New Technology Connections is your resource to emerging technologies within the IEEE. The IEEE Future Directions team has identified the technologies on this page as primary focus areas and has established them as formal initiatives to engage IEEE and the general public. For each initiative, you will find a wealth of knowledge, resources, and opportunities to participate. Visit each featured portal for access to upcoming conferences, news articles, technical papers, related standards, professional organizations, and academic programs. To get involved in the initiatives and to stay informed, please join our free technical communities available on each of the portals below. To learn more about Future Directions, please contact us.
The overall objective of the Life Sciences New Initiative is to make IEEE a major and recognized player in the life sciences, in particular in the disciplines that are at the intersection between the organization's traditional fields—electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science—and the life sciences.
Of interest are challenges that require computational techniques and algorithms; mathematical modeling; simulation; visualization; signal processing and image processing; sensing and actuation; instrumentation; machine learning; robotics; ultrasonics, bioinformatics; and nuclear-related disciplines.
The "smart grid" has come to describe a next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy.
The societies within IEEE help guide the evolution toward the smart grid, by holding several events, publications and standards within their area of focus. On the IEEE Smart Grid Web portal, all these activities and assets converge into a single place where users can explore and understand all the different and particular aspects of the smart grid, and how they are connected to the overarching smart grid framework.
Cloud Computing has become a scalable service consumption and delivery platform in the modern IT infrastructure. The technical foundations of Cloud Computing include the "as-a-Service" usage model, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Virtualization of hardware and software. The goal of Cloud Computing is to consolidate infrastructure, and share resources among the cloud service consumers, cloud partners, and cloud vendors in the cloud value chain.
An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as an electric drive vehicle, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. Three main types of electric vehicles exist, those that are directly powered from an external power station, those that are powered by stored electricity originally from an external power source, and those that are powered by an on-board electrical generator, such as an engine (a hybrid electric vehicle), or a hydrogen fuel cell. Electric vehicles include electric cars, electric trains, electric lorries, electric aeroplanes, electric boats, electric motorcycles and scooters and electric spacecraft.
Following are upcoming Future Directions events.