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Alexander D. Gelman 
Candidate for IEEE ComSoc Vice President-Technical Activities

Position Statement

ComSoc Technical Activities Council includes Technical Committees, Standards, Education, Distinguished Lecture pool, Fellow Evaluation, Emerging Technologies, and Communications History.

ComSoc’s  technical scope evolves in order to keep up with industry dynamics and to serve emerging  industry segments. I helped ComSoc to claim turf in Consumer Communications and Networking, BPL, Cognitive Radio, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other technical areas.   If elected I will work on exploring new technical horizons, on customizing ComSoc’s value proposition to various industry segments, and on new programs for industry practitioners.

Staying relevant to industry is critical for ComSoc. We must leverage our expertise in producing technology roadmaps to position ComSoc as a beacon for innovation and source of technical problem statements and also in fostering global standards development. We are in a strong position to facilitate industry-academia partnerships. If elected I will promote symposia for industrial and academic researchers on hot topics, on R&D funding activities by industry, governments, and venture capital, and on global research and standardization projects.

Positioning research results in standards produces significant impact. However engaging researchers in standardization remains a challenge. In partnership with IEEE-SA I will work on incentives for academic and industrial researchers to work on IEEE standards: awards, promotion to fellow grade, visible attribution of credit to researchers and practitioners who contribute to standards.

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