So, you want to be a member of IEEE?

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Ever wondered HOW, WHERE and WHY should you become a member of IEEE?

This keynote will tell all of that and even more!


October 11th, 2019,
6:00 PM
Universidade da Beira Interior,
Room 212 (Polo Principal)

Registration is mandatory

The IEEE is the largest professional organization relevant to the advancement of technology in support of humankind. This byline of the IEEE goes well beyond its original focus on electrical and electronic engineering. Indeed, unlike what its name may suggest, the IEEE embraces all professionals, educated in many disciplines, not only engineering, as long as their activities involve electrical engineering technology and how that technology affects humankind.
The question “Why be a member of the IEEE?” is not about what the IEEE has to offer you. Rather the real question is “What are you willing to put into the IEEE?”.
If all you are interested is in paying membership dues in return for a membership card and the associated benefits, there are perhaps better ways to spend money. Rather, to be(come) a member, you should view your IEEE membership as an avenue to make a difference. Here the reach of the IEEE may appear daunting, but this reach also provides you with incredible ways to amplify personal effort and to make a difference.
In this talk, I draw from my own career to explore how to make a difference through the IEEE, how this can color and enhance your career, while also reviewing some of the activities of the IEEE, including its publications, with a particular focus on Region 8 (Europe).

  Date and Time




  • Date: 11 Oct 2019
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Lisbon
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  • Rua Marquês D'Ávila e Bolama
  • Covilhã, Centro
  • Portugal 6200-001
  • Building: Universidade da Beira Interior
  • Room Number: 212

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Professor Iven Mareels Professor Iven Mareels of IBM Research (Australia)


So you want to be a member of IEEE?


Prof. Iven Mareels is the director of IBM Research - Australia. He is an eminent leader in the Australian research community and joined IBM Research in February 2018 following a 20-year career at the University of Melbourne, where he spent the last 10 years as the Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering. Prof. Mareels leads the IBM Research team in Melbourne and works with the IBM network of research labs to accelerate the work IBM Research leads in the areas of health informatics, artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum computing.

Prof. Mareels is a researcher at heart and loves to explore new directions, opportunities and solve problems. He is passionate about exploring complex issues in depth and making a difference in people’s lives by transforming ideas into innovative technology.

Over the years, Prof. Mareels has played a leading role in the development of hardware and software that manages water distribution in a highly effective way. This technology has a proven ability to improve water management significantly, all but eliminating the majority of water losses in large scale water distribution networks. This technology has been commercialised by Rubicon Water Pty Ltd. For this work he received a Clunies Ross Award from the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2008.

More recently, at IBM Research, Prof. Mareels has been focusing on two key AI application areas. First in the context of energy management. In particular his team focuses on demand management, as a new paradigm in grid management. The team is exploiting the thermal inertia (thermal energy services consume more than 40% of electricity supply) to drastically increase overall energy efficiency whilst reducing cost for consumers and creating more opportunities to integrate renewables. Secondly, he is focusing on AI for the Eye. An ambitious scientific programme that employs readily available image technologies to observe through the eye, brain and cardiovascular health. Combining a time series of images with regular lifestyle observations, his team is driving towards personalised preventive medicine at scale. This approach will significantly increase the productivity of health practitioners and reduce the societal and economic burden associated with reactive medicine.

Prof Mareels received the Masters of Electromechanical Engineering in 1982 summa cum laude from the University of Gent, Belgium and the PhD from the Australian National University in 1987 with a thesis on dynamics of adaptive or learning systems. He has published widely, with more than 500 refereed publications, and he has supervised more than 50 PhD students. He holds 39 internationally granted patents that focus on the management of large scale, open channel, water distribution networks.

Prof Mareels is a Fellow of The Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Australia); The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Federation of Automatic Control and Engineers Australia. He is a Foreign Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He is internationally registered as a professional engineer: FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus).

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October 11th, 2019,
6:00 PM
Universidade da Beira Interior,
Room 212 (Polo Principal)