IEEE Computer Society

Southeastern Michigan Chapter


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What's it like to attend a meeting?

Prospective members usually ask the question: "What is it like to attend a typical meeting?" We have several different types of meetings and seminars throughout the year. Here is a description of each kind of event.

We strive to make sure that information presented by speakers is not of a commercial nature.

Regular Meetings

A regular meetings takes place on a weekday evening where we have a speaker on one of a wide variety of topics. We don't charge an attendance fee, and the meeting is sponsored solely by the IEEE chapter. Registration is not necessary but is encouraged so we can have an accurate food count.


Sometimes we hold special workshops during the year on various topics of interest that require more time than we can cover in our regular meetings. The workshops run for a full day. The price usually includes lunch. Members and their guests are welcome to attend, as are prospective members, engineers, engineering managers, technical professionals, and engineering students. Check the schedule for the next workshop.

The IEEE Computer Society also holds yearly conferences. Information about these is available on the Computer Society web site.


IEEE members and their guests are welcome to attend our events, as are prospective members, engineers, managers, technical professionals, and engineering students.

We are always looking forvolunteers to help with the event planning. Contact Us if you are interested in helping out.

Do I need to pre-register to attend?

For the Spring Conference and Fall Conference and other workshops, registration is required. For other meetings, registration is requested but not necessary.

What is the schedule for upcoming seminars?

A few of the upcoming Chapter meetings and workshops are on the meetings page. Here is the schedule of seminars and meetings for the entire Section.

How do I register for and attend a meeting, seminar, or workshop?

You can register for the regular meetings and workshops on the IEEE vTools Meetings Calendar web site. For the Spring and Fall Section Conferences, the registration link is on the Section web site.

How do I suggest a topic or speaker?

We are always interested in suggestions for topics and speakers. Our speakers include distinguished lecturers from all over the country presenting seminars on a wide range topics. Email your suggestions to .

How do I become a speaker?

Being invited as an IEEE speaker is an advanced accomplishment in your career. Speakers highlight their invited talks on their resumes.

Let us know if you would like to be a speaker. Send us your biography including a list of past presentations and what topic(s) you would like to present along with a short abstract. We typically schedule speakers six to twelve months in advance. Our speakers include professionals as well as IEEE distinguished lecturers from all over the country. If you would like to volunteer to be a speaker at a meeting, please contact the Chapter Chair.

How do I get on the announcement email list?

The chapter maintains an announcement email list. You do not need to be a member to join the list. Send an email to the requesting to be added to the LISTSERV list for Chapter V.

What other IEEE meetings are held locally?

In Southeastern Michigan, we have sixteen technical chapters which all hold educational seminars, workshops, and activities. See the Section Calendar of Events for a more information.

In what cities are other CS Chapters?

The Computer Society maintains local chapters in dozens of cities around the world. These local chapters hosts meetings, seminars, and workshops on computer topics throughout the year. For a complete list of chapters, visit the Computer Society web site.

What other engineering organizations are in Southeastern Michigan?

Southeastern Michigan is host to many professional engineering societies. See our page for Southeastern Michigan residents. For a list of societies, visit the ESD Affiliate Council.

What am I missing by not being a member?

IEEE has many, many member benefits. See the IEEE web page and our resources page.

Members of the IEEE Computer Society receive publications of the society. See the society page for details.

Eligible professionals may join IEEE as full members. Others may join as Associate Members. Professionals that want to only join the Computer Society may join as Affiliate Members (but be carefull and understand that you don't get the benefits of being an IEEE member). Eligible undergraduate students may join as Student Members. Graduate students join as Graduate Student Members. See IEEE join page for details.

Your investment in your career and your IEEE membership can be greatly increased by volunteering. See our information on volunteering to get involved.

How do I get more out of my membership?

First, join the IEEE Societies that match your career. These societies can make a big impact on your future. Finding the right societies is a key factor for career success, whether you are a researcher, practitioner, educator, or student.

IEEE has thirty-seven (37) IEEE Technical Societies. All of the Technical Societies are grouped into the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB).

We encourage you to explore the societies and their respective publications and conferences.

Your investment in your career and your IEEE membership can be greatly increased by volunteering. See our information on volunteering and get involved.

What are some good ways of keeping up with technology?

Keeping up with technology is required of every technical professional. We suggest reading journals from professional societies such as IEEE IEEE Computer Society.

One of the best ways to get started is to read Computing Now.