IEEE Communications Society

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) promotes the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines. It fosters presentation and exchange of information among its members and the technical community throughout the world. The Society maintains a high standard of professionalism and technical competency.[2] The IEEE Communications Society is a professional society of the IEEE.

IEEE Communications Society
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TypeProfessional Organization
FocusAdvancement of science, technology and applications in communications and related disciplines[1]
OriginsFormation of IRE's (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS)
Area served
MethodIndustry standards, Conferences, Publications, Tutorials, Webinars, Certifications, and Training
Key people
Xuemin (Sherman) Shen (President), Vincent W.S. Chan (Past President)


The IEEE Communications Society sponsors several conferences every year such as the International Conference on Communications (ICC) and Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM),[3] and operates over 200 local chapters around the world.[4] It coordinates the operation of several councils, task forces, and technical committees, e.g. the Internet Technical Committee. The society participates in educational activities (including distance learning) and in accreditation of higher education programs within its fields of interest (including Computer Science and Computer Engineering). It operates about a dozen working groups and committees on the development of industrial standards.

The IEEE Communications Society headquarters is on the 17th floor of 3 Park Avenue in New York City


Founded in 1952 with the formation of IRE’s (the Institute of Radio Engineers) Professional Group on Communications Systems (PGCS), IEEE Communications Society has evolved into a diverse group of global industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies.[5]

Membership and Member GradesEdit

  • Student Members
  • Graduate Student Members
  • Members
  • Associate Members
  • Society Affiliates
  • Senior Members
  • Fellow Members
  • Life Members, Life Senior Members, and Life Fellows



The Communications Society oversees the publication of scholarly magazines.[6]

  • IEEE Communications Magazine ISSN 0163-6804
  • IEEE Network ISSN 0890-8044
  • IEEE Wireless Communications ISSN 1536-1284
  • IEEE Communications Standards Magazine ISSN 2471-2825

Additional Co-sponsored Magazines:


The Communications Society oversees the publication of scholarly journals.[7]

Additional Co-sponsored Journals:[7]


  • Global Communications Newsletter ISSN 0163-6804
  • IEEE ComSoc Educational Activities Newsletter


  • Best of the Best - Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research ISBN 978-0-470-11268-7
  • IEEE Press Books

Portfolio of Conferences and EventsEdit

The Society sponsors several conferences and workshops, called portfolio events


Core ConferencesEdit

  • IEEE CCNC - IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
  • IEEE INFOCOM - IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
  • IEEE/IFIP NOMS - IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium
  • IEEE WCNC - IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference
  • IFIP/IEEE IM - IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management
  • MILCOM - IEEE/AFCEA Military Communications Conference

Other Conferences and WorkshopsEdit

  • IEEE CAMAD - IEEE International Workshop on Computer Aided Modeling & Design of Communication Links & Networks
  • IEEE CloudNet - IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking
  • IEEE CNS - IEEE Communications and Network Security
  • IEEE CQR - IEEE International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
  • IEEE CSCN - IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking
  • IEEE CSTLC - IEEE ComSoc Student Tech Leaders Conference
  • IEEE CTW - IEEE Communications Theory Workshop
  • IEEE DySPAN - IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks
  • IEEE HEALTHCOM - IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application & Services
  • IEEE HPSR - IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing
  • IEEE ICBC - IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • IEEE ICSOS - International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications
  • IEEE ICSSC - IEEE Communications Society Student Conference
  • IEEE ISPLC - IEEE International Symposium on Power Line Communications
  • IEEE LANMAN - IEEE International Symposium on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks
  • IEEE NetSoft - IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization
  • IEEE NFV-SDN - IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization & Software Defined Networks
  • IEEE SECON - IEEE Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks
  • IEEE SmartGridComm - IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications

Regional ConferencesEdit

  • IEEE ANTS - Advanced Networks & Telecommunication Systems
  • IEEE BlackSeaCom - International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
  • IEEE LATINCOM - IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications
  • IEEE MeditCom - IEEE International Mediterranean Conference on Communications and Networking

Conferences Financially Co-SponsoredEdit

  • OFC - Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition
  • ATC - International Conferences on Advanced Technologies for Communications
  • EuCNC - European Conference on Networks and Communications
  • IEEE ICCC - International Conference on Communications in China
  • IEEE ICME - International Conference on Multimedia and Expo
  • IEEE/ACM IWQoS - IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Quality of Service
  • IEEE PIMRC - IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications
  • IEEE QCE - IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering
  • IEEE VNC - IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference

Events of IEEE Initiatives Sponsored by ComSocEdit

  • IEEE 5G Summit
  • IEEE Sustainability through ICT Summit
  • IEEE IoT Summit
  • IEEE WF-IOT - IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things

Other Events Supported by ComSocEdit

  • Brooklyn 5G Summit


Technical CommitteesEdit

Emerging Technologies InitiativesEdit

  • Backhaul/Fronthaul Networking & Communications
  • Full Duplex Communications
  • Machine Learning for Communications
  • Network Intelligence
  • Quantum Communications & Information Technology


  • Asia/Pacific Region
  • Europe, Middle-East, Africa Region
  • Latin America Region
  • North America Region


Through its awards program, the IEEE Communications Society recognizes contributions that advance the fields of interest of the Society.[citation needed]

Career AwardsEdit

  • IEEE Communications Society Education Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leader Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications

Service AwardsEdit

  • IEEE Communications Society Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Service to Meetings & Conferences
  • IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications
  • IEEE ComSoc/KICS Exemplary Global Service Award
  • IEEE Communications Society Carole Swaim Award for Distinguished Staff Service
  • IEEE Communications Society Robert M. Walp Industry Humanitarian Award

Paper AwardsEdit

  • The IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award
  • The Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award
  • The IEEE Communications Society Charles Kao Award for Best Optical Communications & Networking Paper
  • The Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize
  • The IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award for Best Communications Letter
  • The Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize in the Field of Communications Systems
  • The Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize in the Field of Communications Theory
  • The Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking
  • The IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award
  • The IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication
  • The IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award
  • IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications

Notable leadersEdit

Notable leaders of the IEEE Communication Society include Mischa Schwartz, Robert Lucky, Paul Green and Theodore Rappaport.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About ComSoc | IEEE Communications Society".
  2. ^ IEEE Communications Society (2016). "IEEE Communications Society Vision and Mission". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  3. ^ IEEE Communications Society (2016). "IEEE Communications Society Portfolio Events". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  4. ^ IEEE Communications Society (2016). "IEEE Communications Society Chapters". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  5. ^ IEEE Global History Network (2011). "IEEE Communications Society History". IEEE History Center. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  6. ^ "IEEE Communications Society Magazines". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2012-04-25.
  7. ^ a b "IEEE Communications Society Journals". IEEE Communications Society. Retrieved 2012-04-25.

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