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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 2021 can be found through the following link, please feel free 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 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.

Student Branches

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
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..

The Post Graduate Presentation Day will be hosted in 2021 by Massey University on on 25 August with details being arranged by committee members Abhipray and Yuan.

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Upcoming General and Technical Meetings, Conferences and Events

A Joint Institution Event - Considerations when specifying distribution transformers in the future

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You are invited to join The Electrical Engineering Group, which includes Engineering New Zealand, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), for a presentation by ETEL’s Innovation Manager Dr Dan Martin on what to consider when specifying distribution transformers for the future.

The details are:

Date: 15 Sep 2021,
Time: 5.30PM – 6.30PM
Location: Online -Due to COVID restrictions
Duration: 1 hr
Cost: Free event

Synopsis::
Transformers are at the hearts of our networks, and typically last for many decades. Consequently, it pays to be forward thinking now when planning their use.
So, what do we see happening in the 2020s?

  • Reductions in network downtime as IoT provides more monitoring options on both the transformer and across the network.
  • Reductions in operating risk brought about by new materials and transformer manufacturing processes.
  • Community uptakes of electric transport and rooftop PV resulting in two way power flow, and smart transformer technology being necessary to manage this new dynamic grid.
The above considerations will be discussed during the presentation.

Following the presentation Dan will be available to take your questions.

Due to potential Covid restrictions this will be an online presentation only.

For more details and how to register please use the link below:

https://lnkd.in/gva6-HDJ 

2021 IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop - 19 November (Rescheduled)

The IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop was to have been held at Victoria University of Wellington on Friday 27 August 2021 (9:00am to 5:30pm. Hoiwever, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event has now been rescheduled: The new date for the IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop is now Friday 19 November 2021.
Venue: Location to be decided at the Victoria University of Wellington.
A proposed programme is available from here.

Upcoming Region 10 Conferences and Events

Watch this space for future R10 events.

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Items of Interest to Members:

Are you experienced in Web Design?

The Central Section is seeking an experienced web designer who would be able to maintain and update the pages of our website. Applicants must be skilled in HTML coding, a current IEEE member, and to be available for monthly meetings of the executive committee. Applicants should contact the Chair or Secretary of the Section with their details and qualifications. Further information about the position can be obtained also from the above committee members.

Membership Retention Award - 2021

The NZ Central Section Executive Committee is very proud and excited to announce that our Section has received the 2021 Region 10 Best Membership Retention Small Section Award! Special congratulations needs to go to Qi Chen, our Membership Development Coordinator. Well done. Thank you also to our members for staying loyal, engaged and participating in the many events organised by our specialist coordinators and hope that your continued support will enhance your careers and be of great benefit in establishing connections to colleagues for your network and identifying useful benefits from our conferences, journals and other events. These are especially challenging times for our country and the rest of the world, as the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc in our lives and livelihoods, please stay safe!

The announcement was sent to us on behalf of 2021-2022 IEEE Region 10  Awards & Recognition Committee (ARC) Chair, Prof. Wu Qun

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.

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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
Associate Professor
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®

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News from the IEEE NZ Central Section Committee

Collabratec Initiative

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Job Seekers:
Look for job postings and other career opportunities in IEEE Collabratec. Visit the Opportunities section to:

  • Search job listings and filter by location, interest, and posting date.
  • Manage your saved job listings for quick reference and review.

There are over 2,100 jobs posted in IEEE Collabratec in technical areas such as: ,

  • Communications (signal processing), over 1,000 jobs posted
  • Energy, over 600 jobs posted
  • Information Technology, over 600 jobs posted
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences, over 300 jobs posted
  • Biomedical Engineering, over 300 jobs posted
  • Cybersecurity, over 100 jobs posted
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Upload your CV/Resume to further enhance your visibility to recruiters. Recruiters will be searching for potential candidates by using search tools that scan your CV/Resume for key word matches.
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Follow this link to renew your membership or direct a colleague to the IEEE membership website.

Membership renewal

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Recent Events

Please follow this link for more events that were held by or supported by our Section in 2020.

IES ANZ Wellington Lighting Supplier Trade Show - July 22nd

The IEEE Central Section is delighted to collaborate with the IET in joining them for this Lighting Trade Show Event. The details are given below:

Event: IES ANZ Wellington Lighting Tradeshow
Date: Thursday, 22ndJuly, 2021
Time: From 5:00pm to 7:30pm.
Location: Basin Reserve, Wellington

The link to a flyer for this event is located here.

Computational Intelligence - IEEE Congress on Computational Intelligence

20-30 papers from the local chapter were contributed to the IEEE Congress on Computational Intelligence hosted by Poland this year. A tutorial was also provided by Yi and Bach – all virtual.

Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Virtual Lecture - 8th July

You 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. This is the third talk in a series of 3 virtual lectures by IEEE distinguished speakers.

Speaker: Professor Kaibin Huang (The University of Hong Kong)
Title: Mobile edge computing for 5G-and-beyond
Date: Thursday 8th July 2021
Time: Starting at 4 pm (NZ time)

Link to Registration: (To get your Free Zoom link) https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/272805 

Please contact Associate Professor Nurul I Sarkar at nurul.sarkar@aut.ac.nz  for more details

Biography:
Kaibin Huang received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from the National University of Singapore, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Texas at Austin, all in electrical engineering. Presently, he is an associate professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He received the IEEE Communication Society’s 2019 and also 2021 Best Survey Paper Awards, 2015 Asia Pacific Best Paper Award, and 2019 Asia Pacific Outstanding Paper Award as well as Best Paper Awards at IEEE GLOBECOM 2006 and IEEE/CIC ICCC 2018. Moreover, he received an Outstanding Teaching Award from Yonsei University in S. Korea in 2011. He has served as the lead chairs for the Wireless Comm. Symp. of IEEE Globecom 2017 and the Comm. Theory Symp. of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 and the TPC Co-chairs for IEEE PIMRC 2017 and IEEE CTW 2013. He is an Executive Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, an Associate Editor for Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), and an Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking. Previously, he has also served on the editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. Moreover, he has guest edited special issues for IEEE JSAC, IEEE Journal on Selected Topics on Signal Processing, and IEEE Communications Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both the IEEE Communications and Vehicular Technology Societies. He has been named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2019 and 2020.
Kaibin Huang 
Abstract:In this talk, I will introduce a 5G paradigm in communication and computing, called mobile edge computing (MEC), and discuss how it serves as a platform for realizing edge intelligence. The main feature of MEC is to push mobile computing, AI, control, and storage to the network edge (e.g., servers near base stations and access points) so as to enable intelligent, computation-intensive, and latency-critical applications at the resource-limited mobile devices. The promised gains of MEC have motivated extensive efforts by both the academia and industry on developing relevant technologies. The first part of this talk will focus on techniques for adaptive computation offloading and the second part on techniques for edge AI building on MEC. The techniques share the theme of cross-disciplinary designs integrating wireless communications, mobile computing, and AI.

Joint Institution Event - Sounds Air: Electric Aircraft and their Journey...  June 9

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Date: 09 Jun 2021,
Time: 5.00PM – 6.30PM
Sessions: Online and Wellington
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Cost: Free event
Venue:
Engineering New Zealand
Level 6, 40 Taranaki Street
Te Aro
Wellington
6011
New Zealand

Registration Link: https://www.engineeringnz.org/courses-events/event/sounds-air-electric-aircraft-and-their-journey-to-/

We were delighted to invite members of Engineering New Zealand, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes) to join us for a unique insight into the potential use of electric aircraft for regional flights and the very real opportunity for it to be realised within the Wellington region. We were lucky enough to have Rhyan Wardman, Board Chairman and Director of Sounds Air, present to us on their journey to date with Heart Aerospace and the very real opportunity to put New Zealand at the forefront of sustainable air travel. Following the presentation Rhyan will be available to take questions. The event started at 5:00pm with drinks and nibbles, with the presentation starting at 5:30pm sharp.

Report:

Around 70 people participated in person and over 250 in total including virtual attendees. It is hoped that the speaker might be available next year to update us on developments in this very interesting and fascinating area!

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2021 ComSoc VDL by Prof Biplab Sikdar

Prof Biplab Sikdar gave an excellent virtual distinguished lecture (VDL) “Cyber Security and Privacy for Smart Cities” on Thursday 17 June 202. The talk went very well. We started at 3.45pm and finished at around 5.30 pm. We really enjoyed the lecture and learned more about Security and Privacy issues in the design and implementation of Smart Cities. We thank Prof Sikdar for his time to prepare this talk. Thanks go to participants for their support and to make the event a grant success. We also thank IEEE ComSoc for financial, and logistic support. Despite of the busy time of the year, about 96 participants attended the event. We had Q/A after the lecture. However, I received positive feedback from the audience indicating that the VDL event was successful.

Region 10 - TENCON 2021 - 15th August

The 36th edition of our IEEE Region 10, flagship conference TENCON is being arranged to be held through both physical and virtual online formats. The local organizing committee have decided to plan for the physical version to be held as per the originally advertised dates of 7-10 December 2021. The formal host section for TENCON 2021 is IEEE New Zealand North Section with conference organizing committee members representing all the three sections and Council in New Zealand.
This brand of conference is being held for the very first time in New Zealand and the experience of the organizing committee and NZ North Section volunteers of having hosted several flagship Chapter conferences and Region 10 events in the past, places us well to attempt to deliver this event in a blended format i.e. both physical and virtual. The event is scheduled to be held at AUT in Auckland.

The paper submission deadline is 15 August 2021. Please see the available poster for detailed information.

TENCON 2021 IEEE Future Directions Guiding Smarter, Cleaner, Secure, and Resilient Living

Themes:

  1. Low-Carbon Energy Future
  2. Future of Space Technologies
  3. Smart Cities & Technologies
  4. Future of learning & computing
  5. Community spirit
  6. Future of Industrial Automation & Smart Manufacturing
  7. Future of work in world of Automation
  8. Future of Food, Nutrition, & Health
  9. Other Topics
  10. IEEE Societies Based
Visit the conference website www.tencon2021.com for more details and updates. Publication of Papers
All peer-reviewed and presented papers will be uploaded to IEEE Xplore
Contact Email Submissions/Tracks: tencon2021@gmail.com

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