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Mid-year Progress Report And Looking Forward

Dear Colleagues,

The mid-point of the year is a good time to take stock of progress on our priorities. Our strategic priorities in 2023 include timely issues like engagement on climate change and sustainable technologies, imagining future products and services and new audiences, providing value to and growing existing audiences, and building on our progress of becoming a more diverse and inclusive community.

Progress on Climate Change Technologies

As we discussed in the previous Technical Activities (TA) Spotlight, climate change is an overarching effort across IEEE, and is clearly linked to the mission to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. We have made progress with the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee to Coordinate IEEE’s Response to Climate Change (CCIRCC) . The CCIRCC seeks to elevate the climate change technology related activities across IEEE, under an OU Outreach subcommittee led by Past VP of Technical Activities Bruno Meyer. Past VP-TA Roger Fujii leads a subcommittee looking at business models. Other subcommittees are looking at outreach and governance models.

The Technical Activities Climate Change Program

The Technical Activities Climate Change Program, led by Wei-Jen Lee, is looking at a number of aspects of climate change technologies. TA is looking at how best to implement recurring events and publications in climate change technologies, including moving from a Technical Community 1.0 to a more advanced Technical Community 2.0 that could include both IEEE members and non-members and would oversee conferences and publications. 

Progress on New Products and Services

Since we discussed AskIEEE last time, it has received funding to expand beyond the initial proof of concept. As you may recall, AskIEEE is an AI-driven technology encyclopedia app that provides answers to technology questions tailored to the profile of the user, including pre-college students, general public, college students, media and public policy makers, investors, practicing engineers and technologists, and researchers  We hope to expand further with the assistance of Societies and Councils into their various areas of expertise.

Efforts continue to valorize the vast amounts of technology data produced and curated by IEEE, as well as the usage of data to understand emerging technology trends continues. Beneficiaries of such a product could include venture capitalists, Wall Street investors, chief technology officers, and many more. The goal is to improve the efficiency of the use of capital in advancing technology, clearly symmetric with the IEEE mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Incorporating fast-breaking technology insights delivered through more than 2,000 IEEE conferences is a real challenge, and will require the support of TA’s 47 Societies and Councils to achieve.

Progress in Inclusion and Diversity

TA continues to focus on inclusion and diversity. I had the chance to attend the Women in Engineering (WIE) Committee meeting in Atlanta in early May, and discussed the opportunities such as the TA Entrepreneurship program mentorship program that aims to increase the participation of women in entrepreneurship. Indeed, I am wearing the purple IEEE WEI t-shirt as I write this. We look forward to recognizing the recipient of the 2023 TAB Award for S/C Impact in DEI will be confirmed at the June TAB meeting. The TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Award Subcommittee (chaired by Prof Elza Erkip) met to complete their evaluation of the eight nominations that were submitted this year. The Award will be presented at the November 2023 IEEE Technical Activities Board meeting in Washington, D.C. We would like to challenge Societies and Councils to work with the TAB CDI and the IEEE WEI to come up with ways to recognize achievements in diversity and inclusion in their events and activities.

Society and Council Strategic Planning

I have been privileged to attend the Administrative Committee (AdCom) meetings of several Societies and Councils, and in particular discuss the Technical Activities strategy to better support our community and beyond with the latest technology information delivered through events, publications, and other products and services, with more planned for the months ahead. For me, it is a great opportunity to learn more about the myriad fields of interest within TA while sharing strategic opportunities with our top leaders.

TA Tech Talk

We are looking forward to hosting John Deere technology and innovation expert Mark Moran at the Chicago OU series on Friday, June 16, night. Mark discusses the evolution of technology in agriculture in general and tractors specifically. Modern farm equipment combines sensors, data and compute with actuators and more become a field laboratory and factory on one chassis. Stay tuned for the recording from the Tech Talk and Fireside Chat. 

Get Involved

Stay informed on climate change activities from IEEE by either joining the IEEE Climate Change Technical Community or signing up to receive the IEEE newsletter on Climate Change.

    Smart Cities Taking the Lead to Create TC 2.0

    The IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community is leading the way as the first pilot for the TAB Technical Community 2.0 (TC 2.0) Ad Hoc. The TC 2.0 Ad Hoc Committee with the Smart Cities pilot continues to learn from each other and build the TC 2.0 infrastructure, governance, and framework together. Participation in a TC 2.0 is open to anyone with interest in the subject area, including non-IEEE members. 

    As a TC 2.0 entity, Smart Cities is empowered to grow and innovate within a lightweight, operational framework that reduces the burden on the TAB infrastructure and supports long-term sustainability, and continued success.

    TC 2.0 aims to offer a new option for an overall structure and business process for new and emerging areas across Technical Activities, to assist in the support and consolidation of IEEE activities across a broad set of technical, socio-economic, and ethical focus areas. TC 2.0 aims to support the IEEE 2023 focus areas of innovation, coordination, cooperation, and communications.

    Smart Cities originated as an initiative within IEEE Future Directions with funding from TAB and the New Initiatives Committee (NIC). The Smart Cities Technical Community brings together a broad array of IEEE’s technical societies and organizations helping to advance state-of-the-art technologies for the benefit of society and to set the global standard by serving as a neutral broker of information amongst industry, academic, and government stakeholders.

    The IEEE Smart Cities mission is to foster technological innovation and excellence in smart city technologies and systems for the benefit of humanity and society. As a community, IEEE Smart Cities envisions being a leading professional organization that engages stakeholders in the development of sustainable, resilient, equitable, and privacy-respecting smart city technologies and systems that address diverse community needs.  The volunteer and expert-led IEEE Smart Cities Technical Community will achieve this vision as a cross-disciplinary platform for research, development, technical standards, and professional educational materials. 

    There are six (6) IEEE partner organizational units who contribute to the Smart Cities Technical Community strategic and operational activities. Included are Industry Applications Society, Power and Energy Society, Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, Council on Electronic Design Automation, and Council on RFID. Further, potential new partners are in the process of joining the technical community.

    Sign-up to Stay Informed

    Here are some of the products and services that have been developed and made available.

    ·  Newsletter with original articles.

    ·  Live webinars on topics focused on smart and sustainable cities leveraging new technologies and solutions.

    ·  Annual flagship conference and other co-sponsored events.

    Upcoming Events and Awards 

    Currently, Smart Cities has an open call for city/municipality projects that have successfully leveraged smart city technologies and innovation. If you have successfully completed a project by March 2023 that highlights smart cities technology and innovation, please apply (by June 30, 2023) to be considered for the 2023 IEEE Smart Cities Award. Contest finalists will receive a qualified endorsement from IEEE to establish your projects credibility for implementing future projects. 

    In addition, contest finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their project at IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2023. For more information on how to apply, Smart Cities Contest 2023.

    ISC2 is the flagship IEEE Smart Cities event which brings together practitioners, city policymakers and administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives and researchers to present technologies and applications, and to share their experiences and views with current and future Smart Cities applications. In its ninth year, the conference includes keynote and panel session discussions, tutorials given by experts on state-of-the-art topics, and special sessions on emerging topics with the aim of complementing the regular program. ISC2 2023 will be held in Bucharest Romania, 24-27 September.

    Please reach out with any questions and comments via Kathy Grise,

    Elevating Education: A Summary of the Insights and Learning Experiences from IEEE Education Week 2023

    "IEEE Education Week events hosted by the IEEE Sri Lanka Section which featured panel discussions, talk, and workshops that attracted hundreds of university students and teachers."

    IEEE Education Week events hosted by the IEEE Sri Lanka Section featured panel discussions, talks, and workshops that attracted hundreds of university students and teachers

    IEEE Members across the globe celebrated IEEE Education Week from 2 to 8 April 2023. The annual weeklong celebration included participation from more than 75 IEEE Operating Units, Regions, Sections, and Technical Societies that highlighted educational opportunities such as live and virtual events, online resources, and special offers on educational products and services. The week culminated with an online quiz that awarded digital badges to participants who correctly answered questions about IEEE educational offerings.

    “IEEE Education Week shows the collective impact IEEE has on lifelong learning and education at every level,” said Jamie Moesch, Managing Director, IEEE Educational Activities. “From pre-university STEM programs and university offerings to continuing professional education courses and tutorials, IEEE Education Week highlights the many ways to engage with education across the enterprise. This week was about bringing those resources together in one place and making sure our members and volunteers know about all of the amazing educational opportunities available to them.”

    IEEE Education Week Participants

    The target audiences that most benefit from participating in IEEE Education Week include:

    • Engineers and professionals working in technical fields, 
    • University students and faculty members, and 
    • Teachers, parents and anyone seeking pre-university STEM education resources to inspire the next generation of engineers and technologists.

    “Thanks to our partnership with IEEE Technical Activities and its many Societies and Councils, IEEE Education Week was able to showcase resources for our members that can help them enhance their skills and get ahead of the curve in the ever-changing landscape of engineering and technology. IEEE Education Week was also a great way to highlight all of the easy-to-use, free resources available for members to help inspire and teach the next generation about engineering,” stated Rabab Ward, Vice President, IEEE Educational Activities. 

    Wide Variety of Events Available On-Demand

    Below are just a few of the events held during IEEE Education Week, most of which remain accessible for on-demand access:

    A live, in-person two-day event hosted by the IEEE Sri Lanka Section was the first of its kind IEEE Education Week to be held in the section and one of this year’s most successful and largest ones celebrated by any IEEE section. More than 50 IEEE volunteers who represented all 21 student branches in the country helped to organize the activities. The event featured panel discussions, talks, and workshops that attracted hundreds of university students and teachers. 

    Educational Resources 

    In addition, the IEEE Education Week website also highlights resources shared by various IEEE Organizational Units, some of which include:

    Education is the foundation for a successful future and should never be taken for granted. Educational Activities in IEEE provides members with opportunities to achieve success in advancing technologies and communities. With the support of the Ambassador Program, I wish every member in the Region can be supported to seize the chance to learn and grow,” said Dr. Chi-Un “Leon” Lei, Chair of the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific Region) Educational Activities Committee.

    IEEE Education Week 2023 proudly reported the following stats: 

    • 3,200 visitors to the IEEE Education Week website from 2-8 April 2023, from 150 countries
    • 180+ global events posted to the site supported by more than 150 Volunteer Ambassadors 
    • 125+ resources provided
    • Participation by 75+ Operating Units, Regions, Sections, and Technical Society Partners
    • More than US $4,800 was donated to the IEEE Foundation to support educational programs

    Planning for 2024 Is Underway

    Join us for the next global IEEE Education Week scheduled for 14 to 20 April 2024. IEEE-affiliated groups can participate by offering events, resources, and special offers (such as discounted courses, reduced membership fees, etc.).

    Check out the IEEE Education Week video to learn more about this annual event and how to get involved.

    Follow updates on social media via #EducationAtIEEE and sign up for email updates at

    New Technology Predictions Announced for 2023

    Thirty-five technologists from around the globe came together as part of an ongoing effort to develop the IEEE Computer Society’s Technology Predictions Report for 2023. In Q4 2022, these technology experts met to come up with the 19 trends most critical to engineering today [see endbar.]

    The report not only produced this list, but also delivers a comprehensive analysis of each technology’s predicted success, the potential impact on humanity, predicted maturity, and predicted market adoption, and includes horizons for commercial adoption opportunities for academia, governments, professional organizations, and industry.

    2023 Report Objectives

    An annual work effort, the group does not make predictions for fortune’s sake, but rather, the work aligns with the goal of encouraging deeper community engagement around the topics which have broad backing; strong, diverse, research interests; and the potential to provide maximum societal benefits.

    “Our goal with this year’s report was to align with IEEE’s mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Dejan Milojicic, former IEEE CS president (2014) and current Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs. “These predictions not only look to developments with individual technologies but also consider their impact on the world.”

    A Methodical Approach

    In preparing the report, IEEE experts developed a comprehensive list of highly cited research initiatives and technology topics. The report committee then evaluated each of those technology areas through the lens of the following criteria:

    –   Predicted technology success in 2023

    –   Potential for impact on humanity

    –   Predicted maturity in 2023

    –   Predicted market adoption in 2023

    Over the course of a month, the team took systematic, iterative steps and reviewed a long list of technologies in consideration. Through dialogue and collaboration, the committee ultimately evolved the list by removing, merging and refining, and finally confirming the remaining technologies.

    Members then evaluated each technology left on their list by grading them (A-F) on the above-referenced specifications, ultimately culminating in a comprehensive grade that secured their ranking on the list. The intent was to present the impact on humanity as a function of technological advancement, also qualifying those by relative maturity, market adoption, and positioning in time-to-adoption [see graphic].

    “So often industry predictions are predicated on market spend, dynamics, and product developments, and while that is accurate, it doesn’t always capture the wider lens of potential,” remarked Milojicic. “We really strove to balance near-term implications with a broad array of possibilities to support the research community and funding agencies in identifying areas of potential this year and into the future.”

    Predictions in Action

    In fact, the group hoped that this methodical approach would help industry corporations and governments in prioritizing investments and academia and professional organizations in focusing annual efforts.

    “The report does not stop at the predictions themselves, but it goes on to make recommendations for diverse organizations in our fields, including industry, academia, governments, and professional organizations, such as IEEE,” summed up Milojicic.

    These predictions have already been backed up by analyst assessments. For example, the week following the initial release of these predictions, Research and Markets issued a report that indicated the global health and fitness tracker market will reach $10.5 billion in five years, and emphasized a burgeoning migration of medical device technology into general health, fitness, and well-being solutions. Reports of the remote healthcare and wearables space have continued to emerge over the past month, reiterating their importance in the global economy and supporting the predictions.

    “IEEE offers unique perspectives that have elements of what market analysts firms do, as well as technology consulting firms,” said Nita Patel, 2023 IEEE CS president. “What differentiates us is tying the technology benefits to the benefit of humanity and engaging a diverse, representative group of scientists and engineers in culling the landscape to pinpoint the most impactful and evolving areas of our disciplines.”


    The team of technology experts contributing to these predictions represents a mix of IEEE volunteer leaders (TAB VP, IEEE president elect, IEEE CS president, FDC chair, and others) and technology executives across industry, academia, and governments (fellows, VPs, CTOs, professors, technical managers, and more). Specifically, this year’s report contributors included: Ali Abedi, Mohamed Amin, Rosa M Badia, Mary Baker, Greg Byrd, Mercy Chelangat, Tom Coughlin, Jayakrishnan Divakaran, Paolo Faraboschi, Nicola Ferrier, Eitan Frachtenberg, Ada Gavrilovska, Alfredo Goldman, Francesca, Iacopi, Vincent Kaabunga, Hironori Kasahara, Witold Kinsner, Danny Lange, Phil Laplante, Katherine Mansfield, Avi Mendelson, Cecilia Metra, Dejan Milojicic, Puneet Mishra, Chris Miyachi, Khaled Mokhtar, Bob Parro, Nita Patel, Alexandra Posoldova, Marina Ruggieri, Roberto Saracco, Tomy Sebastian, Saurabh Sinha, Michelle Tubb, John Verboncoeur, and Irene Pazos Viana. 

    What’s Next

    Throughout the course of the year, technology prediction team members will be monitoring progress in the predicted technology areas, and at the close of 2023, they will evaluate how their predictions measure up. Check back in December 2023 to access the official scorecard for this year’s forecast. 

    “We don’t just want to throw our ideas out there and then let them float on the wind,” explained Milojicic. “We will hold ourselves accountable and will evaluate how accurate our predictions are at the end of the year and make that information available to the community. Each year, we refine our process, strengthening how we approach this important job, and a review of our work makes that possible.”

    He continued, “This work is designed to be a vehicle to inspire the engineering community in new ways and spark new ideas. It’s a privilege to be a contributor, and I’m honored to be a part of this effort.”

    For more information or to download the 2023 Predictions Report, visit the IEEE Computer Society’s website.  


    Top Technology Trends to Reach Adoption in 2023

    Ranked to present each advancement’s potential impact on humanity as a function of technological advancement, qualified by relative maturity, market adoption, and positioning in time-to-adoption, following are the top trends of 2023:

    1. Remote Healthcare & Wearables
    2. Augmented Reality
    3. Software for the Edge2Cloud Continuum
    4. Open Hardware
    5. AI-Assisted DevOps
    6. 3D Printing in Personalized Healthcare
    7. Generative AI
    8. IT for Sustainability
    9. Autonomous Driving
    10. Digital Distributed Manufacturing
    11. Trusted Computing
    12. Huge Graph Neural Networks
    13. Adaptive, Generative Pharmaceuticals
    14. Autonomous Robots & Brain-Machine I/F
    15. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)
    16. Global Digitalization of Monetary Transactions
    17. Space ITC
    18. Sustainable Space Manufacturing
    19. Disinformation Detection/Correction

    New Platform Provides Solutions for Communications Engineers

    With designs becoming increasingly complex, practicing engineers are challenged with finding the information they need scattered across multiple sources. Sourcing relevant and trustworthy results are often frustrating and time-consuming.

    IEEE DiscoveryPoint for Communications(™) aims to solve these problems by providing, on a single platform, a range of relevant, current, and reliable product design and development information, and ultimately, allowing them to improve their workflow.


    ●  Find answers to technical questions by referencing trusted, relevant content from multiple high-quality sources, including full-text IEEE publications.

    ●  Avoid time wasted searching multiple databases and find all the information you need—cutting-edge research, industry standards, parts & components, white papers, news and commentary, and more—in a single platform.

    ●  Easily obtain project-specific information by searching expertly curated content that covers every aspect of communications technology, including trending topics such as 5G, edge computing, big data, and more.

    ●  Discover practical industry data and solutions for real-world design challenges with resources tailored to support engineers in industry.


    DiscoveryPoint accesses more than 1 million full-text research documents; over 10,000 technical standards; 7,500 online courses; 1,400 eBook titles; 18 million parts and various solutions from manufacturers and distributors; and 1,100 industry and product news bulletins, blogs, white papers, and more.

    Content comes from a range of different organizations, including AT&T, IEEE Xplore Digital Library, F5 Networks, ITU Telecommunications, River Publishers, Qualcomm, Verizon, SMPTE, and more.

    “There’s nothing on the market right now that fully supports the workflow of the design engineer and that delivers all the information needed in one place,” says Mark Barragry, senior product manager for corporate markets for IEEE Global Products and Marketing. In designing IEEE DiscoveryPoint, he says, “We reconstructed the work process of a product design engineer and put together a set of resources that meet all the information needs they would have during a standard product-development cycle.”


    IEEE has a wealth of content for telecom designers, Barragry says.

    IEEE publishes nine of the top 10 most-cited journals in telecommunications. More than 40 percent of the U.S. patents related to telecommunications cite an IEEE publication. The organization also sponsors more than 2,000 conferences, many of which focus on communications, networking, and broadcast technologies. And the IEEE Standards Association has developed more than 900 standards related to communications, including the popular IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard.

    Barragry adds design engineers who tested the platform before launch said they liked that it came from IEEE, who they saw as a trusted source.


    The results are organized into channels and categorized by type of material, such as research papers, standards, books, or industry news, to make it easier for time-strapped engineers to scan and discover content faster. For each search result, a  machine-learning feature examines the document and automatically generates a short summary of key points, so engineers can quickly determine what is relevant to the task at hand and what they can skip.

    Over 30 curated Dashboards also provide quick access to current coverage of hot topics that engineers in communications need to understand and track, such as WiFi 6, cloud computing, IoT, and blockchain.


    IEEE DiscoveryPoint for Communications has already added various new content sources to the platform including more news outlets, eBooks collections, and standards bodies. The tool will soon have a channel dedicated to content created by IEEE’s many societies and welcomes engagement from IEEE entities with relevant communications content to participate.

    IEEE is also planning extensions of this product portfolio to other industries and is currently performing in-depth research into potential sectors and practicing engineer workflows.

    Visit the IEEE DiscoveryPoint for Communications website to learn more about the platform and to request a demo.

    Portions of this article were first published in The Institute on 21 June 2022:

    Building an Improved Path for New and Emerging Technical Communities

    First and foremost, IEEE is a technical organization. IEEE has and continues to identify and lead efforts advancing new and emerging technology areas, especially throughout Technical Activities. It is critically important that Technical Activities provides an overall framework and business process that enables and supports a low-risk, low-cost way to pilot programs in new and emerging areas.

    That is the inspiration for the TAB Technical Community 2.0 Ad Hoc, or “TC 2.0”. An approved TC 2.0 entity will be empowered to grow and innovate within a lightweight operational framework that reduces the burden on the TAB infrastructure. From my experience as the past chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative and past Future Directions Committee (FDC) chair, I’ve seen the major investments in volunteer and staff time and financial resources required to launch many new initiatives from Future Directions into the IEEE infrastructure. That is where we see TC 2.0 paving the path by providing a framework that supports long term sustainability, and continued success for these investments.

    TC 2.0 aims to offer a new option for an overall framework and business process for new and emerging areas across Technical Activities, to assist in the support and consolidation of IEEE activities across a broad set of technical, socio-economic, and ethical focus areas. TC 2.0 aims to support the IEEE 2023 focus areas of innovation, coordination, cooperation, and communications.

    The strategy of TC 2.0 pulls from the skills and deep institutional knowledge of its committee members who have been past or current Society/Council Presidents, Division Directors, TAB Treasurer to:

    ·   Support new and emerging technical communities from TAB for long term success.

    ·   Enable quick “start-up” cross-OU emerging activities.

    ·   Ensure accurate and concise charters for TAB Technical Communities.

    ·   Develop an overall lightweight framework and process to enable and support potential TC 2.0 candidates.

    ·   Provide a clear and finite lifecycle for each TC 2.0, which includes oversight and review.

    As the Ad Hoc continues its work in 2023, we will continue to leverage the learning from our first TC 2.0 pilot, Smart Cities, and by invitation add one or two more pilots in 2023. Institutional change will take time, and we want to do this once. We intend to define and set a path for success for TC 2.0.

    TC 2.0 is an important step in furthering our innovation, collaboration, cooperation, and communication within Technical Activities, IEEE, and beyond.

    Please reach out to me with any questions and comments via Kathy Grise,

    Join the IEEE Climate Change Technical Community!

    The IEEE Climate Change Technical Community is an interdisciplinary program focusing on climate change and the role of technology in monitoring, mitigating, and adapting. The Climate Change Program connects technology solutions with ethics, public policy, law, education, and public awareness. IEEE’s Climate Change initiatives include Education Contents and Workforce Development; Wildfire Prevention, Detection, Prediction, and Mitigation; Managing the Food-Water-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development; and Sustainable Technologies (Circular Economy). 

    Join the IEEE Climate Change Technical Community to connect and collaborate with people across these areas, whether you are in industry, government, or academia, and stay up to date on news and content related to climate change from IEEE at:

    A Message from the 2023 Technical Activities Vice President

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am honored to serve as the 2023 Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities (TA). Over the course of my nearly decade long involvement in the Technical Activities Board (TAB) in various capacities, I have learned a lot about how TA works, and the integral nature of the Societies, Councils, Technical Committees and many other entities comprising TA, and their interactions with the rest of the IEEE. The leaders of those many TA entities and associated staff, and indeed volunteers and staff from across IEEE, have been generous with their time and advice, and I hope I can give back even a fraction to the next generation.

    Our strategic priorities throughout 2023 will include timely issues like engagement on climate change and sustainable technologies, imagining future products and services and new audiences, providing value to and growing existing audiences, and building on our progress of becoming a more diverse and inclusive community.

    Focusing on Climate Change

    Climate change is one of the most important challenges impacting all inhabitants of the planet. By virtue of its mission to advance technology for humanity, the IEEE has a responsibility to provide a venue for individuals and organizations to engage on climate change and sustainable technologies. We are seeking to develop this effort in a holistic and unified approach while connecting to organic activities across the IEEE, including within Societies and Councils. This topic is so pervasive and impactful that it affords the opportunity for TA to work closely with our colleagues in other parts of IEEE to develop a unified approach.

    It is imperative that we connect advances in technology to the people that can use them, and equally important to foster sharing of needs and best practices. A strategic and integrated approach using the expertise of all arms of the IEEE can enable us to impact not only the R&D community, but also the practicing engineer/technologist, university students, media and policy makers, college and pre-college students, and the general public. In addition to the potential for major societal impact, this will also enhance the IEEE brand, and provide an opportunity for new types of membership for individuals and organizations outside the usual IEEE family to bind to the IEEE for their topical interest – we just have to provide value. Watch the TA Spotlight space for future opportunities to engage.

    Providing Value Through New Products and Services

    We are imaging future IEEE products and services that provide value to new audiences. An example is the AskIEEE product, an AI-driven technology encyclopedia app that can adjust answers according to the profile of the user, with granularity among pre-college students, general public, college students, media and public policy makers, investors, practicing engineers and technologists, and researchers. Our goal with AskIEEE is to get IEEE in the hand of every person, and top of mind when it comes to technology. AskIEEE has just completed a Proof of Concept and will be continuing development in 2023.

    Other concepts in development would seek to provide value from the vast information accumulated by the IEEE, including the largest technical library on the planet, as well as usage information across the conference and publication space that can reveal emerging technology trends in near real time. The opportunity exists to provide value to individuals and organizations beyond the technology community, but with interest in technology-related public policy, startups, or R&D investments to improve the efficient use of capital in advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

    Strides in Diversity & Inclusion

    IEEE in general, and TA in particular, have made great strides in diversity and inclusion. I am particularly proud of the way we have taken actionable steps and created tangible outcomes. In the IEEE context, diversity means much more than gender and other individual characteristics, including geographic and technical area diversity. Seeking to take advantage of our strength across these dimensions has become an integral part of IEEE processes, including developing slates of candidates, and ensuring committees and other bodies benefit from our deep bench of perspectives. This has yielded multiple benefits, including amazing volunteers of all kinds, as well as the enhanced wisdom and experience to better understand the range of ethics issues confronting the modern world that less inclusive groups might have missed. This has strengthened not only the IEEE and TA, but also the profession.

    A Look Ahead

    Our operational priorities will leverage best practices of our predecessors. Together as a community we will:

    • Seek short concise presentations leaning on backup materials for pre-meeting review, so that we can have more time for discussion that makes meetings so valuable.
    • Apply the new Fellows policy at the Society and Council level to make sure our process is equitable, supports our diversity and inclusion strategic goals, and is scalable to ensure we can continue to do quality work in a growing community, relying increasingly on the expertise in societies and councils as the foundation for that process.
    • Manage the transition from traditional publishing to open access publishing, including ensuring the distribution algorithms incentivize engagement as well as support our ability to execute our mission.
    • Work with our colleagues in the Publication Services and Products Board to ensure that we continue to deliver top quality publications and examine opportunities in open publishing.
    • Continue to improve our ability to deliver top quality conferences and events, even as we navigate the complexities of the new hybrid meeting paradigm.
    • Partner with the Standards Association to ensure IEEE leads on key standards in our fields of interest.
    • Support the education pillar of our mission in collaboration with the Educational Activities Board.
    • Collaborate with our colleagues in Member and Geographic Activities in expanding the IEEE footprint.
    • Finally, we will also build upon our engagement in public policy in collaboration with IEEE USA, the European Public Policy Committee, and other policy and outreach arms of IEEE that can amplify our impact beyond the science, engineering and technology community.

    I am humbled by the complexity of the IEEE, and greatly appreciative of the knowledge and support of the volunteers and staff who make it all possible. I look forward to a culture of respect, in which we listen intently and decide carefully in the context of the shared mission of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.