Proceedings of the IEEE Looks to the Future

This month’s issue outlines topics for next year

5 November 2012

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Another in a series of articles in The Institute highlighting the special issues being published by Proceedings of the IEEE in celebration of the journal’s 100th anniversary

It has been a busy year for Proceedings of the IEEE, which wraps up its 100th volume next month. Each month during its 100th year, Proceedings has published an issue on a special topic, including remote sensing for natural disasters, quality-of-life technologies, massive energy storage, and audiovisual communications. The centennial issue in May celebrated the past, present, and future of IEEE’s many fields of interest. Although the anniversary year ends soon, single-topic issues are scheduled to continue, and the current November Proceedings of the IEEE gives readers a sneak peak at what’s in store for next year.

Plans call for next year’s Volume 101 to feature issues dedicated to the future of high-definition television, power and energy, data handling and processing, electronic devices, the smart home, and nanotechnology forensics applications.

And as in the past, the publication will continue to provide readers with a well-rounded understanding of IEEE’s diverse fields of interest, according to its managing editor, Jim Calder, and editor in chief, Robert Trew.

“Today every engineer is under increasing competitive pressure to be informed about the major trends in other technologies in order to flourish in [his or her] chosen profession,” Calder and Trew write in the introduction to this month’s issue.

The January 2013 issue, whose theme is Beyond HDTV, will explore the technologies being developed to replace today’s standard TV format. New systems include organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays that are brighter, more vivid, and thinner than today’s flat-screen televisions. They have been too expensive to manufacture in the large-screen versions consumers expect, but manufacturers are getting closer to making giant OLED displays a reality, the introduction notes. There’s also super HDTV, with up to four times the resolution of today’s models.

Two separate issues will focus on power and energy. Look for one issue to describe the latest developments in marine energy. “The ocean has the potential to contribute significant amounts of renewable energy to the electrical grids of coastal and island nations,” write Calder and Trew. Papers will address challenges in developing commercial-scale marine energy systems, as well as the potential impact on the environment.

Wireless power technology, its transmission, and applications will be discussed in the other power and energy issue. It will spotlight three areas: proximity and near-field power delivery and charging, which can be achieved with inductive, capacitive, or electromagnetic induction; short-range wireless power transmission and recycling through coupled and resonant circuits; and long-haul wireless power transmission and harvesting of energy through RF and microwave rectifying circuits or radio-wave reception techniques. Solar power satellites and systems for microwave wireless power transmission to Earth will be covered, too.

Three issues are expected to zero in on methods for handling and processing increasingly large amounts of data. One will focus on perceptual-based audio, visual, and haptic processing. Such techniques can be used for data compression, recognition, indexing, classification, analysis, and synthesis.

Another issue will delve into the challenges and benefits of very-high-resolution remote sensors being deployed on satellites and other aircraft. But with their better resolution comes a hurdle: Improvements must be made to information processing techniques to handle the large datasets the sensors produce.

Speech information processing theory and applications will be covered in the third data-handling issue. Topics are to include automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, and the ability for machines to recognize specific aspects of speech, such as the speaker’s dialect and emotional state.

Electronic devices will be the theme of a pair of special issues. The first explores the light-emitting diode, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The issue will present the history of LEDs, invented in 1962 by IEEE Life Fellow Nick Holonyak Jr., recipient of the 2003 IEEE Medal of Honor. Future applications of the technology and a discussion of the LED as an “ultimate lamp” are other planned features.

Graphene-based electronic and photonic materials, devices, circuits, and systems are at the nexus of another issue. Graphene, composed of a single layer of carbon atoms, is promising for “true nanoelectronic design of advanced electronic devices,” according to Calder and Trew. The developments covered in the issue are likely to have “a revolutionary impact on modern communications and information technologies,” they add.

The smart home, with such features as better energy management, security, and health monitoring, is to be covered in another issue. Papers will demonstrate how technological developments in industry and academia are helping to make homes smarter.

Nanotechnology, which has made great strides during the past decade, will be the focus of another issue with an examination of how it can be used in forensics.

Issue topics for 2014 are in the process of being planned and the latest information on them can be found on the Proceedings of the IEEE web page.

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