IEEE Communications Magazine - June 2017 - page 6

IEEE Communications Magazine • June 2017
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omSoc’s Technical Committees (TCs)
def
ine and implement the technical
directions of the Society. All Society
members are invited and encouraged to
participate in one or more of our Technical
Committees. These committees, networks
of professionals with common interests in
communications, usually meet twice each
year at our major conferences. Through-
out the year, these committees also play
a major role in determining which events
(conferences, workshops, etc.) are techni-
cally co-sponsored by ComSoc. Luigi Fratta,
ComSoc’s Vice President for Technical and
Educational Activities, lays out in this column
the importance of these TCs in researching
and developing the new technologies that
form future products and communications
methods.
Luigi Fratta received his Doctor degree
in E.E. from Politecnico di Milano, where he
has been a professor since 1972. While at
Politecnico di Milano, he led a number of
national and international funded research
projects in communications and networking.
He has also held several visiting positions
around the world, including UCLA; the Uni-
versity of Hawaii;, the University of Canter-
bury, New Zealand; Imperial College, UK;
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; IBM San
Josè Research Laboratory; Bell Communica-
tion Research; and NEC Network Research
Lab, Japan. He has been actively consulting
with major telecom companies such as Sie-
mens, Italtel, Alcatel, and Vodafone. Luigi
is an IEEE Fellow (1998) and he has been a
ComSoc dedicated volunteer for more than
four decades, serving on the editorial board
of several journals. He is a member of the Steering Commit-
tee of IEEE INFOCOM.
The IEEE Communications Society is a technical organiza-
tion serving the academic and professional communications
communities throughout the world. Its major challenge, in
playing a premier role and being effective and attractive in
the communications professional community, is to keep up to
date in a world where developments and technology contin-
ue to change at a very fast pace. Guidelines for change were
developed by the ComSoc leadership in the report ComSoc
2020, published in 2011. Among the many goals presented
in the report, was one to provide an understanding of the
communication technology evolution through a flexible struc-
ture able to respond quickly and even anticipate the dynam-
ics of markets. In doing so, great value will be provided to
the members of our community, including both academics
and practitioners, particularly young professionals and entre-
preneurs. If we can achieve this goal, we would reverse our
negative membership trend of the past few years.
ComSoc, recognizing the shift of the market from the
classic telecommunications industry to Inter-
net companies and processing infrastruc-
tures, would capture its share of the growth
of professionals who are in some way relat-
ed to communications. To reach these goals,
the major role in our Society will be played
by the Technical Committees. These com-
mittees are the fundamental elements of our
Society that are aiming to define and imple-
ment the technical directions of the Society.
Conscious of the relevant role of the TCs,
in the past two years we have put consid-
erable effort into supporting their activities.
Besides the formal procedures stated in
the ComSoc Bylaws, such as the recertifi-
cation process, the volunteer officers have
been motivated and supported in their ini-
tiatives. We encourage all Society members
to actively contribute to developing specific
standards and/or new programs.
Following are many of the new and inter-
esting technologies and directions that the
TCs are focusing on now and how they con-
tribute to the ComSoc vision. The summa-
ry reported below provides a picture of the
topics that, even if not exhaustive, we expect
will attract new members and will stimulate
our current active members to reinforce
their participation.
I
nternet of
T
hings
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utonomous
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ssistive
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iving and
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H
ealth
S
mart
H
omes
Digital technologies are improving all areas
of the economy and society due to the rise
of more and more sophisticated technologies
at reasonable costs. Healthcare, whose cost is
increasing worldwide because of new methods
of fighting diseases and the increasing percentage of older peo-
ple, should especially benefit. Future expectations are very high
thanks to the emergence of a plethora of connected devices
and continued research in this area.
Many projects have been launched to exploit the new capa-
bilities of apps and wearable devices to improve the standard of
living of the elderly and people with chronic diseases. Now IoT
technology is appearing as an enabling technology which, com-
bined with mobile technologies and ubiquitous Internet access,
will facilitate the emergence of innovative solutions in the area of
eHealth. The Internet of Things (IoT) and communication tech-
nologies will also allow a better connection of eHealth smart
homes to hospitals. In addition, IoT implementations in telemed-
icine will improve healthcare in residential and nursing homes.
This area also promises increasing innovation because there is
much to do not only from the organizational perspective but
also from technology and standardization.
C
ommunications and
I
nformation
S
ecurity
IoT Security:
A growing number of physical objects are
being connected to the Internet at an unprecedented rate
Harvey Freeman
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Luigi Fratta
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