STC News October2014

posted Oct 26, 2014, 9:13 PM by Amir Kalbasi

Broadening Participation
Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology
Charlotte, NC, August 13-14, 2015
RESPECT 2015 will be the first international meeting sponsored by the IEEE Special Technical Community on Broadening Participation. As worldwide demand for computing professionals increases, it is essential to create a more diverse workforce in order to drive creativity and provide equal opportunity. Research on how to address these factors is necessary in order to create a collective global strategy to improve participation in the computing sciences.
For more information, see

The LaTiCE 2015 conference in Taipei, Taiwan at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) is still accepting abstracts for presentations. See for more details.

IEEE Hackathon Chicago. STC eGov in collaboration with IEEE Chicago Section and IEEE CS Chicago Chapter.

Social Networking
We are happy to announce that STCSN's latest E-Letter has been published - you can find it here:
The e-letter presents recent work from the research area of Large-Scale Social Requirements Engineering (LASSRE), which combines participatory design with social networking concepts and technology, mainly addressing communities of practice located in the long tail. Dominik Renzel and Ralf Klamma acted as guest editors.

Systems Engineering
STC-SYSE is working with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) to study the behavioral, cognitive, and technical skills that differentiate software engineers from systems engineers.

Sustainable Computing
September newsletter

STC News September 2014

posted Sep 11, 2014, 2:45 PM by Amir Kalbasi   [ updated Sep 11, 2014, 2:46 PM ]

Social Networking
Featured article on "Toward Multiscreen Social TV with Geolocation-Aware Social Sense”

Sustainable Computing
July newsletter available at:, and working on next incoming issues

STC News August 2014

posted Aug 20, 2014, 1:58 AM by Christian Timmerer   [ updated Aug 20, 2014, 2:02 AM ]

STC e-Gov Chair, has been appointed as Distinguished Speaker 2014-2016, in the Computer Society Distinguished Visitor Program, in the topic of Open & Smart Gov, field of STC eGov

Operating Systems
IEEE CS approved technical co-sponsorship for 4th International Conference on IT Convergence and Security (ICITCS2014)

Social Networking
Featured article on "Toward Multiscreen Social TV with Geolocation-Aware Social Sense”

Systems Engineering
Version 3.1 of the systems engineering competency model (SECOM) has been released. Visits to and downloads from the SEBOK Web site ( continue to grow.

STC News July 2014

posted Jul 3, 2014, 12:59 AM by Christian Timmerer   [ updated Jul 3, 2014, 1:10 AM ]



Call for Papers:
Important Dates
  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 September 2014
  • Abstract acceptance notification date: 21 October 2014
  • Full paper submission deadline: 18 November 2014
  • Final acceptance notification date: 22 Decenber 2014
  • Camera-ready paper upload deadline: 20 January 2015



Online Presentation:
Openness & Innovation for Smart Cities: A Governmental Strategic Perspective

Follow this STC on Twitter via @IEEE_eGov and/or join the LinkedIn group via

Social Networking


E-Letter, vol. 2, no. 2
Integrating Social Media with Video Communication


The 38th Annual International Computers, Software & Applications Conference (COMPSAC) is held from July 21-25 in Västerås, Sweden featuring STCs on Education, SmartGrid, and Cloud Computing. Further details:

STC News June 2014

posted Jun 12, 2014, 2:30 AM by Christian Timmerer

STC Cloud Computing


Message from the new chair, Chunming Rong

Since 2013, the STC has gained a noticeable increase in both number of members and number of co-sponsored events. Several Cloud-Link issues on selected publications have been launched and received popular attention at the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) site. Since April 2014, a new steering board of STC CC has been convened. In the coming year, we plan to continue to lay out the network foundation of the STC CC, in order to reach out to more members and events. Among the planned measures, the social media and blogging activities shall be enriched, cloud-related webinars shall be organized, a site on education and tutorial materials and a site on announcements of journal special issues are under development. Further collaboration with other activities at IEEE CCI, for instance the IEEE Intercloud Testbed, are also natural extensions of our activities.

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Monday, June 16th, 10am EST (6 hours difference to CEST)
Introduction to MapReduce (90 min)
Registration Link:
  • analysis of a large mail archive (the problem)
  • using MapReduce to solve a specific part of the problem (what are the most popular words)
  • details of logging into the AWS EMR cluster
  • run the example
  • MapReduce skit
Monday, June 16th, 1pm EST
Data Intensive System/Science Introduction (120 min)
Registration Link:
  • Why are we doing this? Motivation for the area and subject of the course
  • History of HPC, big data, Moore's Law.
  • Science domain areas, and problems in each of those areas that motivate the need for this. Where are we today, and what is the projected need later? How are things driven by increases in computing power?
  • Definition of big data, big compute, why we need both combined
  • Characteristics of architecture, and how it's linked to changes in computing. Core speeds vs. multiple cores, running in parallel.
  • Mixture of trends, principles, and implementation in historic context that students should understand.
  • Parallel application types
  • 4th paradigm

STC Social Networking


Social Media Analysis for Crisis Management

STCSN E-Letter Vol.2 No.1,

Social networks and media sharing platforms were intensely used during and after recent disasters, e.g., the 2012 Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. or the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that most heavily hit the Philippines. To a large degree, social media was used by individuals in non-directed ways, rather than by crisis response agencies in an organised manner. Yet, social networks bear a lot of potential to involve the public in crisis response, acquire timely information from the disaster site, improve the operational picture, and help plan and perform response operations.

Integrating Social Media with Video Communication

STCSN E-Letter Vol.2 No.2,

Welcome to IEEE STCSN's E-Letter volume 2 number 2. This edition discussing a very interesting topic that steadily becomes more important: how does social networking integrate with video communication?

This E-Letter contains contributions from a very interesting European research project, Vconect (

STC Human Computation


New journal: Human Computation is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the electronic publication and print archiving of high-quality scholarly articles in all areas of human computation, which concerns the design or analysis of information processing systems in which humans participate as computational elements.

STC on Broadening Participation

… has a new Web site:
… come and join now!


For general volunteer opportunities and individual open positions within the STC, please see here

2013 IEEE Society President's Year End Message

posted Jan 27, 2014, 11:02 AM by IEEE CS STCs


The idea that the Computer Society should be a collection of flexible communities has been in front of the Computer Society leadership for roughly eight years. As we have watched social media’s rise, knowing full well that our own members contributed to its technological underpinnings, we knew that we needed to use this technology to advance our organization. Our members are focused on solving the problems that interest them, and they need communities to help support this work. These communities can be organized around a variety of activities that support and engage our members. In creating these communities, we’ve tried to develop organizational structures that are simple, agile, flexible, and yet effective.

In January of this year, we institutionalized our Special Technical Communities (STC) program (, currently led by Martin Arlitt, to meet this need for flexible organizations that support our members. With roughly 18 communities in operation, the program is on track to grow rapidly in the coming years. After testing this program for almost four years, we identified three fundamental principles for them. First, these groups should be easy to form and easy to terminate when they are no longer active. Second, they should not interfere with existing categories of products and services within the Society—for example, you can form an STC to prepare a Transactions proposal, but once the Transactions is established, the STC becomes an editorial board that reports to the Publications Board.

Finally, as our last principle, we concluded that STCs should have no scope monopolies. This was one of the more difficult decisions, as scope monopolies seem to be a foundational idea of IEEE. However, in this case, it seemed counterproductive that a group of members should be prevented from working on some topic or be forced to join another community just because others were working on a similar idea. A Society like ours is very diverse, and each community within it could have something unique to contribute to the endeavor. This principle has generated a little controversy among groups that feel that an honest competition between two STCs might weaken one or both of them. However, it should be noted that no IEEE conference has a monopoly on any field, and indeed we see some advantages to having different groups working on the same problem.

As we accepted the no-scope monopoly principle, we also recognized that the communities need unique names or identifiers. We want to avoid the kind of confusion that comes with having five different cloud computing conferences with almost the same name. Each STC should have a name that distinguishes it from the others, even though they are working on similar topics.

- David Alan Grier, December 2013

STCSN E-Letter vol.1 no.1

posted Mar 20, 2013, 9:21 AM by Christian Timmerer

First issue of the STCSN E-Letter is online and accessible here: [PDF]

STC for Computer and Smart Grid is now Active

posted Mar 19, 2013, 4:00 PM by R Hashemian

The Website for the STC for Computer and Smart Grid is now public:

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