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 2021 can be found through the following link, please feel free 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 active groups supporting our diverse memberships:
- Young Professionals - formerly known as GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group
- Women in Engineering Group
We are very excited to announce that approval has been granted by the IEEE for the formation of a Women in Engineering (WIE) group in our Section, if you are interested in joining us, please contact Kanwal Zaidi or Bing Xue who are on our committee. A separate webpage can be accessed for the affinity group via the upper left menu of this webpage or use this link: Women in Engineering. There was a t-shirt design competition hosted by AWIS (Association for Women in Sciences) for women in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) that was held recently (see our WIE webpage for details) and we are excited to announce that our group leader, Kanwal has been declared the winner with her design. Congratulations to Kanwal! Go to the WIE webpage (Women in Engineering) for all the details and see the winning design.
We have two Student Branches in our region and we encourage and support students to join these Branches from both Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington. 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 of Wellington Student Branch
In 2019, 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
That post-graduate event was held at Massey University on Monday 26th August 2019, There were 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 was aired! Details of the event including our regular photo album can be viewed from here. Please "Allow Blocked Content" for this site if pop-up images are not permitted by your browser and the photos do not load.
- Chanjief Chandrakumar
- Muhammad Rehan
- Soheil Mohseni
The Post-graduate Presentation Day event for 2020 was held at Victoria University of Wellington on Saturday 29th August 2020. For details of the 2020 event, please follow this link to the Student Branch pages..
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Items of Interest to Members:
Recent report from the chairman of the IEEE Joint NZ North, South, Central ComSoc Chapter
2021 IEEE Community Workshop: We had a successful community workshop at IQRA academy (YMCA Complex, Rocket Park, Mt Albert Auckland) on Saturday 20 February 2021. About 60 people attended the event mostly students and their parents. This workshop provided an overview of IEEE resources for students and offered an interactive session on some aspects of emerging communication technologies for humanity. Organising Chair A/Professor Sarkar opened the workshop by introducing IEEE mission and vision and role it plays for the professional development of the members of the wider community. The potential benefits of joining IEEE were highlighted. Dr Farhaan Mirza (Auckland University of Technology) gave an interesting lecture ‘Revitalizing and preserving languages using technology’ followed by interactive Quizzes.
2021 Recruiting new Members: We managed to recruit 24 new ComSoc members mostly PhD students from New Zealand Universities who will contribute to the welfare of the members of the society. This campaign was supported by ComSoc special grant of US$300 that we received through contestable grant application last year.
Nurul I Sarkar, PhD, SMIEEE (ComSoc), Fellow ITU-UUM
Chairman, IEEE Joint NZ North, South, Central ComSoc Chapter
Department of Computer Science, IT and Software Engineering
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (D-75)
Auckland University of Technology
Level 1, AUT Tower, 2-14 Wakefield St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Address for correspondence:
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.
Rules for Technical Co-sponsorship of Conferences
A recent decision has been taken by the IEEE concerning techical co-sponsorship
fees for conference Co-sponsorships following problems concerning quality of conferences in this category. A notice has been
circulated to Section and Council Chairs by Mr Michael Ong who is currently the R10 Conference
Quality and Management Committee Chair. The fee that will now have to be charged for such co-sponsorship for
any conferences occurring after 31st December 2020
is outlined below:
This TCS fee will apply to technically co-sponsored conferences in which there is no IEEE financial interest.
The new TCS fee structure is as follows:
• US$ 1,450 per event
• US$ 22 for each paper submitted to IEEE Xplore®
IEEE Industry Engagement Competition
This competition is designed to help IEEE discover
and share multiple forms of industry engagement, being
led by activities and initiatives from various sections
around the world.
Ten sections will be shortlisted for the finals and three sections will each be awarded a cash prize of $2000 for future industry engagement activities.
IEEE Industry Engagement Committee strongly encourages each winning section submitter to present their winning submission on the Ignite Stage at Sections Congress 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.
Our Section has been active in industry engagement and we have subsequently prepared a report to submit to the competition written by Sridhar Pulikanti, who is our Industry Coordinator on the IEEE New Zealand Central Section Committee, and this report is available for viewing by download via the following link.
Recognition Award ReceivedThe Section Committeee is proud to announce an award of Recognition to our membership officer Abhipray ("Abhi") Paturkar for his work in 2019 for recruitment to the IEEE New Zealand Central Section. Well done Abhi!
News from the IEEE NZ Central Section Committee
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Please follow this link for more events that were held by or supported by our Section in 2020.
First IEEE NZCS meeting for 2021: BBQ at Milner Consulting Limited
Following on from the survey held prior to Christmas, it has been determined that the preferred details for our New Year BBQ are:
- Date and Time: Saturday 30 January, commencing around 1pm.
- Venue: 21 Rangatira Road, Tawa, Wellington 5028.
Watch this space for more upcoming news of conferences and events for 2020. Please note that, due to current NZ government restrictions on conferences and related public events, such activities cannot be run until such time as the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has been resolved. Hence this website will not carry news of any such events until the regulations have been relaxed.
Annual General Meeting 2020 - Was RESCHEDULED
Dear NZ Central Section members, our Section's annual AGM meeting for 2020 that was temporarily postponed is now rescheduled as a virtual event. The new details were given below:Venue: Virtual meeting via Skype.
Date: Thursday December 17th, 2020
RSVP: Please contact our secretary, Steven Le Moan (firstname.lastname@example.org), to obtain attendance details for the virtual meeting.
Time: 4 - 5pm according to the following plan:
- Chair's report
- Treasurer's interim report
- NZ Council Chair: Donald Bailey
- Treasurer: Yi Mei
- Election of officers for 2021
- Note: The nominations for new officer positions for 2021 received to date, are as follows:
- Chair: Yi Mei
- Treasurer: Donald Bailey
- Secretary: Murray Milner
By default, Murray Milner will also hold the position of Immediate Past Chair.
Other positions held by members of the committee for the 2020 year will roll over into the 2021 year.
We are still looking for candidates for the following positions:
- Vice Chair
- Under-study for our current Webmaster
These candidates will be sought after the AGM.
Thanks for your support.
For your information, the Chair's report for the AGM is available from here.
The Treasurer's report is also available , please view it here.
Young Professionals Event: Transitioning from Academia to Industry
The IEEE New Zealand Central Section Young Professionals group
were excited to hold an event “Transitioning from Academia
to Industry” on Tuesday 17 November, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, which explored the necessary skills and strategies to smoothly move out of an academic (university) environment and into a career
within the industry. Professionals with years of experience working in the industry shared how to transit to an industry role successfully,
and what industry is looking for when hiring new employers. Following the panel discussion, free pizza
was provided for networking
and further discussions.
TENCON 2020 - OSAKA, JAPAN
The 2020 IEEE Region 10 Conference (TENCON) will be held at the Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan on 16-19 November, 2020.
TENCON is a premier international technical conference of IEEE Region 10, which comprises 58 sections, 6 councils, 34 subsections in the
Asia Pacific region. The theme for TENCON2020 is "Advancing Technologies for Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World".
TENCON2020 is expected to bring together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, technocrats, and policymakers from across academia, government, industry and nongovernmental organizations to discuss, share and promote current works and recent accomplishments across all aspects of electrical, electronic and computer engineering, as well as information technology. Distinguished people will be invited to deliver keynote speeches and invited talks on trends and significant advances in the emerging technologies.
Full details can be obtained from the TENCON website https://www.tencon2020.net/.
ITNAC 2020 - MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
The IEEE Central Section, as part of the IEEE Communication Society in New Zealand, annually supports the international conference now known as ITNAC. Last year it was held in Auckland at the AUT University premises. This year the conference returns to Australia and will be held in Melbourne with assistance from RMIT University. A call for papers has recently been published and students and researchers working in the networking field of telecommunications are encouraged to submit papers to this important conference. Student support funds are available to presenters from NZ for worthy accepted papers from several local sources. Please carefully note the deadlines in the attached flyer when preparing your submissions. The next NZ version of this conference is expected to be in 2022.
2nd IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Virtual Lecture
Members are invited to attend the following IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Virtual Lecture organised by the IEEE Joint NZ North,
South, and Central ComSoc Chapter.
Speaker: Professor Arumugam Nallanathan, (Queen Mary University of London), UK.
Title: Artificial Intelligence in Massive IoT Networks
Date: Wednesday 28 October 2020
Time: Starting 10 am (NZ time)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96313444416?pwd=VS9ydnd5UDNUMUZEYmtwZC9LNUxNdz09
Meeting ID: 963 1344 4416
Participants can register as proof of their attendance via the link below:
Link to Registration (Free): https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/240283
Please contact Associate Professor Nurul I Sarkar at (email@example.com ) for more details.
Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is an emerging cellular-based radio access technology, which offers a range of flexible configurations for different coverage enhancement (CE) groups to provide reliable uplink connections for massive IoT devices with diverse data traffic. To optimize the number of served IoT devices, the uplink resource configurations need to be adjusted in real-time according to the dynamic traffic, this brings the challenge of how to select the configurations at the Evolved Node B (eNB) in the multiple CE groups scenario with high-dimension and interdependency. To tackle this challenge, multi-agent reinforcement learning (RL) is proposed as a promising solution, where the RL agent (i.e., implemented at the eNB) automatically updates the uplink resource configuration by interacting with the environment (i.e., the communication procedures in NB-IoT). In this talk, Professor Nallanathan will explain how the machine learning techniques such as deep learning, artificial neural networks (ANN) can be used dynamically to solve the numerous challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Annual Joint IEEE, IET and Engineering New Zealand Institution's Breakfast Event, 14 October, 2020
This annual joint event between the engineering institutions (IEEE, IET and Engineering New Zealand) is always worth
attending as speakers are carefully chosen to reflect the interests of our respective memberships. Once again,
we trust that our speaker and topic will be of great interest to our members.
All members and guests of the IEEE Central Section, IET Wellington Network and ENZ Wellington Branch are welcomed to this special event, hosted by all three institutions on the morning of 14 October 2020 in Central Wellington. The guest speaker for this event is Andrew Rushworth, Managing Director of Zero Emission Vehicles Limited who will address Engineering and Innovation for New Zealand in a Changing Global Context as it relates to the expansion of commercial electric vehicles in the New Zealand market.
Date : Wednesday 14 October, 2020.
Time : 7:15am for 7:30am start on 14 October, 2020.
Location : Wellesley Boutique Hotel, 2 Maginnity Street, Wellington 6011
Presenter :Andrew Rushworth, Managing Director of Zero Emission Vehicles Limited
Title: “Engineering and Innovation for New Zealand in a Changing Global Context”
Cost: $15.00 for members of any of the three hosting institutions, $30.00 for any guests.
RSVP: Essential to firstname.lastname@example.org (numbers are limited so first in first served for registrations)
A flyer for this event is also available from here.
Andrew will describe some of his experience with innovation and engineering related to the introduction of new technology
into the New Zealand market. This will focus on his particular interest in the technical and commercial development of commercial electric vehicles
but will cover a wider range of experience with strategic collaboration related to R&D and market development both in New Zealand and offshore.
Based on his recent experience, he will indicate some changes that he is seeing in the global market which will impact on New Zealand. Supply chain changes driven by both negative reactions to globalisation and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to impact on the way we need to do business in New Zealand. These affects are impacting on both the introduction of new technology into the New Zealand market and the ability for New Zealand businesses to export technology into international markets. Cooperation and collaboration between all parties involved in research, product development and market development are becoming critical for success. Within this mix, the role of sound governance and the nature of inputs from Government is becoming crucial.
All these factors will be touched on by Andrew in his presentation, based on many years of experience in working in this field involving the intersection of engineering, innovation, market development and strategic collaboration.
Andrew has over 30 years developing and marketing technology for international markets. During this period,
he has led the strategic design, development, and marketing of new technology projects for multiple global corporations. He founded and led
an entrepreneurial technology development business undertaking complex automation and information projects and designing
innovative new products. Over the course of his global career, he has established extensive business networks nationally
Andrew is typically involved at a strategic level where his combined technical and market knowledge provide, along with his leadership, the greatest benefit.
In 2005-2009, he was brought on to Indian-based multinational Larsen & Toubro to revitalise a non-performing business unit, which he achieved through the
introduction of both product and process, which included training and mentoring key engineers from India in New Zealand.
Since 2010 Andrew has been the Managing Director of Zero Emission Vehicles Limited (ZEV), a consortium of Manawatu-based companies bringing together a spectrum of engineering disciplines to design and build electric heavy vehicles. With ZEV, Andrew was responsible for the first fully battery-electric truck deployed into commercial operation in New Zealand in 2013 and is now overseeing further domestic launches as well as ZEV's first foray overseas with electric vehicles for the Australian mining industry.
IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Virtual Lecture
Members were invited to attend the following IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Virtual Lecture organised by the IEEE Joint NZ North,
South, and Central ComSoc Chapter.
Speaker: Professor Mohammed Atiquzzaman (University of Oklahoma), USA
Title: Connecting Space Assets to the Internet: Challenges and Solutions
Date: Wednesday 16 September 2020
Time: Starting at 5pm (NZ time)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/93960609556?pwd=R0JiYTdtS0kvalRDcDM5M2t3YkVuQT09
Meeting ID: 939 6060 9556
(Participants should have registered as proof of their attendance.)
Please contact Associate Professor Nurul I Sarkar at (email@example.com ) for more details.
Data communications between Earth and spacecrafts, such as satellites, have traditionally been carried out through dedicated links. Shared link using Internet Protocol-based communication offers number of advantages over dedicated links. The movement of spacecrafts however gives rise to mobility management issues.
This talk will discuss various mobility management solutions for extending the Internet connection to spacecrafts. The talk with provide an overview of the network-layer based solution being developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force and compare with the transport-layer based solution that have been developed at University of Oklahoma in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Network in motion is an extension of the host mobility protocols for managing the mobility of networks which are in motion, such as those in airplanes and trains. The application of networks in motion will be illustrated for both terrestrial and space environments.
Post Graduate Symposium Event 2020
Annually, we hold a special Post Graduate Symposium event which alternates
in location between the Massey and Victoria
University campuses in order to showcase the research activities of our post-graduate students in our two universities located within the New Zealand Central Section
region. This year it is the turn of Victoria University of Wellington
to host the Symposium and, as a result of COVID-19 and other factors which have affected the semester break
times at the universities, it has been decided to hold the event on a weekend day to enable all students and potential visitors to attend the Symposium.
The organisers are calling for submissions from those communities to prepare presentations and contribute to this important event. The call for papers
and other information is available
and you are urged to begin preparations as soon as possible, noting the deadline given below and also provided in the flyer.
Cash prizes are awarded for excellence in
presentation and food and drink is also provided to
Event :Post Graduate Symposium 2020
Date: Saturday 29 August 2020
Location: AM 102 and 104, Alan MacDiarmid Building
Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn Campus)
Gate 7, Kelburn Parade