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Program Description

The primary purpose of the SMC Distinguished Lecturer Program is to help Society Chapters provide interesting and informative programs to serve the needs of members of the SMC Society and to enhance their professional vitality by keeping them informed of new technological developments and applications. The Distinguished Lecturer Program should not support speakers for conference/symposium/workshop or university seminars.
The SMC Society has agreed to a cost sharing plan which may be used by IEEE chapters, sections, and student groups. IEEE student groups are especially encouraged to make use of the Program to invite outstanding speakers. Distinguished lecturers will receive no honorarium.

Request Procedure

1. Based on the interests of the members, the SMCS Chapter Chair selects a topic and lecturer from the list of SMCS Distinguished Lecturers. As soon as the Chapter Chair is interested in inviting the distinguished lecturer, he/she should submit a proposal to the Vice President for Membership for approval. The proposal should be received by the Vice President for Membership at least four weeks before the proposed visit and should include the following items·

  • The name of distinguished lecturer and topic of the lecture
  • Date and venue
  • Expected impact on the chapter
  • Estimated attendance
  • Amount of desired travel support
  • Amount of local support
    The travel support is up to $800 USD if the one-way non-stop travel time is within 6 hours and up to $1,600 USD if it is more than 6 hours.

2. The Vice President for Membership reviews the proposal based on the above items, the budget of the Distinguished Lecturers program, and balance of requests among presenters. It should be noted that there is no guarantee that funds will be available to support the request, so it is strongly advised to submit the proposal as soon as possible.

3. If the proposal is approved, the Chapter Chair should contact the distinguished lecturer to finalize the arrangements. The lecture should be open to all members of IEEE. The Chapter Chair should publicize the event in the chapter newsletter and in SMCS e-Newsletter.

Reimbursement Procedure

1. Within three months after the visit, the Chapter Chair should submit a report to be published in SMCS e-Newsletter to the Vice President for Membership and may request for reimbursing the distinguished lecturer's travel expenses.

2. The distinguished lecturer emails an IEEE travel reimbursement form to the Vice President for Membership with a copy to the Treasurer.

3. The distinguished lecturer mails a hardcopy of the signed form and the travel receipts commensurate with the limits to:

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Nominations are invited for the 2014 SMC Society Awards
Nominations and supporting letters are to be submitted to the by June 15, 2014. Details of the awards can be viewed here.
Scope and Title Change of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
The SMC Society is pleased to announce that the following have been elected to the SMCS Board of Governors as Member at Large

Patrick Chan
Honghai Liu
Rodney Roberts
Fabio Roli
Robert Woon

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Congratulations to the SMC Society members who were elected IEEE Fellows for 2013

Kathlelen Carley
Sam Kwong
Zidong Wang
Gautam Biswas
Ashok Srivastava
Hisao Ishibuchi
Robert Kozma
Kay Tan
Kazuo Tanaka
Germano Torres
Martin Buss
Hong Zhang
Haizhou Li
Yi Murphey

SMC Society Awards for 2013
At the Annual Awards Ceremony held during the 2013 International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Manchester, UK, SMCS volunteers were presented with society awards to recognize their service to the SMC Society. [more]
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