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 2018 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 Victoria University on Wednesday 5th September 2018. Details of the event were 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 in the near future.
Please go to the Recent Events Section to obtain a few representative images taken from the 2018 event.
IEEE NZ Central Section 2018 AGM
Venue: Level 3, Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2 Maginnity Street, Wellington 6011
Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
Time: 6 pm
5:30 pm meet and drinks (Cash bar available)
6:00 pm AGM
6:30 pm Buffet meal (cost $59 pp)
3-4 Short talks (5 – 10 minute) short talks (5-10 minutes), on topics that pertain to our activities. These will be interspersed throughout the evening after the AGM.
(Note that a short talk does not necessarily have to be an academic talk, it can be, for instance, a report of a recent scientific event you recently attended and that you would like to share with other members from the Section. We currently have three confirmed speakers, but if you are interested, please contact our secretary, Steven Le Moan (email@example.com) , with a title and abstract as soon as possible.)
Confirmed speakers and talks:
- Mengjie Zhang: "AI and Machine Learning at VUW"
- Donald Bailey: "Camera Calibration Using the Hough Transform"
- Steven Le Moan: "Hyperspectral Image Analysis".
- Chair's report
- Treasurer's interim report
- Election of officers for 2019
Please note that voting for the positions of Chair, Vice-Chair and NZ Council Chair will be undertaken electronically in the period from 13th November to midnight on Tuesday 27th November. You should receive instructions by email on how to place your vote soon.
Nominations of officers for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair positions currently stand at:
- Chair: Murray Milner
- Vice-Chair: Xiang Gui
- NZ Council Chair: Donald Bailey - Nominated by the Section Committee
- Appointment of Portfolios: (Membership development, WIE, Young Professionals)
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The 2018 IEEE Region 10 Conference (IEEE TENCON 2018) will be held in
the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Jeju, Korea, from October 28 to 31, 2018.
TENCON is a premier international technical conference of IEEE Region 10, which comprises 58 Sections, 6 councils, 26 subsections, 663 chapters,
and 1,431 student branches in the Asia Pacific region.
The theme for TENCON 2018 is Intelligence Outbreak; researchers and engineers will be brought together from academia and industry, and they will freely expose their ideas and opinions on emerging issues in the field of electrical, electronics and computer engineering as well as information technologies.
Prospective authors are invited to submit full paper with four to six pages in double-column IEEE conference format via the conference website http://www.tencon2018.org .
- 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/). In 2018 it is to be held in Sydney, Australia.
The new extended deadline for submission of papers to the Sydney based TENSYMP was the26th March. A flyer with the required details is available from here.
Items of Interest to Members:
News from the IEEE NZ Central Section committee
Dear IEEE NZ Central Section members,
We are proud to announce that our Section received the 2018 Outstanding Small Section Award from the IEEE. It is a most welcome recognition of our efforts and achievements in fostering technological excellence in our region, through the organisation of seminars, conferences and other networking events. This is an excellent opportunity for us to remind you that we will soon have our Annual General Meeting, and that you are all welcome to join. The AGM will take place in Wellington the last week of November (date and venue to be confirmed) and it will consist of a dinner buffet with a series of short talks relevant to our activities.
At this point, we also would like invite proposals and nominations for short talks (5-10 minutes), on any topic that pertain to our activities. It does not necessarily have to be an academic talk, it can be for instance a report for a recent scientific event you recently attended and that you would like to share with other members from the Section. If interested, please contact our secretary, Steven Le Moan (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a title and abstract by Tuesday 6 November.
Your Section Committee.
Region 10 Newsletter - Latest Issue
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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.
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Joint Section and ComSoc Chapter Distinguished Lecturer talk
You were cordially invited to attend the following IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) talk organised jointly by the
IEEE NZ Central Section, IEEE ComSoc NZ Chapter and Massey University:
Presenter: Dr R Venkatesha Prasad (EWI, TU Delft, The Netherlands)
Title: Internet of Things, Approximate Services and Virtual Sensing
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Time: 3 - 4pm (networking after the talk)
Venue: Presentation Lab (Riddet C 2.143), Massey University, Palmerston North Campus with a Video Link to Albany Village AV2.14, Massey University, Auckland Campus
Contact: Xiang Gui (X.Gui@massey.ac.nz) for queries.
Abstract: In this talk, I cover general and basic aspects of IoT. I provide some applications and try to highlight the advantages and smart applications. With this background, I proceed further to highlight one futuristic possibility called Approximate Services. Then virtual sensing concepts and also our path towards implementing virtual sensing will be explained. I end with an application of IoT and virtual sensing concept in an indoor environment. This talk would be interactive and for undergraduate level.
Biography: R Venkatesha Prasad completed PhD from IISc, Bangalore, India. During PhD research, a scalable VoIP conferencing platform was designed. Many new ideas including a conjecture, were formulated and tested by developing an application suite based on the research findings. The work involved understanding of network protocols, application design and human computer interface. Part of the thesis lead to a startup venture, Esqube Communication Solutions, headed by professors from IISc. He was leading a team of up to ten engineers, developing many real-time applications including bridging anonymous VoIP calls called Click-to-Talk for portlas. While at Esqube, eight patent applications and three PCT applications were filed along with his colleagues. Esqube was selected as top 100 IT innovators in India in 2006 by NASSCOM and top 100 in promising companies in Asia by RedHerring in 2008. He worked for Esqube from 2006 to 2009 on a part-time basis as a senior design consultant. In 2005, he joined TUDelft as a PostDoc to work on the EU FP7 Magnet Project and the Dutch project PNP-2008 on Personal Networks (PNs). His work involved evolving PN network architecture and foreign communication. The work resulted in an ECMA report. He also started working on Cognitive Radio Networks (CRNs) and 60GHz networks for future homes. He is contributing to IEEE standards on CRNs. Now, his work involves the Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber Physical systems (CPS) and energy harvesting networks. He is working on EU funded iCore project on IoT. The work at TUDelft resulted in around 200 publications. Currently, he is working on IoT/CPS, Tactile Internet, LoRa and has started working on Space Applications with a leading space research organization.
He holds a "University Teaching Qualification" for all the four Technical universities in the Netherlands with excellence for his innovative use of Facebook to teach a course. He has delivered many keynotes and lectures. He has supervised 16 PhDs on IoT, Personal Networks, 60 GHz and Cognitive radios. He is also contributing to the academic community by leading many IEEE activities, such as memberships of standards boards, leading technical committees, etc., apart from reviewing and organizing conferences and workshops. He was co-founder and one of main organizers of successful International Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Wireless Networks in conjunction with IEEE ICC 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He is General Co-Chair, IEEE ICC 2015 Workshop on Next Generation Green ICT. He was Track Chair of Cognitive Radio and Spectrum Sensing of IEEE VTC2013-Spring in Dresden, is Symposium Co-Chair for IEEE Globecom-2015. He was Technical Program Chair of IEEE Symposium on Communications and Vehicular Technology in the Benelux (SCVT) 2014. He is also a member of IEEE TCCN, AHSNTC, TCGCC and TCCC. He has been founding member of TCGCC. He also served as the symposium chair of Track on Green Communications and Computing Networks in GC 2016. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.
IEEE Day Event of Student Branch at Massey
A special event was conducted by members of the student Branch at Massey to celebrate IEEE Day and a brief report is available from here.
Lessons learnt from the IEEE R10 SYWL Congress
A report from our student representative is available from here.
IEEE Postgraduate Presentation Day - September 2018Date: Wednesday, 5th of September, 2018
Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Room AM106, Alan McDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
Description: As part of the IEEE New Zealand Central Section, the IEEE Student Branch at Victoria University of Wellington organised the annual postgraduate student presentation event for this year. This one day event showcased postgraduate research in one of the many IEEE fields of interest being undertaken at Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University.
- Arif Ahmed (Victoria University of Wellington). Email: Arif.Ahmed@vuw.ac.nz
- Chanjief Chandrakumar (Massey University). Email: C.Chandrakumar@massey.ac.nz
Young Professionals Career Planning Seminar EventDate and time: FRIDAY 6 JULY at 5:30pm
Location: Alan MacDiarmid Building, combined rooms AM102 & AM104 , Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
Title: "What I did while not being on holiday: what went to plan, and what didn't"
Speaker: Duncan Hall - Strategy and Planning Manager. He works in the Information Management Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Duncan Hall will talk about various personal adventures in career planning and in having benefited from serendipitous opportunities. Contexts for these adventures range from the ancient epoch of expecting a 40-year employment career, to the contemporary gig economy. He'll highlight some lessons learned along the way, some frameworks he found useful for decision-making, and he’ll highlight some helpful heuristics.
A flier with additional details is available from here.
Brief Report: On Friday 6th July, Duncan Hall gave a very inspiring presentation in front of a captivated audience of students and early career engineers. Some images from this event appear below:
Duncan has kindly shared his presentation with us and it can be downloaded and viewed from here.
Joint Institutions Annual Breakfast Event 2018
All members and guests of the IEEE Central Section, IET Wellington Network and ENZ Wellington Branch are welcomed to a special annual event, hosted by all three institutions on the morning of 19th September 2018 in Central Wellington. The guest speaker for this event is Tony Ryall, Chair of Transpower, who will speak on the topic of "How Transpower is thinking about the future of the electricity industry in New Zealand".
Title: How Transpower is thinking about the future of the electricity industry in New Zealand
Presenter: Tony Ryall, Chair, Transpower.
Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 7:15am for 7:30am start
Location: Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2 Maginnity Street, Wellington 6011.
A brief report on this event is provided in the following link.
IMS WorkshopWe are pleased to announce that the annual 2-day workshop of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) New Zealand Chapter will be held at Massey University Palmerston North on 6-7 September 2018. We invite you to participate in the workshop. The flyer and included registration form is available from here.
Registration/sponsorship provides workshop attendance, lunch, morning/afternoon teas and workshop dinner.
To register/sponsor please fill in the registration/sponsorship form and email it to Karen Pickering (K.L.Pickering@massey.ac.nz) by 27th August 2018.
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The theme of the workshop is- Smart Sensors, Measurements and Instrumentation for Health, Food, Agriculture, Environment and Security
Please encourage and support your students to attend. Student participation is free if they make a presentation.
We look forward to your participation.
IEEE New Zealand Wireless workshopThe IEEE New Zealand Wireless Workshop is a premier annual event that brings together industry professionals, engineers, researchers, academics, students, start-ups and policy makers to discuss technologies and issues of interest to the wireless community in New Zealand. The day consists of a series of presentations from participants, with ample opportunity for informal discussions and networking.
- When: Friday 7th September 2018. 9 am - 5 pm
- Location: WZ416 - AUT City Campus, Auckland, New Zealand
Pre-Workshop Tutorial on Software Defined Radio: FPGA Prototyping with Over-the-Air Signals (further information at the link below)
- When: Thursday 6th September 2018 (one-day prior to workshop), 1 pm - 4.30 pm
- Location: National Instruments Auckland, 23/23 Edwin St, Mount Eden
- Admission: Free (limited seats) register at https://events.ni.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x252207abcd
- Workshop: Friday 7th September 2018
- Expression of interest for presenters: By Friday 10th August 2018
- RSVP for other attendees (free and lunch provided): By Friday 20th August 2018
A flyer has been distributed that you can download from this location.
Joint IET & IEEE Lunchtime Event
Date and time: 28th June, 1pm to 2pm
Title: The cutting edge of the UK power sector: Power network innovation in the UK
Speaker: Olivia Carpenter of Ricardo Energy & Environment
How energy systems worldwide are changing to meet the new demands of distributed energy technologies, electric cars, and new novel service offerings. The power sector has a vital role in enabling this change, requiring innovation and adaptation on a grand scale.
The UK power sector is no exception to this; it is recognised throughout the sector that the power system must innovate in order to continue to successfully operate and serve the needs of society. There is a delicate balance between the need for rapid change and decarbonisation, and the requirement to maintain a reliable, safe, and affordable service for customers.
About the speaker: Olivia Carpenter is a power engineer who specialises in new and renewable energy. As a Senior Technical Consultant for Ricardo Energy & Environment, her focus is power network and energy system innovation, working on a wide variety of projects both in the UK and in developing countries. She is also a member of the IET Energy Executive Board, and Chairman of IET Surrey local network.
Public Presentation by Dr Murray Milner
A special public presentation was given by Dr Murray Milner on the topic of a "Superfast Broadband - A Kiwi approach to building a Superfast Broadband Network"Abstract
New Zealand has been on a journey to deliver Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) to as many premises as possible following a commitment by the Prime Minister leading into the 2008 elections. This resulted in the formation of Crown Fibre Holdings in 2009 and the launch of the UFB initiative in 2011.
The initial rollout was focussed on delivering Fibre to the Premise to 75% of urban premises and businesses by the end of 2019. This stage is now well advanced and will be completed ahead of schedule and below budget. In early 2017, the coverage was extended to 87% of New Zealand premises by 2022, including coverage of more than 340 additional towns. This was followed later in 2017 by the extension of broadband to 99% of New Zealand premises using wireless technologies delivering better than 50Mbps downstream by 2025. This latter initiative also includes extended mobile coverage to an additional 1000km of roads throughout New Zealand, eliminating a large number of recognised "blackspots".
The goal of the UFB initiative was to provide consistent 100Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream to 87% of premises as a base affordable product and to enable expansion over time to deliver Gigabit and higher speed services with minor incremental investment. In early 2018, Gigabit per second services are already consumed by more than 5% of New Zealand households, so "Superfast Broadband" is expected to rapidly emerge across New Zealand over the next decade.
The seminar will provide an overview of this journey to Superfast Broadband and show that New Zealand is becoming a global leader in the provision of broadband services for all of its people.
Massey / IEEE Workshop on Image Processing in VHDL on FPGAs
IEEE NZ Central Section and Massey University held a short course "Image Processing in
VHDL on FPGAs".
The course took place in Palmerston North on 4-5 April. Further details were available from the attached flyer.
More details can be found from http://sprg.massey.ac.nz/course_FPGA.asp
Past IEEE event in the Asia-Pacific Region of Interest to Members
The 4th IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2018)
was 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 sought 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 were due: 30 September 2017. Detailed instructions for submissions and proposals can be found here: http://wfiot2018.iot.ieee.org/authors/ .
Annual General Meeting 2017
The AGM for 2017 was held on Thursday 2nd November, 6:00 pm at the Zibibbo Restaurant, 25 Taranaki St, Wellington. Approximately 14 people attended the meeting and the agenda was outlined below. You will find the Chair's report by following this link. The Treasurer's interim draft financial report was distributed at the meeting and we shall provide members with access to the Treasurer's final report when it becomes available.
5:30 pm meet and drinks
6:00 pm AGM
6:45 pm meal (approx cost $60)
- Chair's report
- Treasurer's interim report
- Election of officers for 2018
- Resolution on electronic voting
- Nominations for officers:
- Secretary: Steven Le Moan
- Treasurer: Yi Mei
- Membership Development: Abhipray Paturkar
There were no further nominations received and so these nominations were accepted at the meeting and declared for 2017. Minutes of the AGM are available (in draft form) from our committee page or by following this link, but will only be validated at the next AGM.Images from the event are shown below: