Below are candidates for 2018 IEEE Division VI Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect.
Division VI Societies:
Digital Risk Innovation; and
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department
University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Greg Adamson, Past-President of the Society on Social Implications of Technology, works in financial services, with blockchain and cybersecurity. An Associate Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne he has worked with internet technologies since 1991, in government (quarantine, air services, health), and not-for-profits, in Australia, UK, and Asia. He gave the ethics keynote at the World Engineering Conference in Kyoto in 2015. He chairs the IEEE Special Interest Group on Blockchain, the IEEE Internet Initiative (3I) sub-committee on Policy, the IEEE Ad Hoc on Ethics Programs, the TAB Ad Hoc on Ethics for Design, and the IEEE TechEthics program. He initiated the ground-breaking “IEEE conference series on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century” (Boston 2014, Melbourne 2016). He is a former Victorian Section Chair.
As an IEEE member for 25 years his innovative programs grow membership and engage new communities for IEEE. Recently he initiated the SIG on Blockchain (blockchain.ieee.org) and key activities on ethics. He established the IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century with prominent supporters including Amar Bose, Vernor Vinge and Vint Cerf, and the IEEE Conference on Technology & Society in Asia with keynote Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy. While President of Social Implications of Technology membership growth went from -9% to +6.6%. The Victorian Section grew from 2,000 to 2,200 members while he was chair. In late 2016 he supported a Young Professionals initiative lecturing on ethics and advanced technology to students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Director and Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED)
Manuel Castro received Industrial Engineering degree and Ph.D. from the ETSII/UPM, Spain. He received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award and the Viesgo 1988 Award, and 1999 UNED's Social Council Award. He works in systems applications of simulation, solar system and advanced microprocessor simulation to distance learning applications and systems, acting as senior technical Director.
He is Director of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and was UNED's New Technologies Vice-Rector, UNED’s Information Services Center Director, Engineering School Research and Doctorate Vice-director and Engineering School Academic Affairs Vice-director. He worked 5 years in Digital Equipment Corporation as senior system engineer. He publishes technical, research and teaching books and articles for journals and conferences and multimedia materials.
He co-chaired FIE 2014 (IEEE-ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference) and REV 2016 (Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentations sponsored by IAoE) both in Madrid, Spain. He is co-editor of IEEE-RITA (Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje).
Inside Division VI we must focus on the sustainability of the Societies, Chapters and Student Branch Chapters. Our Chapters are now in a cornerstone, in a general downsize, and increasing the number and the volatility of our Student Branch Chapters (mainly in Region 10) is a new opportunity to develop activities there and engage our members and students in synergy with our Division’s vision. Division VI Societies have a vast wealth of expertise in knowledge domains that have common interest across IEEE (ethics, communication, management, reliability, product safety, education), being major source-of-revenue and services such as exploring new service areas like conference co-sponsorship, courses or publications.
We are in a cross-road inside our World; virtual activities, collaborative environments, professional short-term vision, are affecting and changing our IEEE and the way our members expect the relations and evaluate the effectiveness of the provided services.
We need to move forward developing new activities and automatic methods of recognizing using the metaphor of games or MOOCs to improve collaboration in their volunteer work attracting them to the leadership.