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IEEE in 2030 – Inputs Solicited

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

IEEE in 2030—Please Provide your Input

In January of 2015 the IEEE Board of Directors (BoD) went on a retreat with a collection of additional IEEE members recruited to represent young professionals, women in engineering and people from various geographic regions and interests. The purpose of the discussion in that retreat was to determine “What changes must we make now to best position IEEE for success in 2030, while still supporting the needs of technologists between now and then?” At the end of the retreat four Ad Hoc Committees or Teams comprised of BoD members were created. The first committee (Team 1) was to Create a Nimble, Flexible, Forward-Looking Organization. The second committee (Team 2) was to Foster Public Imperatives. The third committee (Team 3) was to Foster Diverse Technical Communities with Industry, Government, and Academia.   The fourth committee (Team 4) was to Empower the Discovery, Development and Delivery of Cutting-edge Products and Services.   I was appointed to lead Team 3 (Fostering Diverse Technical Communities with Industry, Government, and Academia).

While all four Teams continue to develop plans to create an IEEE in 2030 that meets the needs of Technologies at that time, this piece is meant to look at the activities and discussions in Team 1 (lead by Barry Shoop, 2015 IEEE President Elect) and to invite regular IEEE members to contribute to the discussion and help shape the future of the IEEE going forward. At the June IEEE Board of Directors meeting a constitutional amendment that was to be on the IEEE Ballot later this Summer was pulled from that ballot. It was felt by many that some items on the amendment were not well considered and left the IEEE open to rapid redirection by a small group of people sometime in the future, possibly not in the best interests of the members. It was also felt that the amendment was created and approved without much discussion or exposure to the regular members.


IEEE in 2030

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015


IEEE members – are you interested in the strategy for IEEE moving forward.  Click on this: Socialization Deck from 2015 Board Syntegration to learn more.



Call for Papers IEEE SIIT 2015 – Standardization and Innovation in Info Tech

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Second Call for Papers


9th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology
Interoperability, Intellectual Property and Standards

Interoperability has never been more important than it is today. It can be achieved by design, following the market or through standardization. How does intellectual property impact interoperability? How do these factors interact with standardization? IEEE-SIIT 2015 will explore these and other questions with academia, government and industry participants and from various disciplinary angles (Computer Science, Engineering, Law, Management Studies, Sociology, etc.). It will take place 6-8 October 2015 at Synopsys, Sunnyvale, California, USA, sponsored by the IEEE Standards Association and under the patronage of SJSU Lucas Graduate School of Business.


Call for 2015 IEEE EAB Award Nominations

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Call for 2015 IEEE Educational Activities Award Nominations

The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) is currently seeking nominations for its prestigious annual awards, which recognize major contributions to engineering and technical education. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 30 April 2015 and you may nominate an IEEE member, IEEE section, IEEE society, or outside organization.

We need your nominations for the following awards:

· Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities
· Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education
· Meritorious Achievement Award in Informal Education
· Major Educational Innovation Award
· Pre-University Educator Award
· Meritorious Service Citation
· Standards Education Award
· Employer Professional Development Award
· Society/Council Professional Development Award
· Section Professional Development Award

· IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award
· IEEE-HKN C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award
· IEEE-HKN Vladimir Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award
· IEEE-HKN Distinguished Service Award

A description of each award and the applicable nomination forms can be found online at

The submission deadline for nominations is 30 April 2015.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email


Low-Power Image Recognition Competition

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Low Power Image Recognition Competition 2015

Rules and full details at


June 7, 2015, competition at the 2015 Design Automation Conference ( held in San Francisco, CA


Many mobile systems (smartphones, electronic glass, autonomous robots) can capture images. These systems use batteries and energy conservation is essential. This challenge aims to discover the best technology in both image recognition and energy conservation. Winners will be evaluated based on both high recognition accuracy and low power usage.

Image Recognition

Image recognition involves many tasks. This challenge focuses on object detection, a basic routine in many recognition approaches. The following example illustrates the task. There are several objects: cars, persons, motorcycle, and a helmet. The training and validation data for LPIRC comes from the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge detection competition.  The test data will be specific to LPIRC.


  • The champion will receive $1,000.
  • The second prize is $500.
  • The third prize is $200.
  • The prize for the least energy with high accuracy (at least one standard above the average) is $200.
  • The prize for the highest accuracy with low energy (at least one standard below the average) is $200.
  • Each winner will also receive one GPU card donated by Nvidia.

How are scores calculated?
The score has two parts: the accuracy in image recognition and the energy consumption.

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