Editorial of Issue 59, January 2018, of the eNewsletter of the IEEE SMC Society

Dear Readers,

Prof. Mariagrazia Dotoli

Welcome to the first issue of year 2018 of the eNewsletter!

As usual, the issue is packed with interesting information. Among much more, do not miss the messages from the President and Junior Past President, the information on the newly elected Board of Governors and Executive Committee, and the call for participation in the Society mentoring program!

The issue also features the call for papers for our flagship conference, the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, that this year will take place in Japan in beautiful Miyazaki. Miyazaki is the capital city of Miyazaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan: located on the coast and crossed by several rivers, it enjoys scenic views of both the ocean and nearby mountains. This year the theme of the conference is “The Making of a Human-Centered Cyber World”. You are all invited to participate and submit your contributions to SMC2018. As usual, the areas of interest include the main three areas of the Society, namely: Systems science and engineering; Human-machine systems, and Cybernetics.

This eNewsletter also reports an interesting article on revisiting smart grids and robotics, which stems from a recent technical tour to the SMC Chapter in Southern China by my predecessor Prof. Mo El-Hawari.

Moreover, in this issue we would like to draw your attention to a brand new SMC society co-sponsored publication (with the Control Systems Society, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, and the IEEE Signal Processing Society.): the IEEE Control Systems Letters. The article on the CS Letters shows that they are an excellent means for rapid dissemination of the most recent results in the broad field of systems and control.

As usual, the eNewsletter also features numerous job openings.

I look forward to receiving your contributions and making the eNewsletter the leading forum of our Society. Send us your feedback!

Prof. Mariagrazia Dotoli, PhD
Associate Professor of Control Systems Engineering
Politecnico di Bari
200 Via Re David
70125 Bari - Italy