May 2020
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Open Journal of Industry Applications
COVID-19 Related Research and Technologies are Free to Access in IEEE Xplore®
IEEE is committed to supporting the global response with direct access to various articles available to assist in the management of today’s pandemic. These articles are now free to access on IEEE Xplore.
Conference Update
We would like to express our concern and support for all the members of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and others affected by the global health crisis.

Please be sure to continue to check into the IAS Events & Conferences page, and follow the links to any of the Upcoming Conference websites for the latest information on each given event.
Please refer to the IAS Conference page for a full listing.
2020 IAS Annual Meeting
From its onset, the IEEE-IAS Annual Meeting planning committee pays close attention to the development of the COVID-19 and its impact on everyday life. With the approaching of IAS AM2020, scheduled for 11-15 October 2020, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, our primary concern is the health, safety, and comfort of our conference attendees and colleagues.

We are closely monitoring the updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). At this moment, we have decided to proceed as planned with the face-to-face conference.

IAS AM2020 planning committee recognizes that this is a continually evolving situation. We are committed to communicating responsibly to move toward for a successful event.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the IAS AM2020 website.
2020 IEEE 40th Concapan
We take great pleasure in inviting you to the 2020 IEEE 40th Central America and Panama Convention (CONCAPAN) that will be held in Panamá City (Panama) 11 -14 November 2020.

CONCAPAN is one of the most important international technological events of the electrical industry in the Central American region that brings together hundreds of professionals, developers and researchers from the industry and academy that work in all areas of electrical engineering.

We invite submissions for papers, which address the following themes:
  • Power & Energy
  • Telecommunications
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Signal processing
  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • Industry Applications
  • Robotics, Automation and Control
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Vehicular Technology and Intelligent Transportation Systems
All peer-reviewed full conference papers (in English) presented will be published in IEEE Xplore.

The call for papers is already open

We would appreciate your support in promoting this important international conference among your colleagues, and in submitting academic papers.

Your presence at this conference is important to us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Carlos A. Medina C.
Technical Program Chair
Full Conference Details
IEEE Power Electronics, Drives, and Energy System (PEDES) Conference 2020
The IEEE PEDES 2020 steering and organizing committees have been continuously monitoring the updates on the COVID-19 status in India and other countries. Our primary concern is the health, safety, and comfort of our attendees. In light of growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequent travel constraints, after much thoughtful deliberation, it is decided not to move forward with the in-person conference but to organize the conference “virtually” using web-based online presentation.

PEDES 2020’s organizing committee is committed to communicating responsibly as planning continues to evolve towards a successful event. Planning is already underway to assemble and deploy a virtual conference platform to preserve value for attendees and speakers. Please await further details.

All papers presented will go to IEEE Xplore and will be eligible for further review for publication in IAS Transactions and magazine.

In view of this situation, the digest submission deadline has been extended to 1 July 2020.

A Reduced registration fee structure will be available very soon on the website.

Please visit our conference webpage for timely updates and stay safe!

Rajesh Kumar and Akshay Kumar Rathore
General Chairs-PEDES 2020
Chapter/Section Events
ICCCA 2020 - Call for Papers
5th IEEE International Conference on Computing, Communication and Automation (ICCCA 2020) has extended their paper submissions. 

Submission deadline: 30 June 2020
View CFP Details
CIYCEE 2020 - Call for Papers
China International Youth Conference on Electrical Engineering, visit the conference website for more details. 

Submission deadline: 31 July 2020
View CFP Details
SCEMS 2020 - Call for Papers
Student Conference on Electric Machines and Systems, Jinan, China 1-3 December 2020. Visit the conference website for more details. 

Submission deadline: 16 August 2020
View CFP Details
Announcing 5th SAE Summer Academy on Energy organized by the IEEE Budapest University of Technology and Economics Jt. IAS/PES Student Branch Chapter.
This year, our Chapter organizes the Summer Academy on Energy for the fourth time. It is a whole week program for BSc, MSc and PhD students, which contains technical lectures, site visits and tasks. The professional topic will be energy markets. You can find more information on this website.

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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.

Call for IAS Volunteers :
The IAS has created four (4) Ad Hoc panels to immediately pursue work on 4 key strategic goals to enhance the value of IAS for its members and for human society:

1) IAS Sustainability projects
2) Bridge-Building, Alliances and Partnering projects
3) Professional & Career Development Resources for our Members
4) Projects Benefitting Humanity

This is an open call for all IAS members to accept this invitation to come and join us as a volunteer in this important effort. Do you have a passion to be involved in any of these areas? Then let us know. We will have micro-volunteer work available for individuals who can make only limited time commitments (such as our IAS Student members). To volunteer yourself, or to ask questions, please send an email to: David Eng, IAS Vice President, Email:
Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC)
As a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, there is no fee to join the community.

TEC focuses on technologies, organizations and projects enable the clean, connected and efficient transportation and vehicular systems of the future. Discussions include electric and hybrid cars and trucks, more-electric aircraft, electric rail and light rail systems, electric ships, off-road vehicles, grid interfaces and other forms of more-electric transportation.

The community discusses key enabling technologies, including batteries and energy storage, battery charging and management, power electronics, electric motors and drives, networked vehicles, fuel cells, wireless power transfer, and system integration. The community takes a leadership role in vehicle to grid (V2G) and grid interaction issues, IEEE standards in transportation and vehicles, high performance electric traction, student electric transportation competitions, and vehicle intelligence.

We are sponsored by nine IEEE Societies, one IEEE Council, and the IEEE Standards Association.

IAS Publications
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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 newly-elected IAS Senior members.