The Society operates through its Board of Governors, which consists
of the President, Executive Vice President, five Vice Presidents for
Publications, Membership, Land Transportation, Mobile Radio, and Motor Vehicles
portfolios, as well as 15 Members-at-Large (5 elected each year for a 3-year
term), and additional non-voting members. The BoG meets three times a year, two
of which held during VTC conferences in spring and fall, and one usually during
January. The last VTS BoG meeting was held on 22—23 January 2016 in Las Vegas,
Nevada. The meeting had 13 voting members and was chaired by the VTS President,
During the meeting, the President, Vice Presidents, and
other committee chairs and publications Editors-in-Chief each presented a
report on their respective portfolios. The President reported that the 5-year Society
review would take place at the IEEE Board Series in February.
The new financial model for technically co-sponsored
conference started 1 January; VTS has agreed to cover the cost for its
technically co-sponsored conferences. A key priority for the Society is to
shorten the publication time for papers in Transactions on Vehicular
Technology, and a motion was passed to increase the page budget significantly for
the Transactions in 2016.
A report was given on the IEEE IoT initiative that will
transition this year. VTS has been supporting the initiative as one of the
sponsors for the IEEE World Forum on IoT, and as organizers of the Automotive
IoT workshop. The BoG was also informed on the possible establishment of a new
5G initiative, where VTS should play a relevant role both in 5G technologies
and connected vehicles. Information was also provided on the IEEE DataPort
project that is part of the IEEE Big Data initiative; VTS has also been invited
to take part in a new IEEE Data magazine.
The 2015 results for the VTS member survey were presented at
the BoG. The results showed an increased number of the highest response of
"Very satisfied" members to the question 'VTS meets my needs' (up
from 16% to 25%). The primary and secondary areas of interest with the highest
changes were Vehicle Technology (higher at 30% from 16% in 2010) and Mobile and
Portable communications (lower at 50% from 60% in 2010).
The BoG meeting was preceded by a strategy session, which focused
on a social media plan for VTS.