IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking
28-30 October 2019 // Granada, Spain


Tutorial: “How to Make a Standard: A Practical Introduction”

This tutorial will provide a practical introduction to the standards development process.Standards aren’t just about the best technology – they are also driven by the needs and interdependency of industry players. Writing standards therefore involves much more than assessing the technical proposals.Influencing standards is essential for research activities to have impact, particularly in the area of communications. However, few university courses truly prepare graduates for involvement in standards, seeing this as the role of industry. This often means standards are driven by the larger players who have the staff and resources to dedicate to the system.

IEEE SA and IEEE Educational Activities have developed a standards simulation game, which can be used to train professions and students in the standards development process. This interactive session will start with an overview of the IEEE standards development process, before giving participants a chance to try the game for themselves. The session will end with practical tips on how to engage students and young professionals more in the standardization process.

Speaker: Dr James Irvine (University of Strathclyde, UK)


James Irvine
James Irvine is a Reader at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he leads the Mobile Communications Group. He is research focuses on radio resource management and cryptography, with applications to transport and power networks. He currently heads the Communications and System Integration theme of the Power Networks Demonstration Centre, and was active for many years in the UK Mobile VCE research programme, as Academic Co-ordinator of three work programmes. A co-author of two books, seven patents and over 150 technical papers, Dr Irvine has given evidence in the UK High Court in five cases involving 2G, 3G and 4G technology disputes, and has acted as a non-testifying expert in the US and Germany.


Dr Irvine is Deputy Chair of the IEEE Standards Education Committee, and was volunteer lead in the development of the IEEE Standards University portal. He has served on three of the major Boards of the IEEE: Technical Activities, Publications and Educational Activities. He is currently on the executive of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, having served as President 2008-9 and Vice President Publications 2010-15, and chairs one of the working groups of the IEEE Future Networks Initiative.