on the paper submission process can be found on our website. Please visit the conference website for additional information.

Important Dates:
  • Abstract and Full Paper Submission Deadline: 16 November 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: 14 December 2018
  • Final Paper Deadline: 13 February 2019

IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (SPCE) | 12-13 November 2018 | Boston, MA, USA

IEEE Global Communications Conference | 9-13 December 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) | 17-21 March 2019 | Anaheim, CA, USA

IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf19) | 22-26 April 2019 | Boston, MA, USA

IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering (ISPCE) | 6-8 May 2019 | San Jose, CA, USA

IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) | 20-24 May 2019 | Shanghai, China

IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) | 20-23 May 2019 | Auckland, New Zealand

IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) | 20-24 May 2019 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) | 26-29 May 2019 | Sapporo, Japan

IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) | 2-7 June 2019 | Boston, MA, USA

IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) | 22-26 August 2019 | Vancouver, BC, Canada

IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) | 6-9 October 2019 | Bari, Italy

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View the full list of our Member Society Representatives.

Each quarter the IEEE Systems Council will feature a number of our member societies in the Member Society Spotlight. The full list of our member societies can be found on our website. This quarter we are focusing on IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.

AESS logoIEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)

The IEEE AESS provides a global home for professionals in academia, industry, and Government working in the electronic systems domain. AESS conferences, workshops, transactions, magazine and educational tools enhance and disseminate the culture of complex systems through the global AESS community, bringing to a large and beneficial exchange of experience and achievements among our members. Enhance your daily professional life with AESS through access to educational initiatives, professional development, and networking opportunities, as well as top technical information covering the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments.

The AESS field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control.

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Major Conferences IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Publications
IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES): A bi-monthly publication of peer-reviewed articles that present the results of original research.

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (AES-M): A monthly publication of brief articles of general interest, news and information of interest to IEEE AESS members, and periodic publication of Tutorials.

Chapter Activities
The Central Texas Section Joint SMC/AES Chapter celebrated IEEE Day on Monday, 1 October 2018 with a luncheon and technical presentation on autonomous driving systems by Ryan Lamm, Director of Applied Sensing in the Intelligent Systems Division at Southwest Research Institute. Over 40 attendees enjoyed a free lunch and desserts hosted by the Central Texas Section. IEEE Day celebrates the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. The IEEE Day theme is "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow." While the world focuses on what's new, IEEE focuses on what’s next. In keeping with this theme, Mr. Lamm's presentation covered the history, current status, and future of autonomous driving systems.

IMS logoIEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS)

The IMS is a worldwide group of professionals who share a vision to be the premier international professional Society in the Instrumentation and Measurement (IMS) fields. There is opportunity to publish in our top-rated publications. There is technical involvement with Technical Committees made up of people interested in IMS as applied to communication, medicine, traffic safety, the environment, industrial inspection, and many other areas of interest. We have conferences to connect you to your colleagues across the globe to discuss a wide variety of application areas of Instrumentation and Measurement. For personal learning, they offer video tutorials on a variety of IMS topics. We can connect you to your local chapter and its members in your area.

The Instrumentation and Measurement Society Field of Interest is the science, technology and application of instrumentation and measurement.

IMS Society Flagship Conference Other major IMS Sponsored Conferences Instrumentation and Measurement Society Publications
  • IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement (T-IM) - The technical journal of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and is published monthly. The Transactions serves as the forum for publishing original scholarly papers, that are primarily in the fields of instrumentation and measurement.
  • IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine (M-IM) - The magazine is a bimonthly publication which covers a wide variety of topics in instrumentation, measurement, and systems that measure or instrument equipment or other systems.

Call for Papers for IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for 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.

For more information, please visit our website or contact John Schmalzel at

IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers

The IEEE Systems Council currently has 16 active Distinguished Lecturers. 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. More information can be found on our website.

Newly Elected IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers

Congratulations to the following newly-elected IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers:
  • Edward Addy, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Holly Handley, Old Dominion University
  • Donna H. Rhodes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • N. Peter Whitehead, The MITRE Corporation
The complete list of our Systems Council Distinguished Lecturers can be found on our website.

IEEE Systems Council Technical Committee News

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.

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