IEEE ComSoc Jordan Chapter: Winner of the 2023 Chapter Achievement Award for the EMEA Region

By Sami Aldalahmeh - IEEE Jordan Section Communications Society Chapter Chair

I must thank our team in the IEEE Jordan Joint ComSoc & SPS Chapter for their extraordinary efforts and commitment. The gratitude is extended to all our members, especially the students, who always play a vital role in the success of our events and activities. To us, the IEEE in general and the ComSoc in particular is a source of inspiration and a great motivation to achieve excellence. In fact, the ComSoc provides the means for that via the Distinguished Lecturer Program, webinars, and the top-notch publications of course.

Driven by that, our main goal has been to add tangible value to our members in the field of communication and signal processing. Fortunately, we’re able to achieve this goal in several ways, such as engaging the members needs directly in the form of holding technical and networking events (in-person and virtual) as well as hands-on workshops and tutorials. This has resulted in a 50 percent increase in the members numbers from 2018 to 2022. We held more than 10 technical events discussing 6G technology, NOMA, AI role in 5G & 6G, Deep Learning, Autonomous Cars, and Graph Signal Processing. All of which has been given by distinguished lecturers in an in-person or virtual manner. We also, held two hands-on workshops in the use of Software Defined Radio (SDR) in modern communication technology, in addition to an introductory seminar on Wireless for IoT and Cognitive Radios.

To provide our members with networking opportunities, we have started our local annual events for our members titled IEEE Jordan ComSoc Congress (JCSC), which is an opportunity for our members to come together and participate in a vibrant technical program, usually including an IEEE distinguished lecturer talking about the current trends in communication and signal processing. Starting from 2018, we were fortunate to hold the JCSC in 2018, 2019, and 2020, in which we host a distinguished lecturer to discuss the current and future trends in communication and signal processing. In those events, we hosted distinguished lecturers in-person, including Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu, Prof. Mohammed-Slim Alouini, Prof. Sinem Coleri, and Prof. Dimitri Van De Ville.

Local industry engagement occupied a significant place in our activities. In particular, we hosted industry leaders from Umniah (a mobile service provider), Jordan Engineering Association, and Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. In many cases, we provided the platform to initiate serious discussion about the role of the private and public sectors in the communication technology.

In the student engagement front, we have successfully supported the establishment of five (of the currently six chapters) student chapters: the University of Jordan ComSoc Chapter, Princess Sumaya University for Technology ComSoc Chapter, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan ComSoc Chapter, Al-Huson University College ComSoc Chapter, and Al-Balqa Applied University ComSoc Chapter. We were able to convince students to establish those branching by first actively participating in student activities and promote the ComSoc membership there. Recently, the Princess Sumaya University for Technology ComSoc Chapter has won an award for members recruitment, which demonstrates that the students believe in the added value of the ComSoc membership.

In the end, I would like to thank the ComSoc in general and the current staff in particular, ComSoc VP Prof. Ana Garcia Armada and ComSoc Member Services Board Chair Prof. Ricardo Veiga for their wonderful role and efforts in the support and engagement of ComSoc members all over the world. Thank you.