IEEE Communications Society

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IEEE Communications Society
IEEE Communications Society Logo.png
Founded 1952
Type Professional Organization
Focus Advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines [1]
Origins Formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS)
Area served
Method Industry standards, Conferences, Publications, Tutorials, Webinars
Key people
Sergio Benedetto (President)
Harvey Freeman (President-Elect)


The IEEE Communications Society headquarters is on the 17th floor of 3 Park Avenue in New York City


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.[1]

Membership and Member Grades[edit]

  • Student Members
  • Graduate Student Members
  • Members
  • Associate Members
  • Society Affiliates
  • Senior Members
  • Fellow Members
  • Life Members, Life Senior Members, and Life Fellows



The Communications Society oversees the publication of three scholarly magazines.[2]


The Communications Society oversees the publication of eight scholarly journals.[3]

Additional Co-sponsored Journals:[3]


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


Portfolio Events[edit]

The Society sponsors several conferences and workshops, called portfolio events


Core Conferences[edit]

  • IEEE CCNC - IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
  • IEEE CNS - IEEE Communications and Network Security
  • IEEE CSCN - IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking
  • IEEE DySPAN - The IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
  • IEEE IM - IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management
  • IEEE INFOCOM - IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
  • IEEE NOMS - IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium
  • IEEE SmartGridComm - IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications
  • IEEE WCNC - IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference

(Financially) Co-Sponsored Conferences[edit]

  • ATC - International Conferences on Advanced Technologies for Communications
  • IEEE COMCAS - IEEE International Conference on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas, and Electronic Systems
  • IEEE EDOC - IEEE Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference
  • IEEE ICME - International Conference on Multimedia and Expo
  • IEEE ICWITS - IEEE International Conference on Wireless Information Technology and Systems
  • IEEE ISCC - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
  • IEEE PIMRC - IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
  • IEEE VNC - IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference
  • IEEE WF-IOT - IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
  • INTELECT - IEEE-IEEMA INTELECT Conference and Exposition
  • MILCOM - IEEE/AFCEA Military Communications Conference
  • NetSoft - IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization
  • OFC - Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition

Regional Conferences[edit]

  • IEEE ANTS - Advanced Networks & Telecommunication Systems
  • IEEE BlackSeaCom - International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
  • IEEE ICCC - International Conference on Communications in China
  • IEEE LATINCLOUD - IEEE Latin America Conference on Cloud Computing and Communications
  • IEEE LATINCOM - IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications

Small Conferences and Workshops[edit]

  • IEEE CAMAD - IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling & Design of Communication Links & Networks
  • IEEE CCW - IEEE Workshop on Computer Communications
  • IEEE CloudNet - IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking
  • IEEE CogSIMA - IEEE Cognitive Methods in Situation Management
  • IEEE CQR - IEEE International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
  • IEEE CTW - IEEE Communications Theory Workshop
  • IEEE HEALTHCOM - IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services
  • IEEE HPSR - International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing
  • IEEE ISPLC - IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications
  • IEEE IWQoS - IEEE Workshop on Quality of Service
  • IEEE LAN/MAN - IEEE Workshop on Local & Metropolitan Area Networks
  • IEEE NFV-SDN - IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization & Software Defined Networks
  • IEEE OnlineGreenComm - IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications
  • IEEE P2P - IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing
  • IEEE SECON - IEEE Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks

Technical Communities[edit]

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.[4]

Technical Committees[edit]

  • 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
  • e-Health
  • Green Communications & Computing
  • Information Infrastructure & Networking
  • Internet
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Network Operations & Management
  • Optical Networking
  • Power Line Communications
  • Radio Communications
  • Satellite & Space Communications
  • Signal Processing & Communications Electronics
  • Transmission, Access, & Optical Systems
  • Wireless Communications

Emerging Technical Subcommittees[edit]

  • 5G Mobile Wireless Internet
  • Autonomic Communications
  • Cable Networks & Services
  • Cloud Communications & Networking
  • Innovation & Standards in Information & Communication Technologies (ISICT)
  • Integrated Fiber &Wireless Technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Nano-Scale, Molecular & Quantum Networking
  • Situation Management
  • Smart Grid Communications
  • Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization
  • Social Networks
  • Vehicular Networks & Telematics Applications


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


Through its awards program, the IEEE Communications Society recognizes contributions that advance the fields of interest of the Society.

Career Awards[edit]

  • IEEE Communications Society Education Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications

Service Awards[edit]

  • IEEE Communications Society Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences
  • IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications
  • IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award

Paper Awards[edit]

  • The Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award
  • The IEEE Communications Society Charles Kao Award for Best Optical Communications & Networking Paper
  • The Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize
  • The IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award for Best Communications Letter
  • The Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communications Systems
  • The Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communications Theory
  • The Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking
  • The IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award
  • The IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication
  • The IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award
  • IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications

Notable leaders[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IEEE Global History Network (2011). "IEEE Communications Society History". IEEE History Center. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "IEEE Communications Society Magazines". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b "IEEE Communications Society Journals". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ "IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 

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