What a pleasure to extend this welcome message to all the members of APB! It is my honour and privilege to serve as the Director of APB for 2016-2017. First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to all the past APB directors and APB officers and volunteers.
For over 20 years we have been the premier network of ComSoc members in Asia-Pacific region, and I am excited about the strength of my team of volunteers who work tirelessly to provide value to our members by providing exceptional services. To do so, I asked three Vice Directors to take the initiative on each committee activities.
Vice Director Prof. Saewoong Bahk will lead Technical Affairs Committee together with Co-Chairs, Prof. Jianwei Huang and Prof. Takahiko Saba. Vice Director Dr. Sumei Sun will guide Information Services Committee (Co-Chairs: Prof. Yao-Win Peter Hong and Prof. Hung-Yun Hsieh) and Meeting & Conference Committee (Chair: Prof. Jiming Chen). Vice Director Prof. Wei Zhang will advise to Membership Development Committee (Co-Chairs: Associate Prof. Youngchul Sung and Prof. Meixia Tao) and Chapters Coordination Committee (Co-Chairs: Prof. Eiji Oki and Prof. Miki Yamamoto). APB Secretaries, Associate Prof. Hiroshi Shigeno and Dr. Takaya Miyazawa, will support our activities together with AP office, Ms. Fanny Su and Ms. Ewell Tan, and IEEE India Office, Mr. Munir Mohammed. Ms. Carol Cronin, Administrator of ComSoc, also helps our activities, including DLT/DSP approval process and AP newsletter distribution.
I would like to express my gratitude for all of the current officers of APB. I also encourage as many of our members as possible to get involved and serve on one of the committees, as the best networking often occurs when you are working toward a common goal.
Takaya YAMAZATO, Ph.D., Professor
IEEE ComSoc Asia/Pacific Board Director
Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences