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The third issue of the IEEE SMC Society e-Newsletter for 2012 comes just ahead of the 2012 SMC Conference being held in Seoul, Korea. I believe that we established a certain rhythm in the contributions to the Newsletter. Here once again, we have a significant section on technical committee and another all about Chapter News. We are also proud to highlight achievements of one of our senior volunteers, Professor Keith Hipel. You will also find a short autobiography of our Chapter Chair Aurona Gerber.

It is my intent to solicit and publish status reports from SMC volunteers at all levels. The reports will highlight the activities of each unit and encourage participation of members and non-members alike to further advance our contributions to technological and theoretical aspects of our fields of interest. Please do not wait for an invitation, just go ahead and submit all your news to share with your colleagues new and well established practices.

In this issue, once again, you will find reports from three technical committees familiarizing you with the scope, plans, and the most recent activities of each committee. The society has 42 technical committees divided into three divisions. The largest is the Systems Science and Engineering with 19 committees followed by the Cybernetics division with 15 committees, and the Human-Machine Division with 8 committees. The inaugural March issue of 2012 included three reports. From the Cybernetics Division we had a report from the Computational Life Sciences Committee, from the Human-Machine Division the Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems reported on their activities, and finally we shared information about the Intelligent Green Production Systems Committee from the Systems Science and Engineering Division. The June issue featured reports on the Human Centered Transportation Systems Committee of the Cybernetics Division, Systems Safety & Security Committee from the Human-Machine Systems Division, and the Committee on Grey Systems from the Systems Science and Engineering Division. In this issue we highlight three more committees: enterprise Information Systems, Human Perception in Vision, Graphics, and Multimedia and Infrastructure Systems & Services.
I would like to remind our readers that our next major conference will be held in COEX Seoul, October 14-17, 2012 (http://www.smc2012.org/) The 2013 Conference will be held October 13-16, 2013 in Manchester, UK (http://www.smc2013.org/) and the following year will be held in San Diego, CA October 5-8, 2014.

Future issues will feature reports by technical committee chairs on some of their activities, call for papers of special issues of transactions, tables of contents of forthcoming transactions, introduction to some of our local chapters, and at least one guest editorial among other novel features being planned.

Under the feature “Our Local Chapters”, this issue introduces the Hiroshima-Japan Chapter, a  major SMC Chapter from Region 10.  Society Chapters involve members from one or more IEEE Societies who share technical interests and geographical proximity. Please refer to the information given on the Society’s web site, if you are interested in joining and/or forming a new chapter in your area. A local chapter is a great opportunity for you to network locally enabling you to work together and to collaborate with each other more efficiently. One major program that is available to chapters is the SMC Distinguished Lecturer Program. The aim 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.

M.  E. El-Hawary, Ph.D.  P. Eng.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalhousie University
1360 Barrington Street
Box 15000, Halifax, N.S. B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-6198
Email: elhawary@dal.ca
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