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and in Europe, Canada, and Latin
America. Our student members are
underserved, and we can do much better with support from new volunteers.
SMCS members who have received their first professional degree
within the last 10 years are automatically IEEE SMCS Young Professionals.
Volunteers looking for opportunities
might consider organizing a Young
Professionals Committee or local activities that the SMCS might be able
to support through seed funding, if
available. Such initiatives expose volunteers to Society leaders and peers
while attracting those peers to Society activities that enrich their careers.
This may open up possibilities for
service alongside SMCS leaders, including as a member or supporter of
the Board of Governors, which always
benefits from the representation and
contributions of young professionals.
Opportunities also exist to join the Society's Young Professionals Subcommittee to influence and enrich Society
service to Young Professionals.
Additional opportunities for student and young professional members
to volunteer are available through
participation in conferences sponsored by the SMCS. In such conferences, young members can meet and
interact with researchers and professionals sharing their interests,
gain increased recognition of their
work among peers, extend their network, and discover collaborative opportunities. Young members will find
that such early involvement provides
benefits that foster their careers. Conference volunteer opportunities can
be pursued with the organizers of
our conferences, who often find the
assistance of student volunteers to be
essential to the success of conference
operations and positive experiences
for conference attendees. In addition,
the SMCS junior program, held as part
of our annual flagship conference (the
IEEE International Conference on
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics), provides valuable benefits to student and
young professional members in the
form of opportunities to present and
publish research papers, learn how
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to organize and run conferences, and
gain insights on how to become an academic. The SMCS is also working on
ways to highlight the work of young
professionals, including through dedicated features in IEEE Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics Magazine.
Opportunities for Professors
and Practicing Researchers
Our members who are professors
have found a wide range of opportunities to volunteer with the SMCS,
especially those related to Society
governance. Professors consistently
comprise more than 80% of the Board
of Governors. This is not surprising,
as the SMCS has had a chiefly academic focus. Professors also dominate
the membership across more than 20
SMCS standing committees and currently make up 100% of the Society's
roster of Distinguished Lecturers.
The Society is fortunate to benefit across the board from the contributions of professors, and there
are additional critical volunteer
roles that professors can fill. Professors are essential for helping to
add more Student Branch Chapters,
which require advisors, who are typically professors. Professors whose
teaching and/or research focuses
are grounded in SMCS fields of interest are well positioned to encourage
and guide student activities and career direction by helping to establish
Student Branch Chapters and recruiting scholars in those fields to join and
participate. This is critically needed,
as mentioned, at universities across
the United States and in Europe,
Canada, and Latin America.
The prospect is similar for SMCS
Chapters, the local branches of the
SMCS. Professors are often involved in
forming such Chapters and frequently
serve as instrumental or leading figures. Currently, there are more than 60
SMCS Chapters worldwide, and more
are welcome, while there is only one
third as many Student Branch Chapters. If there are no Chapters in your
local area, you are invited to work with
other professors and colleagues to establish one. Note that, if critical mass

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is an issue, it is possible to form joint
SMCS Chapters that include members
from other IEEE Societies sharing
technical interests with the SMCS.
Volunteer roles in Society governance, as Distinguished Lecturers,
and in SMCS Chapter formation can
also be filled by members who are
practicing researchers and not professors. This is most welcome. Among
the additional opportunities for professors and practicing researchers
are roles in which volunteers serve
as representatives of the SMCS, facilitating productive relationships with
other Societies as well as in the production of joint technical offerings
cosponsored by the SMCS and other
organizations. Examples include representing the SMCS in its membership on one of multiple IEEE Councils
(e.g., IEEE Systems Council, IEEE
Biometrics Council, and IEEE Council on RFID), on steering committees
for cosponsored journals (e.g., IEEE/
CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
and IEEE Transactions on Affective
Computing), and on committees for
SMCS-supported IEEE initiatives (e.g.,
IEEE Brain, IEEE Blockchain, and
IEEE Internet of Things Emerging
Technologies Initiatives).
Opportunities for Members
From Industry
Members in industry have a critical
role to play in grounding SMCS technical activities in practical applications and guiding those activities
toward new practical solutions to
industrial problems. Increasingly, the
flagship annual conference is focusing attention and content on matters of
interest to industry through dedicated
industry tracks, with workshops, or
via an overarching conference theme,
as is the case this year with the theme
of Industry 4.0. Such focus can only
be sharpened through the direct
involvement of members from industry in their organization, execution,
and success in attracting industry
participation. Members from industry
can also be proactive in organizing
special sessions or workshops that
serve to educate researchers from



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