IEEE Technical Activities (IEEE-TA) is a major component of IEEE that includes all programs of the 45 IEEE Societies and Technical Councils as well as programs of the Technical Activities Board (TAB) and the Technical Activities Department (TAD).
This page contains an overview of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) and its related committees. The board as well as each committee play a vital role in the continued success of IEEE Technical Activities.
For detailed information regarding IEEE Technical Activities governance, policies, and committee reporting structure, please refer to the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Operations Manual (PDF, 2 MB).
Access TAB agendas, meeting schedules, and related information on the Technical Activities Operations Site (sign-in required*).
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The IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) is the governing body of IEEE Technical Activities and is the largest of six major boards within IEEE. As delegated by the IEEE Board of Directors, TAB establishes operational procedures assisting the management and operation of the IEEE Societies and Technical Councils, while supporting these technical communities in developing and delivering timely intellectual property products and conferences on current or emerging technologies.
Through these activities, TAB directs the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical, electronics, communications, computer engineering, computer science, the allied branches of engineering, and the related arts and sciences and technologies and their application for the benefit of IEEE members worldwide, as well as for the general public.
Technical Activities Core Purpose (Mission)
Inspire, Foster, and Empower Technology-Centric Worldwide Communities
Technical Activities Big Goal (Vision)
IEEE Technical Activities worldwide communities:
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Technical Activities has initiated a pilot project to explore new approaches for improving the effectiveness of, and ability to find, information related to TAB and TAB committee activities. As part of this project, many of the resources and information provided to support society, technical council, and technical community volunteers have been moved to the IEEE Technical Activities Operations Beta Site. Volunteers and staff should use the IEEE Technical Activities Operations Beta Site as the primary resource for TAB-related information such as agendas, minutes, and reference materials.
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IEEE Conferences Committee
The IEEE Conferences Committee formulates and recommends strategies and policies for IEEE conferences and provides oversight for conference-related activities.
Conference Finance Committee
The Conference Finance Committee serves as an oversight and advisory body. The Committee shall investigate and recommend financial processes and procedures to optimize the financial operations of IEEE conferences. The IEEE Conferences Finance Committee is responsible for making recommendations on conference financial matters to the IEEE Conferences Committee who will advise other bodies as appropriate.
• Chair: John Barr
• Charter (PDF, 2 MB)
Conference Quality Committee
The Conference Quality Committee shall review, adjudicate and act upon issues related to reports of deficiencies in the Technical Program of IEEE conferences.
Conference Tools Committee
The Conference Tools Committee shall identify, define, and recommend set of tools for running IEEE conferences keeping pace with evolving needs and technologies. These suites of tools will be available to IEEE conference organizers.
• Chair: James Irvine
• Charter (PDF, 2 MB)
Event Innovations Committee
The Event Innovations Committee shall investigate event types and formats beyond traditional scholarly conferences. This includes both standalone events and add-on activities for traditional conferences.
• Chair: Bill Moses
• Charter (PDF, 2 MB)
Future of Conference IP Committee
The Future of Conference IP Committee shall continue to investigate the future needs for conference IP: papers and beyond, scholarly and industry oriented, before, during and after, onsite and virtual, including considerations of language needs, quality requirements and maintenance, income opportunities and cost implications.
• Chair: Bin Zhao
• Charter (PDF, 2 MB)
TAB Management Committee (TMC)
The TAB Management Committee reports to, and is a Standing Committee of, the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB). The TAB Management Committee is an implemented oversight body. The TAB Management Committee is an implementation oversight body and acts on behalf of the Technical Activities Board between board meetings.
TAB Awards and Recognition Committee (TAB/ARC)
The TAB Awards and Recognition Committee oversees the TAB, Society, and Technical Council awards programs.
TAB Conflict Resolution Committee
The TAB Conflict Resolution Committee is a member-driven forum to provide advice and assistance in matters presenting ethical questions and disputes.
TAB Finance Committee
The TAB Finance Committee establishes financial goals and procedures for TAB operations, develops and implements the TAB budget development process, and monitors the financial performance of Technical Activities.
TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee
The TAB Hall of Honor Selection Committee is responsible for selecting qualified nominees for induction into the TAB Hall of Honor, a special recognition that honors those persons, living or deceased, who have made one or more major contribution(s) to IEEE Technical Activities.
TAB Society and Council Review Committee (SCRC)
The TAB Society and Council Review Committee is responsible for periodically reviewing TAB Societies and Councils to ensure the continued technical leadership of IEEE.
TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee
The TAB Nominations and Appointments Committee helps identify nominees to stand for election to certain TAB organizational units. This committee also reviews the qualifications of those nominated for, or appointed to, membership of certain TAB entities.
TAB Periodicals Committee
The TAB Periodicals Committee is a policy and operational procedure formulating body responsible for all matters relating to Society/Council and other TAB entity periodicals.
TAB Magazines and Newsletters Committee
The TAB Magazines and Newsletters Committee serves as an advisory body to the TAB Periodicals Committee on all matters relating to IEEE Society/Council (S/C) sponsored Magazines and Newsletters.
TAB Periodicals Partnership Opportunities Committee
The TAB Periodicals Partnership Opportunities Committee works in close partnership with the TAB Periodicals Committee, IEEE staff supporting the TAB Periodicals Committee, and PSPB to make recommendations on opportunities that arise in the competitive marketplace for partnering with non-IEEE entities through publication activities.
TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC)
The TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) is responsible for periodically reviewing Society/Council and other TAB entity periodicals.
TAB Proposal Development Committee
The TAB Proposal Development Committee serves as an advisory body to the TAB Periodicals Committee on all matters related to the TAB New Periodical Development Process and assessment of the new periodical proposals in this process' pipeline.
TAB Transactions Committee
The TAB Transactions Committee serves as an advisory body to the TAB Periodicals Committee on all matters relating to IEEE Society/Council sponsored archival publications.
TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee (PSC)
The TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee works in partnership with IEEE Product Design to make recommendations on TAB and IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) intellectual property (IP) products and services, which meet the needs of members and/or the profession at large.
IEEE Conferences Publications Committee
The Conference Publications Committee recommends to the TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee new requirements or changes to conference publication policies and processes, provides oversight review and guidance for all operational aspects of conference publications, and is responsible for distribution of post-conference content.
TAB Strategic Planning Committee (SPC)
The TAB Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for developing and recommending strategic, long-range plans and goals for TAB.
TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
The TAB Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring that TAB policies, procedures, and practices are conducive to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that is valuable for all members.
• Chair: Andrea Goldsmith
• Charter (PDF, 2 MB)
IEEE Future Directions Committee
The IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC), in association with Societies, Councils, and organizational units, anticipates and determines the direction of existing, new, and emerging technologies and related issues, and spearheads their investigation and development by IEEE. Taking a holistic view, the FDC emphasizes new, emerging technical areas and drives them to maturity within the IEEE infrastructure. Additionally, the FDC serves as a liaison to and fosters cooperative efforts among Societies, Councils, and industry to develop new products and services in emerging topics.
IEEE Young Professionals Committee
The IEEE Young Professionals Committee serves the interests of young professionals within IEEE membership. The committee reports to the Member & Geographic Activities Board (MGAB). Changes to this committee’s charter must be approved by the Member and Geographic Activities Board and the Technical Activities Board.
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