IEEE Day is 1 October

The annual event is celebrating its 10th anniversary

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Large number of people from the IEEE La Trobe Student Branch in Melbourne, Australia holding signs including "Happy IEEE Day" and IEEE Day and Google logos.
Large number of people from the IEEE La Trobe Student Branch in Melbourne, Australia holding signs including 'Happy IEEE Day' and IEEE Day and Google logos.
Photo: IEEE La Trobe Student Branch

THE INSTITUTEIt has been 10 years since IEEE set aside a day to commemorate the anniversary of the meeting in Philadelphia in 1884 when members of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of IEEE’s two predecessor societies, gathered for the first time to share technical ideas.

Since then, IEEE Day has grown in popularity. For some sections, one day is not enough, so celebrations now are held throughout the first two weeks of October to accommodate those that prefer to hold weekend events.

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Self-Driving Cars Work Better With Smart Roads

Intelligent infrastructure makes autonomous driving safer and less expensive

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A photograph shows a single car headed toward the viewer on the rightmost lane of a three-lane road that is bounded by grassy parkways, one side of which is planted with trees. In the foreground a black vertical pole is topped by a crossbeam bearing various instruments. 

This test unit, in a suburb of Shanghai, detects and tracks traffic merging from a side road onto a major road, using a camera, a lidar, a radar, a communication unit, and a computer.

Shaoshan Liu

Enormous efforts have been made in the past two decades to create a car that can use sensors and artificial intelligence to model its environment and plot a safe driving path. Yet even today the technology works well only in areas like campuses, which have limited roads to map and minimal traffic to master. It still can’t manage busy, unfamiliar, or unpredictable roads. For now, at least, there is only so much sensory power and intelligence that can go into a car.

To solve this problem, we must turn it around: We must put more of the smarts into the infrastructure—we must make the road smart.

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