Getting Your Name in Cyberspace

IEEE members can create an online presence in a number of ways

7 July 2009

The more your name is on the Internet in connection with your field, the better your chances of landing a job, getting a plum assignment, or just making a new and useful contact, career experts say.

IEEE members have an advantage over others because they can create an online presence in a number of ways. Conduct a search for “IEEE” and you’ll be led to members whose research has been published in IEEE journals and magazines, who have presented papers at IEEE conferences, have been on a speaking tour as a distinguished lecturer for an IEEE society, or have written a book for Wiley–IEEE Press or Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press.

STILL MORE VISIBILITY Authors of IEEE articles may also get a bounce that goes beyond IEEE., for example, ran an article in May about the work of IEEE Fellow Jong-Hwan Kim, whose article “Evolutionary Generative Process for an Artificial Creature's Personality” had appeared in the May issue of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Kim is at the Robot Intelligence Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in Daejeon. He and his colleagues applied evolutionary processes to develop unique personalities for simulated robots, including a robot dog.

Manuscripts submitted to IEEE transactions, journals, and magazines must describe original work not previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Author Resources page provides an overview of IEEE’s publishing process.

CONFERENCE PAPERS IEEE Graduate Student Member Luke Barrington got a bounce for his conference paper in the 21 May issue of Science Daily. It featured his work on a new model for music segmentation that captures both the sound of a song and how that sound changes over time, research that could lead to improvements in labeling songs for search engines. He had presented his “Dynamic Texture Models of Music” paper in April at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Taipei. Barrington is pursuing a graduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering.

To learn which conferences are calling for papers, search your area of expertise on the IEEE conference Web site.

SPEAK UP! If you enjoy talking about your work, the IEEE Distinguished Lecturers and Distinguished Visitors programs offer other ways to get your name out there. Lecturers for the two programs give talks to IEEE chapters and student branches around the world, often combining their visits with business trips. dBusinessNews recently had a report about IEEE Member Grayson Randall’s talk, “Autonomous Vehicles: When Will Your Car Drive You?” He had spoken in May at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Randall, president of Insight Technologies, a company in Morrisville, N.C., that develops robots and intelligent vehicles, is a speaker in the IEEE Computer Society’s Distinguished Visitor Program.

WRITE A BOOK Wiley–IEEE Press and Wiley–IEEE Computer Society Press publish loads of books written by IEEE members. Ones newly released include CMOS: Mixed-Signal Circuit Design, 2nd Ed., by R. Jacob Baker; Analysis and Design of Autonomous Microwave Circuits, by Almudena Suarez; and Managing and Leading Software Projects, by Richard E. Fairley.

The Wiley–IEEE Press imprint publishes books by experts that it hopes will be useful sources for technology professionals, especially in fields that are cutting-edge or where little has been published. The most successful books are those that introduce the reader to an emerging technology on the threshold of commercial acceptance. You can find out more by downloading the IEEE Press Proposal Guidelines for would-be authors.

IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

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