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White Paper – A Review on the Use of Blockchain for the Internet of Things. By Tiago M. Fernandez-Carames and Paula Fraga-Lamas
White Paper – Making sense of sensors – A LiDAR designer’s guide to sensor technologies for automotive/mobility systems. 
A Case Study for Universal Design in the Internet of Things. By Trenton Schulz, Kristin Skeide Fuglerud. Henrik Arfwedson, and Marc Busch
On the EdgeThe New Wi-Fi 6 Standard – 802.11ax – explained
Insight –  Artificial Intelligence Trends
Guest Column – 5G technologies create the most secure wireless networks. By Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas  Hot TopicThe In’s and Out’s of Network Slicing. By Ernest Worthman

Coming in March: 2020 IEEE-USA Salary & Benefits Survey

It’s that time of year again – IEEE-USA is preparing to launch its annual salary survey! We canvass our U.S. members each year so that you can compare your compensation, benefits and job satisfaction to your colleagues across the country. We had strong response rates in 2019 and hope for the same or better in 2020. By taking part, you’ll receive 10 free uses for the IEEE-USA Salary Calculator – a $130 value! So please keep an eye on your email inbox in early March for the invitation to take our 2020 IEEE-USA Salary Survey. Thank you in advance for your support!

February 2020
Volume 11 Issue 1
Excom Meetings
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Recent Excom Actions
  • 2019 Budget approved
  • 2018 Elections completed
  • 2018 New Officers Training Seminar

Open Positions

Some of the Standing Committees where we could use some great volunteers include:

  • Awards and Recognition
  • Finance & Audit
  • Government Relations
  • Industry Relations
  • Professional Activities (PACE)
  • Programs & Events
  • Public Relations and Publicity
  • Strategic Planning
  • Consultants Network
  • Young Professionals
Actually just about anything you can think of, we’re interested in talking to you!

If you are interested in volunteering, please send email to Positions will be open until filled.

 Try Something New!
Whether you are active in IEEE ExCom, are a chair of a technical society, or just a paying member, we thank you for being a part of something that we think is pretty great. If you want to get more involved, you know where to find us! And if you just want to enjoy the hard (and not-so-hard) work of our volunteers by attending our events we would love that even more! Take advantage of the monthly volunteering efforts we have put together for you. Try something new, meet some new people, and learn something new by listening to a distinguished lecturer. Oh, and thank you for being a reader of our newsletter!

Ernest Worthman
Message from Jason Rupe, Chair, IEEE Denver Section. 

Denver Section and Blockchain Local Group holds Workshop on Blockchain and Transactive Energy

On February 3rd and 4th, the Denver IEEE section was proud to support a workshop held by our new blockchain local group. The workshop was hosted by CU at the Williams Conference Center in Boulder.

The workshop was a coordinated effort by the Denver section, in partnership with our IEEE ComSoc chapter, several local companies, and three universities. It was quite a coup!

And, in spite of the fact that we were experiencing one heck of a snowstorm, we still able to present a full program over the two days, with about 60 attendees on the first day, and over 30 the second. In spite of the weather, there was only one speaker who was not able to attend.

The presentations were exciting, informative and full of valuable information. They covered the full gamut of issues pertaining to transactive energy and distributed ledger technologies. The IEEE was also able to present their standards work and research in Colorado in the above areas.

The workshop covered so many interesting topics. They included economic, public policy, new business models, legal challenges, research in microgrids and transactive energy, and supply-demand leveling, cybersecurity issues, controls, smart systems, and the IoT. As well, it presented real projects underway at utilities and municipalities.

The speaker list was impressive. They included:

  • Claudio Lima – Blockchain Engineering Council, BEC
  • Hunter Albright – Colorado University
  • Lynne Kiesling – Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics, Department of Eng. and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Eric Christopher Alston – Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
  • Elizabeth Escobar-Fernandes – Duke Energy
  • Carl Miller – Xcel Energy
  • John Chappell – BlockApps
  • Chris Peoples – PP&A
  • Joseph Reiben – Reiben & Reiben LLC Law Firm
  • Joe Gersch – Colorado State University
  • Wei Gao – University of Denver (DU)
  • Tim Weil – IEEE ComSoc
  • John Carpenter – COO, Pinnacle Cart, Co-Founder, Global Blockchain Summit
  • Ramesh Reddi – CybSecBCML
  • Robert Cruickshank – National Renewable Energy Labs, NREL, US Department of Energy
  • Gregor Henze – University of Colorado Boulder, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute
  • Ryan Molecke – EnLedger
  • Tarek Elgindy – National Renewable Energy Labs, NREL, US Department of Energy
  • Chris Gorog – CTO Blockframe

After a full day and a half of presentations, breakout sessions began. The attendees selected important topics that emerged during the presentations. Then they broke into individual groups to discuss particular areas and generated ideas of what the community should do in that area.

Furthermore, a number of important topics were discussed during breaks, in ad hoc fashion. They included topics such as what the next steps for this group in the Denver-Boulder area Will be. While there was a wealth of topics discussed, most of the discussions were focused on important areas, and well-treated topics were only cursorily examined

For example, the group I joined discussed the cybersecurity aspects of blockchain in transactive energy applications. This group discussed several issues in this space and concluded with an action item to review a set of papers that came out of a task force that addressed this topic. This was typical of the activities during this workshop and born many new ideas within this space.

In the end, this workshop advanced even more actions, beyond what the groups identified. Going forward, The IEEE blockchain initiative is developing several projects in the transactive energy platform, including standards work, reference architectures, and possibly conformity assessment.

One effort we believe will be needed is a reference deployment of the evolved architecture. The first of these may be in Colorado as a result of this workshop. And we identified several contributors to the education content we are cultivating as well. Also, several attendees expressed concerns around privacy in this space, and privacy will be a focus area for the initiative going forward, so we now have more experts interested in working with us

Boulder Media House recorded the presentations at the event, so we expect to be able to post the presentations once editing is complete and permissions are secured. Watch for presentations and video content from the event.


From the Editor

China’s tech ban will likely have long-term consequences for the U.S. tech sector

Following our lead, China has issued an order that all foreign-made hardware and software, for both computers and wireless, be removed from government offices and public institutions within the next three years. That amounts to upwards of 30 million pieces of hardware to change out.

Well, I guess we are now in a full-blown tech war. It really does not seem to matter to our illustrious leaders, since they a) do not have much of a clue about tech, and b) do not seem to care about the fallout for those that rely on Chinese markets.

In all the saber-rattling that has come from Washington, there has not been any proof of actual or particular spyware. Over and over the White House battle cry is “they are a security risk.” Not one shred of evidence have I seen that Huawei hardware is a diabolical security risk. I guess we lowly citizens are just supposed to believe what our leader says and that is that! So, our economy continues to slow because we cannot sell to China. Our costs go up because there are tariffs on what we import.

China’s ban has already hit some segments hard. Even some out of the tech sector, like soybeans, are taking a hit from the tariffs. Another is the semi industry, which was already in a slump and the bans and tariffs promise to keep them there. And, it is unlikely that the lost sales here will be made up of products built and distributed here (nearly all of these semi companies have some, or all, of their fabs in China).

Within the computer segment, companies such as Dell, HP, and Microsoft will see a decline in sales, as well as have to replace complex and advanced AI components in their hardware. China is ahead of the U.S. in much of the advanced AI – I know, I was there recently and saw what they have first hand.

The results of this are starting to show up little by little. Some economists, the latest being Harvard University professor, and former treasury secretary Larry Summers are warning of a recession in the next year or so, fueled by this trade war. Summers places the odds of a recession before 2021 at nearly 50 percent.

What is so unfortunate is that this latest retaliation is directly due to this President’s hatred of China. Any number of more rational approaches could have been taken by a less obsessive president that realizes the complexities of international relationships.

One of the interesting tangential ramifications is that it illustrates how important and integral, to everyone’s life, technology has become. It is now a political bargaining tool. That brings into focus just where this is headed.

Is this just another round of salvos in the ongoing tit-for-tat trade war? Or will this ban on Western hardware lead to a serious tech cold war – one that might not be resolved quickly, or, possibly, ever.

This is something that both governments need to seriously consider. If the political landscape changes next year, this may all be moot. However, if it does not, the long-term ramifications will alter the global balance of economic power – perhaps permanently. If this does stay the course for the next Presidential cycle, it might take a decade before the path gets altered.

Fortunately, China is taking a reserved start to this (waiting for the 2020 election result). Perhaps they are hoping that Trump loses his bid for re-election or leaves office prior to November.

On the flip side, the negative aspects of all of this are not solely limited to America. When it comes to software, for example, China’s industry trails the United States. In a protracted tech ware, China will have to develop its own operating systems and applications, which they have been getting from American firms, and develop related services to support them. However, most analysts agree that China can marshal a lot of resources if they need to and move very quickly. That has already been proven with their 5G platforms.

One of the more interesting prospects of something like this is that it has the potential of metastasizing, globally. What if a global trend develops where more countries take to blocking technology, apps or services from certain countries. The results would be very interesting and not likely beneficial to the worldwide technological ecosystem. For example, the Internet. If countries ban technology that makes the Internet what it is, the world could end up with a highly fragmented or Balkanized Internet.

There is some “WAG-ing” with this. While such a direction is not likely, the point is that we really do not know who might be doing what as the political environment morphs. Who would have thought we would be in a tug-of-war with China in 2019?

The bottom line – status quo is never a good bet. Nation leaders are fickle and Trump has shown us that the U.S. is just as capable of having a big baby in office as any other country. This administration, and much of the GOP, has, certainly, reminded us that our government is more concerned about its own interests than those of the people. And, the results may well change the global landscape in ways we thought could never happen.

Ernest Worthman

Science, Engineering, and Technology Congressional Visits Day

The Science, Engineering, and Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET CVD) is an annual two-day event that brings engineers, scientists, mathematicians, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the SET CVD is coordinated by a coalition of professional societies, companies and educational institutions. It is open to all who support science and technology, especially federal support for STEM research. The program consists of a series of briefings and meetings, culminating with a full day of visits with your Congressional delegates. Link here: SET Congressional Visits Day

If interested, contact: Russ Harrison, Director, IEEE-USA Government Relations
+1 202-530-8326, or

Bernadette Concepcion, Administrative Assistant, Government Activities, +1 202-530-8365,

Call for Papers

European Microwave Week 2020, the Premier Microwave, RF, Wireless and Radar Event in Europe

CALL FOR PAPERS, Submission deadline 14th February, 2020, see (closed – Information is for attending only)

The conferences encompass a wide range of subject areas including: Microwave components, systems and subsystems for telecommunications, satellite and aerospace, defence/homeland security, radar, automotive, high frequency applications, emerging technologies.

The 23rd European Microwave Week, being held in the historic city of Utrecht,
The Netherlands features:
A 6-day International Event
Three Major Conferences Over Five Days
Many Student and Young Professionals Activities
Workshops, Short Courses and Special Sessions
The Forum on Defence, Security and Space
The Automotive Forum
A 3-day European Microwave Exhibition
Exhibitor Workshops and Seminars

EuMW General chair: Frank van Vliet, TNO (
EuMW General co-chair: Bart Nauwelaers, KU Leuven (
EuMW General TPC chair: Alexander Yarovoy, Delft University of Technology (

The European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC)

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore digital library.
You may electronically submit scientific or application oriented papers for one or more of the conferences.
For detailed information on submissions for conferences, workshops and special sessions please visit where you can also submit your paper on-line. Late submissions will not be considered.

Looking forward to seeing you at the European Microwave Week 2020,

EuMIC Chair: Francois Deborgies, ESA (
EuMIC TPC Chair: Domine Leenaerts, NXP (

The European Microwave Conference (EuMC)

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library.
You may electronically submit scientific or application oriented papers for one or more of the conferences.
For detailed information on submissions for conferences, workshops and special sessions please visit where you can also submit your paper on-line. Late submissions will not be considered.

Looking forward to seeing you at the European Microwave Week 2020,

EuMC chair: Wim van Cappellen, ASTRON (
TPC Chair: Dominique Schreurs, KU Leuven (

The European Radar Conference (EuRAD)

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library.
You may electronically submit scientific or application oriented papers for one or more of the conferences.
For detailed information on submissions for conferences, workshops and special sessions please visit where you can also submit your paper on-line. Late submissions will not be considered.

Looking forward to seeing you at the European Microwave Week 2020,

EuRAD Chair: Mayazzurra Ruggiano, Thales Nederland BV (
EuRAD TPC Chair: Jacco de Wit, TNO (

CFP: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Microwaves for Intelligent Mobility (ICMIM) – April 20-21

The 6th annual IEEE International Conference on Microwaves for Intelligent Mobility will be held on April 20-21, 2020 in Linz, Austria. The conference covers all key enabling technologies for intelligent mobility, including components, circuits, and systems, from decimeter to millimeter waves. Potential applications include automated land, sea, and airborne vehicles, robotics, automotive radar, intelligent transport systems, and other industrial applications, navigation and localization, mobile communications (Car-to-X, 5G), driver assistance, and over-the-air testing.

ICMIM2020 is co-sponsored by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society and Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, the European Microwave Association (EuMA), the Austrian Joint COM/MTT and CAS/SCC chapters, the Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM) and the Silicon Austria Labs (SAL).

Authors are invited to submit their contributions for review electronically. We accept papers of 3-4 pages in pdf format.

All submissions must be received by 07 January, 2020.
Accepted papers will be published in IEEE Xplore.

For further information please see the attached
Call for Papers and visit the conference web site:

The final conference program will include invited keynotes from leading experts from across the globe, as well as regular oral presentations, and interactive poster contributions. The conferences is accompanied by a table-top exhibition presenting the latest radar and communication technology during the conference.

Best regards,
Andreas Stelzer, General Chair
Reinhard Feger, Technical Program Co-Chair
Christoph Mecklenbruker, Technical Program Co-Chair

The IEEE International Microwave Biomedical Conference – May 25-28 Toulouse, France
Sponsored by IEEE MTT-S (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society), AP-S (Antenna and Propagation Society) and EMB-S (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) this conference will be held on May 25-28, 2020 in the Hotel Mercure Compans Cafarelli, Toulouse, France.

IMbioC 2020 focuses on presenting and advancing high-quality research on state-of-the-art in microwave and RF theory and techniques that bridge the science and engineering gap as applied to biological systems. During the conference, some workshops and special sessions including Young Professionals (YP) and Women in Microwave (WiM) events will be organized, while an exhibition will be held simultaneously.

We invite abstracts for platform presentations and poster sessions in the following non-exclusive tracks:

Biological and medical applications of microwave and RF systems
Microwave imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Radiometry, thermography, cellular and molecular spectroscopy
Interaction of electromagnetic fields with biological materials and modeling
Pathological, physiological and biochemical studies with EM waves
Computational methods and models for bio-electromagnetics
Electromagnetic safety studies and regulatory compliance
Antennas and sensors for wireless implants
Implantable and wearable diagnostic and therapeutic systems
RF and microwave integrated circuits for biomedical applications
Radar for remote or noninvasive monitoring and tracking
Wireless communication and wireless power transfer for BAN
Biomedical sensors, devices, and instrumentation utilizing EM waves
Internet of Thing (IoT) for biomedical applications
Other related topics

Paper submission:
Authors are invited to submit 3-page manuscripts in PDF format. All papers must be written in English and clearly describe the concept and results. The template is available at Papers submitted will be peer-reviewed. The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library.

Best Student Paper contest:
Best Student Paper awards will be presented to the winners at the conference. The awards committee will judge the papers on originality, significance, technical soundness, and presentation. To qualify for the award, the author must be a full-time student who presents the paper as the first author.

Important dates:
Paper submission: 01/13/ 2020 – Closed
Paper notification: 02/17/2020 – Expired
Final manuscript due: 03/ 09/2020

Special Issue in IEEE J-ERM:
Authors presenting at IMBioC 2020 are invited to submit an expanded version of their papers to a special issue in the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM):

Contact email:

IEEE MTT-S International Conference on Microwave Acoustics and Mechanics (IC-MAM)Munich, Germany from 13th to 15th of July 2020

IC-MAM represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners of different background (materials scientists, physicists, microwave engineers and process technologists), to share the most recent advances in new materials and manufacturing processes as well as components and devices, which represent the key for the development of future RF, microwave, mm-wave and THz devices, circuits and systems based on RF-MEMS and Acoustics.

You are cordially invited to submit your latest research results in the following areas:
Acoustic/MEMS Device Applications
Acoustic/MEMS Device Design
Acoustic/MEMS Device Modeling
Materials & Propagation
Advances in Filter and Multiplexer Technology
SAW and BAW Sensor Devices and Applications
Multi-Band RF Modules for Multi-Standard/-Mode Systems
Fusion of Major Transmit and Receive Functionality in Single Modules
Tunable & Reconfigurable Devices, like Bulk and Thin-film Components and Devices, e.g., based on Ferroelectrics, Phase- Change Materials

Paper Submission Deadline: April 13, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: May 11, 2020
Final Paper Submission: May 27, 2020
Conference Date: July 13-15, 2020

The conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library.

Link to the call for papers:

Furthermore, authors are encouraged to submit an extended version of their conference paper for publication in a mini-special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques.

We are looking forward to meet you in Munich.

2020 IEEE MTT-S IC-MAM Conference Committee

The IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism (IoT-VTST’20) – Sardinia, Italy 8-9 September 2020

The IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism (IoT-VTST’20) will bring together global professionals from industry, public sector, and research community on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy

The choice of the theme “Hospitality Industry 4.0” is motivated by the fact that the tourism sector is a major source of revenue for most countries. Notably, the Italian cultural heritage includes the largest number of sites declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. However, more than one third of Italian institutions that belong to the cultural sector––which attracts tourists––do not use innovative technologies to enhance the visiting experience and best leverage touristic resources. Accordingly, the Summit is designed to foster dialogue amongst professionals from the industry, the public sector, and the research community from all over the world to improve the adoption of the IoT technologies in this Tourism sector.


The Summit is accepting proposals for Key Talks, Panels, and Technical Papers describing original research within, but not limited to, following areas:

Personalizing the Tourism Experience: Context and situation aware services • Self-forming services • Affective IoT • Quality of Experience • Privacy • Smart museums/digital heritage

Improving the Transport Services for Tourists:  Connected vehicles • Intelligent transport • Mobility as a Service • Ticketing • Vehicle sharing services

IoT and Tourist Hospitality:  IoT multimedia and societal impacts • Energy efficiency and comfort management • Accommodation sharing services • Identity management

Digital Tools for Tourism: Augmented/Virtual Reality • Cloud/edge computing • Crowdsensing/crowdsourcing • Artificial Intelligence/machine learning

Enabling a More Accessible Tourism: Enabling barrier-free destinations • Developing assistive technologies • Inclusive tourism experience • User-aware services

Submission Deadline: 2 May, 2020

Visit to learn more or contact Luigi Atzori, Professor of Telecommunications, University of Cagliari, Italy,

IMFW 2020 Conference date: Oct. 28-30, 2020

IMFW 2020 is the first International Microwave Workshop dedicated to the microwave/terahertz filter community, both academic and industrial segments. The event is organized by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) with the technical co-sponsorship of the European Microwave Association (EuMA). This Workshop represents a unique and unprecedented opportunity to bring together scientists from industry and academia around the world that specialize on filters, to share the most recent advances in filter theory, technology and manufacturing issues.

There will be significant interaction between industrial expertise and academia, by intent. After this first event, organized in Perugia in Italy, the Workshop will be held in other parts of the world, locations where microwave academia interacts strongly with the industrial microwave community.

This event provides a good opportunity for the filter community to interact in a venue that is both academic and industrial, without the need for an expensive journey to a major multi-disciplinary event. Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to submit an extended paper for a mini-special issue in the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. Don’t miss IMFW 2020. You won’t get a second chance to attend this very first event!!!

Perspective authors are cordially invited to submit papers in all areas of filter theory, technology and manufacturing, including but not limited to:

  • Filter synthesis theory
  • New filter technologies
  • Planar filters & multiplexers
  • Non-planar filters & multiplexers
  • Reconfigurable filters
  • 3D-printed filters
  • Filters for 5G 
  • Filtennas
  • Filters for Space
  • BAW and SAW filters
  • Manufacturing problems and solutions

Submitted papers should be 3 pages in length. Authors must adhere to the format provided in the paper template available in the conference site.

Submission deadline: May 31, 2020; Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2020; Final paper submission: Aug. 1, 2020

Conference General Chair Cristiano Tomassoni University of Perugia, Italy
Conference General Co-Chair Richard V. Snyder RS microwave, NJ, USA
Technical Program Chair Giuseppe Macchiarella Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Technical Program Co-Chairs Simone Bastioli RS microwave, NJ, USA Vicente E. Boria Univ. Politécnica deValencia, Spain Ming Yu Chinese University of Hong Kong
Conference Finance Chair Gian Guido Gentili Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Publication and Website Chair Roberto Gómez-García University of Alcala, Spain
Awards Committee Chairs Raafat Mansour University of Waterloo, Canada Miguel A. G. Laso Public University of Navarre, Spain
Industrial Liaison Roberto Sorrentino RF Microtech, Italy
Liaison to Space Activities Petronilo Martin Iglesias ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

VTC2020-Fall Deadline Approaching!

Regular Paper Submission Due 2 March 2020

VTC2020-Fall in Victoria will feature world-class technical sessions, workshops, and tutorials on, but not limited to, the following technical

tracks. Prospective authors are invited to submit 5-page, original, and unpublished full papers:

  1. Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  2. Signal Transmission and Reception
  3. Spectrum Management, Radio Access Technology, Heterogeneous Networks
  4. Multiple Antennas and Cooperative Communications
  5. Vehicle Cooperation and Control, Assisted and Autonomous Driving
  6. Airborne and Maritime Mobile Systems and Services
  7. IoV, IoT, M2M, Sensor Networks, and Ad-Hoc Networking
  8. Wireless Networks: Protocols, Services and Security
  9. Positioning, Navigation, and Sensing
  10. Machine Learning and AI for Communications
  11. Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  12. Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

Submission Deadline: 2 March 2020 
Acceptance notification: 18 May 2020
Final paper submission deadline: 22 June 2020

Submission requirements: 5-page paper ONLY
Up to 2 additional pages are allowed with the purchase of additional page charges in the amount of $100 USD per additional page at the time of registration and final paper submission.

Paper submission is open:

Workshops – Open

Workshops provide invaluable opportunities for researchers and industry practitioners to share their state-of-the-art research and development results in areas of particular interest. We invite submissions of cutting-edge workshop proposals to complement the technical program of VTC2020-Fall.

Workshops will cover specific topics with a mix of regular papers, panel discussions, keynotes, and possibly poster presentations. We ask for proposals that deal with topics in emerging areas of mobile and vehicular technologies.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  1. Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  2. Signal Transmission and Reception
  3. Spectrum Management, Radio Access Technology, Heterogeneous Networks
  4. Multiple Antennas and Cooperative Communications
  5. Vehicle Cooperation and Control, Assisted and Autonomous Driving
  6. Airborne and Maritime Mobile Systems and Services
  7. IoV, IoT, M2M, Sensor Networks, and Ad-Hoc Networking
  8. Wireless Networks: Protocols, Services and Security
  9. Positioning, Navigation, and Sensing
  10. Machine Learning and AI for Communications
  11. Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  12. Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

For topics outside these focus areas, please, consult with the respective workshop chairs prior to a proposal submission.

Submission Procedure

Please submit workshop proposals using form shown below.

All proposals will be independently reviewed and a decision on acceptance communicated by 9 March 2020 at the latest. After acceptance, workshop organizers are expected to set up a website and to actively promote their workshops, as well as submit details for promotion at the main VTC site. The paper submission process will be arranged and handled by the online TrackChair system.

Proposal submission due: 2 March 2020
Proposal notification: 9 March 2020
Workshop paper submission due: 18 May 2020
Workshop paper acceptance notification: 8 June 2020
Final paper submission: 29 June 2020

Tutorials – Open

Tutorials provide opportunities for researchers from the academia and the industry to learn about the state-of-the-art research and development from experts in a given field. The IEEE VTC2020-Fall Technical Program Committee invites submission of tutorial proposals for half-day presentation on topics of interest to the conference, such as (but not limited to):

  1. Antenna Systems, Propagation, and RF Design
  2. Signal Transmission and Reception
  3. Spectrum Management, Radio Access Technology, Heterogeneous Networks
  4. Multiple Antennas and Cooperative Communications
  5. Vehicle Cooperation and Control, Assisted and Autonomous Driving
  6. Airborne and Maritime Mobile Systems and Services
  7. IoV, IoT, M2M, Sensor Networks, and Ad-Hoc Networking
  8. Wireless Networks: Protocols, Services and Security
  9. Positioning, Navigation, and Sensing
  10. Machine Learning and AI for Communications
  11. Electric Vehicles, Vehicular Electronics, and Intelligent Transportation
  12. Future Trends and Emerging Technologies

For topics outside these focus areas, please, consult with the Tutorial Chair prior to a proposal submission.

Please submit workshop proposals using form shown below.


Full proposals due: 6 April 2020
Acceptance notification: 20 April 2020
Tutorials to be presented on: 4 October 2020

IEEE Women in Engineering

St. Mary’s Academy strong in STEM support

In 2013, Morgan Wagner and Dave Gesler took a risk and founded the St. Mary’s Academy Robotics All-Girls Team, 5493 (“SMAbotics_AG”), in Englewood Colorado. They did it with the intent of creating a place where young women could develop their confidence and pursue their passions in STEM. SMAbotics_AG works tirelessly to implement our mission statement: “We strive to ignite young women’s passion for STEM through Leadership, Collaboration & Creativity. Together, we can be the next generation of innovators in our increasingly globalized, technologically-driven world.” Every day, we make an effort to build an environment where young women are excited to take on a challenge in STEM and know they will be successful with persistence and hard work. In each girl, we hope to instill the confidence and will to take risks, fail, and try again. Furthermore, SMAbotics aims to develop strong, resilient, and dedicated women leaders in STEM. SMAbotics_AG aspires to grow through the years, passing down traditions and empowering the next generations of young women.

For more information, to become a sponsor, or just support a great cause, here are a couple of websites for them.


Focusing on mid- to senior-level women in technology, IEEE WIE ILC provides professional leadership training, advice for career growth, and knowledge on disruptive tech. The connections you’ll make with international leaders in technology will last far beyond the event itself.

2020 IEEE Region 5 Annual Meeting and Student Leadership Conference – 3-5 April 2020

The 2020 IEEE Region 5 Conference, this spring, will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from April 3 to April 5, 2020.

Early registration discounts ends March 8, 2020 so please register ASAP! If you have ever attended a Region Conference you know how informative and how much fun it is. This year there is a number of VIP guests with IEEE-USA making their National Awards presentations at our Saturday night Awards Banquet so we will see the first John Meredith (Past R5 Director, Past IEEE-USA President) Award presentation. The John Meredith award should make the event memorable. Please plan to attend with as many of the Section and Branch members as possible.

The Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel is located at 1 north Broadway Avenue, OKC, OK 73102 is an extremely nice hotel and hopefully the quad rate will make it accessible to students. A hotel can be accessed through the Website Single and Doubles are called the Run of the House so their rates are (ROH) $119.00 Triple $134.00 Quad $149.00; Government Rate is $95.00. This Group Rate shall be offered for a period of three (3) Days before and three (3) days after the Meeting Dates subject to the availability of rooms at the time of reservation.

As usual, there will be Student Paper, Design, Ethics and Robotics Contests and prizes will be awarded in each competition. There will also be a Student Leadership Training Workshop for new or prospective Branch officers and Advisors.

A Friday night Reception Social is planned to allow attendees to meet one another and also meet higher grade members. The Region 5 leadership will be there as well as IEEE Headquarters staff to provide information or training. Those of you who have attended in the past know that it is an interesting and very enjoyable event. Region 5 provides support for travel expenses; however, this is usually not enough to cover all of the travel expenses for the Branch members, so you should begin to seek additional support now. Possible avenues of support include your Section; your department, college, and/or university; local industry; and self-generated funds (raffles, sales of munchies or lab supplies, etc.) The latest information about the Conference and the various contests may be found at the Conference Web site:

A preliminary schedule for the 2020 Green Technology Conference 1-3 April as well as the R5 Annual meeting with Student Conference 3-5 April can be accessed at, This Green Technology Conference supports Student Activities through solicitations so if you or your company can help financially support our activities or would like to have a table top display visit

We are continuing to support a combined conference registration discount to enable member participation in both conferences.

Robert Scolli
General Manager GT and R5 Conferences

Masters Program/Graduate Certificate, Colorado School of Mines

Graduate Certificate, Master of Science, Master of Science (Non-Thesis)

The Future Electric Grid will be Smart

The Future Electric Grid will be smart, with user-interaction, and bidirectional power flow, with deep penetration of renewable energy resources.

Students in Smart-Grid, Power Electronics, and Electrical Power Systems will learn a combined power system and power electronics approach, in which enabled renewable energy systems interact with the utility grid, establishing smart-grids with intelligent data communication, energy management and control.

This Graduate Program approaches electrical power generation, transmission, distribution and user-friendly control. Graduates will advance technology in industries and national laboratories, and will be key leaders for the sustainability of renewable energy based electrical energy conversion.

The Smart-Grid Electrical Power and Energy Systems program supports Mines mission, as a global leader in research and the advancement of technology. The research in this new program will allow a unified power system and power electronics approach, where enabled renewable energy systems will interact with the utility grid, establishing microgrids, with intelligence and data communication, in order to make our future utility grid a Smart-Grid, and our Mines graduates, leaders in this 21st century technology.

  • Certificate Program – four core courses
  • MS-Non-Thesis – course-work in accordance to the Graduate Catalog.
  • Master’s Program – Core courses, plus courses indicated in the Graduate Catalog, research.
    • Students must take 30 credits; course rotation is taught with frequency of 2 to 2.5 years.
    • Master’s Committee – Committee formed by three Faculty in this Program will advise student’s research.
EENG475 – Interconnection and Impact of Renewable Energy – Integrated Power Electronics, Power Systems and Power Quality – This course focuses on interconnection issues and power/voltage quality impacts of distributed generation resources at the power distribution level, or industrial sites. Students will have a clear understanding of the challenges associated with the integration of distributed generation resources (renewable and non-renewable) with the current distribution power grid.  The course consists of a mathematical and analytical understanding of relevant electrical energy conversion systems analysis and modeling issues and requirements for hardware, software and real-time implementation.

EENG577 – Advanced Electrical Machines for Smart-Grid Applications – The course deals primarily with the modeling and dynamic performance prediction of electric machines and associated power electronic systems as used in applications of Renewable Energy and Utility Integration on the Future Grid.  The developed models to be used in computer simulations for the characterization and performance prediction of synchronous and induction machines, permanent magnet synchronous machines synchronous reluctance and switched reluctance machines, as well as other advanced machine systems such as axil flux generators.

EENG588 – Energy Policy, Restructuring, and Deregulation of Electricity Market – This course address the holistic picture of electric power, and the electricity and energy industry; restructuring and deregulation of electricity markets; energy policy acts and their impacts on electricity market and pricing; energy economics and pricing strategy; public policy issues, reliability, and security; and regulation.  This course will require extensive reading, writing and analysis from mature students and practicing professionals on a variety of topics related to the energy industry and sustainability.

EENG600 – Graduate Seminar on Smart-Grid Electrical Power and Energy Systems –In this course, the learners will have to plan, develop, and present a research project in their field of technology on a subject of related to Smart-Grid, Electrical Power and Energy Systems. Their chosen topic and seminar must demonstrate their knowledge and skills in scientific and engineering analysis and modeling, project handling, technical writing, problem-solving, evaluation and assessment of their goals, and oral presentation techniques.

Contact – Prof. Marcelo Godoy Simoes, e-mail: msimoes@mines.du

IEEE Happenings

IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020)

5-9 April 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA:

The 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on the Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) is the premier conference of the IEEE IoT Initiative. Every year the conference is attended by hundreds of most active participants from research community, government and public sector, small business, multinational corporations and industry. The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to enhance and accelerate the adoption of the IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of humanity. WF-IoT 2020 will include a multi-dimensional program of technical research papers, expert presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and industry forums on the latest technology developments and innovations in many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of the IoT solutions and applications.

3rd IoT Vertical and Topical Summit

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the mmWave Frontier

The 3rd IoT Vertical and Topical Summit will be held January 26 -27, 2020 as part of RWW2020 in San Antonio, Texas. The one and a half day Summit will address the important role that mmWaves play in the IoT ecosystem.  The choice of the theme, “IoT and the mmWave Frontier”, is motivated by increases in deployment and the regulatory attention paid to new allocations of licensed and unlicensed mmWave spectrum.

The Summit is designed to foster dialogue amongst professionals from industry, the public sector, and the research community. Participants will gather in a highly interactive setting to explore mmWave solutions— from 30GHz to 300GHz as well as the adjacent spectrum from 6GHz to 30GHz and 300GHz to 1,000GHz— and applications for IoT, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges for adoption. This includes electromagnetic-waves used as a technology for: (i) Communications; (ii) Sensors; and (iii) Manufacturing/Industrial Processes.

RWW Website:

IEEE Future Networks

2020 IEEE 3rd 5G World Forum Call for Papers and Proposals
The 2020 IEEE 3rd 5G World Forum (5GWF’20) in Bangalore, India, seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate 5G technologies and applications for the benefit of society. 5G systems should unveil a novel mobile network architecture that not only improves physical data rate, but also creates a new ecosystem allowing the deployment of novel services and applications. A key target is to build a novel network architecture that should support not only classical mobile broadband applications and services but also vertical industry (e.g. Intelligent Transport, Industrial IoT, eHealth, etc.) and other 5G-based services. Learn more at the conference website.

IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus September Issue now available

The IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus is a content-driven online publication containing practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on developments and deployments of current and future generations of networks around the world. The September issue of IEEE Future Networks Tech Focus eNewsletter includes:

  • Advanced 5G Validation Trials across Multiple Vertical Industries
  • 5G Communications Systems and Radiofrequency Exposure Limit
  • Key New Fiber Wireless Access Technologies for 5G and Beyond
  • Ultra-high Capacity Wireless Communication by Means of Infrared Optical Beams

Read past articles and learn how to submit an article

IEEE Future Networks Podcasts with the Experts

In the latest episode of IEEE Future Networks Podcasts with the Experts, titled “5G Connectivity Beyond the City – Agricultural Use Cases through 5G Rural First,” James Irvine talks with Karina Maksimiuk and Greig Paul about their work with 5G Rural First, a UK government test bed and trial project, which describes itself as a “call to action” to be sure the benefits of 5G go beyond the city. Podcasts are available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, or on the Future Networks portal

Call for Participation: IEEE International Network Generation Roadmap (INGR)

The Future Networks Initiative is looking for volunteers to contribute to the IEEE International Network Generation Roadmap whose objective is to guide and focus the industry and standards ecosystems to successfully evolve network generations (5G and beyond) from current to future state, including

  • Technology and business drivers and trends
  • Technology assessments and future needs
  • Key topic areas, enabling technologies, and capabilities
  • Challenges and gaps for achieving needs
  • Possible solutions and innovations

We have a variety of working groups that are looking for participants, such as Edge Automation Platform, Optics, Millimeter Wave, Satellite, and more. Learn more and consider volunteering. Contact information can be found here.

In addition, an Industry Advisory Board meets regularly to ensure that industry needs, challenges, and expectations are addressed. Email if you are interested in participating on the INGR Industry Advisory Board.

For more information contact:

Ashutosh Dutta, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative

Tim Lee, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative

Gerhard Fettweis, Co-Chair IEEE Future Networks Initiative

IEEE Future Directions

IEEE Blockchain

Blockchain – More than Cryptocurrency, blockchain is a technological foundation to a new way of conducting transactions, securing networks, and recording the validity and origin of data. Blockchain will allow a new perspective on how humans interact to society’s challenges; touching upon everything from financial transactions, energy trading, carbon emission trading, protection and easy access to healthcare records, to the protection of the valued assets of corporations and nation states.

IEEE Brain           

Brain – This initiative is dedicated to advancing technologies that improve the understanding of brain function, revolutionizing current abilities to reverse engineer neural circuits in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, and developing new approaches to interface the brain with machines for augmenting human-machine interaction and mitigating effects of neurological disease and injury.

IEEE Digital Reality          

Digital Reality – This initiative serves to enable the coming Digital Transformation through collaboration among technologists, engineers, regulators, and ethicists. The Digital Transformation is fueled by advances in sensors and actuators, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). By leveraging these technologies and others, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct.

GreenTech 2021 & R5 Annual Meeting

by Ian MacMillan

Denver Section will be again hosting the GreenTech & R5 Annual Meeting in 2021.  The Students Robotics Competition is an exciting part of the the R5 Annual Meeting. The Conference Organizing Committee is forming up if you’d like to be involved in making this great fun conference happen, please contact

2020 IEEE Green Tech Conference:

1-3 April, 2020; Oklahoma City OK

The IEEE Oklahoma City Section wants to hear from you with the possibility to present your Green Technology ideas so you can be an individual, academician or businessperson to write a paper? We’re looking for papers along the following ‘tracts’ or you can look at for full details and sub-genres of each ‘track’:

Energy Generation & Storage Technologies
Energy Usage Reduction and Conservation
Architectural and Engineering Sustainable Designs
Environmental, Legal, Social, Economic, and Political Impacts
Smart Systems and Smart Infrastructures
Sustainable IT, Computing & Software Engineering
Biomedical & Biotechnology
Radar, Weather Forecasting, Water & Sanitation
If we pick your abstract for selection in the 2020 IEEE GreenTech Conference there are a number of ways you can choose to present as a patron, including:

Individual presentations, Tutorials or Workshops
Seminar/Special Sessions
Executive Forum/Panel Session
Demonstrations or Presentation Session

The best papers shall be included in the conference proceeding then will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library

Deadlines and (Notification Dates):
Workshop Proposal: Oct 7, 2019
Technical Paper: Oct. 7, 2019 (Nov. 4, 2019)
Tutorial, Forum, Panel & Talk: Oct. 14, 2019 (Oct 21, 2019)
Graduate & Doctoral Poster: Nov. 18, 2019 (Dec 02, 2019)
Technical Camera Ready: Nov. 25, 2019
Student Poster, Showcase and Recruiter: Dec. 9, 2019 (Dec 23, 2019)

Please contact any of the names below if you have any question.
Technical Program Chair: Pierre Tiako, PhD (
Industrial Program Chair: Ryan Musgrove (
General Conference Chair: Robert Scolli (

Robert Scolli
2019 IEEE OKC Section Chair
2019-2020 General Chair


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Upcoming Events

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15-16 Nov Boston, MA IEEE International Symposium on Technologies on Technology and Society (ISTAS)

Papers Due: 16 August 2019

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Call for Papers | Papers Due: 31 October 2019



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