Special Sessions

1. Women in Engineering


PDF Invite

Venue: Main Plenary Hall (V & A Waterfront)
Date: 19 September 2017
Time: 12:40 – 13.40pm
Main Speaker: Bessie Malila (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Contact: Mary Adedoyin (addmar004@myuct.ac.za)

N2Women is supported by ACM SIGMOBILE, ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computer Society (CS) Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC), NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems, CRA-W, Microsoft Research, HP Labs, and Google Research. This event is kindly sponsored by IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) and IEEE Africon 2017.
Learn more about IEEE WIE at https://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/women/index.html and N2Women at http://n2women.comsoc.org/


2. IEEE Session

This training session will offer talks on various aspects around IEEE resources and structures and intends to equip the attendees with the knowledge of how IEEE can be applied to improving quality of work, education, and engineering-related activities.

Session is organized by IEEE South Africa Section (organizing Committee: A Lysko, D Oyedokun, and D Cornish, part of IEEE South Africa Section ExCom) and supported by IEEE South Africa Section, IEEE Region 8, IEEE Region 8 Member Activities, IEEE Region 8 Africa Area.

Date/time: 18 Sep 2017, in 3 sub-sessions from 10:20 until 17:40, with breaks for a plenary session, for lunch, and tea/coffee.

Venue: Meeting Room 3, in “The Avenue”, in the V & A Waterfront, Cape Town (http://www.avenuecapetown.com/)

Costs: The session is free of charge. For IEEE South Africa volunteers and members, the travel/accommodation expenses related to this trip may be covered by the IEEE South Africa, subject to attending the full session and submission of application and its approval – please see the terms and conditions below.


Draft Programme

10:20 – 11:50: Prof M. Salazar Palma (IEEE R8 Director-Elect): IEEE Volunteer Orientation; (1.5h)
The talk will provide a comprehensive overview of IEEE structures, resources and operation.
References: www.ieeer8.org , www.ieee.org

11:50 – 12:20: Prof J. Haase (IEEE R8 Professional Activities): IEEE Conference organization/support – how to organize a conference and how IEEE can support it; (30min)
Reference: http://www.ieeer8.org/author/janhaase/

LUNCH BREAK (12:20 – 13:20)

13:20 – 13:50: Dr S. Stephen Olokede (IEEE ZA Section MD Chair): Membership development – showing value from IEEE membership; (30min)

13:50 – 14:20: Prof T. K. Sarkar (IEEE Fellow Committee): IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) – a possibility to run technological projects for humanitarian needs; (30min)
This talk will present the activities of the IEEE AP society on MGA, Humanitarian activities and on future direction initiatives.

14:20 – 14:50: Dr A. Lysko (IEEE ZA Chair): Intro into IEEE South Africa – what it is, how it works, what it offers, what you can start (new Chapters, Branches etc.); (30min)

The talk wills overview the operation and resources available with IEEE South Africa Section.

References: www.ieee.org.za

14:50 – 15:20: Prof V. Monebhurrun (IEEE APS Standards): IEEE Standardization – about IEEE standards and how to join or start a new IEEE standard. (30min)

The objective of this talk is to provide an overview of the standards development process within the IEEE Standards Association, which is one of the world’s leading global standards development organization. Standards, guides and recommendations are technical documents that establish harmonized engineering terminologies, methods and practices elaborated through a consensus-based approach. Examples of standardization activities undertaken within Technical Committee 34 of the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety, and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Standards Committee, sponsored by the Antennas and Propagation Society, will be discussed.

References: https://www.standardsuniversity.org/course/practical-ideas-from-professors-teaching-standards-in-electromagnetics-communication/

TEA BREAK (15:20 – 15:40)

AFRICON PLENARY (15:40-16:40)

16:40 – 17:00: Dr A. Lysko (IEEE ZA Chair): IEEE Distinguished Lecturer & Speaker programmes – Inviting international experts to give talks; (20min)

The talk with overview the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) programmes, the mechanisms for inviting the international technical domain experts from these programmes to give talks (paid by IEEE), and how this usually works in South Africa. A mention of Distinguished Speaker programmes (less funding but less restrictions) will also be made.

References: http://www.ieee.org.za/inviting-ieee-distinguished-lecturer-dl-south-africa , https://www.ieee.org/about/volunteers/tab/distinguished_lecturer_program.html  , https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/organizers/sc2014_reach_getting_speakers_for_your_section.pdf , http://www.ieeer8.org/category/member-activities/professional-activities/speakers/

17:00 – 17:40: Prof S. Sinha (IEEE Past Vice-President: Educational Activities & IEEE Board of Director): 3 talks in one – IEEE Educational Activities,  Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), and Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)  ; (40min)

This talk will cover the pre-university, university and continuing education offerings of IEEE – as a global organization. The speaker, together with Prof Dandekar (Drexel University, PA), co-founded the Engineering Projects in Community Service-in-IEEE (EPICS-in-IEEE) initiative; the initiative provides for vertical integration between pre-university and university activities impacting society and enabling the IEEE tag-line: “Advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.” The speaker will exemplify EPICS-in-IEEE projects, programmes and partnerships and also how attendees can access IEEE funding support.

Reference: K.R. Dandekar, S. Sinha, N. Ampofo-Anti, “IEEE-Based Implementation of Engineering Projects in Community Service,”  Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), Seattle, WA, USA, pp. 481 – 486.


Important information:

Please let us know by 8 Sep 2017, if you intend to claim for the travel to attend the Session (the terms and conditions stated in below must be fulfilled). For this and for travel arrangements/claims please contact Dr David T. Oyedokun (davoyedokun@ieee.org) and Darryn Cornish (darryn.cornish.za@ieee.org) and provide the following information:

* Completed application form;

* Full name (as in ID document) for South Africans and Passport details and a scanned copy of the passport page with picture and details for approved foreigners;

* Preferred flight dates and time range for both flights (to Cape Town and from Cape Town).

* Preferred airport for departure.


Terms and conditions (T&C) of reimbursement for the travel (updated):

The travel/accommodation for South African IEEE volunteers and members is approved and arranged via the IEEE South Africa Section per application. A request (with completed application) needs to be sent to the organizing committee (Albert Lysko (lysko@ieee.org), David T. Oyedokun (davoyedokun@ieee.org) and Darryn Cornish (darryn.cornish.za@ieee.org)), and approved.  The budget travel and accommodation costs incl. travel to/from the event are covered, subject to attending the full session and satisfaction of the following. An advance notice of attendance (within 8 Sep 2017) is needed (as space is limited). Only IEEE volunteers and members from IEEE South Africa may submit reimbursement claim. For people residing in Western Cape, car travel can be reimbursed. If you stay more than ~3 hours drive away (as per Google Map), you may claim 1 night accommodation (up to ~R1500). For people residing outside of Western Cape, the costs may include an economy class return airplane ticket (max R2700) and 1 night budget accommodation, to a total of R4000 maximum. For IEEE volunteers (such as IEEE members holding positions in units belonging to the IEEE South Africa), the Section may fund 50% of the costs and the other 50% of the costs comes from the unit’s own budget (unless the unit does not have its own budget or there are special circumstances, and then up to the full cost will come from the Section). For IEEE members whom are interested to become but are not yet volunteers, up to full cost may be reimbursed. A registration to attend the conference (rather than the IEEE Session) assumes payment by the institution and invalidates the possibility of reimbursement (unless special circumstances are present and indicated to the session organizers). Only 4 travel grants and 15 free-to-take seats remain available (as on 04 Sep 2017). The selection process will be run by ExCom of IEEE South Africa Section.




 Prof. Magdalena Salazar Palma, IEEE Region 8 Director-Elect, M’89-SM’01-F’14; Speaker biography may be found at https://www.ieee.org/about/corporate/election/reg8.html


 Prof. Jan Haase, IEEE Region 8 Professional Activities. SMIEEE; Speaker biography may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-haase-39b0838/


 Dr.  Seyi Stephen Olokede, IEEE South Africa Section Membership Development Chair, SMIEEE; Speaker biography may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/seyi-olokede-406b9224/


 Dr. Albert Lysko, IEEE South Africa Section Chair, SM’10. Leading IEEE South Africa Section (1000+ members and 50+ officers/volunteers), led Jt. AP/MTT/EMC Chapter, organized and co-organized 30+ IEEE events and conferences attended by around 900 people), conference roles from session organizer to technical chair and general chair. Speaker biography may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/albertlysko/

 Prof. Tapan K. Sarkar, IEEE Fellow Committee, Fellow of IEEE; Speaker biography may be found at http://ecs.syr.edu/faculty/sarkar/vitae.asp


 Prof. Vikass Monebhurrun, IEEE AP-S Standards, SMIEEE; Speaker biography may be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/vikass-monebhurrun-94698a80/


 Prof. Saurabh Sinha, IEEE Past Vice-President: Educational Activities & IEEE Board of Director, SMIEEE; Speaker biography may be found at https://goo.gl/exMJRb



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