Welcome to the IEEE Communications Society Victorian Chapter

Welcome to the Victorian Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society. The Society is a diverse community of industry and academic professionals with a common interest in advancing communications technologies. Through publications, conferences, educational programs, local activities, and technical committees, the Society aims to:

  • Foster original work in all aspects of communications science, engineering, and technology
  • Encourage the development of applications that use signals to transfer voice, data, image, and/or video information between locations
  • Promote the theory and use of systems involving all types of terminals, computers, and information processors; all pertinent systems and operations that facilitate transfer; all transmission media; switched and unswitched networks; and network layouts, protocols, architectures, and implementations.
  • Strongly advance developments toward meeting new market demands in systems, products, and technologies such as personal communications services, multimedia communications systems, enterprise networks, and optical communications systems.

Local Chapter

The Victorian Chapter consists of all IEEE Communications Society members who live in Victoria or Tasmania, Australia.

The main activities organised by the Chapter are talks, seminars, research collaborations, workshops, site visits and conferences. These events allow us to further our knowledge in the field as well as provide an opportunity to share ideas and network with our colleagues. The Chapter arranges presentations by local or visiting experts on topics of general interest for those working in or interested in communications.

Chapter Committee

The local Chapter Committee is a purely volunteer effort and currently consists of:

  • Chair – Professor Kandeepan Sithamparanathan, RMIT University
    Kandeepan is a researcher cum academic with a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney and is currently with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the RMIT University, Melbourne. In the past he had worked with NICTA (Canberra) and CREATE-NET (Italy) researching in the field of wireless communications and signal processing. He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on mobile, wireless and satellite communications, and random signal processing. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was awarded as one of the best IEEE Reviewers by the IEEE Communications Society in 2011. He is the Vice Chair for the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) and has published a book titled ‘Cognitive Radio Techniques: Spectrum Sensing, Interference Mitigation and Localization’ published by Artech House (Boston). His research interests are on cognitive radios, signal processing techniques, dynamic spectrum access, energy efficient communications, and currently more focused in bringing intelligence into the next generation LTE technology.
  • Vice Chair – Dr. Karina Gomez, RMIT University
    Karina received her Master degree in Wireless Systems and Related Technologies from the Turin Polytechnic in 2006, Italy. In 2007, she joined Communication and Location Technologies Area at FIAT Research Centre. In 2008, she joined Future Networks Area at Create-Net, Italy. In 2013, she obtained her PhD degree in Telecommunications from the University of Trento, Italy. Since July 2015, she is lecturer at School of Engineering in RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Secretary – Dr. Sathya Chandrasekharan
    Sathya received his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from RMIT University, Australia in 2018. He also holds a master degree in network engineering from RMIT University received in 2012 and a bachelor degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from NMIMS University, India. His interests include Internet-of-Things, cooperative communications and aerial networks.
  • Past Chair – Dr. Paul Fitzpatrick, Telstra
    Paul is a Senior Member of the IEEE with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology.  He has over 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry and academia working on the performance analysis, network design and modelling of 2G, 3G and 4G wireless networks.  He is currently with the Network Modelling group in Telstra working on future wireless networks.  He also holds the positions of Adjunct Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer System Engineering, Monash University, and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne.

Membership Benefits

Membership of the IEEE Communications Society provides a range of benefits including:

  • Access to the world’s leading communications magazines and journal publications
  • Discounted access to leading communications conferences such as Globecom, Infocom, WCNC, ICC and a large range of medium and smaller sized conferences
  • Involvement in technical committees to define and implement the technical directions of the Society
  • Eligibility for awards and peer recognition
  • Eligibility for student travel grants of US$1,000 for presenting at selected Society conferences outside the Asia Pacific region.