IEEE Communications Society

IEEE Communications Society
IEEE Communications Society
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Type Professional Organization
Founded 1952
Origins Formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS)
Key people Byeong Gi Lee (President)
Doug Zuckerman (Past President)
Area served Worldwide
Focus Advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines[1]
Method Industry standards, Conferences, Publications, Tutorials, Webinars
Employees 30

The IEEE Communications Society is a professional society of the IEEE. It is also known by the abbreviation ComSoc. The Society focuses on two principal areas: the science of, and education about, communications engineering with the goal of advancing the state of the field; and professional development so that the status of its members is raised along with the standards to which the profession is held.[1]



The IEEE Communications Society sponsors several conferences every year such as the International Conference on Communications and GLOBECOM,[2] and operates close to 100 local chapters around the world.[3] It coordinates the operation of several councils, task forces, and technical committees, e.g. the Internet Technical Committee. The society participates in educational activities (including distance learning) and in accreditation of higher education programs within its fields of interest (including Computer Science and Computer Engineering). It operates about a dozen working groups and committees on the development of industrial standards.


Founded in 1952 with the formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS), IEEE Communications Society has evolved into a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies.[4]



The Communications Society oversees the publication of three periodical magazines[5]:

Three additional magazines are co-sponsored with the IEEE Computer Society[5]:


The Communications Society oversees the publication of seven scholarly journals.[6]

Co-sponsored Journals[6]:


  • Global Communications Newsletter ISSN 0163-6804
  • IEEE Communications Society Electronic Newsletter (e-News)



The Society sponsors several conferences and workshops, called portfolio events.

Portfolio Events

  • ATC - International Conferences on Advanced Technologies for Communications
  • IEEE ANTS - Advanced Networks & Telecommunication Systems
  • IEEE CCNC - IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
  • IEEE CogSIMA - IEEE Cognitive Methods in Situation Management
  • IEEE DySPAN - The IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
  • IEEE EDOC - IEEE Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference
  • IEEE GLOBECOM - IEEE Global Communications Conference
  • IEEE HEALTHCOM - IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services
  • IEEE HPSR - International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing
  • IEEE ICC - IEEE International Conference on Communications
  • IEEE ICME - International Conference on Multimedia and Expo
  • IEEE ICSOS - IEEE International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications
  • IEEE IM - IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management
  • IEEE INFOCOM - IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
  • IEEE ISPLC - IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications
  • IEEE ISCC - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
  • IEEE IWQoS - IEEE Workshop on Quality of Service
  • IEEE MOBILE WIMAX - IEEE Mobile Wimax Symposium
  • IEEE NOMS - IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium
  • IEEE P2P - IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing
  • IEEE PIMRC - IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
  • IEEE SECON - IEEE Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks
  • IEEE SmartGridComm - IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications
  • IEEE VNC - IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference
  • IEEE WCNC - IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference
  • MILCOM - IEEE/AFCEA Military Communications Conference
  • OFC/NFOEC - Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference


Technical Committees

The Communication Society's technical committees define and implement the technical directions of the Society. As a fundamental element of the Society all members are invited - and encouraged - to participate in one or more of its technical committees. These committees - networks of professionals with common interests in communications - usually meet twice a year at major conferences. Throughout the year, these committees also play a major role in determining which events (conferences, workshops, etc.) are technically co-sponsored by ComSoc.[7]

  • Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks
  • Cognitive Networks
  • Communications & Information Security
  • Communications Quality and Reliability
  • Communications Software
  • Communications Switching & Routing
  • Communications Systems Integration & Modeling
  • Communication Theory
  • Computer Communications
  • Data Storage
  • Enterprise Networking
  • High-Speed Networking
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Internet
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Network Operations & Management
  • Optical Networking
  • Power Line Communications
  • Radio Communications
  • Satellite & Space Communications
  • Signal Processing & Communications Electronics
  • Tactical Communications & Operations
  • Transmission, Access, & Optical Systems
  • Wireless Communications


  • Asia/Pacific Region
  • Europe, Middle-East, Africa Region
  • Latin America Region
  • North America Region

Notable leaders

Notable leaders of the IEEE Communication Society include Misha Schwartz, Robert Lucky and Paul Green.

See also


  1. ^ "IEEE Communications Society - Constitution". IEEE Communications Society. pp. Article 1. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ "IEEE Communications Society Conferences". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Chapters". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  4. ^ IEEE Global History Network (2011). "IEEE Communications Society History". IEEE History Center. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "IEEE Communications Society Magazines". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  6. ^ a b "IEEE Communications Society Journals". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  7. ^ "IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 

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