IEEE 5G Steering Committee and Working Groups 

Participating Societies

5G is the next generation wireless network technology that is expected to significantly increase data speeds, produce ultra-low latency times, support the connection of many more devices, and increase energy efficiency of the network elements. Some future applications that will require the characteristics of 5G include:

  • Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Remote health services and health care monitoring
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Smart cities and smart homes
  • Industrial automation
  • Device interconnection (IoT)

While there are significant opportunities presented through deployment of 5G, it is not without its challenges including:

  • Defining standards to insure interoperability
  • Building the infrastructure
  • Support for a significant increase in devices on the network as well as a wide variety of devices
  • Wide range in requirements for the various applications
  • Cost considerations
  • Reliability and security requirements
  • Energy efficiency expectations

The IEEE Future Directions 5G Initiative strives to aggregate information about the various endeavors occurring worldwide in order to provide a community of professionals in industry, academia, and government working to solve the challenges associated with 5G. Through various outlets, participants in 5G Technical Community can learn and collaborate on the 5G Initiative that has applications in many industries and markets. Members of the community have access to extensive resources including publications, videos, articles, interviews, webinars, newsletters, workshops, and conferences.

The IEEE 5G Initiative is run by a Steering Group and is managed by a series of Working Groups, covering areas like Publications, Events, Standards, Education and Community Development. Learn more about the organisation of the Initiative here.

A key activity within the Initiative is the development of a Technology Roadmap which will identify short (~3 years), mid-term (~5 years) and long-term (~10 years) research, innovation and technology trends in the communications ecosystem. Further details of the roadmaps and the different technology areas can be found here.

We are seeking volunteers to help in various ways in the new Initiative. If you feel you can contribute, please fill out the form here.


IEEE 5G Initiative Participating Societies

Society  Representative   Description of Society 





Michael Rice The field of interest of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control.

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Erik Mokole 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.

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Chih-Lin I
Ashutosh Dutta
Gerhard Fettwies
Adam Greenberg 

IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) is a leading global community comprised of a diverse group of industry professionals with a common interest in advancing all communications technologies. 

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 Paul Nikolich  
Serving more than 60,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the trusted information, networking, and career-development source for a global community of technology leaders.

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 Peter Corcoran The IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CE Society) is an organization within the IEEE that strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of Electronic Engineering and of the allied arts and sciences with respect to the field of Consumer Electronics and the maintenance of a high professional standing among its members, which now number over 5000. The society has long been the premier technical association in the Consumer Electronics Industry.
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Frank Sabath
Mike Violette 
The IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC) is the world's largest organization dedicated to the development and distribution of information, tools and techniques for reducing electromagnetic interference. 

The Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) was established to foster design automation of electronic circuits and systems at all levels. The Council’s field of interest spans the theory, implementation, and use of EDA/CAD tools to design integrated electronic circuits and systems. This includes tools that automate all levels of the design, analysis, and verification of hardware and embedded software up to and including complete working systems.

IEEE Electronics Packaging Society  

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.

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The field of interest for the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) is all aspects of engineering, physics, theory, experiment and simulation of electron and ion devices involving insulators, metals, organic materials, plasmas, semiconductors, quantum-effect materials, vacuum, and emerging materials. Specific applications of these devices include bioelectronics, biomedical, computation, communications, displays, electro and micro mechanics, imaging, micro actuators, optical, photovoltaics, power, sensors and signal processing.

embs logo Carole Carey  The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers. The organization’s 11,000 members reside in some 97 countries around the world. EMBS provides its members with access to the people, practices, information, ideas and opinions that are shaping one of the fastest growing fields in science.
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The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) is dedicated to the development and use of electrical and electronic instruments and equipment to measure, monitor and/or record physical phenomena. 

Learn more about IMS involvement in 5G. 



Meng Lu

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).

Learn more about ITSS involvement in 5G. 

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Timothy Lee
Ke Wu 
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 IEEE Photonics Society forms the hub of a vibrant technical community of more than 100,000 professionals dedicated to transforming breakthroughs in quantum physics into the devices, systems and products to revolutionize our daily lives. From ubiquitous and inexpensive global communications via fiber optics, to lasers for medical and other applications, to flat-screen displays, to photovoltaic devices for solar energy, to LEDs for energy-efficient illumination, there are myriad examples of the society’s impact on the world around us.

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Bruno Meyer  The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world's largest forum for sharing the latest in technological developments in the electric power industry, for developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and for educating members of the industry and the general public. Members of the Power & Energy Society are leaders in this field, and they — and their employers — derive substantial benefits from involvement with this unique and outstanding association.

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 Zhi Ning Chen The IEEE Council on Radio Frequency Identification (CRFID)  advances and coordinates work in the field of radio frequency identification.

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 Zoltan Safar

Founded as IEEE’s first society in 1948, the IEEE Signal Processing Society is the world’s premier association for signal processing engineers and industry professionals.

Learn more about SPS involvement in 5G. 

SSCS  Aarno Parssinen  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.
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Paul Nikolich
Patrick Slaats


IEEE Standards Association (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.

Learn more about SA involvement in 5G


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Michael Condry

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.

Learn more about IEEE TEMS involvement in 5G. 

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Jae Hong Lee
Alex Wyglinski


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 5G