Archive for the ‘Technology Initiatives’ Category

IEEE Society supports National Photonics Initiative (NPI)

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

npiFrom medicine and manufacturing to communication, defense, and energy, photonics plays an important role in the U. S. economy and the lives of its citizens. That’s why the IEEE Photonics Society partnered with four other technical organizations to support the National Photonics Initiative in Washington D.C., USA on 28 February. More than 100 representatives from government and the photonics industry gathered for the day-long event to raise awareness of the importance of photonics and to strategize for its future.

As a follow-up to the groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences report “Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” the event consisted of two segments: a morning overview of work done by subcommittees and industry sharing their future needs, and afternoon breakout sessions covering the five key optics and photonics sectors — communication, defense, health and medicine, manufacturing, and energy. Attendees collected input and identified focus areas for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a key recommendation of the Optics & Photonics report.

Read more about this important event. 

IEEE receives ASAE Summit Award

Friday, October 12th, 2012


IEEE has received the 2012 Summit Award—the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives—for the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). The IEEE HTC is now merged with Engineering for Change, which seeks to develop technical, locally appropriate, and sustainable solutions to humanitarian challenges. The IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society have contributed funding, technical knowledge, and volunteer work to projects under HTC.

Want to learn more about humanitarian projects under IEEE HTC? Check out the articles from our archive below.

IEEE launches major e-health pilot in India
IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge is saving lives in Peru’s Alto Amazonas
Self-maintaining solar power systems deliver electricity in impoverished regions
E-health solution tracks patient records in rural areas
IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge delivers solar power to villages in Haiti

IEEE Broadcast Technology Society signs FoBTV Joint Declaration

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

In November 2011, the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society gathered with twelve other broadcast organizations at the inaugural Future of Broadcast Television Summit in Shanghai, China to sign the FoBTV Joint Declaration. The FoBTV Joint declaration recognizes that broadcasting – the transmission of information to an unlimited number of listeners and viewers – is “the most spectrum-efficient wireless delivery means for popular real-time and file-based media content.” It calls for a definition of the requirements of future terrestrial broadcast systems, the exploration of unified terrestrial broadcast standards, and the promotion of technology sharing. If efforts are successful, terrestrial broadcasting will one day bring information and entertainment to both rich and poor, rural communities and cities, and both at-home and mobile users, conserving money and resources in the process.

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is one of the founding organizations of the FoBTV Summit along with 12 other organizations representing North and South America, Europe, and Asia. FoBTV founding members recognize that terrestrial broadcasting can play an important role in connecting people and societies. Authors of the declaration recognize how different TV standards developed in different regions during the era of analog, how formats continue to divide and multiply in the digital age, and how modern technology can solve this problem.

2011 IEEE symposium reports results from Autonomous Vehicle Challenge

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

26 October 2011 – Results from the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge (VIAC) – a project in which driverless, green-energy vehicles completed a 15,000 km trip – were revealed at the 2011 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. The VIAC, partially funded with a five-year grant from the European Research Council obtained by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (IEEE ITSS) president, showed that vehicles may someday be able to move goods between continents without the need for drivers.

The vehicles successfully transported goods from Parma, Italy to Shanghai, China between the months of July and October 2010. Each vehicle utilized sets of high-tech equipment that included cameras, laser scanners, GPS, and sensors. They also contained computers responsible for processing images and data, path-planning, steering, accelerating, and braking. A lead vehicle set the route by continuously collecting data through experimental tests on sensing, decision, and control subsystems. It drove autonomously in mapped regions of the trip, but drivers had to take control in some occasions. The second vehicle, which was 100 percent autonomous, automatically followed the route defined by the lead vehicle, following it either visually with the use of cameras or using GPS waypoints. The vehicles were propelled by batteries charged at power outlets or by generators while solar panels on the vehicles’ roofs powered their autonomous driving systems.

The VIAC is considered a major milestone in vehicular robotics. Research results were widely publicized at the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, the premier annual forum of the IEEE ITSS, and in the September 2011 issue of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. For more information on the VIAC, visit the project’s website, or read more about the project at IEEE Spectrum.