Special Technical Communities (STCs)

Building global, interactive communities around important and emerging technical areas

Special Technical Communities (STCs) are intended to be financially self-sustaining online communities of computing professionals (including students) who share a common technical, geographic, career, or other interest. STCs may be created around any set of ideas that are relevant to the Society’s field of interest. STCs are agile entities that are relatively easy to create and organize, and that can develop new products and services to realize their communities’ goals and objectives. STC members may be members of the IEEE, the Computer Society, or nonmembers of either. STCs are emerging entities, evolving through learned policies and practices that are being determined through their activities under the IEEE Computer Society’s Member & Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. 

Why participate?

Help drive new technologies with experts in the field and join effective communities that create knowledge.

Want to join an STC?

Click on the logo of the STC(s) you wish to join, and then visit their membership link.

Interested in initiating a new STC?

Click here and fill the the New STC Application form

Interested in Volunteering?

Refer to the list of available positions here and fill the form.

Broadening Participation in Computing STCSTCBP is an international community to reference, support, highlight, and connect the many existing international initiatives for broadening participation in computing.   more...

Cloud Computing STC

CS Cloud Computing STC focuses on Cloud activities across CS, involving both CS members and non-members. Its work is complementary to the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (IEEE CCI), a 3-year project to promote Cloud efforts across IEEE.   more...

Cybersecurity STC

The Cybersecurity STC aims to become the voice of the cybersecurity field, allowing the Computer Society to speak authoritatively on the subject and become a one-stop source of reliable information for stakeholders such as government, educators, industry at large and the general public.   more...

Education STCThis STC forms a community of those interested in all forms of educational research and pedagogy in the field of computing. The network supports active and experienced researchers, as well as those interested in developing expertise in the area. Its primary aim is to develop good practice in learning and teaching activities, and inform educational strategy and policy in computing, through a wide variety of models ranging from action research to purely theoretical works.   more...

eGov STCThe IEEE Computer Society e-Government Special Technical Community (e-Gov STC) is a new worldwide and transversal Open Community on e-Government within IEEE. e-Government is the "brand label" for a multidisciplinary domain, related to the use of ICT in the context of public policy (e-Governance, Open Government, Smart Governance, etc.), operations in public organizations (transformation, management, interoperability, security), citizen engagement (e-Participation, transparency, e-Democracy) or government services (including using social media). Numerous disciplines contribute to this intersection of areas such as computer science, information systems, information science, management, sociology or political sciences, among others   more...


Haptics STCThe multidisciplinary international haptics research community has enjoyed a healthy and steady growth in recent years. The IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) was founded under the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the Computer Society (CS) in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2006 it was awarded by the RAS as the “Most Active Technical Committee”, and in 2011, the TCH became solely sponsored by RAS (http://www.ieee-ras.org/haptics), with the status of Special Technical Community under CS.   more...



Human computation is a rapidly evolving technology. The broad multidisciplinary community that currently engages in HC research lacks community-based constructs, which leads to domain insularity. The mission of this committee is two-fold: 1) Provide a community home for computer scientists to engage in activities that support the advancement of HC as a field, 2) Support the activities of the broader multidisciplinary community through the provision of communication mechanisms, ensuring that the evolution of the field gives equal voice to all perspectives.  more...


Multicore STCThe IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on MultiCore (STCMC) aims at promoting research, development, education, and standard activities related to multicore and manycore technologies by providing places for discussion to communities from academia, industry, and government.

Activities will include leader summits, international conferences, workshops, online lectures, online magazines and transactions, and working with standard committees.   more...

Operating Systems STCThe Special Technical Community on Operating Systems (STCOS) encourages research, application of novel engineering methods, dissemination of knowledge, and advancement of education in the areas related to Operating Systems and complex software systems in general. The STC cosponsors conferences, maintains mailing lists, helps improve university curricula, and publishes newsletters.   more...

SmartGrid STCThe purpose of Computer and Smart Grid Special Technical Community is to stimulate investments in computing technologies (including research and development, standards, and education) that will enable achievement of Smart Grid visions and improve the performance and capability of electric power systems (i.e., more efficient, faster, reliable, resilient, etc.).

The Computer and Smart Grid STC provides networking and professional service opportunities to all people interested in advancing the concept of Smart Grid.   more...

Social Networking STCThe Special Technical Community on Social Networking (STCSN) is THE entry point for researchers in social networking fostering communication with like-minded people through existing social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Google , and LinkedIn.   more...

Sustainable Computing STCThe STC on Sustainable Computing takes a holistic view of information technology (IT). Any domain that uses or could potentially benefit from using IT is relevant to STCSC.   more...

The two primary goals of STCSC are:

            • Promote the design and implementation of sustainable computing.
            • Facilitate computing for sustainability.

Systems Engineering STCThe mission of the Special Technical Committee on Systems Engineering of the IEEE Computer Society (STC-SysE) is to advance the principles and practices of systems engineering as applied to development and sustainment of computer-based and software-intensive systems. The Committee seeks to identify and develop products and services that will be of benefit to members of the Computer Society and that will attract new members.

The purpose of the Committee is to serve as a focal point for technical and managerial issues in systems engineering that are common across the Computer Society boards and committees, and to provide liaison to other elements of IEEE and external organizations.  The purpose is NOT to usurp the ongoing and future work of existing Computer Society boards and committees.   more...

Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies STCWe are in the process of creating the social network group to facilitate the process of joining the STC on Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies. We will provide the links and content soon.   more...


  Bruce McMillin
  Missouri University of Science and Technology
Committee Members
  David Alan Grier
  Yuhong Liu
  Sorel Reisman
  Christian Timmerer
  John Walz
Staff Contact
  Theodore Rozolis
  IEEE Computer Society