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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

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 here.

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.

Winners of last year's event were:
  1. Chanjief Chandrakumar
  2. Muhammad Rehan
  3. Soheil Mohseni
A full report was prepared from this event and is available from here.

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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Upcoming General and Technical Meetings, Conferences and Events

Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Virtual Lecture - 17th June

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.

Speaker: Professor Biplab Sikdar (National University of Singapore)
Title: Cyber Security and Privacy for Smart Cities
Date: Thursday 17 June 2021
Time: Starting at 4 pm (NZ time)

Link to Registration (Free): https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/271448

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

Biplab Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore where he also serves as the Vice Dean in the Faculty of Engineering. He received the B. Tech. degree in electronics and communication engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, in 1996, the M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2001. His research interests include IoT and cyber-physical system security, network security, and network performance evaluation. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Tan Chin Tuan fellowship from NTU Singapore, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship, and the Leiv Eiriksson fellowship from the Research Council of Norway. Dr. Sikdar is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2007 to 2012 and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing from 2014-2017. He received the best paper award from IEEE GLOBECOM (2007) and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (2020).
Biplab Sikdar 
Modern cities have embarked on a path toward becoming ``smarter’’ in order to maintain their economic growth and provide improved and more efficient civic infrastructure to its residents and businesses. Such cities allow easy access to data and information, make extensive use of computing and information technologies in the operation of its physical infrastructure as well as social services, and in its economy and industries. The efficiency and convenience brought about by these applications also come with unintended consequences. Much of the data collected by sensors and actuators in smart city applications contain sensitive data that can leak private information about individuals and organization. This talk will explore some of the unintended privacy concerns that stem from the use of data collection and exploitation in smart cities. We will also explore how adversaries target smart city applications to extract sensitive information. The talk will conclude with a discussion on possible solutions for privacy, as well as the need for technological and policy related frameworks for privacy.

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

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.

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
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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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 Received

The 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!

Recruitment Award Certificate

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News from the IEEE NZ Central Section Committee

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Recent Events

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.
All Section members and their partners were welcome. For catering purposes, please register your participation with Murray Milner at wemurray.milner@xtra.co.nz. Including any dietary preferences. We are looking forward to a sunny day so that we can enjoy good company, excellent food and beverages and perhaps a game of petanque.

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Special Student and Young Professionals Event - Thursday, May 13, 2021

Are you an undergraduate student and hesitating whether to to do postgraduate study or an industry job? Are you a postgraduate student and hesitating whether to have an academic career or industry career?

The IEEE New Zealand Central Section Young Professionals and Student Branches will help you answer the above pivotal questions by organising an event, “Success After Graduation”. The event benefits a wide range of students, including undergraduate and postgraduate students. We invited four speakers who have extensive knowledge in both academic and industry environments to offer a broad view from both perspectives. We can also provide a Zoom link for people who cannot attend in person. Following the discussion, free pizza is provided for networking and any further discussions.

The event flyer is available from here. If you are interested in the event, please register by May 12, 2021.
Details are as follows:

Date: 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, May 13, 2021
Venue: AM106, Alan Macdiarmid Building, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus
Title: Success After Graduation
Cost: Free
Registration: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/271432
Zoom link: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/8441867488

1. Dr Murray Milner: He is widely recognised within his profession for his leadership in ICT development in New Zealand, including being presented with the Chairman’s award by the Telecommunications User Association of NZ (TUANZ) 2005. He has been awarded Fellowships to work and study in both the UK and USA during his career. He is a Fellow of IPENZ, an active member of IET and IEEE and is on the editorial panel for the Telecommunications Journal of Australia. He is currently serving as Secretary and Immediate Past Chair of IEEE NZ Central Section.

2. Prof Bing Xue: Professor Xue received her PhD degree in 2014 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently a Professor in Computer Science at VUW and leading the Postgraduate Artificial Intelligence program at VUW. She is active in IEEE activities and is now leading the Women in Engineering group, IEEE NZ Central Section.

3. A/Prof Ramesh Rayudu: He is currently an Associate Professor with VUW. He has more than 15 years of industrial work experience both in India and New Zealand. He is also involved in consultation work for several international firms in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and the USA. He is a very active IEEE member and is currently the Chair of the local PES Chapter.

4. Dr Yi Mei: He is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand. Before joining VUW, he worked as a Provost’s Research Associate (2010-2012, Financial Optimization) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and ARC Discovery Research Fellow (2012-2015, Large Scale Optimisation) RMIT University, Australia. He is an IEEE Senior Member and is currently serving as chair of the IEEE NZ Central Section.

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Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Virtual Lecture - 29th May

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.

Speaker: Professor Sudip Misra (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur)
Title: UAV Networks: Architectures, Opportunities, Challenges, and Future
Date: Saturday 29 May 2021
Time: Starting at 4 pm (NZ time)

Link to Registration (Free): https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/272039  Please contact Associate Professor Nurul I Sarkar at nurul.sarkar@aut.ac.nz  for more details.

Sudip Misra is a Professor and Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. His current research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things. Professor Misra is the author of over 300 scholarly research papers. He has won nine research paper awards in different conferences. He was awarded the IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, California, USA. He was also the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships such as the Faculty Excellence Award (IIT Kharagpur), Young Scientist Award (National Academy of Sciences, India), Young Systems Scientist Award (Systems Society of India), Young Engineers Award (Institution of Engineers, India), (Canadian) Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal at Carleton University, the University Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Doctoral level at Carleton University and the National Academy of Sciences, India – Swarna Jayanti Puraskar (Golden Jubilee Award), Samsung Innovation Awards-2014 at IIT Kharagpur, IETE-Biman Behari Sen Memorial Award-2014, and the Careers360 Outstanding Faculty Award in Computer Science for the year 2018 from the Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India. He was the consecutively twice recipient of the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award in 2018 and 2019. He was awarded the Canadian Government’s prestigious NSERC Postdoc Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany. His team received the GYTI Award 2018 in the hands of the President of India for socially relevant innovations. Dr. Misra has been serving as the Associate Editor of different journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Network, and IEEE Systems Journal. He is the Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK, British Computer Society (BCS), UK, Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), UK, and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (IETE), India. He is the Director and Co-Founder of the IoT startup, SensorDrops Networks Private Limited (https://www.sensordropsnetworks.com).

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are pilotless flying vehicles with numerous applications, which include search and rescue operations, establishing communication (aerial base stations), monitoring and surveillance, as well as military operations. They are also useful in disaster-hit areas for localizing survivors, quantifying damage, sensing hazardous fumes, and others. Although the scope of UAVs is diverse, it has several challenges. Typically, these challenges span across controlling single UAVs, coordination among a swarm of UAVs, coverage, and placement, and communication with remote sinks. Further, while manual control may be useful for an unknown environment, autonomous UAVs reduce the need for manual intervention, which makes tasks easier to accomplish. Thus, there is a need for a novel network and control architectures. Another important challenge is that these UAVs have a heterogeneous set of sensors that produce a huge amount of data and require smart analytics to make inferences. This lecture presents algorithms and architectures leveraging the key features of cloud/edge/fog computing platforms. Further, it includes concepts that optimize flight time, energy consumption, payload, manoeuvrability, and others. Additionally, this lecture also presents how the UAVs and its properties also deem fit for the upcoming components of THz communication technologies such as mmWave and small cells.

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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
Engineering New Zealand
Level 6, 40 Taranaki Street
Te Aro
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.


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!

Sounds Air_1 Sounds Air_2 
Sounds Air_3 Sounds Air_4 

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Upcoming Region 10 Conferences and Events

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.

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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 (s.lemoan@massey.ac.nz), to obtain attendance details for the virtual meeting.
Time: 4 - 5pm according to the following plan:
  • Welcome
  • 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.


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/.


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
Registration: Free

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 (nurul.sarkar@aut.ac.nz ) 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).

Professor Arumugam Nallanathan

Arumugam Nallanathan (S’97–M’00–SM’05–F’17) is Professor of Wireless Communications and Head of the Communication Systems Research (CSR) group in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London since September 2017. He was with the Department of Informatics at King’s College London from December 2007 to August 2017, where he was Professor of Wireless Communications from April 2013 to August 2017 and a Visiting Professor from September 2017. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore from August 2000 to December 2007. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Systems, 5G and beyond Wireless Networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Molecular Communications. He published nearly 500 technical papers (including more than 200 IEEE journal papers) in scientific journals and international conferences. He is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards presented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC’2016), IEEE Global Communications Conference 2017 (GLOBECOM’2017) and IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2017 (VTC’2017).

He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2006-2011), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2006-2017) and IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He served as the Chair for the Signal Processing and Communication Electronics Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society and Technical Program Chair and member of Technical Program Committees in numerous IEEE conferences. He received the IEEE Communications Society SPCE outstanding service award 2012 and IEEE Communications Society RCC outstanding service award 2014. He has been selected as a Web of Science (ISI) Highly Cited Researcher in 2016 and as AI 2000 Internet of Things Most Influential Scholar in 2020.

The Annual Joint IEEE, IET and Engineering New Zealand Institution's Breakfast Event, 14 October, 2020

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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.

It will be recognised that this event is being held in unusual times. With COVID-19 present in the environment members safety is our priority, so we have worked closely with the venue to ensure that appropriate safeguarding and hygiene measures are being followed. Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell, are displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus or believe you may have been in contact with someone with the virus. The event is being organised in compliance with NZ COVID-19 Level 2 Alert conditions, with spacing and sanitising appropriate to this level. If the Level increases above 2 then the event will be cancelled. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser as provided below for details.

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 murray.milner@xtra.co.nz (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.

Introducing Our Speaker

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 and internationally.

Andrew has extensive knowledge of markets around the globe for the introduction of new, often disruptive, technology initiatives. These include everything from contactless payment systems in South Africa to intelligent digital video monitoring systems in Malaysia to automated fuel additive dosing in Mexico. He has built up deep expertise in how innovation is created and the critical role of investment in its commercialisation across a wide range of markets and industries.

Andrew Rushworth 

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)

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Registration: Free

(Participants should have registered as proof of their attendance.)
Please contact Associate Professor Nurul I Sarkar at (nurul.sarkar@aut.ac.nz ) 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.

Professor Mohammed Atiquzzaman

Dr Mohammed Atiquzzaman obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1984 and 1987, respectively. He currently holds the Edith J Kinney Gaylord Presidential professorship in the School of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Atiquzzaman is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, the founding Editor-in-Chief of Vehicular Communications, and serves/served on the editorial boards of many journals including IEEE Communications Magazine, Real Time Imaging Journal, International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems and Journal of Sensor Networks and International Journal of Communication Systems. He co-chaired the IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Symposium (2003, 2011), IEEE Globecom and ICC (2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006), IEEE VTC (2013) and the SPIE Quality of Service over Next Generation Data Networks conferences (2001, 2002, 2003). He was the panels co-chair of INFOCOM’05 and is/has been in the program committee of many conferences such as INFOCOM, Globecom, ICCCN, ICCIT, Local Computer Networks, and serves on the review panels at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Atiquzzaman received IEEE Communication Society's Fred W. Ellersick Prize, IEEE Distinguished Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award, and NASA Group Achievement Award for "outstanding work to further NASA Glenn Research Center's effort in the area of Advanced Communications/Air Traffic Management's Fiber Optic Signal Distribution for Aeronautical Communications" project. He is the co-author of the book “Performance of TCP/IP over ATM networks” and has over 350 refereed publications, available at www.cs.ou.edu/~atiq .

His current research interests are in the areas of transport protocols, wireless and mobile networks, ad hoc networks, satellite networks, power-aware networking, and optical communications. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force, Cisco, Honeywell, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

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 in the following flyer 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 registered participants.

Event :Post Graduate Symposium 2020
Date: Saturday 29 August 2020
Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: AM 102 and 104, Alan MacDiarmid Building
Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn Campus)
Gate 7, Kelburn Parade

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