8 Products That Excel at Protecting Children’s Digital Privacy

8 Products That Excel at Protecting Children’s Digital Privacy

A 2019 UNICEF study found that globally, about 1 in 3 Internet users is younger than 18. Parents let preschool children use their smartphones and tablets to stream shows and play games. School-age youngsters are online more lately because of remote learning that schools began offering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have become accustomed to relying on technology, which in some cases has made teaching easier, more efficient, and more inclusive. In some schools, computers have replaced notebooks and textbooks.Some regulations…

Prominent Universities Sign Open Access Agreements with IEEE

Prominent Universities Sign Open Access Agreements with IEEE

The University of California and the Conference of Italian University Rectors (a consortium of state and non-state universities known as the CRUI) each recently signed what’s known as a read-and-publish agreement with IEEE. The agreement lets the institutions’ researchers access documents behind the paywall in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, like traditional subscribers. The agreement also allows them to publish their open-access articles in IEEE periodicals without paying out of pocket.IEEE open-access articles are supported by article-processing charges instead of subscriptions….

Climate Change is NSF Engineering Alliance’s Top Research Priority

Climate Change is NSF Engineering Alliance’s Top Research Priority

Since its launch in April 2021, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance has convened a diverse set of experts to explore three areas in which fundamental research could have the most impact: climate change; the nexus of biology and engineering; and securing critical infrastructure against hackers.To identify priorities for each theme, ERVA—an initiative funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation—holds what are termed visioning events, wherein IEEE members and hundreds of other experts from academia, industry, and nonprofits can conceptualize bold ideas….

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

Whether you’re streaming a movie on Netflix, playing a video game, or just looking at digital photos, your computer is regularly dipping into its memory for instructions. Without random-access memory, a computer today can’t even boot up.Over the years, memory has been made up of vacuum tubes, glass tubes filled with mercury and, most recently, semiconductors.But the first computers didn’t have any reprogrammable memory at all. Until the late 1940s, every time a machine needed to change tasks, it had…

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Merrill SkolnikFirst recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard MedalLife Fellow, 94; died 27 January
Skolnik served as superintendent of the radar division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years. While there, he made significant contributions including helping to develop high-frequency, over-the-horizon radar; a system that can identify friend or foe during combat; and high-resolution radar techniques.
For his work in the field, he was named the first recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal…

AI Could Help Increase the IVF Success Rate

AI Could Help Increase the IVF Success Rate

More than 8 million people have been born worldwide with the help of in vitro fertilization since 1978. In IVF, an egg is fertilized by sperm in the lab; the resulting clump of cells is transferred into a patient’s uterus.Although IVF techniques have advanced significantly in recent decades, the average success rate is still fairly low: around 45 percent. The percentage steadily declines as women age; a 40-year-old woman has a likely success rate of about 12 percent, according to Pregnancy…

Stories of the War in Ukraine: Volodymyr

Stories of the War in Ukraine: Volodymyr

Over the past week, The Institute has made contact with some of the 400 members of the IEEE Ukraine Section to help them share their experiences during the war. This personal account was written by Volodymyr Pyliavskyi, a senior researcher at the Odessa National Telecommunications Academy in Odessa, Ukraine. “For so long I was planning to take part in IEEE conferences but due to what is happening I can’t,” Pyliavskyi told The Institute. “I am forced to to hide in the…

Explore Resources During IEEE Education Week

Explore Resources During IEEE Education Week

Education is changing fundamentally. STEM workforce shortages and a push for more diverse hiring practices have created opportunities for students and workforce professionals to explore science, technology, engineering, and math careers that might not have been available even 10 years ago. IEEE and other education providers are working to offer foundational STEM learning experiences, as well as the reskilling and upskilling opportunities required to support the workforce of the future.At the preuniversity level, students have both in-class and extracurricular opportunities to…

From Introvert to IEEE Influencer

From Introvert to IEEE Influencer

It’s hard to believe that Ramneek Kalra was once an introvert. The Young Professional is an IEEE Impact Creator, brand ambassador, and influencer.He’s also a prolific writer. He has penned several research papers and is the author of an IEEE-USA book. In addition, he is the new editor of the IEEE IC Vaani, the India Council newsletter.Kalra says he found his voice in 2016 after becoming a member of the IEEE student branch at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Dwarka,…

Countdown to the 2022 IEEE Annual Election

Countdown to the 2022 IEEE Annual Election

On 1 May the IEEE Board of Directors is scheduled to announce the candidates to be placed on this year’s ballot for the annual election of officers—which begins on 15 August.The ballot includes IEEE president-elect candidates and other officer positions up for election, as well as a proposed amendment to the IEEE Constitution.The Board of Directors has nominated Life Fellow Thomas Coughlin and Senior Members Kathleen Kramer and Maike Luiken as candidates for 2023 IEEE president-elect. IEEE Life Fellow Kazuhiro Kosuge…