IEEE SoutheastCon 2009

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Hosted by the IEEE Atlanta Section and the Georgia Tech IEEE Student Branch

What: SoutheastCon is an annual IEEE Region 3 Technical, Professional, and Student Conference. As the premier conference for the IEEE Region that encompasses the Southeastern United States and includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, areas of Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the country of Jamaica, it brings Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science professionals, faculty and students to share the latest information through technical sessions, tutorials, professional development sessions, and exhibits. It is the most influential conference in Region 3 for promoting awareness of the technical contributions made by our profession to the advancement of engineering science and to the community which ties into our theme this year, “Engineers Making the World a Better Place.” Attendance and technical program participation from areas outside IEEE Region 3 is welcomed and encouraged.

When: March 5-8, 2009

Where: Crowne Plaza Ravinia:
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346 [map]
(for more information, see the Location page).

Registration is now active! See the Registration page for details.

Note: Registration for the student hardware competition will close on Monday, February 9, 2009.
Registration for the student software competition will close on Monday, February 16, 2009.

Important note for authors:

Final version of accepted papers are due by January 26, 2009 to the Technical Chair. Please e-mail the final version of accepted papers to [].

For publication in the Proceedings, the copyright form and registration to the conference as a Technical Conference Attendee are necessary. The copyright form can be found in the author'content/Paper_Submission" title="Paper Submission">Paper Submission page. Copyright forms are due to the Technical Chair by February 2, 2009 via e-mail to [] or via fax to 404-407-9664.

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Some people have explained issues with submission due to Windows errors on their computer. If this happens to you or someone you know during the submission process, make sure to verify your document is free from malware or viruses. You should scan the document(s) you are sending as well as your entire hard drive to ensure the safety and integrity of the file(s) you are sending to us. Scanning your computer for viruses and malware may take some time depending on how long it has been since you last verified your computer was clean. Some of the Windows files users have mentioned have been csrss.exe and rundll32.exe. You may want to scan for csrss viruses and verify your Windows rundll32.exe file is a trusted system file.

Please note that each paper is required to have a registration as a Technical Conference Attendee. Authors with multiple papers who have questions concerning the registration process may contact [].

SoutheastCon is hosted annually by IEEE Region 3, and consists of three concurrent programs. One part is a professional technical paper conference of general topic technical papers featuring authors from around the globe. A second part is a Region 3 administrative meeting of IEEE volunteers that will gather to discuss, develop, and implement both new and existing initiatives to better serve the region’s IEEE members. The third aspect of the conference focuses on the region’s IEEE student branches from universities throughout Region 3. It involves a paper competition, a software competition, a hardware robotic competition, a website design competition, and a T-shirt design competition. These competitions attract some of the best and brightest engineering and computer science students from across the Southeast and Jamaica.

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In addition to these three parts, SoutheastCon 2009 will also offer several tutorials as continuing education opportunities. The first joint MPAC (Member Professional Awareness Conference)/SPAC (Student Professional Awareness Conference) in Region 3 will also be offered to support professional development for both our professionals and our students, and will offer opportunities to interact, learn, and mentor. Other programs are currently being developed. Be sure to check back with us for more information.

Space is limited for some events, so we strongly encourage you to take advantage of early registration to make sure you will be able to participate in your chosen events.

The Atlanta Section of the IEEE and the Georgia Tech IEEE Student Branch are co-hosting SoutheastCon 2009. This event is entirely organized and run by volunteers. Its success is due to their dedication. If you would like to join us as a volunteer, please contact one of our co-chairs, Amy Wilson, Bill Marshall, or Mary Lynn Smith, at to learn more about the opportunities available. We’d love to have you join us.

You do not have to be a member of IEEE to participate or attend SoutheastCon 2009, although membership is required in order to participate in student competitions. However, we do encourage you to investigate the benefits of IEEE membership. One immediate benefit is the reduced registration fee to attend SoutheastCon 2009. Come join us in Atlanta for some good old southern hospitality with a high tech flare.