2010, VTS has developed a Distinguished Lecturers (DL) program that is now one
of the largest such programs within IEEE.
The program was launched as a
response to some of the results from the biennial VTS Membership Survey, in
which members expressed a strong interest in local chapter activities involving
internationally renowned speakers.
As a consequence, the VTS DL program was
launched with an inaugural class of more than 40 Distinguished Lecturers, all
well-known figures from academia and industry, in areas covering the fields of
interest of the Society, from automotive electronics to wireless
communications. The Society funds these speakers to travel to VTS chapters
around the globe.
Over the years, the program has benefitted from several improvements, including the
recent creation of the Distinguished
Speaker category: Distinguished Speakers are Distinguished Lecturers who
have attained the end of their mandate, but whose talks were in such demand
that VTS keeps them on the roster, and that funding is given for shorter trips
to a neighboring chapter.
VTS DL program has grown to become an important membership benefit, and one of
the most concrete motivations to establish a local chapter. Every VTS chapter
may receive funding from VTS for up to two visits from Distinguished Lecturers (fully
funded) and two visits from Distinguished Speakers (funding up to US$500) per
year. This investment seeds the technical activities for each chapter.
2017 Class of DLs was announced in July, and includes speakers from all over
the world, covering topics as varied as automotive Cyber-Physical Systems, RF
energy harvesting systems, networking for IoT systems, and security in
multimedia transmission, among others.
Distinguished Lecturers—Class of 2017
Beijing Jiaotong University
Daniel Benevides da Costa
of Ceará (UFC)
University of London
For more information about the program, a list of
speakers and proposed topics, feel free to refer to the official VTS DL
webpage at http://dl.vtsociety.org.