Technology comes to town

Thursday 11 August 2016

From spider robots that fix hybrid airships to digital senses and driverless cars, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is at the forefront of the latest global technology advancements.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres confirmed that Sydney will play host to eight global IEEE conferences, announcing the city has now secured the Sections Congress for 2017.

“IEEE conferences will contribute more than $19 million direct expenditure to New South Wales (NSW) from 2016 to 2023. The Sections Congress will bring 1,100 of the world’s leading technology professionals to our city,” Minister Ayres said.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization, with 420,000 members in 160 countries. It aims to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.

NSW Chief Scientist and Chief Engineer Mary O’Kane has confirmed IEEE global conferences are helping to shape our future.

“IEEE is one of the most high impact professional bodies in the world.  Working yet more closely with IEEE will be of great technological benefit to NSW,” Professor O’Kane said.

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith said her team will continue working with IEEE to bring global events to Sydney to facilitate home-grown innovation.

“IEEE is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today's telecommunications, information technology, and power-generation products and services. One of those standards governs Wi-Fi and was developed by the IEEE 26 years ago,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.

Vaughan Clarkson, Chair of the IEEE Sections Congress 2017, said that member conferences inspire the global community to innovate.

“The IEEE Sections Congress is a priceless opportunity for the global leadership team of volunteers to come together and work to shape our future. It only happens once every three years, so I’m excited that Australia will soon host it,” said Dr Clarkson.

Sections has been announced at an event hosted by BESydney. Dr Ian Oppermann, CEO and Chief Data Scientist at the NSW Data Analytics Centre, IEEE Fellow and BESydney Ambassador, gave an address on ‘Harnessing Data for a Complex World’.

IEEE conferences to be hosted in Sydney:

  • 2016 SmartGridComm
  • 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Administrative Committee
  • 2016 IEEE POWERCON, International Conference on Power System Technology
  • 2017 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
  • 2017 IEEE Sections Congress
  • 2017 IEEE Panel of Conference Organisers
  • 2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference
  • 2023 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

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