In Memoriam: Earl McCune
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and untimely death of Earl McCune, IEEE Fellow (‘18) on May 27, 2020, in Santa Clara, California, USA. He was 63 and is survived by his wife, Barbara. At the time of his passing, Earl was a Professor of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, a tireless and long-time IEEE volunteer, as well as CTO and cofounder of Eridan Communications, Inc., California, USA. Earl’s longstanding passion for sustainable and energy-efficient radio frequency communications was an essential part of Eridan’s founding inspiration, and his colleagues are deeply saddened to lose his vision, steady leadership and generous spirit. That vision and commitment will also be missed by the IEEE communities that relied on his expertise in developing standards, guiding a roadmap for future network generations, or his willingness to provide necessary reality checks. Although Earl’s time at Delft was sadly cut short, the staff and students of the Microelectronics Department will always remember him for his boundless enthusiasm, humor and unselfish commitment to education and research in the field of wireless communication. His expertise and devotion to radio electronics — and equally importantly— his ability to bring all kinds of students, scientists and businesspeople together, and inspire them with his ideas and dreams, will be greatly missed in Delft, in California, and by his many friends and collaborators around the world.
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Eridan Communications, Inc., California, USA
IEEE Future Networks Initiative
Earl McCune (S’78–M’79–SM’97–F’18) received the B.S.E.E./C.S. degree from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, CA, USA, the M.S.E.E. degree from Stanford University, and the Ph.D. degree from UC Davis, CA, USA. He was a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, with 93 issued U.S. patents and the author of two books. His research interests included RF circuits and systems, including modulation design, with an emphasis on the joint optimization of throughput and energy efficiency while also minimizing implementation cost. He was an emeritus MTT Distinguished Microwave Lecturer, a member of multiple IEEE conference and standards committees, and served as the Chair of the Energy Efficient Communications Hardware Standards Working Group. His considerable work experience included stints at NASA, Hewlett-Packard, Watkins-Johnson, Cushman Electronics, Digital RF Solutions (start-up #1), Proxim, Tropian (start-up #2) and Panasonic, and Eridan (start-up #3) where he was CTO. He was a Professor of Delft University of Technology, where he held the chair of sustainable wireless systems.
About IEEE Future Networks
IEEE 5G and Signal Processing Society
The IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) is IEEE’s first society, established in 1948, and its fourth largest. SPS members are as diverse as the signal processing field itself, with more than 17,000 members spread across over 120 countries in varying fields, professions, career stages, and age ranges. SPS serves its members with high-quality publications, world-class conferences, educational resources, networking opportunities, and student services, cementing itself as the premier association for signal processing professionals and a trusted resource for the global engineering community.
SPS sponsors or co-sponsors dozens of conferences annually, including three flagship conferences:
- IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)
- IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP)
- IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP)
SPS sponsors seven unique journals across multidisciplinary signal processing fields of interest, plus dozens of co-sponsored journals and periodicals across IEEE. Additionally, the bi-monthly IEEE Signal Processing Magazine publishes tutorial-style articles on signal processing research and applications, as well as columns and forums on issues of interest. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine is the primary resource and communication platform for issues concerning Society members and the signal processing community.
SPS’ newest education offering and member benefit, the SPS Resource Center (http://rc.signalprocessingsociety.org), launched in June 2016 and features demonstrative videos, tutorials, white papers, and more.
IEEE 5G and Instrumentation and Measurement Society
The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) was organized in 1950 to focus on the science, technology and application of instrumentation and measurement. Communication and cooperation among measurement scientists enhances results in every field of technology because measurement is ubiquitous. The IMS technical committee on Wireless and Telecommunications in Measurement works to explore and establish innovative measurement principles for the new and emerging fields of telecommunications and to establish standards for telecommunication.
IMS is supportive of the 5G initiative, as this represents a field of interest from the instrumentation and measurement perspectives. Additionally, IoT enabled by 5G is of significant importance for IMS.
The International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) is the annual flagship conference of the IEEE IMS. It is an international technical forum for disseminating and exchanging information concerning the science and application of instrumentation and measurement accomplished through technical conference sessions, exhibits, tutorials and publication of conference papers. I2MTC is a meeting place where scientists, engineers, students and others discuss information relative to specific disciplines and areas of interest, including measurement and instrumentation for telecommunications. IMS also sponsors various other conferences in related fields.
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM) is a highly rated exclusive publication of scholarly papers on the advancement of the science of instrumentation and measurement.
IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine presents a broader view of pertinent topics in this area, with articles and columns ranging from measurement tutorials to instrumentation reviews.
Applications of instrumentation and measurement to the field of telecommunications, including the emerging 5G systems, are published within our journals. To help prospective 5G authors understand the scope of the journals, the following overview paper has been made available in Open Access: L. Angrisani, D. Petri and M. Yeary, "Instrumentation and Measurement in Communication Systems", IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 4-10, Apr. 2015.
The IMS Education Committee administers programs that promote the dissemination of instrumentation and measurement culture and improve education in I&M. We provide support for students and educators through awards for graduate research and course development by faculty members. The very popular Distinguished Lecturer program has provided highly qualified speakers for chapters around the world in a number of current topics, including I&M for telecommunications. An all-new video tutorial program makes useful and hot-topic lectures available on demand via the society’s website.
5G and IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society
IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) is a society that focuses on the challenges of moving from a technical concept into product. This includes management practices and skills and methodology particularly useful for industry. TEMS intends to be a key bridge between industry challenges and needs with the resources available with the IEEE and its programs. It creates programs to establish an IEEE resource for industry professionals and academic researchers to engage the issues that face organizations and individuals in a dynamic, demanding and constantly evolving economic environment.
Future Networks and IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS)
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) advances the theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies as applied to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). ICT-based ITS have been developed and deployed for more than three decades for improving safety, traffic efficiency, energy efficiency and comfort. The core technologies in the ITS domain are sensor technology, telecommunication, information processing and control technology. Different options can be combined in different ways to create stand-alone in-vehicle systems and cooperative systems (v2x).
5G will play an important role in v2x and automated transport. ITSS has added-value for the development of 5G technologies and industrial standards based on the requirements of the automotive industry, systems providers and infrastructure service providers, as well as for exploitation of the 5G research and innovation results.
5G and IEEE Standards Association (SA)
IEEE-SA provides a global, open, and collaborative platform for wireless communities that engage in, and enable the development of new, innovative, and relevant use cases and standards which, in turn, accelerate the time to market of consensus-developed technologies. Specific areas of focus include:
- Mobile broadband network evolution
- User experience continuity and supporting technology interoperability
- Enabling IoT and Smart Cities (including public safety)
Inclusive to this is the ability to support addressing the following technological considerations:
- Integration of networking, computing, and storage resources into one programmable, and unified infrastructure. This includes design principles such as resources, connectivity, and service enablers.
- Convergence of fixed, mobile, and broadcast services
- Multi-tenancy models
- Sustainability, scalability, security, and privacy management
- Software enablement for SDN, NFV, Mobile Edge, Fog Computing, Virtualization, etc.
IEEE-SA adds value in this emerging space by:
- Supporting the development of market driven constructs (SIG, Alliances, etc.,) while representing the interests of ourselves and our stakeholders.
- Providing a global, open, and collaborative platform for wireless communities, that engage in and enable the development of standards. Endorsing the development of the NGMC community. Engaging the applications and use cases, such that WiFi and enabling technologies continue to recognize marketplace growth, in a manner that the world is able to continue to benefit from its existence and advancement. Ensuring that policy makers are aware of technologies, such as WiFi, and that they understand that co-existence and collaboration are critical to successful NGMC deployment.
- Developing and sharing region-specific use cases to ensure regional viability of standards and applications.
- Offering add-on services, products, registries, and lifecycle elements and supporting the development of open source initiatives and APIs, where applicable.
- Facilitating NGMC technological research and development (e.g., Mmwave/MIMO, Microwave RAN for backhaul, and IoT) by universities and other research institutes/SDOs, and where applicable, offering a binding community.
5G and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS)
The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society has significant activities in 5G through its work on mobile radio. The Society’s field of interest covers mobile radio as well as automotive electronics, with a particular focus on transmission technologies. It is also supporting an initiative on connected vehicles.
IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology has been published since 1949. It has recently doubled its annual page count to over 9000+ pages. The Transactions publishes research papers in mobile radio technologies. The Society also co-sponsors a letters journal, the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, with ComSoc and the Signal Processing Society.
The IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, which goes to all members, publishes industry focussed, agenda setting papers. Two issues each year feature best papers from the Wireless World Research Forum’s meetings. The Society also publishes the monthly VTS Mobile World e-newsletter.
The Society’s flagship conference is VTC, which was first held in 1950. For the past 20 years the conference has been held twice each year, alternating between Asia and Europe in the Spring, and North America in the fall. The majority of papers at VTC are in the transmission technology area, along with wireless access and networking, and application papers in the vehicular domain. Workshops alongside VTC focus on specific aspects of 5G, and recent workshops have included the 3rd International Workshop on 5G Mobile and Wireless Communication Systems for 2020 and Beyond (MWC2020), the Emerging MIMO Technologies and Millimeter-waves for 5G Networks Workshop, 5GArch 2015 and the FANTASTIC-5G International Workshop on 5G New Air Interface. VTC conferences also feature an Industry Track, with one day of that track devoted to 5G.
VTS has just launched a new Resource Centre (http://resourcecenter.vts.ieee.org/), featuring videos of 5G tutorials from VTS Distinguished Lecturers. The Society has an extensive DL program available to its chapters (http://dl.vtsociety.org), and sponsored two summer schools in 2016.
About the Society
The Vehicular Technology Society was formed in 1949 as the Vehicular and Railroad Radio Communications Group of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). When the IRE merged with the AIEE to form the IEEE, its scope was expanded to cover automotive electronics more generally, and in the 1970s railway electrical systems joined from the Industry Applications Society. The Society has approximately 4500 members, two thirds of which list an aspect of mobile radio as their primary interest, with most of the rest in automotive electronics. Society alumni include Martin Cooper, who is credited as lead inventor of cell phone while VTS President 1972-3.
IEEE Future Networks Technical Community Organization
IEEE Future Networks Steering Committee
|IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society||Koichi Ito|
|IEEE Circuits and Systems Society||
José Luis González-Jiménez
|IEEE Communications Society||
|IEEE Electronics Packaging Society||
|IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society||Meng Lu|
|Microwave Theory and Technology Society||Tim Lee|
|Reliability Society||Ruolin Zhou|
|Solid States Circuit Society||Emre Ayranci|
|Vehicular Technology Society||Abbas Jamalipour|
|Staff program manager||Craig Polk|
IEEE Future Networks Working Groups
Brand Development / Marketing Working Group
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Conferences / Events Working Group
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Industry Engagement Working Group
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Standards Working Group
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Education Working Group
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Community Development Working Group
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IEEE Future Networks Initiative Steering Committee
|Steering Committee Presentations||Date||Speaker||Download|
|IEEE 5G Initiative Steering Committee Meeting - Welcome and Introductions||17 Nov 2016||Ashutosh Dutta||Download PDF|
|IEEE 5G Initiative Kickoff Meeting, Princeton, NJ - Overview of IEEE 5G Initiative and Beyond||29-30 Aug 2016||Ashutosh Dutta
Web Portal / Content Development Working Group
The objective of the IEEE 5G Initiative Web Portal and Content Development group is to provide a 'must read' place for information regarding 5G. it will include content from within and external to IEEE to support the global development of 5G.
For further information, please contact:
IEEE Future Directions launched the IEEE 5G Initiative in December 2016. To better reflect the IEEE contribution to current and future generations of networking, the initiative was re-branded to IEEE Future Networks, with the tagline Enabling 5G and Beyond, in August 2018. In January 2023, Future Networks transitioned out of Future Directions to become the IEEE Future Networks Technical Community, sponsored by a consortium of the nine IEEE societies listed below.
IEEE Future Networks will help pave a clear path through development and deployment of 5G and the great potential it enables, while envisioning the landscape of connectivity and applications beyond 5G. Recognizing that networking is larger than a single technology, standard, organization, or region, IEEE Future Networks is gathering the world’s researchers, scientists, engineers, and policymakers from industry, academia, and governments to solve the challenges and reveal the opportunities associated with current and future networks.
The experts participating in IEEE Future Networks draw upon practical knowledge gained working with previous generations of networking and consider current trends of technology evolution to foresee the meaningful shifts coming our way. Will 5G serve best as a hotspot technology? Or, will the promise of 5G only be imagined after buildout? Is it time to change how we think about telecommunications generations – do we still need discrete generations or are we in an era of continuous change? These and many other technical, business, and policy topics are explored and addressed in the various activities of IEEE Future Networks.
IEEE Future Networks is actively pursuing the following goals:
- Providing practical, timely technical and theoretical content in tutorials, webinars, podcasts, original technical articles, and externally published articles.
- Establishing a 5G and Beyond Technology Roadmap, which identifies short- (~3 years), mid- (~5 years) and long-term (~10 years) research, innovation, and technology trends in the communications ecosystem for the purpose of maintaining and continually enhancing a living document with a clear set of recommendations.
- Organizing and leading technical conferences and workshops, including a World Forum, the first of which was held 9-11 July 2018 in Santa Clara, CA, USA.
- In collaboration with IEEE Standards Association, contributing to IEEE standards to address a breadth of networking areas, including wireless, small-cell and machine-to-machine technologies, dynamic spectrum allocation, front-haul and back-haul technologies, IoT, software-defined networking, network-functions virtualization, cloud and fog computing and networking, and more.
IEEE Future Networks is managed by a Steering Committee with activities carried out by a series of Working Groups enacting the goals of the initiative. Members of the IEEE Future Networks Technical Community gain access to extensive resources including publications, videos, articles, interviews, webinars, newsletters, workshops, and conferences as well as opportunities to participate in the growth and impact of the Initiative.
IEEE Future Networks calls on the world’s participants in all aspects of current and future connectivity to join together in collaborating to enable the historic transformation promised by 5G and 6G for the benefit of all. Join the IEEE Future Networks Technical Community.
IEEE Future Networks Sponsoring Societies
|Society||Description of Society|
|The field of interest of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) encompasses: antennas, including analysis, design, development, measurement, and testing; radiation, propagation, and the interaction of electromagnetic waves with discrete and continuous media; and applications and systems pertinent to antennas, propagation, and sensing.|
The IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CAS) is the leading organization that promotes the advancement of the theory, analysis, design, tools, and implementation of circuits and systems. The field spans their theoretical foundations, applications, and architectures, as well as circuits and systems implementation of algorithms for signal and information processing.
|The IEEE Communications Society promotes technological innovation and fosters creation and sharing of information among the global technical community. The Society provides services to members for their technical and professional advancement and forums for technical exchanges among professionals in academia, industry, and public institutions.|
The IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (recently renamed the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society) is the leading international forum for scientists and engineers engaged in the research, design and development of revolutionary advances in microsystems packaging and manufacturing. Its objectives are scientific, literary, and educational in character. The Society strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical and electronics engineering and of the allied arts and sciences, and the maintenance of a high professional standing among its members and others and with special attention of such aims within the field of interest of the Society.
The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS) advances the theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies as applied to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
|The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) promotes the advancement of microwave theory and its applications, including RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and terahertz technologies|
The Reliability Society is a technical Society within the IEEE, the world’s leading association for the advancement of technology. We are a volunteer group of professionals engaged in assuring reliability in the engineering disciplines of hardware, software, and human factors. The RS is focused on the broad aspects of reliability, allowing us to be seen as the IEEE Specialty Engineering organization. We are concerned with attaining and sustaining these design attributes throughout the total life cycle. We have the management, resources, and administrative and technical structures to develop and to provide technical information via publications, training, conferences, and technical library (IEEE Xplore) data to both our members and to the Specialty Engineering community.
|With over 9,000 members around the world, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) focuses on fabricated integrated circuit designs for all applications using relevant materials and interconnections.|
IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) covers mobile radio as well as automotive electronics, with a particular focus on transmission technologies. It is also supporting an initiative on connected vehicles.
Learn more about IEEE VTS involvement in Future Networks.
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