Greetings from the New President

Shigeo Urushidani
President, IEICE Communications Society
Deputy Director General/Professor, National Institute of Informatics

Junji NAMIKI

 


It is my great honor to serve as President of IEICE Communications Society (IEICE-CS), which has fostered advanced communication and related technologies for a smarter society. First, I would like to express my gratitude to all the researchers and engineers in academia and industry for their hard work and contributions to IEICE-CS. I will do my best to highlight the significance of activities in IEICE-CS to meet its members’ expectations.

IEICE-CS has over 10,000 members from more than 50 countries and is very active in both publications and conferences. It has three peer-reviewed monthly journals: two Transactions on Communications, for papers in English and Japanese, and Communications Express, for letters in English. About half of the accepted journal papers written in English are from outside of Japan. It also has a quarterly global newsletter in English and a magazine in Japanese. As for conferences, IEICE-CS supports more than 20 international conferences in cooperation with sister societies overseas and holds many domestic conferences with 21 regular and 7 ad-hoc technical committees (TCs). The TC conferences highlight a wide range of research, and our members can present their ideas without peer-review, exchange technical information, and enjoy academic discussions.

The greatest strength of IEICE-CS is the involvement of industry as well as academia in the above-mentioned activities. While the activities continue to be productive, industry recently expects even greater value from IEICE-CS to survive the rapidly-changing environment surrounding information and communication technology (ICT) business. Quite simply, IEICE-CS should be more involved in collaborations with a wider range of industry fields and be more sensitive to global trends of emerging applications and changes in the industrial environment. My thoughts are as follows.

As ICT platforms are now a fundamental part of our society, many industrial fields, including automobiles, robotics, and medicine, are keen to deploy advanced ICT platforms in order to enhance and differentiate their business. The movement toward the Internet of things (IoT) emphasizes this trend, and various upper-layer platforms over communication networks are being built. Artificial intelligence based platforms, which gather and analyze big data from objects and send feedback to them through networks, are one such platform. We therefore need to broadly understand requirements from a wide range of industrial fields in order to develop more compelling and useful advanced technologies. IEICE-CS should provide convenient grounds to spread knowledge regarding the uses of ICT in many business fields and provide opportunities to further relationships with various people.

ICT equipment, including communication systems, has been largely influenced by the over-the-top operating global-scale services. The total amount of their investments has been rapidly increasing and will soon exceed that of telecom carriers. This trend has strongly influenced development strategies of system vendors. They have been required to meet unique specifications different from international standardizations. Unique but open architectures have become more important to achieve economically competitive platforms. This trend might give researchers higher chances of reconsidering desirable system, network, and platform architectures that are different from those of dominant system vendors. IEICE-CS should encourage its members to create more futuristic architectures for potential emerging services.

Although increasing global citations in our journal papers is very important, the published content should be more influential to industry. I believe that highly valuable papers will lead to collaboration between academia and industry and increase the industry’s investments in academia. These collaborations are also beneficial to students as they may discover business opportunities and challenges. IEICE-CS has also published many technical papers, several thousand per year, presented in the TC conferences. These papers include early-stage ideas and technologies that would be valuable to industry as well as academia. IEICE-CS started to fully digitalize these papers this April, and all of the papers became accessible one month after their publication date with fixed license fees. I hope that this digitalization will increase the value of the TC conferences.

IEICE-CS has also played a role in educating young people, including students, in ICT fields. When they attend the TC conferences, many senior researchers and engineers give warm advice and encouragement to the students. IEICE-CS would like to value this productive relationship so that students gain inspiration from the advice and are motivated to produce innovative technologies for the growth of the ICT industry.

I would like to conclude this greeting message by asking all of you for your kind support and contributions to IEICE-CS activities.