Systems, Man & Cybernetics - January 2015 - 4

President's Message

by Ljiljana Trajkovic

Welcome to IEEE
Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics
Magazine

I

t is a great honor and privilege
to serve as the 2014-2015 president of the IEEE Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics Society (SMCS).
I would like to thank the Society
members and volunteers for their
continuous support, service, and
dedication to the SMCS. Numerous Society volunteers contribute
by serving as editors and reviewers
of IEEE Transactions on Systems,
Man, and Cybernetics, as members
of the Society technical committees,
as chairs of local SMCS Chapters
and Student Branch Chapters, and
as organizers of SMCS-sponsored
and technically cosponsored conferences and scientific meetings.
I would also like to thank the members of the SMCS Executive Committee and Board of Governors who
put in many hours for the benefit of
the Society.
During this second year of my
term, I plan to continue working on
improving the Society's operations
and on enhancing services to SMCS
members. I plan to emphasize technical excellence as well as closer
collaboration with other IEEE Societies and Councils.
Operations and Planning
We plan to continue to be a welcoming, fr iendly, a nd congenia l

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Membership and
Student Activities
The SMCS has begun 2015 with a
healthy financial picture and many
opportunities to introduce new initiatives and projects to be pursued
throughout the year. Our membership has been steady over the past
few years, and a number of new
Chapters and Student Branch Chapters have been recently established.
We need to provide new incentives
Societ y that is open, equitable,
to retain our members and to attract
and accountable to all members.
new members to join the SMCS. We
In collaboration with the SMCS
ne e d t o e s t a bl i s h
Executive Commitnew long-term protee a nd t he Boa rd
grams to address the
of Gover nor s, who
needs of our diverse
have been elected to
membership across
serve our members,
regions. Many IEEE
I lo ok for w a r d t o
Members cannot afenlisting new leadford the rising coners from the ra nks
ference registration
of a ll members,
fees to have t hei r
including young
a r t icle s publ i shed
professiona ls, new
Ljiljana trajkovic
at IEEE -sponsored
facult y members,
conferences or the cost to attend
practicing engineers, and promiIEEE technical meetings. The SMCS
nent resea rcher s. Ma ny of you
needs to address these issues by
have already kindly volunteered to
establishing long-term strategies for
serve on various committees and
its conferences and workshops that
editorial boards as SMCS reprewill generate revenues, so that we
sentatives.
may offer financial support to memWe are expected and obliged to
bers from less-advantaged regions.
govern the Society in a financially
We plan to enhance Society reresponsible manner according to
gional activities by strengthening
IEEE policies and rules. However,
our Distinguished Lecturer Prothe IEEE has growing expectations
gram; providing incentives to SMCS
that volunteers need to generate
Chapters through additional fundadditiona l f ina ncia l ga ins from
ing; and providing Web access to
IEEE publications and conferencresources, mailing lists, and memes. These expectations have been
bership databases so that the SMCS
recently challenged by Society and
members may be served more efCouncil presidents, who are now
fectively. The SMCS has established
requesting financial transparenawards for the best student confercy in reporting Society budgets. I
ence papers and grants for students
plan to strongly support this posito attend professional conferences.
tion and advocate the goals of the
We may also serve our young proSMCS at IEEE Technical Activities
fessionals by establishing online
Board meetings.

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