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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IC15-004 3D Body Processing (PDF)
Bringing together an ecosystem of players to propose new standards around enabling 3D body processing which includes the capture, processing, storage, sharing and (augmented) representation for "Of-the-body" and "On-the-body" technologies.

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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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IC16-005 Consumer Healthcare Alliance (PDF) 
A community of global industry and academic leaders dedicated to improving consumers' health with innovations in healthcare electronics.

IC16-006 International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) (PDF) 
This Industry Connections activity will focus on an International Roadmap for Devices and Systems ("IRDS") via establishment of an interest group closely aligned with the new electronics industry ecosystem. Activity members will collaborate in the development of this roadmap, as well as engaging with other segments of the IEEE in complementary activities (Rebooting Computing Initiative, Computer Society and other supporting IEEE societies) that help assure alignment and consensus across a range of stakeholders.

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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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IC17-015 Optical Networks 2020 (PDF) 
Optical Networks 2020 (ON2020) is a global collaborative that drives innovative optical network solutions to better meet the optical networking demands in the cloud era towards year 2020 and beyond. It aims to define new optical network requirements and specifications, develop general network technology roadmaps and evolution scenarios, and foster an open and sustainable ecosystem for end users, service providers, and equipment and component vendors to collectively address the optical networking demands in the cloud era.

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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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IC18-002 IP Security (PDF) 
This group is a forum for Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and Research Libraries to coordinate their efforts in securing IP from piracy (e.g. SCIHUB). This group will provide for a consistent and unified approach to combating IP theft and piracy and will allow for shared action and shared lessons-learned among the participants.
IC18-003 2030.5 Ecosystem Steering Committee (PDF) 
This effort intends to engage the ecosystem of organizations interested in promoting the IEEE 2030.5 standard and the related areas that will provide visibility and advance interoperability for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration.

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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) 
Investors are increasingly interested in making investments that can have both a social and a financial impact. There are 150 social impact platforms uncovered by the Bertelsmann Foundation 2018 report, each having a different measurement framework. Participants in this Activity will collaborate on projects that will contribute to the standardization of measuring the social impact of investments and grants.

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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 Remote 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.


IC19-006 Data Trading System Initiative (PDF)
In the context of increasing data generation through IoT and the ability to augment data through algorithmic decision making, this IC activity proposes that the sharing of data should shift from a centralized system to an autonomous distributed sharing model, called the data trading environment. In this environment, it is assumed that multiple different entities supply and receive data equitably from each other, and there has to be a compensation flow between the supplier and receiver. Multiple entities can trade data directly or through a mediator in this data trading environment. This IC Activity aims to propose new standards projects to enable this environment.

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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.
IC19-008 Arc Flash Calculator (PDF)
This ICAID establishes a volunteer peer review team to assess the complimentary Arc Flash Calculator to the IEEE 1584-2018 standard.  The volunteer team includes members of the IEEE 1584-2018 comment resolution group. The review will focus on the accuracy of the calculator, its instructions for use and related material.  The Peer Review team is singularly focused on assessing the spreadsheet calculator and does not have any jurisdiction related to the IEEE 1584-2018 standard.