New Year with a New Section Board

Dear IEEE Finalnd Section members,

We wish you all the best in 2022 and present you the newly elected IEEE Finland Section Board members:

  • Chair: Mahdi Pourakbari Kasmaei
  • Vice-Chair: Seppo Sierla
  • Secretary: Seppo Borenius
  • Treasurer: Mohammad Jooshaki
  • Young Professional Chair: Sanjay Kumar
  • Student Representative: Ronal Bejarano

Congratulations and Happy New Year!

IEEE@Siemens 2021: Nordic Smart Cities – Towards Carbon Neutrality Virtual Event

The virtual event was organized 16-18.11.2021 in co-operation with Siemens and IEEE Finland as well as IEEE Finland PES Chapter. Three days included many interesting talks related to new innovation towards carbon neutrality such as grid connection of renewable energy, electric vehicles and digitalization.

The main organizers from Siemens side Adnan Zia, Pia Mettälä and Ville Laurila

IEEE Finland Section Standardization Webinar

Dear colleagues!

On November 24th, 4 pm (Helsinki time), we are arranging the long-awaited Webinar on Standardization.

At this event, you will learn about standardization directly from the current experts.

We will cover the most essential topics:

– The value proposition and benefits of standards

– How to get involved in IEEE standards

– What are the existing working practices in the world-largest standardization organizations: IEEE and 3GPP.

The Webinar includes two talks and Q&A:

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, How to get involved in IEEE standards?
by Dr. Edward Au (Senior Member, IEEE), Distinguished Engineer of Huawei Technologies Canada Co, Ltd., Vice-Chair and member-at-large of IEEE Technical Activities Board Committee on Standards (TAB CoS).

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, An overview of 3GPP RAN standardization
by Dr. Dmitry Petrov (Senior Member, IEEE), Senior standardization expert at Nokia Standards, 3GPP RAN4 delegate, Chair of IEEE Finland Section.

You need to register to be able to join the webinar: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/288313

IEEE@Siemens2021: Nordic Smart Cities – Towards Carbon Neutrality

o accelerate energy transition, an active engagement is needed among all the key stakeholders such as technology providers, academia, end-users, network operators and regulators. IEEE is happy to collaborate with Siemens to bring different players across the complete electricity value chain together on a virtual platform to facilitate such engagement and inspire ideas, actions and cooperation among the participants. 16 inspiring talks will bring valuable insights and know-how, hopefully leading spark ideas and cooperation to achieve carbon neutrality goals in Nordic region and beyond. Event is free of cost/join.

To register to the event and learn more about the program, please click here:
https://new.siemens.com/fi/fi/yhtio/messut-ja-tapahtumat/ieee-siemens-2021.html#Register

The event will take place from 16.11.21 – 18.11.21 from 10:00 to 13:30 EET on each day

Call for Nominations for the 2021 Election of IEEE Finland Section Board

IEEE Finland section invites candidates for IEEE Finland Section board election for the election period of 2022 – 2023. New board members will be selected by electronic voting held at the end of 2021 (date to be announced later).   

Positions open for election are the following:

  • Section Chair,
  • Section Vice Chair,
  • Secretary,
  • Treasurer,
  • Young Professionals Chair and,
  • Student Representative.    

Please send a brief description of your background and a mission statement (about one A4) for the position of your choice to the Nominating committee (jari.nurmi@tut.fi) by October 25, 2021.

A brief description of the positions can be found below and the list of current officers can be found at Section Officers – IEEE Finland Section. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the current officers for more details on a specific position. Contact information can be found on the webpage. 

IEEE Finland Section board has approximately four meetings in a year. There is always a possibility to join those remotely or if the board members are traveling to face-to-face meetings, the traveling costs are covered by IEEE.

  • SECTION CHAIR: The Section Chair serves as Chair for all meetings of the Section. Chair represents the section in official IEEE meetings and has the main responsibility in organizing the Section matters in collaboration with the section board, other officers and chapter chairs.
  • SECTION VICE CHAIR: The Section Vice Chair assists the Section Chair in the coordination of all Section activities. At the request of the Section Chair or in the absence of the Section Chair, the Section Vice Chair chairs the meetings. Vice chair also coordinates and acts as the first point-of-contact towards technical chapters.
  • SECRETARY: The duties of the Section Secretary includes writing memos of the board meetings and reporting all Finland Section activities to global IEEE organization through IEEE vTools website. 
  • TREASURER:  The duties of the Section Treasurer includes the development of a Section budget for approval by the Section, accounting of all Section funds, keeping financial records, and submitting the Financial Operations Report of the Section to the IEEE Staff Director, Financial Services.
  • YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CHAIR: As a chair of young professional activities, you get to put your managerial skills to test by organizing fun-focused activities and events: relaxing get-together events, technical seminars, company visits, visiting lecturers, workshops etc. You also have the possibility to join young professional events abroad. Funding and advisory support for practical matters is available from IEEE Finland Section Board and international R8 Young Professionals-team. Most importantly, you will get important leadership experience. 
  • STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES: IEEE students are represented through one student member in the Section board. You can organize activities and events in cooperation with young professionals or individually.  You also have the possibility to join student events abroad or organize international events in Finland. Funding and advisory support for practical matters is available from IEEE Finland Section Board. 

With best regards,

Prof. Jari Nurmi, Tampere University

Chair of the Election Committee

Three new IEEE Fellows in our section

Our congratulations go to Enrique Acha, Mehdi Bennis and Tuomas Virtanen for their outstanding work and achievements.

New IEEE Fellows:

Enrique Acha
for contributions to power electronics modelling and applications in electrical power systems
Mehdi Bennis
for contributions to resource optimization in heterogeneous and low-latency wireless networks
Tuomas Virtanen
for contributions to sound event detection and source separation

Side event at IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies ISGT 2021 Europe

IEEE Finland and the Finnish Society of Automation (FSA) organize an in-person side event in conjunction with ISGT 2021 Europe. The event features 3 industrial speakers addressing developments in smart grid related to 5G, electric mining and smart city.

The in-person event, including a coffee break, is free of charge (cost of the event is covered by IEEE Finland and FSA), and it is open exclusively to members of IEEE or FSA.

We have reserved a conference room which has a capacity of 80 persons. As a COVID precaution, the event is limited to 25 participants. Places are filled in the order of registration. Anyone registering to the event is required to be ready to wear a mask, in case a mask recommendation is in force at the venue on Oct 19.

Please register for the event here

A Greeting from IEEE Finland Section board meeting 2/2021

IEEE Finland Section board had a meeting on Friday 3.9 in Teams

The following activities will be organized during the autumn

  1. Side event of ISGT conference 19.10.2021
  2. IEEE@Siemens – Nordic Smart Cities – towards carbon neutrality webinar 16-18.11.2021 – more information coming soon!
  3. Student paper award
  4. Standardization webinar

Moreover, the elections of new officers is coming in the end of this year. Stay tuned for more information – would you like to be volunteer for IEEE? As a volunteer, you are able to travel to abroad for IEEEE meetings, organize official and non-official activities with your colleagues and get to know new professionals!