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Message from the President

IEICE Electronics Society Chairman Yoshiaki NAKANO

Akihiko Kasukawa
(Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.)
Selected as New President of the Electronics Society

I am Akihiko Kasukawa, from Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., and I was appointed president of the Electronics Society for 2018. I joined the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE) more than 30 years ago; since then, I have been fortunate to participate in academic conferences and study group activities as a member of IEICE. Two years ago, I promoted the reformation of the organization (described below) with the cooperation of everyone as vice chairman of the Technologies Committee Group Coordination Conference. Included below is my policy statement for the executive election (next president's election in the Electronics Society) from two years ago.

[Policy statement]
Electronic information communication technology is now essential for the support of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as the most critical part of a modern society and has a significant influence on people (quality of human life). Today, we see the first fetal movements of a major social transformation using connected services in the Internet of Things (IoT) that leverages ICT. IoT is one example; however, I believe the Electronics Society of IEICE has the potential to contribute to a variety of different fields. I would like to innovate the win-win model that will work and grow together with related academic societies in Japan and abroad to further promote the transition to connected services from a single technology. In addition, we will continue to reform the Electronics Society, which is currently underway, to become a more attractive society for its members. Based on these circumstances, I would like to focus on and promote the following activities:
(1) Cooperation within the Electronics Society and with other related academic societies
(2) Development of systematic cooperation with industry, government, and academia
(3) Globalization
(4) Advancing reforms for more attractive Technologies Committee Group Meetings operating from the perspective of members
Through these activities, I would like to contribute to the development of this society.

While I was fulfilling my mission as vice president for a year, I found that IEICE was in a difficult situation because the number of members was decreasing. In the June issue of the IEICE Electronics Society Journal, Professor Y. Nakano, the vice president, stated the importance of change in order to carry on a sustainable existence into the new era. I believe that it is strategically important to transform the Electronics Society to avoid becoming the so-called boiling frog. You will see articles from each society about the reforms in the September, 2018 issue of the Journal of IEICE. Here is an example: As part of the reforms of the Electronics Society from FY 2016, twenty-two committees were divided broadly into three technical committee groups (for more information, access http://www.ieice.org/es/eng/aboutus/organization.php) and started a coordination conference for cross-functional discussions. This change allows more active planning at each coordination conference to ensure quick decision-making. As a part of these activities, we also began to consider the conversion of technical research reports into computerized format, which is new management responding to the reforms of all the committees of the Electronics Society. For the implementation of the computerization of technical research reports, we will conduct a trial at five coordination conferences this fiscal year, and then the reports for the primary conference of all committees will be computerized from FY 2018. For more information, please access our web page (https://www.ieice.org/es/jpn/e-gihou-2018es/e-gihou-2018es.htm[japanese]). Although computerization will commence while issues remain in conducting the trials, we will achieve better formats as necessary based on feedback from the participants. For the individual initiatives of the Electronics Society, please read the explanations in Newsletter 169 (April 2018)[japanese]. Technical committees are an important framework for supporting the Electronics Society; currently, there are twenty-two technical committees providing great assets. The chairman and secretary of each committee undertake great effort to plan attractive conferences. We need to work out measures to bring the conferences to a higher level to better capture the interest of members so more will join. For that purpose, some technical committees have been successful in setting timely themes or planned reports with results images and application examples. I expect that many people will actively participate and/or post in the technical committees from a wide range of domains even though the committees are dedicated to technical research. This promotion of continuous activities may lead to a wider range of applications than researchers had originally envisioned. Furthermore, it can also expand the end users and create business development opportunities. We can expect virtuous cycles that will revitalize the activities of committees. I recognize that we have an issue in which these plans must be elaborated to be sustainable rather than be transient plans.

The following relates to the globalization of the Electronics Society. For editing and publishing papers, IEICE Electronics Express (ELEX) developed open access journal websites, and the degree of recognition improved by enabling a number of researchers to download papers. I believe that the academic journals website will be even more widely recognized with ELEX’s steady efforts and the achievements they have made so far. The IEICE Communications Society issues the Global Newsletter on a quarterly basis considering globalization; however, the Electronics Society has not prepared activities for internationalization. It is not enough that the Electronics Society has an opportunity to briefly introduce the Society and our activities to other countries at the all-sections meeting once a year. Last year, we created a flyer that provides an overview of our activities, and we will use it to distribute information about us during the international academic conference co-sponsored by the Electronics Society.

IEICE published a journal for the hundred-year anniversary edition that contains a full range of articles about great technologies, their applications, and a lot of useful information. The infusion of these many technologies will make it possible to create new technology fields and new businesses to use them, which will lead to great opportunities in a critical situation. I believe we must take advantage of these valuable properties and use them in order to maintain and develop a society with a diverse range of possibilities. Recently, we have abundant topics for the activation of the society, for example, IoT, AI, and 5G for the realization of Society 5.0. The possibility of revitalization can be generated from the planning of the research council and the national convention across all committees in the Electronics Society, as well as by joint planning with other academic societies. We have already planned a joint convention with Tokyo Denki University, and the next plan is now being designed by the Planning Strategy Team. I expect these kinds of continuous activities to be a trigger to acquire new members who can identify the value of the activities of the IEICE.
I will continue to contribute to the Electronics Society step by step with my willingness to take on new challenges and keep in mind the philosophy of "start from where we can " to solve the remaining issues. I appreciate the encouragement and support of all members.

[Profile]
Senior Fellow of Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
1982 Graduated from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Tokyo Institute of Technology
1984 Master's degree from the Department of Physical
Electronics
Joined Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
1990–1991 Visiting Research Fellow, Bell Communications Research Inc., in the United States
2000 IEICE Achievement Award
2001 Kenjiro Sakurai Memorial Prize
2015 Vice President of IEICE Electronics Society (Technologies Committee Group Coordination Conference)
Fellow of the IEEE
Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics
Fellow of the IEICE Electronics Society
Doctor of Engineering

 
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