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Welcome to the IEEE New Zealand Central Section

The NZ Central Section has been serving IEEE members since 2005 and showing significant growth in membership through the introduction of targeted new Chapters, Affinity Groups, Student Branches and specially supported events. A more detailed history of the Section since its inception until the present day is available from here.
Recently, we started the new Computational Intelligence Chapter, more details about this and our other Technical Chapters can be found in circulated notices and the link provided opposite.

The Central Section Committee for 2016 can be found through the following link, please feel to contact us with any enquiries. Following the 2016 AGM, the Committee elect for 2017 has been confirmed on the committee link.

Section Chapters

There are currently three chapters directly associated with our Section:

  • Joint Chapter in Signal Processing and Information Theory
  • Power and Energy Society Chapter
  • Computational Intelligence Chapter

Nationally Affiliated Chapters

In addition to the above chapters that are directly affiliated with their respective IEEE Societies, our Section is actively involved in National (New Zealand) Chapters affiliated with other major IEEE Societies including:
  • IEEE Communications Society
  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • IEEE Robotics ad Automation

Affinity Groups

We have an active group supporting our recent graduates:
  • Young Professionals - formerly known as GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group

We are in the process of forming a Women in Engineering (WIE) group, if you are interested please contact Bing Xue who is on our committee. Please note in the Recent events section below that a special conference was held in December 2015.

Student Branches

We have two Student Branches in our region and we encourage and support students to join these Branches from both Massey and Victoria universities. A highlight of the year is a joint presentation day featuring the research students at both universities describing their current research and networking with each other in a friendly and social atmosphere. Postgraduate and Undergraduate students are most welcome to participate in the events. To find out more, please follow this link to the Student Branch pages.

  • Massey University Student Branch
  • Victoria University Student Branch

Last event was on Tuesday 30th August, 2016 at Victoria University. Follow this link to Student Branch pages to find a brief report and access to the latest photos from that event.

The next Post-graduate Presentation Day event will be held at Massey University on Monday 4th September 2017. Further announcements will be made when the time and location have been confirmed.


Upcoming General and Technical Meetings

Technical Meetings, Conferences and Events

  • Next Power and Energy Society Event:

    Title: Power Distribution System Planning in Smart Grids with Photovoltaics
    Speaker: Michael Emmanuel
    Date: Tuesday 14th March
    Time: 2.00 – 3.00 pm
    Venue: CO350 – Cotton Building, Kelburn Campus

    Full details are available through the following link.
  • We are pleased to announce that the next IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society workshop will be held on the 20th to 21st of April at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn parade.
    Please look at the announcement flyer for more details.

Upcoming Region 10 Conferences and Events

The Region 10 flagship conferences/congress organized in our region this year are TENCON, TENSYMP and the R10-Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10-HTC). The conferences are technical events where the papers are presented and uploaded in IEEE Xplore digital library. These events also:
  • provide a platform to share and discuss your ideas through papers, exhibitions, plenary talks, tutorials, etc.
  • connect you to the renowned personalities in the respective field of Engineering & Technology.
  • upgrade your knowledge and skills in new and emerging technology and research.
  • provide opportunity to update with the new innovations and products through the exhibition, etc.
  • polish your interpersonal and professional skills with the guidance of leaders
  • boost the inspiration to become an IEEE volunteer for advancing the Technology for humanity and so on.
Some brief descriptions of these conferences/events are given below:
  • TENCON: It is one of the prestigious events of R10 which was started in 1980. In its 36 years of operation, this conference has been organized in many parts of Asia-Pacific with a great success. The scope of this conference is very wide covering all the fields of Engineering and Technology. In 2017, it is going to be held in Penang, Malaysia during Nov. 5-8, 2017 (
  • TENSYMP was started in 2013 as TENCON (spring) and in 2014, it was renamed as TENSYMP which is normally organized in March-June every year. It is a theme (specialized) based conference. In 2017, it was held in Kochi, India during July 14-16, 2017 (
  • R10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10-HTC) is a cross disciplinary conference that focuses on development and application of technology for the benefit of humanity. It was started in 2013 and generally organized in the 4th quarter of the year. In 2017, it is going to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh during December 21-23, 2017 (

Items of Interest to Members:

Associate Editor Appointment

Bing Xue has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (Impact Factor: 3.647), which is a major journal in Computational Intelligence. Her main role as an Associate Editor is to participate in the discussion of the major scope of this journal, identifying emergent areas and organising special issues, and coordinating the review process of related paper submissions. This good recognition of our Central Section member Bing's work and reputation in Computational Intelligence.

Bing Xue

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IEEE New Zealand Central Section Awards

Distinguished Small Section Award 2014

The Region 10 Distinguished Section Award is given to recognize the excellent work of the Section in the previous year and therefore this year (2015) the awards were called the 2014 awards. The award is presented for three categories, namely Small, Medium and Large R10 Distinguished Sections.
The 2014 R10 Distinguished Sections are:

  • New Zealand Central Section (Small Section category)
  • Lahore Section (Medium Section category) and
  • Kerala Section (Large Section category)

Certificate of distinction

Congratulations from Region 10 to New Zealand Central, Lahore and Kerala Sections!

2015 Outstanding Membership Retention Award

The IEEE New Zealand Central Section has been recognised by the IEEE Membership Recruitment and Recovery Committee for achieving its membership development goals that were developed based on the Section's three year performance which recognises continued growth in our membership during that period.

Retention Award 2015

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Membership renewal

Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Awards 2015

IEEE Region 10 recognizes and values the important role of members as volunteers to promote the IEEE objectives in the region. The following volunteers (listed in alphabetical order by first name) were acknowledged with the 2015 R10 Outstanding Volunteer Award:

  • Akinori Nishihara (Tokyo Section)
  • Cornelis Jan (Keith) Kikkert (South Australia Section)
  • Jianguo Huang (Xian Section) Lakshminarayana Merugu (Hyderabad Section)
  • Lance Fung (Western Australia Section)
  • Murray Milner (New Zealand Central Section)
  • Nirbhay Chaubey (Gujarat Section)
  • Stefan Mozar (New South Wales Section)
  • Wu Qun (Harbin Section)
Dr Murray Milner
Murray Milner - Outstanding Volunteer Award 2015

Congratulations Murray Milner and the other winners! A presentation was made to Murray Milner by the current Chair of the Central Section, Donald Bailey, at the recent Joint Institutions Breakfast meeting (report given below). Donald Bailey reads a citation outlining significant achievements by Murray (below left) and presents the award (below right).

Donald Bailey reads citation      Donald Bailey presenting award to Murray Milner


Recent Events

Please follow this link for more events that were held by or supported by our Section in 2016.

Recent Conferences and Meetings

  • The 2017 - 2nd Workshop on Recent Trends in Telecommunications Research (RTTR). This workshop was held at Massey University, Palmerston North on Feb 10th, 2017. Details were available from this flyer.
  • Nicolás Erdödy, organises a regular conference, Multicore World here in Wellington. The 6th conference is being held from February 20-22. Nicolás offered a discounted attendance fee for IEEE Central Section members, down 20% from $1,200 to $960 (ex GST).
    Further details including an impressive list of speakers were available from their website: The event was well attended by approximately 60 delegates and was very successful. Some of the papers will be put online in due course
  • Joint Institutions Breakfast event featuring Scott Houston was held at the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2 Maginnity Street, Wellington.
  • The Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Central Section was held on 30th November at 5:30pm in the Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2 Maginnity Street, Wellington.
  • ITNAC 2016 conference in Dunedin, 7-9 December 2016.

IEEE Distinguished Lecture for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter by Jun Wang (Hong Kong)

The IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter announced the visit of IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Chair Professor Jun Wang (Hong Kong) an IEEE Fellow and the delivery of a Distinguished Lecture in November 2016 as per the details given below:

Title: The State of the Art of Neurodynamic Optimization: Past, Present, and Prospects
Venue: CO350, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus
Date: 23 November 2016
Time: 3:10-4:30pm
Cost: Free - All were welcome.

A brief report including an abstract of the talk and a bio of the speaker can be obtained from here.

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