Industrial Activities Committee


Under the supervision and the coordination of the IEEE CIS Industrial and Governmental Activities Committee, The Industrial Activity Committee (IAC) is established to promote the research, development, practice, education, and understanding of CIS technology in industrial applications.


IAC shall have a Chair, two Vice-Chairs, and a number of Members. The Chair shall be appointed by the President of the Society in January. The IAC Chair shall appoint two Vice-Chairs and a number of Members. The appointment of the IAC Vice-Chairs and the IAC Members needs to be approved by the Vice President for Industrial and Governmental Activities of CIS. IAC Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and committee members must all be IEEE CIS members. The term of service expires at the end of the calendar year for which they have been appointed. If you are interested in being considered for a position on the IAC, please send an email to with a link to your CV.

Committees Chairs and Members

Current directory of Chairs and members: Industrial Activities Committee Members


Funding for the committee shall be provided by the CIS in the annual budget request. Once approved by the CIS ExCom and AdCom, funds will be available to support the IAC activities. The Chair shall be responsible for the appropriate use of the approved funds with supporting documentation.


The IAC shall engage in various activities to promote the adoption, use, and refinement of CIS technologies in industrial and commercial applications. Following the vision illustrated in the I&GA VP Welcome message, we will pursue a variety of activities, including but not limited to the following:

(a) Elicit CIS value proposition for Industry t o attract industry participation in CIS activities. We will extend the engagement process to identify and refine additional business needs that AI/CI technologies could address.

(b) Increase membership diversity . We want to increase the number of experienced industry volunteers. In particular, we need to reach out to our Industry Sr. Members & Fellows to champion and support the nominations of other Sr. Members and Fellow candidates

(c) Create CIS Offerings to Industry . We want to create services and products for Industry, ranging from position papers to reports, webinars, and tutorials. We also want to have industry-centered panels, workshops, and conferences with keynotes by industry leaders.

(d) Shape I&GA Structure . As a brand new organization, we are jump-starting I&GA’s structure by creating I&GA Committees and eventually Task Forces focused on various industry sectors, and strengthing them with volunteers. We plan to create a new forum, the Executive Advisory Board, and invite industry and government thought-leaders to help us understand current needs for AI/CI solutions and initiatives and shape forthcoming ones.

(e) Shape Standards to become demand-driven. To be relevant, we need to develop a CIS Standards Committee strategy to leverage our technical expertise while being demand-driven. We will work with IEEE Standards Association (SA) to drive Standards for AI technology, such as the Consortium on the Landscape of AI Safety (CLAIS), and contribute to IEEE SA Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) and IEEE SA P7000 family, focused on AI and Ethics. To this end, the CIS Standards Committee will report to the I&GA to identify industry needs, with a dotted line to Technical Activities to leverage our technical know-how.

(f) Increase Industry Engagement in Conferences. We want to create a forum within CIS conferences, in which Industry can participate without having to submit scholarly papers. Industry leaders can define current and future challenges that AI/CI technology could address. We can achieve this with focused panels or keynote speeches. With increasing industry participation in CIS conferences, we will grow conference exhibits, sponsorships, and, more importantly, guidance to make AI/CI technology relevant to Industry needs.


Meetings will be called by the Chair once or twice a year, usually in conjunction with the CIS AdCom meetings or as requested by the IAC members. Sufficient advance notice of the meetings will be given to the members, as well as to other interested parties. The Chair shall prepare an agenda before the meeting, and shall prepare minutes for distribution after the meeting.


This Charter becomes official after at least 2/3 of core members present at The Committee Meeting approves it. Subsequent changes and amendments also require a 2/3 majority vote.

Task Forces

Given the recent formation of I&GA, we will start with only one Industrial Activities Committee, which is described above. As we evolve our understanding of the needs of our industrial members, we will develop Task Forces, under the IAC, focused on a variety of verticals, such as Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy, Transportation, etc. When this demand is identified, we will address it with a corresponding Task Force.