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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. The boundaries of NZ covered by our Section may be found on the following map.
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 2019 can be found through the following link, please feel to contact us with any enquiries.

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 and 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.

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

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.

Recently, a joint IEEE Central Section and TechNoSoc was held at Massey University where newcomer engineering students were introduced to the activities and benefits of the IEEE and the Technological Society at the University. A brief report on this event is available from here.

The next post-graduate event will be held at Massey University on Monday 26th August 2019, so post-graduate students should be aiming to prepare their talks and attend this important traditional event. There are prizes for best presentation and a chance to hone their presentation skills in a non-threatening environment of their peers. Good practice for international conferences where their research will be aired!

Upcoming General and Technical Meetings, Conferences and Events


The reason for forming a new group in electrical engineering is to improve the collaboration between the institutions as discussed at the recent IEEE Region 10 AGM. It is expected that this will be a group that will address engineering issues of importance to New Zealand and so it is important that all engineers with an interest in the issues are involved, independent of the institution that they may be affiliated with. One of the drivers for the initiative is the less than ideal performance of building services infrastructure resulting from the earthquakes experienced over the last decade. However, it is expected that this will be only one of several issues of importance to business and industry within New Zealand. Hence it is essential that the best minds from around New Zealand are focused on these issues.

Join us for the launch of the new Engineering New Zealand Electrical Engineering Group for an introduction to the Group's vision followed by an ideas workshop and networking. This is your chance to share ideas on what you want out of the Group and a chance to steer its direction.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register their interest for being part of the membership of this group and to put their hand up to be part of the interim committee.

Please register here: 3 May | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Engineering New Zealand, Wellington
3 May | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Opus, Auckland
3 May | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | WSP Opus Christchurch

More details are available from the flier located here.

2019 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference

The IEEE I2MTC – International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference – is the flagship conference of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and is dedicated to advances in measurement methodologies, measurement systems, instrumentation, and sensors in all areas of science and technology. These features make I2MTC a unique event and one of the most important conferences in the field of instrumentation and measurement.

IEEE I2MTC is proposed as a catalyst to promote interactions between industry and academia. A wide spectrum of research results will be presented, with potential practical applications in current industrial technology, as well as industry and application driven developments.

More information is available from their website which is located at:

2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation - 10-13 June 2019

The 2019 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation conference will be held in Wellington on the above dates.

The IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC) is the flagship conference of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and it is the largest international conference in Evolutionary Computation in the world.  IEEE CEC 2019 will be held in Te Papa, Wellington, which is the National Museum of New Zealand. This is the first time that this conference has come to New Zealand. The conference expected to attract ~600 people. Early-bird registration was due on 9 April 2019.

More information is available from their website which is located at: 

Date: 10 June 2019
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Venue: Oceania Inner South, Te Papa
Title: Advances in Evolutionary Dynamic Multi-objective Optimization
Speaker: Kay Chen Tan, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Abstract: Multi-objective optimization involves simultaneous optimization of two or more objective functions that are conflicting in nature, which results in a set of trade-off solutions for a given optimization problem. Evolutionary algorithms are capable of finding diverse set of solutions in a single simulation run due to their population-based nature, therefore making them very popular in solving multi-objective optimization problems. However, real-world optimization problems can involve objective functions, decision variables and constraints that may change over time. A dynamic multi-objective optimization problem requires the evolutionary algorithm to be capable of detecting changes in the problem’s environment, and robustly tracks the changing optimal solutions to achieve a faster convergence while maintaining the diversity. In this presentation, prediction-based dynamic handling approaches will be discussed and new methods such as Kalman filter and Mixture-of-Experts dynamic handling strategies will be presented. These prediction models can learn the patterns from previous experience and predict future changes. The predictions help to guide the search towards the changed optima, thereby accelerating convergence of the optimization process. Future research directions will also be discussed in the presentation.
Professor Kay Chen Tan

Kay Chen Tan is a full Professor with the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, was the EiC of IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (2010-2013), and currently serves on the Editorial Board member of 15+ international journals. He is an elected member of IEEE CIS AdCom (2017-2019) and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2019-2021). He has published 250+ refereed articles and 6 books. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

A flier containing the above information is also available from here.

The International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference - ITNAC 2019 (27-29 November 2019)

This annual event is held every year either in Australia or New Zealand ( and it is New Zealand's turn to host the event this year. It is to be held in Auckland and a new call for papers is available from this pdf link..

ITNAC 2019 seeks to address and capture highly innovative and state-of-the-art research from academia, the communications industry and standardization bodies that covers distributed, mobile, cognitive and cloud computing, modelling and simulation, computer and data communications, local and metropolitan networks, optical, wired and wireless telecommunication networks and applications.
Further information on topics of interest to the conference are provided within the flier.

Important Dates:
Paper submission: 15 August 2019
Notification of acceptance: 10 September 2019

Conference dates: 27 - 29 November 2019.

11th EAI International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks (ADHOCNETS 2019)

Queenstown, New Zealand, Nov. 18-21, 2019

Paper submission deadline: June 1, 2019.

The annual International Conference on Ad Hoc Networks (AdHocNets) focuses on ad hoc networking technologies and their applications. An ad hoc network is a wireless system, in which mobile or static nodes are connected using wireless links and cooperate to self-organize into a network without the requirement for any infrastructure such as access points or base stations. In recent years, ad hoc networks have been attracting an increased attention from the research and engineering communities. The distributed and multi-hop nature of ad hoc networking as well as the highly dynamic topology of an ad hoc network due to node mobility has introduced many formidable challenges such as scalability, quality of service, reliability and security, and energy constrained operations for the network. Ad hoc networking covers a variety of network paradigms including mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), wireless sensor networks (WSNs), vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs), airborne networks, underwater networks, underground networks, personal area networks, and home networks, etc. It promises a wide range of applications in civilian, commercial, and military areas.

The aim of the annual AdHocNets conference is to provide a forum that brings together researchers and engineers from academia, government laboratories as well as industry to meet, network, exchange ideas and present their recent research work, and discuss future directions on all aspects of ad hoc networks. Following the success of ADHOCNETS'09-18, the 11th edition of the event, ADHOCNETS 2019, will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand, on November 18-21, 2019. The conference will consist of keynote speeches, invited talks, and technical sessions.
Download the original call for papers from this location. The Cfp lists topics of relevance to the conference and information about the organisers.

Upcoming Region 10 Conferences and Events

TENCON 2019:
TENCON is the flagship premier international technical conference of IEEE Region 10. The Theme for TENCON 2019 is "Technology, Knowledge, and Society”, and it will be held during 17th to 20th October, 2019 at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Bolgatty, Kochi, Kerala - one of the best destinations in India. This edition of TENCON is organized by IEEE Kerala Section (

Prospective authors are invited to submit full paper (maximum 5 pages only) and prospective organizers are invited to submit proposals for Workshops & Special Sessions, via the conference website More information about paper submission and guidelines for the organizers of Workshops and Special Sessions can be found at the conference website. The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library for publication. Past editions of TENCON were indexed by Scopus and other indexing agencies. In addition, extended versions of selected papers will be considered for publication in journals indexed by SCI, SCI-E and Scopus.

Important dates
Paper submissions
Submission Deadline: April 20, 2019
Paper Notification date: July 20, 2019
Camera-Ready: August 30, 2019

Special sessions & Workshop proposals
Proposal deadline: March 15, 2019 Notification: March 30, 2019

Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Lillykutty Jacob, National Institute of Techology Calicut
Vikram M Gadre, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
N Venkatesh, Redpine Signals Inc. Hyderabad

Watch this space for more upcoming news of conferences and events for 2019.

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 for our efforts and achievements in fostering technological excellence in our region, through the organisation of seminars, conferences and other networking events.

 Small Section Award

The award was presented to Dr Murray Milner, Chair of our Central Section, at the recent R10 Annual General meeting and his report and further details are available below:

Best regards,
Your Section Committee.

IEEE Region 10 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of IEEE Region 10 was held in Melbourne on 2-3 March 2019. The meeting commenced on the morning of the Saturday with a roll call and finished on Sunday evening with a casual dinner. Formal meetings were held all day on Saturday and for the morning of Sunday.
The meeting was attended by our chair of the Section, Murray Milner and Donald Bailey, Chair of the IEEE New Zealand council and a brief report from Murray on this meeting is available from here.

Award Presentation
Presentation of the award to Murray and Donald at the meeting.

The 2018 Annual Report to the IEEE

This report was prepared by Murray Milner and Donald Bailey and submitted to the IEEE. It is available for members to view at this location.

Region 10 Newsletter - Latest Issue

The latest Region 10 Newsletter can be found here.

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Recent Events

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Multicore World conference 12 - 14 February 2019

About Multicore World

You were invited to participate in the 8th Multicore World, the most important high-tech conference in the Southern Hemisphere - held yearly in Wellington, and offers a 10% discount available to IEEE members until 1 February.

Known by the speakers as "the Davos of Tech", Multicore World 2019 will be 12, 13, 14 February and feature global leaders in a limited audience event that provides the knowledge and strategies to future-proof your technological innovation.

Don't just imagine the future: discuss it together with who is designing and building it!

Speakers were from Intel, Arm, Facebook, Oracle, Broadcom as well as from the major US National Labs (Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Argonne, PNNL) and from Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, UK, and more converge every year at Multicore World to discuss at peer-level about next-gen computing and its applications to all fields.

Visit for full information about speakers, abstracts, schedule, tickets and venue.

Available from here was a flyer for the event.

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