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Message from the President

IEICE Electronics Society Chairman Yoshiaki NAKANO

Hiroyuki Uenohara
(Tokyo Institute of Technology)
President, Electronics Society
Institute of Electronics, Information,
and Communication Engineers

I am Hiroyuki Uenohara at the Tokyo Institute of Technology; I was appointed president of the Electronics Society for 2017. I am honored to be the president in the year of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE). Also, I would like to express my gratitude to all the seniors who have been involved in the development of the practices of the Electronics Society and to show my respect to those who are currently involved in research and development.
Today, electronics-related technologies have advanced remarkably since a hundred years ago, and they have had a tremendous impact on the social infrastructure. In the coming hundred years, what kind of social infrastructure will make human life more convenient? There is no doubt that electronics technologies will have a great role, and technologies and applications far beyond your imagination will be invented. By all means, I would like to see such major changes or to take part in the revolution, if I could.
What is the position of IEICE, and what role do we play in this situation? I believe the most important thing is that there are opportunities to attend lectures or participate in discussions among researchers who can present their cutting-edge research results in society. You may think this is a very obvious thing to say. However, the current research field has become so subdivided that similar projects are presented at the same symposium or different conferences in the same week, which means there is a tendency for a dispersal of places when it is necessary to gather in just one place for discussion. If we recognize this situation as one of the problems that should be solved, then we can strive to make the system concentrate on the opportunity for discussion.
In addition, people, who create the system or develop and operate the discussion among participants, will play a very important role. Currently, secretaries of technical committees are responsible for positioning. They are working very hard on the planning based on the rigorous target for each fiscal year. If there is a system to ease this situation, everyone in management positions will be able to participate in the discussion and encourage the activities of the Electronics Society.
It would be ideal if these things could be achieved, people could participate in conferences or research groups, and membership of the IEICE would increase. Then, the current management system of the IEICE would be assumed to remain. But, actually it will not happen easily. In fact, the number of members has been decreasing; unfortunately, at the same time, the number of participants in conferences is gradually decreasing. Even if the technical committees and the management discuss the resolution I mentioned earlier, then they may identify ways of improvement through trial and error, but it could take a long time to see the effects. In order to continue to manage the activities of the Electronics Society during this period, it seems that there is a need to make a decision on the restructuring of the financial system that manages various activities for the current number of members.
I have described how we are in a difficult situation and that the activities of the Electronics Society are not necessarily harmonious, along with some of the solutions. These are my personal opinions and some of them may not be the correct answers. I would like to ask for your cooperation in making a better decision.

Last year, I was the president-elect and vice president of the Electronics Society. For the activities mentioned above, I was managing a new structure of the three technology committee groups and councils in coordination with the technological areas within the Electronics Society Research Technology Council, created by former President Hashimoto for 2015. In this new structure, technical committees for future technology fields developed a cross-sectional annual plan that was designed to avoid duplicating projects for symposiums in workshops and conferences.
In May of this year, the Electronics Society started a trial of all-electronic documentation of technical reports for some workshops. Since IEICE has implemented the system, we have reviewed their operations and consulted with relevant parties regarding our implementation. (The system overview from the website is shown in Figure 1). This trial also obtains participation fees from attendants at workshops and posting fees from the presenters. We hope that we can use this system as users are able to not only obtain technical information in electronic format, but also that it will have a positive impact on the management of the technical committee secretariat. While we were examining the system, we have tried to make it as efficient as possible. The activities of the working groups considered the populations appropriately, which were not necessarily confined to the framework of the councils.
Meanwhile, the activities of the technology committee groups, the core of the technical committees, have been notified through reports from councils in coordination with the technological areas since the restructuring of the organization. This situation might have been better devised as it no longer hears information or opinions directly in discussion. In addition, it will be significant for us to improve the new structure of the technology committee groups with your honest opinions, not to impose any burden on related people. The new structure requires further consideration and time if it really is to lead the revitalization of activities of technology committee groups. The information of the situation should be taken to this year’s management in the Research Technology Council to continue the discussion.

I have mainly described the technology committee groups, and I want to consider how the Electronics Society confronts the change in the environment surrounding academic journals. One of the values of academic journals is that researchers in the various fields all over the world refer to them. However, it is difficult to say the journals are always referenced by them. Although there is a trend for academic journals to be published under open access, accessible by anyone with an internet connection, research theses may be viewed or downloaded but it is not necessarily the case that they are referenced. Even if leading researchers published their research theses, it would not prove the strong relationship to an increase in the value of the academic journal. However, we should consider taking measures to raise the recognition of an academic journal if there is an underlying problem that the journal is not highly recognized. I would like to try to determine the specific direction for this.

For next year's activities, I will always be striving to improve the Electronics Society with new ideas. I would appreciate your cooperation.

Figure 1. Overview of trial system for technical committee conferences providing electronic technical digests
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