special events

IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest 2024

SESSION CHAIR: Vera Markovic


  • 14:00 –14:10 Opening
  • 14:10 – 14:30 Jan Popič, “Using Neural Networks in the Search of Low Auto-correlation Binary Sequences”
  • 14:30 – 14:50 Loay Alfeqy, “BEVSORT: Bird Eye View LiDAR Multi Object Tracking”
  • 14:50 – 15:10 Matea Marinova, “Accelerating Convergence in Split Learning for Time-Varying and Resource-Limited Environments”
  • 15:10 – 15:30 Matic Pokorn, “Smart Homes, Smarter Savings: Energy Trading with Deep Reinforcement Learning”
  • 15:30 – 15:50 Tim Bary, “Designing Pre-training Datasets from Unlabeled Data for EEG Classification with Transformers”
  • 15:50 – 16:00 Jury’s decision and conclusion

Student Branch Vitality – Administration, Programs and Recognition

STUDENT ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE TEAM: Abdullateef Aliyu – Region 8 Vice Chair of Student Activities, Chair R8 SAC; Vera Marković – Chair of the R8 AdHoc Committee on Contests, Awards and Recognitions – R8 SAC

ABSTRACT: Student branches serve as the dynamic hub of activities within their respective countries. However, they often require guidance on implementing best practices to maintain their active status and align with regional objectives. This workshop will provide valuable insights into essential yearly tasks for student branches and clarify student programs and awards through interactive demonstrations. Join us to discover the transformative potential that will elevate student branches into exceptional organizational units.

IEEE Conference Leadership

IEEE R8 SPEAKERS: Marios Antoniou, R8 Vice Chair-Technical Activities, Habib Kammoun, R8 Conference Coordination Committee Past-ChaiR, Shaun Kaplan, R8 Conference Coordination Committee member, Peter Nagy, IEEE Conference Committee member, Tiziana Tambosso, R8 Conference Coordination Committee Chair

OBJECTIVE: The main purpose of this workshop is to provide information and guidance to develop a successful IEEE conference with a special focus on how to engage industries. This workshop is part of a training program that IEEE R8 Conference Coordination Committee (https://ieeer8.org/conference-coordination/) is organizing in cooperation with IEEE MCE  (https://ieeemce.org/) to support IEEE R8 Section chairs, Section Conference Coordinators, Chapter Chairs and other IEEE R8 Conference Leaders. Considering that run an IEEE conference is a great experience that can help all professionals in the field of technology and engineering, both IEEE and non-IEEE members, to build skills, enhance credibility and esteem, increase collaboration opportunities and disseminate knowledge and experiences, this workshop is also aimed at wider participation, which includes all MELECON attendees and IEEE R8 members.


  • 14:00 – 14:10 Introduction – Tiziana Tambosso
  • 14:10 – 14:30 Managing your technical program – Marios Antoniou
  • 14:30 – 14:50 Sponsorship opportunities, conference approval and the role of Section Conference Coordinators – Habib Kammoun
  • 14:50 – 15:10 R8 Flagship/portfolio conferences and the role of the R8 Steering Committee – Peter Nagy
  • 15:10 – 15:30 IEEE CEE (Conferences, Events & Experiences) Structure and Services – Marie Hunter
  • 15:30 – 15.50 Engaging industry in R8 conferences – Tiziana Tambosso
  • 15:50 – 16:00 Conclusion

IEEE Young Professionals: IoT Innovations and their Impact on Urban Development


  • Keynote Insights: Gain valuable perspectives from industry leaders on the latest IoT trends and their implications for urban development.
  • Interactive Creative Hub: Collaborate with experts in an engaging session to develop innovative IoT solutions for urban challenges.
  • Brainstorming Blitz: Participate in dynamic brainstorming activities to generate and share groundbreaking ideas.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals, enthusiasts, and thought leaders to exchange ideas and forge new partnerships.

This event is your opportunity to be at the forefront of IoT innovation and its application in creating the cities of tomorrow. Don’t miss out on the chance to learn, collaborate, and network with the best in the field.


  • 16:00 – 16:15 Introduction – IEEE Portugal Young Professionals
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Keynote – Rui Costa
  • 16:45 – 17:30 Creative Hub – Led by Pedro Santos, Paula Graça, Marta Campos Ferreira, and Pedro Rito
  • 17:30 – 18:00 Brainstorming Blitz
  • 18:00 – 18:10 Closing Session – Carlos Ferreira


Advancing Technology for Humanity in Action with IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Consortium

DESCRIPTION: Take a moment and think about what is humanitarian for you. Are there any community challenges around you? IEEE is supporting its volunteers in order to implement humanitarian projects locally through its IEEE Humanitarian Technologies (IHT) consortium. This workshop is your gateway to dive into various IHT programs and initiatives to apply technology and solve the world’s most pressing problems with support from IEEE. At the same time, it will interactively guide you on how to prepare humanitarian technology project proposals for IHT programs, focusing on sustainable development and avoiding common pitfalls.

Panel – From Lab Bench to Launch Pad!

PANELISTS: Fernando Moreira, Joana Pinto, Pedro Roseiro, João Paulo Cunha

HOST AND MODERATORS: Sohaib Sheikh (UK&I), Hugo Silva (Portugal) and Joao Ferreira (Portugal)

ABSTRACT: The panel discussion empowers researchers to unlock the commercial potential of their work. It brings together leading scientists, technology transfer specialists, and successful startup founders to guide the participants through the exciting journey of transforming their research into real-world products and startups.

The panel will address key questions on:

  • How to identify commercially viable research
  • Navigating the technology transfer process
  • Building a strong founding team with complementary skills
  • Securing funding and developing a business plan
  • Embracing the challenges and rewards of bringing innovation to market

Women in Engineering

R8 WIE activities and best practices.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Glass Ceiling: Career Development & challenges


  • Paulo Ferreira, ISEP (IEEE Portuguese Chapter of Education Society)
  • Eduarda Pinto Ferreira, ISEP
  • Carolina Soares, Farfetch
  • Margarida Trigo, WiE R8 committee (Moderator)