Systems, Man & Cybernetics - July 2016 - 4

President's Message

by Dimitar Filev

Revitalization
Efforts

T

he mission of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Society (SMCS) is to serve
the interests of its members and the
community at large by promoting
the theory, practice, and interdisciplinary aspects of systems science
and engineering, human-machine
systems, and cybernetics. This is
accomplished through conferences,
publications, and other activities
that contribute to the professional
needs of its members. We are well
aware of our conferences and publications, and we can be proud for
the continuous improvement of their
effectiveness and quality. In this
note, I would l like to share with
you the recent Board of Governors
(BoG) decision about the revitalization of the so-called "other activities" that are designed to provide
more opportunities for better serving the needs of the SMCS members.
Last year, the BoG approved the
creation of the Systems, Man, and
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Date of publication: 24 August 2016

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The Outreach Fund can be used to
support students, to support administrative or supporting staff, and for
material expenditures (including subcontracts) and travel. The fund cannot be used for covering salaries of
working professionals in the field,
including faculty and researchers in
Cybernetics (SMC) Outreach Fund.
industry. The fund cannot provide
The purpose of this fund is to offer
money for scientific research or to
financial resources
support any for-proffor supporting innoit activity. Funding
The Outreach
vative idea s a nd
will be allocated on
projects that will
a year-to-year basis,
Fund can be used
benef it t he SMC
and the fund budget
to support stucommunity in genfor each year will
dents, to support
eral. Examples of
depend on the Sociadministrative or
projects that the
ety's finances and
SMC Outreach Fund
member interest in
supporting staff,
can support include
this program.
and for mateT he O ut r e a c h
◆ outreach activirial expenditures
Fund will be manties for promot(including subconaged by a commiting SMC agenda
tee, headed by the
in new geographtracts) and travel.
v ice president of
ical areas
Finance. The guide◆ development of
lines for applications for obtaining
promotional materials for SMCS or
outreach funding and the approval
the fields of systems, cybernetics,
process will be announced on the
and human-machine systems
SMC website shortly. I would like to
◆ sponsorship of workshops on
ask you for your support and active
innovative SMC-related topics that
participation in the Outreach Fund
expand the outreach of the Society
initiative. I strongly believe that it can
◆ technical committees activities
help us better and more efficiently
◆ funding SMC membership drives
budget the SMC in the interest of the
◆ orga n i z i ng su m mer school s
Society and our membership.
fo r you n g r e s e a r cher s a nd
professionals.

IEEE SyStEmS, man, & CybErnEtICS magazInE Ju ly 2016



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