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IEICE Electronics Society has established sister society agreeements with IEEE MTT-S, PHO.




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Message from the President

Tsugumichi Shibata. President, IEICE Electronics Society

Hiroyuki Tsuda
(Professor at KEIO University)
President of the IEICE Electronics Society

It is my privilege and honor to serve as your president. I pledge to do my best to improve the IEICE Electronics Society and make it more attractive and useful to members by working together with the Steering Committee. Your continuing support and cooperation are essential in order to improve our society.

The IEICE Electronics Society has about 5,000 members, and encourages research into the development of electronics in academia and industry. The society organizes 21 technical committees which cover the areas of electromagnetic-wave technology, photonics technology, and circuit/device technology. Three distinguished journals, IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics (in English and Japanese) and IEICE Electronics Express (ELEX), are regularly published by the Electronics Society, each with qualified reviewers and editors.

To further our activities and have a global influence on academia and industry, we have to address several issues. The number of our members is gradually decreasing due to the aging population in Japan, as well as a relative decline in the presence of the electronics industry. IEICE has recently taken some measures, setting up a junior membership program for younger people and the platinum club for older members. Of course, I think the Electronics Society should provide strong support for these measures, and, in addition, on an individual basis, we have to inform students in universities and schools, researchers in institutes and companies, and encourage them to join our society. We may need to rethink and change the meaning of “electronics” to include some of the new research fields based around “electronics” that continue to arise. The essence of research is to create something; therefore, I am positive that we can evolve and our society can grow again.

The second issue is to improve our journals. ELEX was launched on 2004 and the number of submissions has successfully increased. The next step is to push up the IF (impact factor) to a higher level compared to those of competitive journals. The IF of IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics also needs to increase. Please submit your best papers to our journals. This is the most effective solution to this problem because we have advanced research results which we can publish ahead of others. As for the Japanese journal, I think it has other functions. The Japanese language is a minority language; however, it can be used by scientists and engineers to think about their work more deeply and to improve their understanding. Japanese journals, including our IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics (Japanese), help maintain the Japanese language at a high level. In addition, these journals are important because they enable Japanese students to write papers in more depth more easily. Well-known researchers have written valuable and exhaustive reviews in various fields in IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics. I think you can find various review papers that help our understanding of a wide area of electronics. The number of downloads is a very important index of the value of a journal. Please access our journals and download from them. This helps improve the publishing function of our society.

The third issue is globalization of the activities of the society. We have a considerable number of oversea members now; however, the majority of members are Japanese and most of the society's functions are managed by Japanese members, except for some journal editors. IEICE already has several international sections, including ones in Beijing, Bangkok, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, Europe, and so on. I think the first step to enhancing these organizations is to hold international conferences and workshops together. Most of our members already collaborate internationally in research, education, and business. Please use your connections to develop global activities in our society.

The IEICE Electronics Society provides various useful functions for members and your membership has many privileges. On the other hand, it is requested that you attend conferences to discuss your research and submit papers to our journals. Your research and development can gather speed and be improved through such activities, and this also energizes our society. Let’s make use of society functions, and I hope your findings and achievements will be successful.