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IEEE R10 Humanitarian Technology Conference 2020




Call for Papers for the

Special Session & Humanitarian Technologies/Educational Activities Forum

Educational Activities and Digital Technology for Humanity and Life-Long Learning

The mission of IEEE is “Advancing Technology for Humanity”. One of the focuses of the IEEE Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is “IEEE will be a trusted source of educational services and resources to support Life-Long-Learning”. Life-Long-Learning (LLL) can be defined as an “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons”. 

In the past years, many projects on humanitarian technologies (HT) and educational activities (EA) have been successfully executed within the IEEE Asia Pacific Region with the support of local organisations and IEEE operating units (OU). Many of them have fulfilled the educational and learning objectives with long lasting impacts. 

This special session aims to invite submission of papers to share and showcase success, and with particular focus on LLL. This is intended to serve as inspiration and model for students, academics, researchers and the community. The best submission in this session will receive a Certificate of Recognition. Submitted papers must follow the required format of the conference publication and undergo a peer review process.

Life-Long-Learning with Humanitarian Technologies (HT) and Education Activities (EA) for the Benefits of Humanity

The world has witnessed rapid advancements in technologies during the past decades. One of the implications is the shortening of the life-span, and ease of access to knowledge. This poses a requirement for everyone to embark a “Life-Long-Learning (LLL)” practice to maintain the currency of one’s knowledge and professional practices. In addition, research also suggests continued cognitive activities in a lifetime of learning has positive effect on the body and mind of the citizens. 

The IEEE Humanitarian Activities are instrumental to inspire and enable IEEE volunteers to carry out and support projects with impactful and sustainable developments at the local level. IEEE also provides programs and resources specifically intended to serve the educational pursuits of IEEE members, the engineering and scientific communities, and the general public. It is worth noting that a combination of these three – LLL, HT and EA will bring benefits to the project team and humanity.

This proposed forum will invite speakers and leaders in the IEEE community and government to discuss and sharing of the opportunities, and examples of past success in the implications of humanitarian technology (HT) and educational activities (EA) while meeting the LLL objectives for those involved. Audience will be able to learn from the experience of the speakers and have the opportunities to make any suggestions and raising of concerns.

Special Session Organiser and Forum Convener – Emeritus Professor, Lance Chun Che Fung, IEEE R10 Chair of Educational Activities Committee (2019-2020)


Professor Emeritus Lance Chun Che Fung received a General Certificate in Marine Radiocommunication from the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1974 and a Higher Diploma in Marine Electronics from Brunel Technical College, UK in 1976. After served as Radio and Electronic Officer in the merchant navy, he continued his study at the University of Wales and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Technology with First Class Honour, and a Master of Engineering in System Test Technology in 1981 and 1982 respectively. He lectured at Singapore Polytechnic in the Department of Nautical Studies and the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering between 1982-1988. Subsequently, he worked in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University, Perth from 1989 to 2003, while completed his PhD degree at the University of Western Australia in 1993. He was an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology, Murdoch University from 2003 and was appointed as Professor Emeritus in 2015. In September 2017, Lance received an Honorary Degree in Information Technology from the Walailak University, Thailand, in recognition of his contributions towards the development and advancement of their research and postgraduate programs. 

Lance has been an active volunteer for IEEE for over two decades and is the current Chair of the IEEE Region 10 Education Activities Committee. He is also the immediate past chair of the IEEE New Initiatives Committee, the IEEE Conference Quality Community and the Technical Program Integrity Committee. His research interest is in the development and applications of innovative intelligent technologies to practical problems. Lance has authored and co-authored over 380 articles in referred journals and conference proceedings. He has also supervised over 30 doctoral students to completion. His profile can be found at http://profiles.murdoch.edu.au/myprofile/lance-fung/

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