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Past Events - 2020

Public Seminar by Raghavender Goud Deshagoni (Raghu)

TRaghu was awarded one of five student participation awards at the Electrical Safety Workshop held in Jacksonville, Florida, USA in March of this year. He will present his award winning paper and his observations from the conference at which it was presented.

Title: Factors Determining the Effectiveness of a Wind Turbine Generator Lightning Protection System
When: 25 June 2019, 12 noon to 1pm
Where: Room CO431, Fourth Floor, Cotton Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington.

All welcome.

As a result of the growing supply and demand for wind power, wind turbine generators are increasingly being installed at sub-optimal sites that have high soil resistivity and a high incidence of lightning strikes. This means that lightning protection systems for wind turbines are becoming a critical component of wind farm design. Not only do effective lightning protection systems ensure the safety of the physical wind turbine structure and human operators, but they also protect the electrical and control systems installed inside wind turbine generators and safeguard the lives of human operators. This presentation discusses a framework to assess the effectiveness of wind turbine lightning protection systems at the wind farm design phase. Performing the analysis at this early stage reduces lightning-induced downtime, which leads to increased energy yield. Our results show that the grounding system plays a critical role in the wind turbine lightning protection system. For this reason, we also analyse various influential parameters of a grounding system design. We present results from full-wave electromagnetic simulations of the complete wind turbine grounding system, including the foundation.

About the Author: Raghavender Goud Deshagoni
Raghavender Goud Deshagoni received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological university, India and Master of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India in 2006 and 2009 respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include lightning protection systems, earth system design, and wind turbine generators. He had worked in the electrical power industry for seven years before starting his Ph.D.

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A Special Competition for students - IEEE ComSoc Student Competition

Read all about it here:


Extended Deadline: Project submissions are now due September 17th!

The annual Communications Technology Changing the World Student Competition (  recognizes students who demonstrate the capacity to improve the lives of people through the development and application of communications technology.

The competition is open only to ComSoc Student/Graduate Student members aged 18+; both individual students and groups of students are allowed to participate. Participants will submit technical projects for consideration and the winner(s) will be chosen by a select committee.

The top prize winner will receive $2000 USD and the runner-up will receive $1000 USD. The top prize winner (a team leader or individual competitor) will be invited to attend IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE GLOBECOM) with all expenses paid, where they will be presented with the prize.

View a list of past winners

Submission of your project was at:

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2019 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference

The IEEE I2MTC - International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference - is the flagship conference of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and is dedicated to advances in measurement methodologies, measurement systems, instrumentation, and sensors in all areas of science and technology. These features make I2MTC a unique event and one of the most important conferences in the field of instrumentation and measurement.

IEEE I2MTC is proposed as a catalyst to promote interactions between industry and academia. A wide spectrum of research results will be presented, with potential practical applications in current industrial technology, as well as industry and application driven developments.

More information is available from their website which is located at:

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A Special Competition for Student Members organised by Region 10


The IEEE R10 Postgraduate Research Paper contest aims to improve the engineering students’ written communication skills and reporting novel and original research results to the science & technology community. The contest will facilitate the recognition of these skills and encourage other student members to develop technical, written and verbal communication skills. All graduate students under IEEE Region 10 are invited to submit entries for this contest. The submission deadline is 15 June 2020.

For more information, please visit: 

The winners will be awarded with the following cash prizes and E-certificate:

  • First place: USD 300
  • Second place: USD 200
  • Third place: USD 100
  • WIE Prize: USD 200

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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

To register for this event, it is essential that you send the following details to your local student representative by no later than the 10th August, the representative details are as follows:

Sponsored by the New Zealand Central Section, and Post Graduate Branches of Victoria and Massey Universities.
PGLogos 2020

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Talk by Dr John Cioffi - ComSoc, Melbourne, Victoria

Dear members

The IEEE ComSoc chapter in Melbourne, Victoria have arranged a Zoom presentation by Dr John Cioffi, who is affectionately known as the “father of DSL”. Many of us have met John during his visits to NZ in the past. This presentation is being sponsored by the IEEE COMSoc Chapter in conjunction with Telsoc (Telecommunications Society of Australia). We have been invited to join in on this presentation, along with all members of the ComSoc Chapter and the Central Section.
An advertisement and registration for the event including a comprehensive biography can be found at:
Dr John Cioffi
The main details of the event are as follows:

Event :Talk by Dr John Cioffi (pictured above)
Title: NBN - "New Broadband Normal"
Date: 26 August 2020
Time: 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM (Note: All times are Australia/Melbourne)
Location: Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID:873 2265 0579
Passcode: 919744
Registration: No Admission Charge - Please register for the event at
(All times are Australia/Melbourne)

  • Starts 04 August 2020 02:15 PM
  • Ends 26 August 2020 12:15 PM

The world and broadband now evolve to a new normal. A centennial pandemic suddenly intensifies our broadband dependency and mandates more ubiquitous and reliable communication everywhere, including Australia's NBN. What does this mean for broadband evolution plans? What must change? What can change? Fiber to everyone's wristwatch was never an economically viable solution, but there are paths that address need and viably advance into the new altered future. Existing facilities' combined intelligent leverage, and best use of advanced, powerful, and distributing computing can indeed provide viable solutions. This talk investigates such paths, how to measure their advance, and suggests paths that transcend well into tomorrow's New Broadband Normal.

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IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop 2020 - Friday 28 August 9:00am and 5:30pm

We are happy to announce that this year's IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop will proceed (non-virtually!), albeit one week earlier than was originally anticipated.

The workshop were be held on *Friday 28 August* between 9:00am and 5:30pm at Rutherford House, VUW Pipitea Campus (Wellington CBD, adjacent to main railway station).

Further details including a detailed programme were posted at

Suitable topics for presentation included: wireless communications research, emerging technologies, product and system development, industrial experience and strategy, and spectrum policy. As in previous years, we anticipate that the program will include a mix of presentations from industry, academics and students.

Pawel Dmochowski and Peter Smith
(on behalf of the organizers)

The winners and a selection of good quality papers will be recommended to IEEE R10 flagship conference TENCON for acceptance subject to another review by the conference reviewers. The accepted papers will be invited for presentation at TENCON at their own expense. All papers presented at the conference will be published in the TENCON Proceedings. Further details can also be obtained from the following pdf file.

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Employment Challenges in the Post COVID-19 Era for Students & Young Professionals.

The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Professional and Career Development Resources for Members (PCDRM) group has organized a virtual panel discussion on Employment Challenges in the Post COVID-19 Era for Students & Young Professionals.

1. Dr. Amit K. Gupta (Chief of Rolls-Royce Electrical (RRE) at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd)
2. Dr. Udey Deshpandey (CTO of D&V Electronics)
3. Mr. Deepak Mathur (Chief General Manager of ONGC, Gujarat, India)

Moderated by Dr. Tomy Sebastian (Managing director of Halla Mechatronics, MI, USA and IAS President 2017/18)

Join us for this 90 minute discussion on 11th July 2020 and listen to the opinions of this elite panel of industry experts about this challenge.

Date: 11th July 2020
Time: 4.00 - 5.30PM IST (GMT + 05.30) Broadcasted Via Webex

A flyer for the event was available for your interest. available from here.

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IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Invited Talk

Dear New Zealand Central Section Members,

You were invited to attend (zoom meeting) the following IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Invited Talk organised by the IEEE NZ North Section ComSoc Chapter and School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

The following IEEE speaker was the presenter.

Speaker: Rashmi Munjal (PhD Candidate, AUT)

Title: A Sustainable Internet Data Dissemination Architecture by Utilizing the Existing Public Transport Networks

Zoom (Virtual) Lecture

Date: Friday 26 June 2020
Time: 12 noon
Registration: Free
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 598 786 5209

Please contact Associate Professor Nurul Sarkar ( ) for more details.

Abstract: Smart City research relies on advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and communication technologies to deal with big data-driven applications. At every instant, there is a huge delay tolerant data being generated through many devices all over the urban city. The accumulation process of this non-real-time data from different areas of a smart city is a challenging issue. The conventional network is facing serious problems such as traffic overload and energy consumption due to high traffic demands. Therefore, network designers are looking for more options to accommodate numerous data requirements. Aiming to find a promising way to tackle this problem, we designed a heterogeneous networking architecture, which utilizes the existing public transport network as an alternative communication network along with infrastructure-based networks. In the proposed work, we are enlightening a subcategory of Internet of Vehicle(IoV) as the Internet of Bus (IoB), where public buses enable a service of data carrier among the smart city by introducing a Software-Defined Connectivity(SDC), where opportunistic sensing comprises delay-tolerant big data collection, processing and disseminating from one place to another place around the city. The objective is to analyze great potential behind using public transport network and apply an advanced neural network (NN) algorithm by locating the travel time of public buses data to feed as inputs and use them for the progression of the bus arrival time prediction. The model will use the scheduled timetable data of buses from the transport agency and numerical studies confirm that this heterogeneous network architecture helps to achieve efficient resource utilization and evaluate the level of accuracy in predicted bus arrival time and scheduled arrival time with significant savings of energy. Rashmi Munjal’s research work is supervised by Dr William Liu, Dr Xue Jun Li, and Prof Jairo Gutierrez.
Nurul I Sarkar, PhD, SMIEEE (ComSoc), Fellow ITU-UUM

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