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. The boundaries of NZ
covered by our Section may be found on the following
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 2017 can be found through the following link, please feel to contact us with any enquiries.
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 and Automation
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.
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
The last Post-graduate Presentation Day event was held at Massey University on Monday 4th September 2017. Details of the event are available from a pdf file flier that can be obtained here. A photo album of the event will be available from the Student Branch pages. shortly.
Date: Monday 4th September, 2017
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Presentation Lab (Riddet Complex RC2.143), Massey University, Palmerston North Campus.
Contact: Syed Shan Jaffry at email@example.com for more details.
Upcoming General and Technical Meetings, Conferences and Events
Celebrating IEEE Region 10's 50 Year Jubilee Event
Please join with us across New Zealand in celebrating IEEE Region 10's 50 year jubilee on Tuesday 3 October from 6pm - 9pm.
We shall have 3 guest speakers who will be reflecting on a range of contributions of the IEEE to NZ society over the last 50 years. The presentations will be held simultaneously in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with speakers from all 3 venues.
Within the NZ Central Section, we have Dr Murray Milner presenting on "A Snapshot of Information and Communication Technology in New Zealand over the last 50 years"
The speakers and topics from the other venues are yet to be announced.
The Wellington venue is:
Lecture Theatre 3 - GBLT3
Old Government Buildings
15 Lambton Quay, Wellington.
Note that it will also be possible to connect to the live presentations (receive only) from any computer, however questions for the speakers will only be accepted from the 3 main venues. More details will be provided later on how to connect in.
For those attending at the Wellington venue, please RSVP at http://bit.ly/2iDqY3g. 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.
- 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 (http://ieeemy.org/tencon/).
- 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 (http://tensymp2017.org/).
- 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 (http://r10htc2017.com/).
Upcoming IEEE event in the Asia-Pacific Region of Interest to Members
The 4th IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2018) will be held in Singapore
February 5th-8th, 2018 (http://wfiot2018.iot.ieee.org/). As the premier
IEEE event on IoT, the World Forum brings together the latest developments in three spheres: (i) from the government
sector and multi-national organizations, policies and solutions that affect IoT and its future; (ii) from business
and industry, lessons learned from recent deployments, and strategies for the evolution of IoT by practitioners and
business leaders; and (iii) from the research and academic community, the latest technological developments in the
many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.
The theme for the conference is "Smart Cities and Smart Nations" chosen in recognition of Singapore's efforts in pioneering and putting into practice the principles behind the Smart City movement. The Conference features an outstanding Technical Program on the latest research relevant to IoT.
It also includes five Vertical and five Topical Areas aimed at industry and government participation in dealing with the practical issues behind IoT.
The five IoT Verticals are:
- Smart Cities and Smart Nations
- The use of IoT in Logistics
- Law Enforcement, Emergency Response, and Humanitarian Technologies
- Industrial IoT
- IoT for Agriculture
- Security and Privacy
- Policy and Regulations
- Best Practices, Standards, and Open Source
- Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, and Automation
The WF-IoT 2018 seeks original technical paper submissions on IoT Technologies and Applications. Full details are described in the extended CFP, which can be found here http://wfiot2018.iot.ieee.org/authors/call-for-papers/ and here. The suggested size of papers is four to six pages. Extended versions of selected papers may be considered for publication in the IEEE IoT Journal: http://iot-journal.weebly.com/ . Paper submissions are due: 30 September 2017. Detailed instructions for submissions and proposals can be found here: http://wfiot2018.iot.ieee.org/authors/ .
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.
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IEEE New Zealand Central Section Awards
IEEE Membership Recruitment Performance Award 2017
Each year Sections in the IEEE are set goals for membership recruitment and awards are given when Sections achieve these goals. IEEE Central Section has met
its 2017 target and has been presented with the certificate below.
If you are not already a member of our Section, why not join us now and reap the many benefits of IEEE membership, including the ability to receive up to the minute research literature, join societies within the organisation that deal with topics in your areas of interest and attend special events featuring international experts visiting the region and presenting their research and establishing interactions and collaborations of mutual benefit.
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)
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
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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)
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).
Please follow this link for more events that were held by or supported by our Section in 2016 and 2017.
Recent Conferences and Meetings
IEEE ANZSCON 2017 was held in Sydney, NSW, Australia on the 10th and 11th of August 2017. There were exciting opportunities to meet with some of the top leaders of IEEE, including the IEEE President and Region 10 Director, ANZSCON was the place to learn, share, and network. As the ection's Congress and ANZSCON were held consecutively in Sydney, we sent a somewhoat larger contingent to Australia to attend these two events. Their consolidated report is available by following this link.
Many IEEE members/non-members, from across the globe, who had an interest in IEEE Student Activities, IEEE Young Professionals (YP) affinity groups, and Women in Engineering (WIE) affinity groups.
Flier containing details of the event can be obtained from here.
The Computational Intelligence Chapter held a Distinguished Lecturer talk on Thursday 15 August 2017 at 2:00-3:30pm in the Cotton Building CO 350 at Victoria University of Wellington, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapter (IEEE New Zealand Central Section) had IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Prof Carlos Coello Coello from CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico, who delivered a great talk on "Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization using Hybrid Approaches". A full report with photos is available by following this link.
The IEEE Sections Congress was also recently held in Sydney, Australia from 11 -13 August, 2017. A joint report from the NZ attendees can be found by following this link. It was preceded by ANZSCON as reported above.
The following IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) talk was organized by the IEEE NZ Central Section ComSoc Chapter
Presenter: Professor Song Guo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Title: Device-to-Device Communication in Cellular Networks
Date: Thursday 27th July 2017
Time: 1pm (networking after the talk)
Venue: Presentation Lab (Riddet C 2.143), Massey University, Palmerston North Campus
Abstract: As the emergence of new wireless applications, data traffic in cellular networks has dramatically increased in recent years, which imposes an immediate requirement for large network capacity. Device-to-device (D2D) communication is recently proposed as a novel and promising solution for increasing network capacity. This talk first tackles the D2D communication from a perspective on economic issues. In particular, we propose a truthful double auction for D2D communications in multi-cell cellular networks for trading resources in frequency-time domain, where cellular users with D2D communication capability act as sellers, and other users waiting to access the network act as buyers. With a sophisticated seller-buyer matching, winner determination and pricing, our design guarantees individual rationality, budget balance, and truthfulness. In the talk we also propose a promising concept of cooperative D2D communication to improve resource utilization in cellular networks. Based on a novel fine-grained resource allocation scheme, we jointly study relay assignment, transmission scheduling, and channel allocation. Finally, some future direction will be discussed.
Bio: Song Guo is a Full Professor at Department of Computing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Ottawa and was a full professor with the University of Aizu, Japan. His research interests are mainly in the areas of big data, cloud computing, green communication and computing, wireless networks, and cyber-physical systems. He has published over 350 conference and journal papers in these areas and received 5 best paper awards from IEEE/ACM conferences. Dr. Guo has served in editorial boards of several prestigious journals, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, and IEEE Communications. He an active volunteer as General/TPC Chair for 20+ international conferences and Chair/Vice-Chair for several IEEE Technical Committees and SIGs. He is a senior member of IEEE, a senior member of ACM, and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.
Brief report on Professor Song Guo's visit:
1. We successfully hosted the EEE DL-NSRG Workshop at AUT on Monday 24 July 2017. IEEE DL Professor Song Guo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) delivered his keynote talk at the workshop. Research students have also presented their work on the day. Despite of the busy time of the year about 40 people within and outside of AUT attended the keynote session. Having ample opportunity for discussion, people have enjoyed networking during morning tea break. The event was co-sponsored by AUT and IEEE.
2. Prof Guo also gave lectures in Wellington, Palmerston North, and Christchurch on 25, 26, and 27 July, respectively.
We are pleased to report that the last
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
workshop was held on the 20th and 21st of
April at the School of Engineering and
Computer Science, Victoria University of
Wellington, Kelburn parade.
Event: Two-Day Workshop on Smart Sensors, Measurements and Instrumentation for Health, Industry and Environment
Dates: April 20-21, 2017
Venue: LB118, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn campus
Flyer available from this link. A report on this event can be found by following this link.
- IEEE New Zealand Signal Processing / Information Theory Chapter Event:
Title: Estimating power spectral density for acoustic signal enhancement - an effective approach for practical applications
Speaker Yusuke Hioka
Date: Monday, 10 April 2017
Time: 4 - 5pm
Venue:Ag Hort Building (AH2.83), Massey University, Palmerston North Campus
Full details were available through the following link.
- 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 were available through the following link.
- 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: https://openparallel.com/multicore-world-2017/program-2017/. 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
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.