The Industry Connections Program

Supporting the incubation of new technologies, standards and related services to help solve shared industry problems.



IC13-004 IEEE SA Ethernet & IP @ Automotive Technology Day (PDF)
Organizing an annual conference and exhibition on the application of Ethernet and Internet standards in the automotive environment.

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IC15-001 Fiber Optics Sensors (PDF)
Companies that manufacture fiber optic sensing systems or components for fiber optic sensing systems working together to identify gaps in standards related to fiber optic sensors and develop a plan to address these gaps.

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IC15-005 New Ethernet Applications (PDF)
The growing diversity of applications within enterprise, campus, and data center networks requires new Ethernet standards to be developed. This is evident by recent standardization activities related to 2.5 Gb/s, 5Gb/s and 25 Gb/s Ethernet, as well as subsequent conversations related on introducing new Ethernet solutions at these rates. The goal of this activity is to assess emerging requirements for enterprise, campus, and data center networks, identify gaps not currently addressed by IEEE 802.3 standards, and facilitate building industry consensus towards proposals to initiate new standards development efforts.

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IC16-001 Open Data (PDF)
Stakeholders assessing existing Open Data initiatives and proposing new standards for making data "open." Creating a globally accepted definition, format and structure for Open Data to enable interoperability, whereby Open Data sets from different sources can be easily combined into larger and more valuable data sets.

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IC16-002 The Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (PDF) 
Bringing together experts in fields relating to autonomous systems (e.g., Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cognitive Computing, Affective Computing) to identify and address the ethical considerations related to the design of autonomous systems and the issues they involve.

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IC17-001 IEEE 802 Network Enhancements for the Next Decade (PDF) 
This activity will assess emerging requirements for IEEE 802-based communication infrastructures, identify commonalities, gaps, and trends not currently addressed by IEEE 802 standards and projects, and facilitate building industry consensus towards proposals to initiate new standards development efforts.

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IC17-002 Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust, and Agency  (PDF)
This Industry Connections Activity will identify and create consensus throughout technologies that have a potential to alter policy and business landscape, with particular focus on disruptive innovation. It will address inclusion through trust and agency, working toward solutions that promote agency over our data, cyber-identity and internet-related security including, but not limited to, distributed ledger technologies.

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IC17-005 PLC Test Beds in India (PDF) 
This IC program will help in further engaging with various stakeholders such as Industries, Academia, and Utility companies, to establish a series of Test Beds for PLC. The Test Beds will provide an ecosystem for various stakeholders, ranging from established industries to enterprising startups, to develop and test their solutions that have PLC as the core technology.

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IC17-006 Big Data Governance and Metadata Management (PDF) 
The proposed work will guide how big data and big data exchange is governed. It will enable consumers of big data to better understand what is available and how to access it. It will help producers of big data properly set expectations and take steps to ensure that their datasets can be maintained and shared in accordance with their wishes. It will help organizations that store big data make decisions concerning how the big data is stored, curated, exposed, and otherwise governed so as to best serve consumers and producers.

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IC17-007 Neuro Tech for Brain-Machine Interfacing (PDF) 
This activity will look at the deployment and commercialization of Brain-Machine Interfacing (BMI)/Brain Computer Interface (BCI)-based solutions requiring researchers, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies to ensure these devices comply with well-defined criteria on their safety and effectiveness. BMI/BCI systems typically require integration of multiple sub-components comprising measuring and analysis of neural activity, and provision of feedback to the user through different means (including displays, virtual reality systems, haptic interfaces and exo-skeletons, among others).

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IC17-008 PLC-IoT Interoperability and Compliance Testing (PDF) 
This IC activity will focus on selection of the labs for the testing, analysis and publication of the results, identification of the ambiguities and gaps in the standard and related test procedures, generation of additional use cases, and broader industry engagement with the goal of the acceleration of the adoption of the IEEE 1901.1 standard during its development and after the publication.
IC17-011 Connectivity Harmonization of the Digital Citizen (PDF) 
This ICAID proposes a multi-stream effort to address the design implications and technology implementations with a unique, core focus on the development of the immersive environment that will impact all present and future Digital Citizens. With the evolution towards ubiquitous connectivity of the "Digital Citizen", the interoperability and standardization of devices, data, and connectivity are critical for maintaining consistent and persistent states across multiple identity interactions and ultimately, the resultant environment.

IC17-014 Digital Intelligence (PDF) 
The long-term goal of this work is to put in place tools that will help ensure that digital literacy receives the attention and investment it deserves in the context both of domestic and overseas development policies. By establishing a standardized definition and taxonomy, the articulation and coordination of efforts becomes more holistic and coordinated. By identifying best practices and making progress towards metrics, stakeholders and interested parties including governments, schools, the private sector, and other community anchors such as libraries can work to improve the effectiveness of their work in this area.

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IC17-016 IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) (PDF) 
In recent years, the use of technology to support the way people learn in school, on the job, and on their own has accelerated dramatically. These technologies include learning management systems, MOOCS, authoring tools, mobile learning environments, serious games, simulations, applications of virtual and augmented reality, learning record stores, open badges, pedagogical agents (AI), online laboratories, and much more. Learning Engineering will offer guidance concerning the capabilities and limitations of the underlying technologies; how to use them to accomplish instructional goals; and how to evaluate the effectiveness of both the technologies and the various pedagogical innovations they allow.

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IC17-017 Blockchain Asset Exchange (PDF) 
This program will design and develop a decentralized trading platform where entities and individuals could collaborate on creating, transferring, and capitalizing intellectual properties. Instead of a centralized authority, blockchain-based smart contracts will play the role of endorsing and ensuring every trading operation on the platform.
IC17-018 IEEE VR/AR Advisory Board (PDF) 
IEEE VR/AR Advisory Board is a collaboration of experts developing advice, proposals and other inputs to support future IEEE standards activities related to virtual and augmented reality applications. IEEE VR/AR Advisory Board will also serve as an ideal home for other work items (e.g. white papers, events), separate from formal IEEE VR/AR Working Groups that focus on standards development.

IC18-001 Facilities Joint Use (PDF) 
The Joint Use group is a forum for Electric Power Utilities, Telecomm and Cable Companies, Regulators, etc. to coordinate and develop consistent approaches/methodologies/rules for joint use of facilities. The objective of this group will be to coordinate and develop both consistent approaches among companies involved in joint-use and standards and/or worker certifications for workers involved in joint-use attachments.

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IC18-004 Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS) (PDF) 
The goal of The IEEE Ethically Aligned Certification Program Initiative for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS) is to provide the world’s first (based on our research) specification and body of its kind to enable a badge or mark for A/IS products, services and systems.  Specifically, ECPAIS will enable these badges or marks based on the processes organizations seeking certification have undertaken to earn them. 

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IC18-005 African Standardization Strategy and Roadmap for the 4th Industrial Revolution (PDF) 
The Africa Standardization Strategy and Roadmap for the 4th Industrial Revolution will provide a prioritization and very specific implementation plan focusing on standardization aspects and related training needs to help deliver the broader objectives set out by the Agenda 2063. It brings together institutions to engage and provide inputs into a shared vision that enables deployment of future platforms in a more seamless manner.

This strategy and roadmap will benefit the African standardization and technology communities, as well as related policy communities. These documents aim to enable the community to address the needs and challenges in a more coordinated and efficient manner. This is critical in the context of the trends of regional integration, such as through the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and Digital Single Market.


IC19-001 Global Initiative to Standardize Fairness in the Trade of Data  (PDF) 
The motivation of this industry collaboration is to draft and propose a standards framework that could assist consumers, communities, corporations and countries to operate in a new agreement around the fair trade of human and personal data. The goal is to engage a global multi-stakeholder group of practitioners, academics, and thought leaders from the public sector and private sector into a multi-year work plan where the final work product is the proposed Fair Trade Data standards framework.

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IC19-002 Social Impact Measurement Framework  (PDF) 

Funders whether private, public, philanthropic or for-profit are increasingly requiring measurement of social as well as financial impact. To facilitate this, we aim to track project inputs and outputs more transparently, in ways that can be audited by professionals and by citizen journalists. Our goal is not a universal standardized quantitative measure, as this is not possible, just as financial accounting is uniquely organized by an organization, even for publicly listed companies. Participants in this activity will work on harmonizing existing impact measures and allowing for ad hoc metrics and usage evolution to find what works in practice: just as laws evolve based on case law precedents in different legal jurisdictions and laws can be different in different jurisdictions, social impact measures can be different yet comparable and able to be aggregated to an increasingly precise degree.

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IC19-003 MyData Health (PDF)
MyData Health seeks to create a participatory design process for creation of whitepapers on the topic of creating a fair health data economy. MyData Health seeks to “level the playing field” for all stakeholders in this important conversation on how to create a “fair” health data economy to serve the potential benefits for each individual patient, global public health, and society at large.

IC19-004 Technology and Data Harmonization for Enabling Clinical Trials (PDF)
This activity has a goal to utilize and harmonize viable uses of breakthrough technologies – AI, Blockchain/DLT, IoT/sensors, and VR/AR, etc.  -- in unison with existing technology systems to conduct complete remote patient trial. The project will look at the use of open technologies, patient data ethics and governance, KPIs on optimization of time and cost for recruitment and auditing trials of patients and other issues as identified within the process.

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IC19-005 Public Knowledge Graphs (PDF) 
This activity seeks to identify and support the creation of open, federated graphs of knowledge, using available protocols for storage and mirroring, alignment of different graphs, clustering and disambiguation, annotation, tracing and adding provenance. Separating the storage of knowledge + its known provenance + its implications about the world, from its inferred provenance and implications, and the evaluations of its truth or reliability by others. The focus will be on public knowledge and public interfaces, and on machine-mediated access and knowledge representations, for constructing world and local models for machine learning.


IC19-007 Pre-Standardization Studies for Indian Language Resources (PDF)
Identification of use cases that could lead to proposals for standards to govern Language Resources for Indian languages is the motivation of this effort. Language Resources include Speech, Language data and descriptions which are made available in a machine readable form and used for developing, evaluating and improving algorithms in the area of natural language and Speech processing. Such standards can also be used for language studies, localization of software, electronic publishing and any purpose for researchers, subject area specialists etc.

IC20-001 Pre-Standardization Activities on Industrial AI (PDF)
Industrial AI differs from consumer AI applications in terms of data quality and privacy aspects; information content, and impact of AI on various stakeholders. In order to clearly identify requirement towards standardization, a use case driven approach needs to be developed to clearly establish expectations from all stakeholders. Since there are already established standards governing industrial automation, it is important to identify possible overlaps with Industrial AI requirements and identify potential gaps that need to be bridged by new standards. A focused industrial AI based approach will help in accelerating this work.

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IC20-002 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Testbed Development for Dynamic Road Traffic Management and Control at Electronic City – Bangalore INDIA (PDF)
Our main objective is to develop a test bed for the traffic management and control to regulate the traffic in one part of the city using 10-12 signal junction points. For example, electronic city; the industrial corridor of Bangalore would be investigated, feasibility study will be undertaken and test bed is planned to be developed. Under this objective, we would focus on traffic problems, develop solutions approach, identify the components and systems for the solution and create a testbed so that:

  • traffic flow is monitored, regulated and smoothened
  • traffic situation is detected and dynamically controlled
  • traffic violation is detected and notified
  • real time information exchange is enabled
  • green corridor creation is catalyzed
  • a control station is created for unified monitoring and control
  • a white paper is published to enable adoption across India and outside

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IC20-003 AI-driven Innovation for Cities and People (PDF)
The primary goal of this Activity is to provide cities a mechanism to support responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems innovation through proper governance mechanisms to support diverse access to problem solving with AI.

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IC20-004 Assessment of Standardization Gaps for Safe Automated Driving (PDF)
Safety comes first for automated driving. Policy makers expect that AVs will significantly reduce the number of road fatalities (‘zero-accident’ vision). New technologies impose new challenges on safety engineering:

  • Inductive reasoning
  • Blackbox functionality
  • Governance of algorithmic decision making
  • Novel ICT oriented vehicle architectures
  • Redundancies and tradeoffs between enabling technologies
  • Verification and validation of automation levels

Existing standards need to be evolved and new standards are needed to ensure safety despite increasing automated driving complexity. 

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IC20-005 Global Initiative on Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance (PDF)
The purpose of this activity is to initiate a global effort to enable the Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance (BOPS), which includes the following objectives:

  • To develop standards, recommended practices and guides for cross-industry data sharing and interactions using a blockchain-based approach for the purpose of efficient and transparent pandemic surveillance (collectively also known as Standards for Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance);
  • To develop open-source reference implementations for the new systems and applications needed in the Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance;
  • To solicit commitments and reach consensuses among key stakeholders regionally and globally to advocate the Blockchain-based Omnidirectional Pandemic Surveillance on a global basis.

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IC20-006 The IEEE Applied Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) Risk and Impact Framework Initiative (PDF)
This group proposes to address an applied risk framework or assessment for AIS. In order to achieve these goals, the group will assess existing risk approaches in the fields of finance, cybersecurity, and more, identify gaps introduced by AI, and determine an approach to create a fit-to-purpose applied assessment for AI to determine level of risk and identify approaches to mitigate risk.

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IC20-007 The IEEE Global Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) Well-being Initiative (PDF)
Directly mirroring and supporting IEEE’s tagline of “Advancing Technology for Humanity,” this well-being Initiative will continue the pioneering work of IEEE to support the increase of human well-being and ecologicall sustainability by providing “AIS Creators” (corporations, engineers, data scientists, academics, marketers, policy makers) and end-users the resources, knowledge and tools needed to support a shift whereby AIS Creators are able and willing to help safeguard and improve human well-being and ecological sustainability through their AIS creations today and into the future. 

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IC20-008 The IEEE Trusted Data & Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) Playbook for Finance Initiative (PDF)
The purpose of the Financial Service Playbook is to curate, summarize and contextualize Trusted Data & AI best practices for the financial sector around design principles, standards and certifications. The 1st edition of the Playbook will focus on Personalized Marketing Offers, Loan and Deposit Pricing, Credit Adjudication, Customer Sentiment Tracking, Customer Lifetime Value, Customer Segmentation, Securities - High Frequency Trading, Robo-Advisors, etc. IEEE’s Ethically Aligned Design, P7000 Standards and ECPAIS certifications will be incorporated to align with anticipated European / Singapore / Canadian monetary regulatory authorities and policy frameworks.

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IC20-009 Nurturing the Era of end-to-end Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Standards for Connected and Autonomous Transportation (PDF)
There is a shift from individually owned vehicles towards interconnected shared mobility solutions, used as an if-and-when needed service (Mobility-as-a Service (MaaS)). Drivers will be operators and eventually passengers. Autonomous vehicles will open up many more currently unknown opportunities for end-to-end ‘MaaS’.The digital transformation of transportation is a cross-sector challenge. While vehicle manufacturers drive the evolution of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) towards fully automated cars, the ICT sector’s aspiration is to leapfrog autonomous driving. A broad, open, cross-industry dialogue is needed to exchange views, to debate and to agree upon common challenges and coordinated activities.

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IC20-010 Labeling Cybersecurity Data for AI Automation (Single- and-Multi-Modal) (PDF)
Cyber analysts are becoming a bottleneck in analyzing ever-increasing amounts of data. Automating cyber analysts actions using AI can help reduce amounts of work for analysts and thereby reduce time to outcome dramatically, record actions in knowledgebases for the training of new cyber analysts, and in general, open up the field for new opportunities. As a result, the state of cybersecurity will improve. 

It is envisioned that this group will bring together industry stakeholders to engage in building consensus on priority issues for standardization activities on these topics, and providing a platform for IEEE thought leadership to the industry.

IC20-011 IoT Ecosystem Security (PDF)
With the IoT growing bigger and ever more complex, the question arises for companies of how to keep pace and without a doubt, technology enabling IoT will become the prime and easy target for Cybercriminals. The motivation behind this  activity is to raise awareness at the consumer and manufacturers sector and work with regulators to promote secure practices in the IoT ecosystem with a view of IoT as an inextricably linked ecosystem comprised of people, and processes.
IC20-012 Roadmap for the Development and Implementation of Standard Oriented Knowledge Graphs (PDF)
This activity assists organizations or users who develop and apply standard-oriented knowledge graphs to have a basic picture of the framework and general construction method. In addition, it may assist the integrators of knowledge graphs to design a generic interface and follow clarified evaluation metrics. Furthermore, standard-oriented knowledge graphscan be integrated, implemented, and applied more simply and efficiently. 

IC20-013 Rural Communication (PDF)
Rural populations will need to be provided with viable connectivity solutions, by connecting remote areas to the broadband core networks. Choosing efficient, cost-effective, and fast-deployment technologies – whether wired or wireless networks – will improve accessibility.

The goal of this activity is to contribute towards the goal of global ( including rural community) digital inclusion, by developing solutions for rural and remote areas using suitable technologies.   

IC20-014 Sustainable Infrastructures and Community Development Program (PDF)
The drive towards a more sustainable infrastructure and electrotechnical industry continues to accelerate globally. This Industry Connections program is intended to support the creation of a broad global and active community. It should also provide a formalized focal point for program activities, information and available expertise across the wide range of IEEE initiatives and standards associated with sustainable infrastructure and design, power sector transformation, and energy efficiency. In the mid or long run, it is envisioned that an IEEE council, community or other construct will be most organizationally advantageous, thus this activity is intended to serve as an incubator to develop the community, initiate a public presence, and develop roadmaps and action plans to deliver the IEEE-wide technical expertise in support of these transformative goals.
IC20-015 The IEEE Earth Lab (PDF)
The goal of the IEEE Earth Lab is to develop a Green Guide to Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) that will serve as a pragmatic roadmap for engineers, corporate organizations and policy makers to leverage AIS innovation for an effective transition to a green economy. We will achieve this goal by developing and supporting a global network of Living Labs that deploy ecologically aligned AIS for efficient, livable cities, low-carbon, equitable and resilient infrastructures, and thriving ecosystems for and with communities most impacted by the effects of global warming. 

IC20-016 The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Extended Reality (PDF)
The growing prevalence of augmented and virtual environments is set to extend our collective human cognizance. Our sense of physical identity, time, and the agency will become subject to entirely new paradigms, where the gateways to these experiences might be controlled by interests other than that of ordinary citizens. The autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) backbone enabling real-time personalization of any end-users’ Extended Reality (XR) world raises a host of ethical and philosophical questions about the collection, control, and exploitation of user data within these ecosystems. As these capabilities move from external headsets into much more subtle, integrated sensory enhancements (and embedded or implanted devices) the stakes can become perilous.

The goal of this Industry Connections group is to continue and proliferate the existing efforts of The IEEE Standards Association focused on the ethical issues related to Extended Reality as outlined in the Extended Reality Chapter of Ethically Aligned Design while inviting Working Group members from the multiple Standards Working Groups focused on augmented and virtual reality and the spatial web and additional subject matter experts from industry and policy to create white papers, workshops, and PARs related to this work to ensure these technologies move from “perilous” to “purposeful.” 

IC20-017 Association for Digital Transformation (PDF)
Digital Transformation is the integration of three developing trends and capabilities. First is the adoption of advanced digital technologies such as IoT, AI, Big Data, Digital Twin, VR/AR/MR/XR, Blockchain, etc. Second is the reformulation of business platforms and processes to operate in a lean, resilient, and real-time collaborative manner with customers and supplier networks. Third is the shift in workforce engagement to operate using virtual and boundaryless teams. The result is to significantly improve operations or disruptively enable new business models. This Industry Connections program is dedicated to advancing the adoption and integration of Digital Transformation in various industry sectors by providing standards, recommended practices, guides, and reference implementations.

IC20-018 Transforming the Telehealth Paradigm Sustainable Connectivity, Accessibility, Privacy, and Security for All (PDF)
The use of telehealth to connect with patients was slow to migrate into healthcare practice. Before the recent pandemic outbreak, healthcare practitioners demonstrated more activity in the use of telemedicine for their practice (Physician’s use jumped 340% between 2015 and 2018, and 77% of patients embraced the concept of virtual care*). The slow acceptance and matriculation of telehealth into healthcare practice left many challenging technical and ethical issues on the backburner. With the dawn of this pandemic, telehealth was unleashed to the global patient population out of necessity, creating an environment where the impetus of patient security and privacy have been deprioritized (in the case of using commercial/consumer apps to fulfill needs) and where the underserved and unconnected are further endangered without any kind of access.

The purpose of this activity is to enable collaboration, build consensus, and develop technical solutions. 

IC20-019 Digital Resilience – Tools and Methods to Support Response and Recovery from Crises (PDF)
This Industry Connections program aims to develop a framework that enables communities, villages, cities, regions, and countries, to deploy architectures and select standardized technologies, so they may address immediate and urgent needs during a crisis without sacrificing the long-term wellbeing and rights of people (their citizens, customers and users), as a result of selecting a technology that will have negative impacts on privacy or agency.