Global Communications Newsletter (GCN)


IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications 2020 (LATINCOM)

By Carlos Lozano - Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, Fabrizio Granelli - University of Trento, Italy, Gidy Carolina Florez Navarro - Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF), Brasil, Nury Gabriela Ramirez Cely - Continental Automotive, Mexico, Octavia Dobre - Memorial University, Canada and Oscar Caicedo - Universidad del Cauca, Colombia

IEEE LATINCOM 2020 was originally planned to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but was held online due to the pandemic outbreak from November 18 to November 20, 2020. Still, this flagship communications conference for the Latin America region was able to attract 144 submissions, 67 of those accepted for the main technical program of the conference. Quite an achievement! As a result, international authors from more than 20 countries around the world discussed their most recent advances in the field of communications in the three-day event.

The final technical program consisted of...


Madrid, March 2020: A Distinguished Lecturer, a Conference and a Virus

By Gaurav Sharma - North Carolina State University, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, USA and Víctor P. Gil Jiménez - University Carlos III de Madrid, IEEE SPS/ ComSoc Joint Spain Chapter Chair, Spain

Once upon a time, there were a distinguished lecturer, a conference and a virus. Wait, what is this? We know that the audience of this newsletter expects a technical report on activities. We know that this is not the typical article in this section. We know that you probably expect a different story, but some months ago the COVID-19 appeared and the world was turned upside down. We had to settle to new situations and new scenarios. We had to change our activities and our way of doing them. We had to modify our ways of interacting with people and communication. Now, after more than half a year, somehow, we are used to do it, but what happened just in the very beginning when there were more uncertainties than facts?


Webinars During Covid-19: “ideas * knowledge = ∞”

By Matež Hribernik - Secretary YP Slovenia, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

During Covid-19 young professionals from Slovenia organised several online technical events with the support of the ComSoc chapter. We wanted to present various professional research projects in different fields. At the start of the year, we expected to have these events organized in a meetup fashion. As this was not possible due to pandemic, we chose an alternate with streamed live events. The webinar series was titled “ideas * knowledge == ∞”. With the title we wanted to express that only good ideas and profound knowledge can equal the impossible, the success, even though the title can be considered a mathematical oxymoron. With the title we wanted to express Using Facebook Live, we were able to organise five webinars. The presentations covered topics such as robotics, (RF) circuit design, deep learning...