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Glasgow scoops world congress on computational intelligence

City cements its relationship with IEEE after securing a dozen meetings since 2015
26/04/2018

Pictured: An IEEE meeting in Glasgow in 2015

Glasgow’s reputation as a place where engineers gather to exchange knowledge was underscored after it was chosen to host the 2020 World Congress on Computational Intelligence.


The meeting is one of the flagship events of the mighty Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which has more than 423,000 members in 160 countries.


Glasgow has hosted six IEEE meetings since 2015 and a further six are scheduled to take place over the next four years. Together the events are expected to attract 8,000 delegates to the Scottish city and contribute £14.8m to the local economy in tourism receipts.  


Glasgow's universities have long been a hub for driving innovation in this sector.


The University of Glasgow is home to the oldest School of Engineering in the UK, dating back 150 years, and seven of the University of Strathclyde eight engineering departments are amongst the UK’s top ten for research.


Aileen Crawford, head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “Glasgow is home to one of the most collaborative and dynamic innovation economies in Europe, with outstanding partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors.”


Seven different venues across Glasgow have been chosen to host IEEE conferences in recent years, including the Grand Central Hotel, where the world’s first long-distance television pictures were transmitted, which will host 100 delegate at the IEEE Cyber Science Conference this summer.


Dr Lynsay Shepherd, lecturer in Cyber Security at Abertay University, said: "We chose to host IEEE Cyber Science in Glasgow as it's a vibrant, friendly city, with excellent travel links to the rest of Scotland, and beyond.  Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole, has a strong research community centred around cyber security, supported by Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA).  IEEE Cyber Science is an international, refereed conference, and will benefit the city by providing links with experts in the field of cyber security.  Additionally, this will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage and scenery of Scotland, which is a top destination."


Upcoming IEEE conferences include:


             IEEE 5G Summit will take place at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on 14 May 2018, attracting 300 delegates and contributing an estimated £122,100 to the city’s economy


             IEEE Cyber Science will take place at the Grand Central Hotel on 11 and 12 June 2018, attracting 90 delegates and contributing an estimated £93,000 to the city’s economy


             IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics will take place at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on 19 - 21 September 2018, attracting 100 delegates and contributing an estimated £122,100 to the city’s economy


             IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium will take place at the Scottish Event Campus from 6 – 9 October 2019, attracting 1,300 delegates and contributing an estimated £2.1 million to the city’s economy


             IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence will take place at the Scottish Event Campus from 19 – 24 July 2020, attracting 2,000 delegates and contributing an estimated £4.9 million to the city’s economy


             International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society will take place at the Scottish Event Campus from 11 – 15 July 2022, attracting 2,000 delegates and contributing an estimated £4.1 million to the city’s economy


 


 


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