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IEEE Systems Council Newsletter
 4th Quarter 2017
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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 Hybrid Routing Protocol for 3-D Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks"
  • "Cooperative Cognitive Intelligence for Internet of Vehicles"
  • "MLECOG: Motivated Learning Embodied Cognitive Architecture"
  • "A Novel Automatic Composition System Using Evolutionary Algorithm and Phrase Imitation"
  • "An Attentional Model for Autonomous Mobile Robots"
  • "Visual Focus of Attention Estimation Using Eye Center Localization"
  • "Optimizing Sensor Network Coverage and Regional Connectivity in Industrial IoT Systems"
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

Standards Technical Committee
The Standards Technical Committee is looking for members! To learn more please contact Annette Reilly.

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.


Dear Systems Engineers,
I am just back from Vienna, Austria where I took part, with many of you, in the IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering. It was a great conference with an interesting keynote speech on the new ITER project on the production of fusion energy, and with many technical and scientific papers presented in the symposium sessions. You will find the conference proceedings in IEEE Xplore shortly. Mark your calendars, as the next symposium will be held in Rome, in October 2018.

The IEEE Systems Council is always on the move: our next event, the IEEE Systems Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in April 2018. Check the Council website for more information on the conference and other Council activities.

Finally, there will be a new President, Stephanie White, who will lead the IEEE System Council for the next two years. Help me welcome her and wish her fruitful work for the benefit of our community.

Paolo Carbone
President, IEEE Systems Council
University of Perugia-Italy

View the full list of our Member Society Representatives.

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.

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 deadlines for each award are below:

Outstanding Service Award: 31 January 2018
James O. Gray Scholarship: 1 March 2018

2018 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon)

The 12th annual IEEE International Systems Conference will be held 24-26 April 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. For more information, view the conference website.

Important Dates:
  • 17 November 2017: Initial manuscript deadline (Extended)
  • 14 December 2017: Acceptance notification
  • 13 February 2018: Final paper deadline
If you would like to join the Technical Program Committee for the International Systems Conference, please contact Cynda Covert.

Human Systems Integration Track at IEEE SysCon 2018

The Human System Integration (HSI) Technical Committee has submitted a proposal for a special paper track to focus on HSI in Systems Engineering. This newly-formed technical committee focuses on identifying and improving methods to integrate human concerns into the conceptualization and design of systems. HSI encourages early understanding of human roles and responsibilities, along with limitations and constraints that may impact system design. The proposed session track will accept papers from a wide range of topics that address issues that arise at the intersection of the user with the system.

For more information on both the paper track and/or joining the HSI TC contact: Holly A. H. Handley at

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.

4-8 December 2017

56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
12-15 December 2017
Melbourne, Australia

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

OCEANS 2018 MTS/IEEE Kobe/Techno-Ocean 2018
28-31 May 2018
Kobe, Japan

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

Congratulations to the Systems Journal Best Paper Award Winners:

One award was given at the 2017 International Symposium on Systems Engineering and the other will be given at the 2018 IEEE International Systems Conference.

The 2017 Awards were given to:
  • Jinsong Wu, Song Guo, Jie Li, and Deze Zeng For the paper entitled, "Big Data Meet Green Challenges: Big Data toward Green Applications."

  • Chunsheng Zhu, Hai Wang, Xiulong Liu, Lei Shu, Laurence T. Yang, and Victor C. M. Leung For the paper entitled, "A Novel Sensory Data Processing Framework to Integrate Sensor Networks With Mobile Cloud."

IEEE is committed to excellence and the IEEE Systems Council Technical Committees (TC) 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:

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.

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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