Global Communications Newsletter (GCN)


Asia/Pacific Region Interview with Takaya Yamazato, Director of the AP Region

By Stefano Bregni - Vice-President for Member and Global Activities and Takaya Yamazato - Director of the AP Region

This is the fourth article in the series of eight, started in November 2016 and published monthly in the IEEE ComSoc Global Communications Newsletter, which covers all areas of IEEE ComSoc Member and Global Activities. In this series of articles, I am introducing the six MGA Directors (Sister and Related Societies; Membership Services; AP, NA, LA, EMEA Regions) and the two Chairs of the Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) and Young Professionals (YP) Standing Committees. In each article, one by one they present their sector activities and plans.

In this issue, I interview Takaya Yamazato, Director of the Asia/ Pacific Region (AP). Takaya is a professor at the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan. He received the Ph.D. degree from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Electronics, Nagoya University, Japan. From 1997 to 1998 he was a visiting researcher in the Research Group for RF Communications, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 2006 he received the IEEE Communication Society Best Tutorial Paper Award. He served as symposium co-chair of ICC 2009 and ICC 2011. From 2008 to 2010 he was the chair of the IEEE ComSoc Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee and the editor-in-chief of the Japanese Section of IEICE Transactions on Communications. His research interests include visible light communication, intelligent transport systems...


IEEE ComSoc Romania Chapter Winner of the 2016 Chapter Achievement Award; Highlights of Activities in 2015

By Vasile Bota - Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Romania Chapter

The IEEE ComSoc Romania Chapter has most of its members and activities concentrated in four major academic and industrial cities of Romania: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, and Iasi. The activities of the chapter in 2015 were focused on the following main directions:

  • Organizing or contributing to the organization of international conferences on communications or related topics.
  • Organization of scientific symposia dedicated to students’ research activities.
  • Organization of presentations, short courses, and seminars offered by specialists from well known companies, which are dedicated both to students and other communications specialists. IEEE BlackSea Communications & Networking 2015 and

Other International Conferences

Chapter members contributed to the organization of international conferences on communications or to conferences organized jointly with other chapters of the IEEE Romania Section, by organizing sessions that pointed out the link of the respective field to communications.

The most important event of the chapter’s activity in 2015 was the IEEE BlackSea Communications & Networking 2015 Conference ( Organized by IEEE ComSoc, chaired by Prof. H. Sari, vice president of IEEE ComSoc, and by...


A Quick Look at ComSoc San Diego Chapter in 2016

By Liangping Ma - InterDigital Communications, Inc., IEEE ComSoc San Diego Chapter Chair, USA

Serving the greater San Diego area, a wireless communication hub of the world, the IEEE ComSoc San Diego chapter has been very active in bringing in world-class researchers and professionals to its members. Since the start of 2016, we, in collaboration with our sister chapters, including the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Chapter, Signal Processing Society (SPS) Chapter, Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) Chapter, Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Chapter in San Diego and other ComSoc Chapters in California, have invited seven distinguished lecturers (DLs), prominent researchers, or professionals to give technical talks to our members, in an effort to help our members stay up to date with the latest advances in wireless and related technologies. We have seen excellent turnout for these talks.

On January 29, Dr. Zhensheng Zhang kicked off the technical talks for 2016 with a comprehensive overview of the latest cognitive network technologies. On February 19, Dr. S.R. Subramanya led us to dive into public key cryptography. On March 21, Mr. David Layer and Mr. Paul Shulins gave us a fresh look at broadcast radio technologies. On May 2, Dr. H. Anthony Chan gave a talk on 5G and the future wireless Internet, and a second talk on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtulization (NFV). That was double service—thank you, Dr. Chan! On August 26, Dr. Touradj Ebrahimi talked about the nitty gritty of Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Life (QoL). On September 21, Dr. George T. Schmidt shared his broad knowledge of navigation sensors and systems in GPS degraded or denied environments.