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!

SEMINAR ON GRID CODE BY WORLD-CLASS EXPERTS FROM FINGRID AND ABB, APRIL 21

IEEE Finland chapter offers a free and informative virtual Seminar on Grid code requirements for power park modules. The seminar is provided by Antti Kuusela from Fingrid, and focuses on Grid code compliance from a converter manufacturer perspective by Antti Vilhunen, from ABB.

Seminar dates: 21.04.2021, 14:00 – 15:30

Please register until 20.04.2021

Agenda (21.04.2021)
14:00 – 14:05 Opening words and introduction of the speakers
14:05 – 14:45 Antti Kuusela: Grid code requirements for power park modules (Presentation + Q&A)
14:50 – 15:20 Antti Vilhunen: Grid code compliance from converter manufacturer perspective (Presentation + Q&A)
15:20 – 15:30 Joint discussion and Closing

Speakers:

Antti Kuusela
Topic: Grid code requirements for power park modules
Antti Kuusela received the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in power engineering from the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, Espoo, Finland, in 2011, with specialization in power systems and high-voltage engineering. Since 2011, he has been working on power system planning, generation grid integration, and operation-related tasks. He is currently an Expert of Market Innovations with Fingrid Oyj, Helsinki, Finland. Antti was the project manager and expert for the implementation of European network connection codes in Finland.

Antti Vilhunen
Topic: Grid code compliance from converter manufacturer perspective

Antti Vilhunen received the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in power engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2008, with specialization in electric drives. Since 2008, he has been working in ABB Drives R&D on grid code compliance of power conversion drives including simulations, SW development, dimensioning and grid code certification.

AU-24: AUTOMAATIOPäIVäT 24

Welcome to the Automation Days!
The automation days will be held for the 24th time, this time virtually from 13 to 14 April 2021.
You can see the exact program of the days and the schedule of presentations here: https://easychair.org/smart-program/Au-24/
A more general program can be seen here: https://www.automaatioseura.fi/automaatiopaivat24/program/

Virtual environment for meetings and lectures in Zoom
At these Automation Days, we will meet the virtual environment at Gather.town, with instructions in the appendix. In the virtual environment, you can chat with other participants and visit the exhibition.

The winners of IEEE Finland Section Best Student Paper award 2020!

Dear IEEE Finland section members,

We are glad to announce that the winners of the IEEE Finland Section Best Student Paper award 2020 are:

  • Best journal paper category:
    Risto Ojala, Aalto University, with the paper “Novel Convolutional Neural Network-Based Roadside Unit for Accurate Pedestrian Localisation” published in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.
  • Best conference paper category:
    Zitong Yu, Wei Peng, University of Oulu, with the paper “Remote Heart Rate Measurement From Highly Compressed Facial Videos: An End-to-End Deep Learning Solution With Video Enhancement” in 2019 IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV).

We would like to thank all the competition participants and congratulate the winners!

A new round of IEEE Finland Section Best Student Paper award 2021 will be arranged in the second half of the year. Stay tuned!