On Nov. 23, 2018, the IEEE Joint Communications Society/Vehicular Technology Society (ComSoc/VTS) Chapter in the Victoria Section celebrated the anniversary of the chapter by hosting the IEEE Communications and Vehicular Technology Night in Victoria BC, Canada. The chapter was co-founded by Lin Cai and David Gregson in November 2017, and Michael Hansen serves the chapter as its industry liaison. The event brought together approximately 60 participants from academia and industry at the University of Victoria.
Last year was the 20th anniversary of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), founded in 1998. The creation of ICANN absolutely changed the development of the Internet. Much of its work has concerned the Internet’s global Domain Name System (DNS), including policy development for internationalization of the DNS system, introduction of new generic top-level domains (TLDs), and the operation of root name servers. ICANN has operated uninterrupted for 20 years, and has been (and is) making huge efforts to keep the whole framework up and running smoothly 24/7.
The ComSoc Bolivia Chapter feels highly honored receiving this award without purposely pursuing it. We started by creating a team that worked toward our 2017 goals. Among the most important ones were:
Spreading ComSoc information across industry and academia.
Strengthening and supporting the creation of new student chapters.
Technical training for professionals and students.
Toronto is one of the largest and busiest cities in North America that continues to grow. The city is home to some of the best universities in Canada and world-class researchers in many fields, including the godfather of machine learning and neural networks: Geoffrey Hinton. Toronto is increasingly featured as a target for technology investments and technical talent recruitment. The technical skills and industrial diversity in Toronto challenges us every year at the chapter to design and present programs that bring value to the general membership.
This is the sixth article in the series of nine, started in May 2018 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 introduce the Vice-President and six Directors on the Member and Global Activities Council (namely: 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.