IEEE Technical Activities Board

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The IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) is the main governing body for technical activities within the IEEE, a global, non-profit membership organization and the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology.[1]

The board reports to the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE’s main governing body, and is responsible for directing “the advancement of the theory and practice, of electrical, electronics, communications and computer engineering, as well as computer science, and the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences and technologies, and their application for the benefit of IEEE members worldwide and for the general public”.[2]

The board’s stated goal is to:

  • increase efforts to drive technology within IEEE;
  • improve value to Society members;
  • improve services and opportunities for young professionals within IEEE; and
  • create stronger corporate value and better services for practicing engineers.[3]

The board’s vision is to:

  • Promote, facilitate and support a global volunteer organization of innovative and agile technical communities.
  • Uses the best technologies to attract, access, and disseminate technical information, which leads to...
  • IEEE Technical Activities, which provides the first place people go for the highest quality technical information in the areas of interest to the IEEE, acceleration and nurturing of innovation and the technical professional's lifelong network of choice.[4]

The board consists of IEEE-elected representatives from the organization’s various societies, councils, and committees, and consists of the following.

  • Chair, who is the Vice President-Technical Activities
  • Immediate Past Chair
  • Vice Chair, who is the Vice President-Elect-Technical Activities
  • IEEE Society Presidents
  • Technical Council Presidents
  • Ten Division Delegate/Directors
  • TAB Treasurer
  • Chair of the TAB Periodicals Committee
  • Chair of the TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee
  • Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee
  • Staff Secretary who serves without vote[5]

As a major component of TAB, the body’s technical societies, councils, and committees function as their own membership organizations, which produce publications and conferences that focus on their specialized fields of interest. These units are divided into a total of ten Divisions:

Division I

IEEE Circuits and Systems; IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation; IEEE Electron Devices Society IEEE Nanotechnology Council; IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society

Division II

IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society; IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society; IEEE Industry Applications Society; IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society; IEEE Power Electronics Society; IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control

Division III

IEEE Communications Society

Division IV

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society; IEEE Broadcast Technology Society; IEEE Consumer Electronics Society; IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society; IEEE Magnetics Society; IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society; IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society; IEEE Council on Superconductivity

Division V

IEEE Computer Society

Division VI

IEEE Education Society; IEEE Industrial Electronics Society; IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society; IEEE Professional Communication Society; IEEE Reliability Society; IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology; IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society

Division VII

IEEE Power & Energy Society

Division VIII

IEEE Computer Society

Division IX

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society; IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society; IEEE Information Theory Society; IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society; IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society; IEEE Signal Processing Society; IEEE Vehicular Technology Society

Division X

IEEE Biometrics Council; IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; IEEE Control Systems Society; IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; IEEE Photonics Society;

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society; IEEE Sensors Council; IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society; IEEE Systems Council[6]